Soldering shopping list for beginner

Jago151

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I'm planning on installing the CR4 XL when its released, but in the meantime I want to practice on some old mobos & soldering kits to get my soldering skills up to par. That being said I want to purchase a good soldering iron and here's what I had in mind:

1 - Soldering iron: I'm guessing some sort of temperature controlled iron. Any recommendations? I know Weller & Aoyue are good brands. Also, if I get a temperature controlled iron, what temperature should I be operating at when soldering points in the Xbox mobo?

2 - Iron tips: I'm going to see if I can get some sort of set that has multiple types of iron tips, but for RGH work what sizes should I definitely pick up? .8mm, .5mm?

3 - Solder: I'm thinking .032" 60/40 Rosin-Core Solder. Any recommendations for brand, diameter or lead/tin percentage?

4 - Flux: Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
 

jdoe91011

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This is my shopping list and these are the tools I use almost daily. While being far from professional, they have always worked for me and are cheap to replace when need be. However, I'm sure most people will suggest using better equipment, these are just suggestions and options.

The soldering iron is 20 watts, but is not temperature variable. However, the temperature it delivers is just right for the way I like to solder, so it is a nice fit for me. I first gave it a try because the tips are very small and easily manageable (especially for Demon installs). Also, the tips are only $3.00 and readily available for me, so I always have a fresh new tip if I need one.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4314833

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062744&clickid=prod_cs

http://www.radioshack.com/product/i...85&filterName=Type&filterValue=Soldering+tips

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049774

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062715

These are examples of soldering results I have been able to achieve using this equipment:

Proto V2.JPGWhole Proto Setup.JPGWhole Underside From Above.JPGDemoN NAND Solder Points.JPG

I've always wanted a Hakko FX888D, and I think that is what a lot of people use, so that is a suggestion as well, but I have never used one.

Also, many people suggest Kingbo Flux, but again, I have never used it.

Don't forget 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and lots of Qtips to clean your solder points before and after. Also, I use toothpicks to apply just the right amount of flux to each solder point.

Finally, get the desoldering braid! it is a life saver and you will inevitably end up using it!
 
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Jago151

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The soldering iron is 20 watts, but is not temperature variable. However, the temperature it delivers is just right for the way I like to solder, so it is a nice fit for me...I've always wanted a Hakko FX888D, and I think that is what a lot of people use, so that is a suggestion as well, but I have never used one.
I see. I've heard that the ideal wattage for an iron for this kind of work is between 15 - 40. I've also heard that from a temperature standpoint you want to be between 350 - 400 degrees.

Also, many people suggest Kingbo Flux, but again, I have never used it.
Ah ok I'll take a look at it.

Don't forget 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and lots of Qtips to clean your solder points before and after. Also, I use toothpicks to apply just the right amount of flux to each solder point. Finally, get the desoldering braid! it is a life saver and you will inevitably end up using it!
Yeah I plan on getting those as well. Thanks for the feedback.
 

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I will second the radio shack paste flux. I have that and some of the liquid flux XConsoles was selling. For some reason I thought the paste gave me much better results.
 

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kingbo works so well for every job i do with these things i just use it now.lil expensive and always gotta wait for it in mail,but well well worth it imho.
 
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