Newbie wants to start soldering. Suggestions?

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kragmutt
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Newbie wants to start soldering. Suggestions?

Hello fellow BLFers, I want to get started soldering, so I guess I should start with cheaper equipment, right? below is a quote from Oldienea on another thread. Are these good to start with, or are there other suggestions out there? Maybe a vacuum desolderer?

Oldienea wrote:

I give you a list of what I use, but there will be probably other suggestions to come, from our modding professionals.

I use this iron:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/heat-adjustable-60w-electronics-diy-solderi...

then you need solder, something like this:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/1mm-1-meter-rosin-core-solder-16027

and some flux:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/goot-super-soldering-flux-6502

and maybe something to remove solder, like that:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/goot-wick-soldering-remover-1-5mm-x-1-5m-6252

and this soldering paste is not a must, but I find it useful:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/lodestar-soldering-paste-50g-4711

Thats solder and flux in one. I use it for pre-tinning wires and solder points.

Ah, I forgot to mention I use also this, because I have a bad eyesight:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/led-illuminated-cheaters-magnifier-with-3-m...

Edited by: kragmutt on 08/05/2011 - 18:21
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That looks like some great advice start on some broken or junk lights so it doesn't hurt so bad if you mess them up. I used a cheaper soldering iron for many years, I just recently upgraded my soldering iron.

I have one of those clamps that Triker posted they are very useful.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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Good idea. Link? I don't even know what it's called so I don't know what to look for...

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unless you're doing a lot of big jobs, de-soldering braid should be fine.  you don't really need a pump.