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30W soldering iron? –
I have a 30W soldering Iron, my mod chip + wires should arive in the post this week, would a 30W be okay If i was VERY quick? (less than 2 seconds) or would it be advisable to go out and get a 15W, and where would the best place be (not online) in the UK?
Thanks in advance!
Maplins Sell Antex Irons 12,15,18 watt
about £15.00 try there m8.
30 watt is a little to high if you not 100% about your soldering m8
I'm pretty confident in my soldering, I have soldered a lot of boards in time and soldered during electronics course in college :P I just worry about my ps2, so if i am confident it should be okay?
If you have good soldring skillz you should be fine m8,that is just my opinion tho.
sorry i couldnt help more
No problem, I'll just put the solder down, then the wire, as quick as i can with as little touching as possible. Unless I can borrow a lower watt one from a friend or something. Still looking for input though.
hmm... A 30-watt soldering iron could very well damage your motherboard. I remember reading somewhere that it was recommended to use a 10 but heck, I used a 15 for my DMS4 Pro and it worked a treat. Oh the thought of ruining a board...(not that I know anything about that)
Spend the money and get a temperature controlled soldering Iron.
I personally have a Weller 60W iron. It heats up super fast (Like 20 seconds and it is hot enough to solder), and never have to worry about it cooling down from wiping it. And because it is temperature controllered, I know exactly what the heat output it 600F-800F. PLus I can buy different sized tips for different jobs.
Look on Ebay and you can buy a nice iron for $50.
I have actually found that the cheap 15W irons can be hotter than my 60W if they are left for a while without soldering anything.
I hate 15W soldering irons, they take ages to heat up and don't keep their temperature very long. I bought a no-brand 60W iron with a temperature adjustment dial for only € 15 or so. This works much better then those crappy 15W irons imo. It gets to the right temperature quickly and stays there.
But to get back to your question: soldering with a 30W is possible, especially of you have some experience. The only real danger with hotter irons AFAIK is that you lift a printed track off the board, but you really have to keep it on quite a while to do that. SMD components can handle heat with no problems, I mean these things are soldered on in 300˚C ovens. The only thing to watch out for is when soldering directly on CPU or BIOS pins.
Well my chip came today (Myth Lite 610) and I went ahead and used my 30W, everything went fine with no problems, and the chip works perfect :P guess was worrying over nothing! Thanks for your help.