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01-20-2015 07:08 PM  3 years agoPost 1
s-biker

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http://www.der-schweighofer.at/en/p...5C2%25B0c_-_50w

can i solder the ec5 connectors with this soldering iron ?

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01-20-2015 07:27 PM  3 years agoPost 2
RM3

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Its a bit light for the larger EC-5 connectors. I would go with something in the 80W - 100W range.

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01-20-2015 07:58 PM  3 years agoPost 3
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any suggestion (CHEAP)

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01-20-2015 07:59 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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Radio Shack.
They have some pretty decent rigs for cheap.
Stick with 80-100

I literally never use the word literally right.

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01-20-2015 08:05 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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would something like this be in your range? I have had the Hakko version for over 10 years. rock solid even for larger connections. If you plan to stay in the hobby, save up a little and consider it an investment. Trying to solder with an insufficient iron is very hard to learn with and a bad joint could very well cost you much more than a solder station

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01-20-2015 08:07 PM  3 years agoPost 6
michael88997

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for ec5 I use a blowtorch and have not gone back... most hardware stores have something in the 15 dollar range and they run on butane

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01-20-2015 09:16 PM  3 years agoPost 7
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Nothing worse than an underpowered solder iron. I'd rather have too much. You can always sharpen the tip of a too hot iron for less heat transfer but holding a cold iron down just wicks solder up the wire.

I have a 40w that isn't enough and a 60w that's just right for ec5. So I'd go 60w

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01-20-2015 09:38 PM  3 years agoPost 8
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A good soldering iron tip should never be filed. Doing so will ruin it. Good tips contain several layers of plating. The only time a slight abrasive should be used on a tip is to remove oxidation.

  

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01-20-2015 09:55 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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Cool. I'll just buy smaller tips then
Not even sure mine can be considered good tips. They're Radio Shack variety.

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01-20-2015 10:46 PM  3 years agoPost 10
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I use a 35W iron . . . works fine . . . even on Deans.

Good technique goes a long way.

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01-20-2015 11:02 PM  3 years agoPost 11
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Cool. I'll just buy smaller tips then
Just buy a decent temperature controlled iron. You want the biggest tip you can use anyway since it will have the most thermal mass.

I've heard good reports on the Hakko FX-601 for a pencil only iron.

http://www.hakkousa.com/detail.asp?...PID=5032&Page=1

  

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01-20-2015 11:36 PM  3 years agoPost 12
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I also think a good solder is very important, i recently tried to solder something with a new solder i bought from maplin (radio shack) and it does not stay on the iron it just balls up and rolls off, i had a cheap soldering kit that worked very well.

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01-21-2015 12:01 AM  3 years agoPost 13
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I have had the same Hakko for about 15 years. they are worth every dollar.

The reason you want a larger wattage iron is like others have stated, they usually have a larger mass tip. the larger mass helps maintain a more consistant temperature. If the iron temp drops too much, you have to hold it there to bring the part up to temp, so in some cases you will end up with a cold solder joint. Then the longer you have to hold the part to the iron, the more heat your feeding to whatever the part may be in contact with. for EC-5s this is not much of a big deal... but with deans and other connectors that have a plastic body you start to melt the plastic which can lead to a misaligned connector.

now if you are constantly having to reheat the same solder joint, you begin to mess up the solder connection itself...

thats why its best to use the right tool for the job at hand. Good technique does not involve moving the iron all over the connector to get the heat transfer needed to flow the solder properly throughout the joint.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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01-21-2015 12:24 AM  3 years agoPost 14
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+1 for the Hakko...well worth the money in the long run!

Don't try to cheap out on a very important tool.

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01-21-2015 12:56 AM  3 years agoPost 15
racemwyatt

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Don't go cheap! The best money you can spend is on quality tools. One of the best irons I've owned:
http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-FX888D-...ring+iron+hakko

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01-21-2015 01:22 AM  3 years agoPost 16
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You can always sharpen the tip of a too hot iron for less heat transfer
Ahhh...one of the tricks of the trade.
A good soldering iron tip should never be filed. Doing so will ruin it.
I've been doing this for years. I've even worked on surface mount stuff with a 30 year old 100W iron. Just tin up the copper. I know it upsets some who are passionate about soldering but most of us aren't doing production work or anything.

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01-21-2015 01:48 AM  3 years agoPost 17
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I have no doubt filing adversely affects the tip's performance, but when you are dealing with too much heat, does that really matter anyway? In fact, isn't that really the objective?

One day I'll stop cheaping out and get an adjustable one.

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01-21-2015 02:07 AM  3 years agoPost 18
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Your's is adjustable Aaron...albeit manually!

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01-21-2015 03:39 AM  3 years agoPost 19
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I've been using a Weller WTCPT soldering station for several years now. I don't do anything but connector soldering (no fine PC stuff) but it works great on EC-5s and 10ga wire.

The tips are what controls the heat, but I just use the 700 degree ones for everything I do. It's not a cheapie station, but it works.

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01-21-2015 04:09 AM  3 years agoPost 20
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My Weller WTCPT is 16+ years old and still going strong. Tips are fairly inexpensive and available in many sizes. It's temperature controlled (as mentioned above), and still being sold by Weller today. Was worth every penny I spent on it.

  

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