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09-27-2012 03:49 AM  6 years ago
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rudyy

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Help: Soldering balancing wire
I have a red balancing wire detached in my 6s lipo. Does that wire go to the same terminal as the big red 10 gauge wire?

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09-27-2012 10:42 AM  6 years ago
wrongler

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Cut the plastic away on the top of the lipo (carefully) and you will see where it came from.Bill Whittaker
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10-06-2012 03:10 AM  6 years ago
GMPheli

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Does anyone know what kind of solder is used here. Anyway to tell if it is non lead based? Will regular lead based solder mix with non lead based?
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10-06-2012 01:45 PM  6 years ago
wrongler

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I just use lead free silver solder. I add my own flux.

(edited) Thanks.
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10-06-2012 01:53 PM  6 years ago
Ace Dude

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I hope you don't mean solder with silver in it. Silver solder is not needed for electronics. Regular electronics lead/tin solder w/flux available at radio shack will work fine.

I use Kester 63/37 eutectic solder myself.
  
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10-06-2012 03:36 PM  6 years ago
G-Limo

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Unless you are a 'Tree Hugger' - use whatever comes to hand!

Unleaded is more environmentally friendly, but I guess you have no desire to bury the battery in the ground.. Leaded doesn't suffer so much with creep of the alloy over time.

/DG
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10-06-2012 07:05 PM  6 years ago
GMPheli

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I am just asking if they are compatible? Has anyone used lead based solder here and did it work?
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10-06-2012 09:34 PM  6 years ago
Ace Dude

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Lead based solder should work fine. The only time you need to worry is if you're using a lead-free iron/tip. You don't want to contaminate it with leaded solder.  
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10-07-2012 12:23 AM  6 years ago
Zaneman007

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Lead based, Non-lead based, sounds like we are talking about plumbing?

You definitely don't want to use lead based on your plumbing,

I prefer to use solder without flux. I apply the flux myself, before soldering. The key is to have clean joints and solder tip. If not, the required temp goes way up. All those melted deans plugs are mostly due to dirty solder joints.

The only other concern is the size of the wire. Some of these new batteries are coming stock with what appears to be 10 gauge wire or bigger? A small solder iron, adequate for servo wires, just will not get hot enough.
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10-07-2012 01:53 AM  6 years ago
Ace Dude

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Obviously we're not talking about plumbing but lead-free solder has been in use for years in electronics as well. In many places it's required by law. Problem is, lead-free is quite difficult for hand soldering.

I've always used rosin core solder, never had a problem. Have also used extra rosin when necessary.
  
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10-07-2012 04:26 PM  6 years ago
rexxigpilot

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60/40 or 63/37 rosin core solder is probably the best for soldering all your electronics. The 60/40 is slower to set once it is melted compared to the 63/37. This gives a little time to move/adjust the items being soldered after the solder melts and the heat/iron is removed. 63/37 sets almost instantly once it reaches it melting/freezing point. If you don't have something to hold the pieces to be soldered still until set, the 63/37 can get cold joints easier. If you can solder very well, you can solder faster with 63/37. I find 60/40 best for me.

Lead free solders are more difficult to work with as they melt at higher temps.
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