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Default Soldering leads to diodes

Hello i am new to the forum however I DID READ AND SEARCH! I was just wondering if someone would make a video on how to attach leads to diodes i tried experimenting with it a bit but wasn't very successful as the diode pins are so tiny. Plz leave some videos so i can learn from you guys methods.


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"Practice makes perfect"...

You should practice soldering leads on other less expensive
items such as TO-92 transistors with their leads cut short..
And don't forget to use Solder Flux.

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Like laserbee said, practice makes perfect.

Solder flux is needed.

I pre-tin the wire, put flux on it, make sure everything is nice and stable(mount the diode in an Aixiz module so its easier to hold with some helping hands), make sure my soldering iron tip is clean, put a small amount of solder on the tip and then...TOUCH...the fluxed wire to the diode pin.
It will almost instantly fuse, pull away your iron and your done!(don't forget your wire heat shrink to protect the connection)

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Sounds good guys ill take that advise. Id still like to see some vidoes though...nothing beats visual aid.
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I'll try to make one up for you when I get home tonight.... Good idea!
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agreed. take your time getting it all set up - then solder quick like the wind...

I like to use an flat jaw alligator clip on the lead being soldered, to act as a heat sink.
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That's the iron and tip we use to solder Heating Duct sheet metal...
Basically the video is sound...
I prefer to start by touching (with the solder) the spot where the
iron touches the wire to get the heat to flow faster.
His technique takes too long to make an electronic joint...IMO
For wire and sheet metal his technique is fine...

BTW did you notice that all that extra heat melted the wire insulation
under the alligator clip on the first joint...


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That's the iron and tip we use to solder Heating Duct sheet metal...
Basically the video is sound...
I prefer to start by touching (with the solder) the spot where the iron
touches the wire to get the heat to flow faster.
His technique takes too long to make an electronic joint...IMO
For wire and sheet metal his technique is fine...


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Lol i just picked the first video i saw and posted it but it has the basics in it

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Offroadfreak beat me to it.. i was going for the same link
And dont forget to clean the tip after every joint, Make sure the solder is a good quality one, even a highly skilled person cannot solder properly with a cheap , low quality solder.. Always tin the tip before making a contact and apply solder on to the joint not directly to the tip.
The most common mistake is to apply a huge amount of solder onto the tip untill it looks like a drop, and trying to put that drop on to a joint, Not gonna fuckin happen that way.. you always have to tin the tip to make a good contact at the joint and then apply a small solder on to the heated joint to make it melt.. then remove the iron and let it stand for a second and there u go! practice this for a couple of times and you'll see what you were doing wrong!

EDIT: Laserbee is right on the tip that he's using but the soldering is basic, and he had only one type of joint to explain it, what he's saying is more important that what he's doing imo!
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FYI, I hardly ever use flux. Most diodes we deal with are harvested, and thusly pre-tinned. Most solder available already has flux in it anyway. You actually have to actively look to find non-rosin core solder these days. You should however pre-tin your wires.. and also USE THE PROPER SIZE WIRE. heh.
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There you go pal,

quick close-up of how I solder them pesky leads

few tips:

1. First prepare your wires and tin them.
Retin you iron every time you solder if the tin is dry.
Dispose of old tin. Don't build up the tin on iron too much.
2. Watch the video.
4. Practice on dead diode (as the one seen on the video )
5. Do it on a live diode.
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Like laserbee said, practice makes perfect.

Solder flux is needed.

I pre-tin the wire, put flux on it, make sure everything is nice and stable(mount the diode in an Aixiz module so its easier to hold with some helping hands), make sure my soldering iron tip is clean, put a small amount of solder on the tip and then...TOUCH...the fluxed wire to the diode pin.
It will almost instantly fuse, pull away your iron and your done!(don't forget your wire heat shrink to protect the connection)

Good luck
Great description here.

You should PM Flaminpyro, he sells great wire and he also had heat shrink tubing. Im sure he would be glad to hook you up with what you need.
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I also think if you buy enough of the silicon wire, he throws in some shrink tubing as well. Seems like last time I ordered 30' of wire from him he sent me some tubing as well, anyway.
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Thanks guys, great close up video!

Can you use plumbers flux?

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All you need is:

-Silicone wire
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-A soldering iron
-And some rosin core solder.

Pre-tinning your wires makes life ALOT easier. Place some flux on the diode pins and your wires, then tin your soldering iron tip and place it on the wire. The solder should flow all around your wire and completely cover it. Then just put a small bit of solder on your soldering iron in preperation for soldering to your diode.

Now all you have to do is heat up your wire and just touch it to the flux-covered diode pins Then just slide your heatshrink over the connection.

EDIT: What I usually do is press my diode into its module and then secure it in its heatsink. Then I just remove the lens so the face of the heatsink becomes flush and I place it on my desk where it can't move anywhere
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