EEVblog #180 – Soldering Tutorial Part 1 – Tools

PART 2: PART 3: Dave takes you through everything you need to know to d…

Electronics: Tutorial Soldering Iron Tips

This is an overview and general understanding of soldering irons and tools used with them. There are many soldering Irons and tools out there, this video goe…

30 Responses to EEVblog #180 – Soldering Tutorial Part 1 – Tools

  1. Philip says:

    This is a great guide for jobs where you know you are going to sit down and
    solder a ton of components in one sitting. I think it is also relevant to
    mention that electronic soldering irons take some time to heat up and the
    cord restricts where you can work, so if you have any kind of “quick fix”
    soldering that needs to be done on a board that is already installed in
    other hardware, it is *very* useful to have a small butane soldering iron.
    These are very small, portable, and there are no cords to get in the way,
    plus they heat up extremely quickly, within about 5-10 seconds. They also
    have a second attachment to be used as a very tiny butane blowtorch as
    well, which comes in handy all the time and works much better than butane
    lighters for when you need to burn a bowl during a long stint of exhausting
    solder work.

  2. Joshua Bokelman says:

    Wow really thanks a lot mate. I do phone repair and been wanting to learn
    how to solider. I always thought it was so hard now it looks easy after
    your video.

    Thanks for the long video that explains every little detail for people who
    don’t know anything. 

  3. riskinhos says:

    one good to avoid lead poisoning is: TO DON’T USE LEAD SOLDER.

  4. Holder Bee says:

    BIGGEST TRAP FOR NEW PLAYERS.. a hot bare iron tip will oxidize and you’ll
    lose thermal conductivity and ruin the tip! A new solder iron tip should be
    tinned immediately (as soon as the solder will melt onto it). From there on
    out the tip should never be without some solder tinned on it, you’ll need
    to wipe and retin every so often while working (some do it between every

  5. Andybaby says:

    Great vid, but where can you get a Hakko for $80? The cheapest I’ve seen is
    $199 (au.element14). .. or are you referring to the Chinese fakes?

  6. Ian B says:

    What is flux?

  7. Michael Garland says:

    Thank you so much for creating this tutorial. I have always been deeply
    interested in soldering and now I know so much more about it.

  8. El profe García says:

    Me gustan sus videos, felicitaciones.
    Saludos desde Colombia.

  9. Martin Stolle says:

    Found this very useful to step up the soldering game suitable for soldering
    on the Raspberry Pi.

  10. MichaelArronBerger says:

    I want to buy a nice soldering station, What is the difference of buying a
    Hakko fx888D vs a whole station like the aoyue or xtronic? I do however
    like the built in smoke absorber of the aoyue 

  11. Bruce B says:

    Hi Dave,

    The FX888 is discontinued. Have you tried the successor: FX 888D ?
    How does it compare to the older one ? Would it still a good purchase ?

    Many thanks for your input.


  12. mvl71 says:

    Seeing this vid I realize that it’s a small miracle my PlayStation2 is
    still working at all (I built in a modchip myself).

    * wrong kind of soldering iron (plugged directly into the wall socket)
    * wrong kind of soldering tip (pointed)
    * wrong kind of solder (1mm thick or perhaps even worse)
    * wrong technique (put solder to iron, then try to solder a wire to an IC)
    * no goggles, no gloves, no fan

    I did use a microscope, but that forced me to put my face right above the
    project, and since the whole process took so long (see the above list for
    the reasons why) I must have inhaled half a reel of solder…

  13. Tardisius says:

    I’m new to electronic soldering and all of your info is top drawer=)

  14. Luuk de groot says:

    How are the toolcraft soldering stations of Conrad?

  15. ZSLET says:

    You are great! :D

  16. Clay Hamilton says:

    Thank you for supporting us Americans and our products! It makes me happy
    to see someone actually support us!

  17. ejleipold says:

    Where does one find Hakko’s in Australia? Altronics and Jaycar don’t seem
    to stock them?

  18. Common Foxtrot says:

    The difference between 60/40 and 63/37 is in their plastic stage. The later
    solidifies almost immediately with very brief plastic phase. 63/37 is used
    for more heat sensitive works.

  19. Jesse W says:


  20. UC_Nightmare says:

    20:10 whats the real name for a tip like this?

  21. Roger Barraud says:

    Another niggly point: Some of the cheap solder suckers can generate ~4kV
    static spikes (maybe more) … which can be deadly to CMOS input pins
    etc… So you need to be pretty selective. If you think about it, they’re
    constructed like a linear Van der Graaf generator – piston at high speed,
    rubbing over the metal case. Oweee!!!

  22. MrLostMD says:

    I want you shirt sir!

  23. Video Security Services, Québec says:

    You are the Bob Ross of soldering 

  24. TheRangeControl says:

    Thank you, so much! It’s so hard for a noob to get good, detailed

  25. CHIBA280CRV says:

    Hello and thank you for the informative video..

  26. Bernardo Lara says:

    Great information, you got 1 sub from me!!!

  27. mrtruserv says:

    Thanks, very good

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