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Getting into surface mount - Hand soldering or reflow oven?
« on: January 19, 2010, 04:46:20 PM »
I'm at the point where I really need to get into smd's, but I don't have a lot of money to do so.
I'm wondering which option is a better bang for your buck: Buying a hot air rework/soldering iron station, or modifying a toaster oven to do reflow?
They both seem to have their advantages and disadvantages, so I'm wondering what you as the community have to say.
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Re: Getting into surface mount - Hand soldering or reflow oven?
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010, 05:01:52 PM »
Use your normal iron? As long as you have a sharp tip and some solder wick, it is amazing the things one can solder with just an iron  :D

Here was my first attempt at SMD, and it worked great. Only used an iron and some solder wick for the mega168.

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Re: Getting into surface mount - Hand soldering or reflow oven?
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010, 06:18:09 PM »
I'm at the point where I really need to get into smd's, but I don't have a lot of money to do so.
I'm wondering which option is a better bang for your buck: Buying a hot air rework/soldering iron station, or modifying a toaster oven to do reflow?
They both seem to have their advantages and disadvantages, so I'm wondering what you as the community have to say.

I like the automated assembly machine...

You can desolder with a hot air station, but not (not easily) with an oven.


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Re: Getting into surface mount - Hand soldering or reflow oven?
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010, 06:47:20 PM »
As long as you dont want to go beyond leds, caps and qfp's you should be fine with a regular iron and a sharp tip.
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Re: Getting into surface mount - Hand soldering or reflow oven?
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010, 06:58:26 PM »
I think I'm going to go with soldering, as I would need hot air rework stuff anyways.

(btw, this is my 4th time trying to post)
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