How to Pick the Best Soldering Iron
Introduction: How to Pick the Best Soldering Iron
A soldering iron is a hand tool used in soldering. There are many soldering irons available on the market. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Which soldering iron to choose for yourself depends on the soldering projects you are planning to do, as well as how often you are planning on using it. This Instructable will cover choosing a soldering iron that will be used for projects in electronics for soldering and de soldering work on the circuit boards.
The wattage of the soldering iron is one of the most important factor of a soldering iron. Most of soldering irons used in the electronics are in range 20 60 Watts. Soldering iron with wattage 50W is very common these days and it will provide sufficient heat for most of soldering projects on the circuit boards. Soldering irons with higher wattage (40W 60W) are better. It does not mean that soldering irons with higher wattage apply more heat to the solder joint it means that soldering irons with higher wattage has more power available. Since most of soldering stations comes with knob on power station for setting iron’s temperature, it is possible to regulate amount of the heat on iron tip. The price of the soldering pencils is in the range $10 30. I do not recommend soldering pencil for fine soldering projects since they do not provide any control of the temperature on the iron tip. The power station has controls for setting the desired temperature on the tip of soldering iron. Some of soldering stations come with electronic temperature control that means you can very precisely set and maintain the temperature of the iron. The power station automatically keeps the iron tip at an appropriate temperature. The price of the soldering stations is in the range $ 40 150. Soldering station can cover most of soldering projects including soldering of through hole components, and very fine surface mount components as small as 0603 and 0805. Weller is most popular brand for soldering stations followed by Hakko. On the other hand,
Aoyue soldering station is good combination of quality and price. Soldering systems usually consists of several hand pieces including soldering iron, hot air gun, de soldering gun, thermo tweezers,
etc. The price of the soldering systems is in the wide range $250 $2500. Pace is the most popular brand for these soldering systems.