Choosing the Right Soldering Station – Advanctech

Soldering station are used to make conductive joints between wires, electrical components or electrical boards. They are used in many professional fields as well as with hobbyists such as amateur radio operators and remote controlled vehicle enthusiasts. Having the right station can mean the difference between beautiful, functional connections and an ugly, useless mess. With a little research you should be able to find a quality unit that fits your needs and budget.

First decide how you will primarily be using the station and what type of materials and connections will be made. This is important as you need to decide what wattage ofSoldering station that you will need as well as whether variable temperature is important. Remember that a higher wattage does not necessarily mean higher temperatures. It just means that the station will heat quicker and be able to compensate for the rapid heat loss encountered when soldering large wires or components with large ground planes. Also keep in mind that a delicate board will require lower temperatures with more accurate temperature control so a variable temperature station would be an appropriate choice. For smaller projects such as circuit boards, 15 to 30 watts is typically adequate but for larger projects such as audio cord, 40 watts or more may be needed.

Now it is time to start searching for your soldering unit. Always try to purchase a name brand unit from companies such as Weller. Make sure that the unit is made with safe materials such as ESD (electrostatic discharge) to protect delicate components and make working safer. Look for a station that comes with a few different sizes and shapes of tips. Look for the soldering pencil to be lightweight and have a non-burning cord of sufficient length. If you are planning to do a lot of repairs or “re-working” search for a unit that comes with a desoldering tool. Once you have found a Soldering station that has all the necessary features and meets your budget, you are home free.

When your new Soldering station arrives remember to keep safety in mind. Always keep the soldering pencil cord away from your work. Be careful not to burn yourself or others and always work in a well-ventilated area as some solder is toxic.

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