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How to Use a Soldering Iron

If you work with electronics frequently, you cannot escape using a soldering iron. It is particularly important if you have to form electronic circuits on breadboards, especially if you need to solder wires to electronic pieces. In such a case, you will have to know how to use a soldering iron.

So how do you choose a soldering iron?

Normally the range for soldering irons used is between 15 Watts to 25 Watts. It comes in two forms – the tiny chisel tip or cone tip. However, you can have other shapes adjusted accordingly if you like.

You can choose to go for the cheapest option which is the stand-alone kind that does not come with a temperature controller. For your own convenience, it is best to get a soldering iron with a stand that comes with its own sponge. The stand, in this case, prevents the iron from burning anything else on your desk while you are working with the iron. The sponge is used for cleaning the soldering iron tip after you finish using it.

The iron station you are using should ideally have a temperature controller which comes with its own stand and a cleaning sponge.

What are the uses of a soldering iron?

  • You can use a soldering iron to attach stuff

When binding stuff together, a soldering iron is very handy for the job. Traditionally soldering irons were made of lead, but it is now being replaced because of health matters.

  • To heat and melt the solder

Soldering irons tips can operate at 420 to 480 degrees Celsius. The latest models come with heat control which you can select the temperature you want to work with.

How to use a soldering iron

There are several steps to follow when using a soldering iron to do some binding work. See the steps below;

  1. First of all, make sure your soldering iron tip has heated up to the required level.
  2. Take note that you have to maintain the soldering tip as clean as possible while in use. You can do this by using a wet sponge to clean the tip.
  3. In connection to the above point, keep the tip clean throughout the soldering process.
  4. Connect the soldering tip to the part you want to bind.
  5. Give it two to three seconds then bring the solder to the joint area. at this point, the heat will charge the solder and make it flow. While at it, ensure you do not melt the solder straight to the tip of the soldering iron because it will mold into a cold joint which is weak and may not be able to charge electric power.
  6. The last step is to allow the joint you have just worked on to cool down before you do anything else.

Final thoughts

As you may have noticed above, the soldering process is very different from welding because in welding process you do not need a solder. Solder is a softer material which has a lesser melting point which makes it an easier option to use. This is why it is most preferred in the electronic process. That is it, now you know how to use a soldering iron.


About David

David has been involved in home improvement projects for the last ten years. He faced many problems when he was building his first home due to shoddy artistry. This led him to start his own blog where he could educate consumers on simple ways to do home repairs. David is an avid reader and a good writer. He spends most of his weekends out in the countryside in his Harley. He's a man on a mission to leave this world in a better place than he found it. David is married to his childhood sweetheart – Hannah - and together they have two chubby boys.

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