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10-18-2015 01:17 PM  34 months agoPost 1
tomtek

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I have an 80 watt soldering iron and am having a difficult time heating up 8 gauge stranded wire enough to tin it before attaching it to an ec5 connecter. I hold the iron on it for up to three minutes and still am not able to get the solder to flow up into the strands. Do I need a higher watt iron.

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10-18-2015 01:32 PM  34 months agoPost 2
DemetriusUSN

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Yes,you should look at a station. I bought one of these and I've not had any problems what so ever. You will have folks tell you to get the more expensive ones,I have 2 12s birds and have had no problems. TrakPower tk-950 is a solid station. Hope this helps.

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10-18-2015 01:42 PM  34 months agoPost 3
rcnut

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I use a solder station where I can adjust the temp. I believe you will need a wattage in the 100-150 range. I set my station temp to 750-800 degrees using a large tip. This works great.

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10-18-2015 02:22 PM  34 months agoPost 4
Jerry K

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First question is, are you using the proper procedures? When heating the wire have you cleaned (with a wet rag) and tinned the tip just prior to trying to heat the wire? Then as you begin heating the wire place a small amount of solder to the connection between the iron and the wire. This solder is what actually 'conducts' the heat between the two. IF you are following this procedure properly, then you need a larger iron.

You may also look into purchasing a larger tip for your existing iron. That may be all you need. Also look into the type of solder you are using. Stay away from the newer 'lead-free' solders Go out and buy #1-2 of lead based solder(2 sizes 1/32" 1/16"Add in a small bottle of paste flux also. There will be a point when it is no longer available, and you will regret not having done it now.

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10-18-2015 03:17 PM  34 months agoPost 5
tomtek

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I am using a trak power tk-950 soldering station. Even on the highest setting I am unable to get the 8 gauge strand wire hot enough to tin it. Wires in the 12 and 14 gauge I have no trouble with. Would it help to add flux to the 8 gauge wire before heating it up.

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10-18-2015 03:24 PM  34 months agoPost 6
KevinB

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I had the same issue with trying to solder the larger wire. I ended up buying a butane micro torch. It took a little getting use to because the torch is actually too hot if you get too close. After a couple attempts though, it's been working great for me and I have no problems getting the solder flowing properly now.

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10-18-2015 03:34 PM  34 months agoPost 7
thtoyman

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I use a 80 watt soldering iron wells. works great for any thing. I use alot, its all in the way you are doing it. are you use any flex?

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10-18-2015 03:44 PM  34 months agoPost 8
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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Best thing for. 8 g wire is a soldering gun with a decent tip. If u want a station look at pace from techi tool com I rec the gold st with the big tip like a 1/4" spade. N get a flux pen leaded solder will work better then lead free as its got lower melting point

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10-18-2015 03:47 PM  34 months agoPost 9
Rodney Kirstine

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Are you holding the wire with pliers? If so, they will act as a heat sink and make it harder to get the wire up to temp. I have a piece of 3/8" plywood that I use to solder on. I drill holes in it that I can put the convectors in during soldering. The wood doesn't sink heat the way metal does. I was using a 35 watt iron and soldering 10ga wires without issue, using this setup.

I wanted something with some temperature control, though, so I bought one of these cheap soldering stations two years ago and it's actually very good. It's pretty much a copy of the Hakko 936.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...Warehouse_.html

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10-18-2015 03:47 PM  34 months agoPost 10
Jerry K

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Would it help to add flux to the 8 gauge wire before heating it up.
Yes, I should have added that to the leaded solder list to buy. Also when you get to the point where you can heat these wires, be careful not to 'wick the wire' that is allowing solder to flow up into the insulation. Wicking the wire makes them prone to vibration breaking of the wire. That is why it is important to heat the wire FAST with the proper iron and procedure.

I use a 240w gun, I have different irons depending on the work being done.

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