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Old 03-20-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Default Soldering station on the cheap ....

Now you can toddle of to a LHS ... buy online .... and spend those hard earned pennies, with helis it's not pennies though !!

Ok - so you have Deans / XT60's, Bullets etc. etc. to solder up. Like me - you may have a small modellers vice you use to trap the connector in and then solder up.

BUT a nifty trick is a solder plug station.

A piece of nice wood all polished and gleaming that was going to be some ornamental part in the house ... Fit your plugs / sockets / bullets to it so they are raised and males, females ... these are permanent to the block.

You now have a station with all the required connectors fixed to it that you can now plug your connector to be soldered to ... solder away without worry that you will distort or damage the soldered plug. It also is portable that you can set down anywhere instead of having to use the vice.

Cost ? We all have a bit of wood .. and spare connectors ... so peanuts.

When I've made mine I shall post a photo ... :lol:

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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I bought one of those cheap "helping hands" from HF. Nice and steady, BUT the clips do act as a heat sink.
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I like those croc clip jobs - but the idea I floated will plug in and that helps to stop any distortion or movement of pins if overheated, because you plug the item into its counterpart fixed on the board.

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Old 03-20-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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Subscribed. Anxiously awaiting results....
Don't hold yer breath !! I'm stuck up to ears in Ukraine beaureacracy on a job that should be near finished by now but hasn't even started !

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Old 03-22-2012, 03:24 PM   #6
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Wanna talk about cheap? I get by just fine with a rubber band around a pair of needle nosed pliers.... holds them fine for the whole minute the task takes.

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I have also been known to use a pair of molegrips to hold a connector.


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Not sure if this would help anyone but Hobbyking does a good little soldering jig that i use,sorry but it's not made from wood but mine works a treat and i wouldn't be without it now.

I'll leave a link for anyone who wants to take a look at it and it's not going to break the bank at around $8,just under the price you will see the tab for reviews and you will see most people are just as happy with theres as i am,still it's down to you if you get one or not but i wouldn't hold your breath waiting for a wooden one just yet.

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Nice but ...

a) I often buy my LiPo's without Deans or have wrong connector on ... I prefer Deans. Guess what would happen if I put a Deans in that and then started soldering LiPo leads ?

n) Why pay $8 + shipping and the 3 week wait when I can use spare connectors and a scrap wood block for zilch out of my workshop ? AND no chance of shorting a LiPo as in a) ....

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Originally Posted by solentlife View Post
Ok - so you have Deans / XT60's, Bullets etc. etc. to solder up. Like me - you may have a small modellers vice you use to trap the connector in and then solder up.

BUT a nifty trick is a solder plug station.
For the newbies out there, check out the Anderson Power Pole connectors with their crimping tool. With these units, a terminal can be crimped on a wire and inserted into a plastic shell in 30 seconds, with no soldering.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64539

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Originally Posted by kyleservicetech View Post
For the newbies out there, check out the Anderson Power Pole connectors with their crimping tool. With these units, a terminal can be crimped on a wire and inserted into a plastic shell in 30 seconds, with no soldering.

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64539
Hi Kyle .. whats Crimping to do with a soldering station ?

I know what you'll say about it - but I'm a dedicated soldered connector guy ...

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Originally Posted by solentlife View Post
Hi Kyle .. whats Crimping to do with a soldering station ?

I know what you'll say about it - but I'm a dedicated soldered connector guy ...
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That's why I put "Newbies" on there.

As for soldering equipment, I've got several soldering guns, half dozen soldering irons of all sizes, a 40 watt temperatue regulated soldering station, and a 100 watt temperature regulated soldering iron for soldering those A123 cells. Plus a few butane soldering irons. Also got a 80 watt unregulated soldering iron that's either to hot, or to cold when soldering heavy duty stuff. Don't use it at all now.

Those temperature regulated soldering irons and stations are what's used 99.9% of the time for soldering circuit boards and various other stuff.

IMHO, methinks a lot of the problems wattflyers are having with soldering those battery connectors and overheating their plastic shells is a direct result of using a soldering iron that is to small, and not temperature regulated. My 100 watt temp regulated iron will solder one of those Deans connectors in a few seconds without damaging the plastic shell.

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I have a typical DIY general purpose 240v soldering iron that does just about every soldering job I have. Used to have loads of different size tips for it but lost them over the 40 odd yrs I've had it.

I also have a small 12v iron that stays on the yacht. I bought it after a trip to the pub ! Cost me about $5. Believe it or not - it works very well ... in fact one time out in baltic when wind died and I went to start the engine - no joy. Checked in engine box and found solenoid contact snapped of. So a small self tapper ... my 12v iron ... I got the screw to bite maybe one turn into the solenoid contact and then wrapped the lead round the screw head and then soldered it up. Lasted the rest of the summer ...

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