Old 07-03-2012, 06:33 AM #17
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Default Re: SMD soldering... Not as hard as it looks!

Those heaters are called preheating plate/ heater plate or similar.
You can buy them individually or there are some built in the hot air / IR rework stations.

I got one at work - they come in handy but I don't use it that much.


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I want to get a hot air station. I've been looking around for them, I will probably be getting one soon.

Right now I'm doing pretty good with a toaster oven though. Most of my reflows on "no pin ICs" are successful.

Sometimes when you get a pad that didn't have enough paste and didn't solder I've noticed you can just put a little dab of paste on the edge and touch it with a regular iron. Do it right and you can get the pin soldered without heating it up very much.
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I have this and really like it...

"X-TRONIC 4040" HOT AIR REWORK SOLDERING IRON STATION | eBay

But I would like more options for holding the PCBs in place and manipulating the pcb to be easier to work on.
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Default Re: SMD soldering... Not as hard as it looks!

I got a few I2C thingies to play around with, including some 2ch digipots. They come in a 14TSSOP package, or MicroQFN. Obviously TSSOP is much easier to work with, so got those.

I don't have any SMD prototyping boards though, so I had to get a bit creative ...



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I much prefer TSSOP! I wish the TI 630X0 series were available in a better/easier package.
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I much prefer TSSOP! I wish the TI 630X0 series were available in a better/easier package.
Yeah TSSOP is so easy to solder reflowing it is a joke, I don't even have to be precise with the solder but it will go where it needs to pretty much perfectly every time
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