60W Soldering iron

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60W Soldering iron

Postby Armoz » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:31 pm

So I'm pretty new at soldering. One of my Aladdin XT solder points came out (D0), hope there is no damage to the chip but the Xbox seems to boot up fine. (Error 05 from unlocked HDD) I am planning on desoldering then resoldering the point but I'm doing some practice on one of my fried laptops first. Just wondering, because I see posts that date back to 2003 that say only use a 15W soldering iron so you don't damage the mobo. I have a 60W, but that should be ok since it's temperature controlled? And if so, what temp should I use?
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Re: 60W Soldering iron

Postby ClassicGamer90 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:59 pm

That's just what they recommend so you don't accidentally burn it up. The hotter your iron is the faster you can solder / desolder, just don't hold it on there for more than a couple seconds and you should be fine, just do enough to melt the solder and make the connection and if you mess up just let it cool down for a couple seconds and try again, also flux helps ensure the solder makes contact with the point. I desoldered a broken Xeno chip in a GameCube and installed a new one with temps around 700 or more to make things quicker.
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Re: 60W Soldering iron

Postby HaloSlayer255 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:32 am

If that 60w iron is temperature controlled that just means it has a higher capability to store more heat, I remember hearing that from curious inventors how to solder video.

I typically keep my iron at 680 degrees Fahrenheit and if that doesn't work like for large wires, I'll turn it up to 788 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your iron uses the 900 series tips I find this one to be very useful https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00EINJZ ... ref=plSrch

Or the latest version of the tip (have not used it but listing anyway https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00762AG ... ref=plSrch

Hope this is helpful,
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Re: 60W Soldering iron

Postby darkweezil » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:03 pm

Buy a cheap soldering station w/adjustable temperature
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Re: 60W Soldering iron

Postby Geekman1222 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:30 am

I started out with a 20~25 watt iron, sure its a bit slower to work with but when your still learning it can be useful to get used to how the solder flows when you heat the metal and solder.

Now i use a good quality 30watt ceramic tip iron and thats been working wonders as a step up
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