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Andrew124C41

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I use kester "44" rosin core solder, it's 63% Tin and 37% Lead which is what you want, it goes from molten to solid pretty much instantly once you remove heat, I have several soldering stations but on my bench here I am using a basic cheap temp controlled soldering station with a small point tip.

Try to set things up so that you can brace your hands against your workbench and use magnification and plenty of light to see well, when I was younger I could see the smallest detail unaided but now I have to wear reading glasses, it happens to most of us.
I use the same solder and have for years. They call it a eutetic blend....low melting point good flow. Reading glasses are not enough... cataracts unfortunately. I use magnification and various ways if stabilizing. Didn't you get something a T100 soldering iron?
 



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You mean a rework station ?
I have one in my basement with a hot air wand but I like my heat gun better for extracting laser diodes from the high security blocks.....actually the 1st time I extracted laser diodes from one of the thick blocks I heated it with a blow torch, the trick is to keep it moving along the sides only and heat evenly, however the heat gun works well and some have said a toaster oven will also do the job which I expect it would, but for the blocks with a PC board that's soldered in I like my heat gun, for general soldering work any temp controlled iron with a decent tip will be fine.
 
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You mean a rework station ?
I have one in my basement with a hot air wand but I like my heat gun better for extracting laser diodes from the high security blocks.....actually the 1st time I extracted laser diodes from one of the thick blocks I heated it with a blow torch, the trick is to keep it moving along the sides only and heat evenly, however the heat gun works well and some have said a toaster oven will also do the job which I expect it would, but for the blocks with a PC board that's soldered in I like my heat gun, for general soldering work any temp controlled iron with a decent tip will be fine.
No, this TS100

Didn't you recommend it in a thread? You do reflow? Your talents never cease to amaze me. I have not tried that out yet. I have no idea how people solder the little components on our drivers. They are not smd or are they?

I was thinking about getting one of those Galalian magnifiers like surgeons use. All the others make you just about stick your nose in what you are soldering? I am going to be 69 on the 9th. Maybe I will give myself one as a birthday gift lol.
 

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I haven't done any re-flow, just pulling parts, this 1000X scope/monitor is cool, I have one and you can record video to a micro SD card and use it to see tiny stuff you're working on.
 

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No, this TS100

Didn't you recommend it in a thread? You do reflow? Your talents never cease to amaze me. I have not tried that out yet. I have no idea how people solder the little components on our drivers. They are not smd or are they?

I was thinking about getting one of those Galalian magnifiers like surgeons use. All the others make you just about stick your nose in what you are soldering? I am going to be 69 on the 9th. Maybe I will give myself one as a birthday gift lol.
50+ here same eye issues got a pair of these Watchmaker Magnifier work great (y)
for jobs where nose lol gets in the way have also 1 of these
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I don't remember that TS100 but I bought something similar that I'm not even using, I have a lot of unfinished projects.

No I sometimes use the magnifying glass on my helping hands and the little clip arms to hold parts I am working on or wear my reading glasses, but the little scope with monitor is handy........I should mount some articulated arms on the base for holding work but I am used to looking through glass, on my basement bench I have a big magnifier like this.
 

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I don't remember that TS100 but I bought something similar that I'm not even using, I have a lot of unfinished projects.

No I sometimes use the magnifying glass on my helping hands and the little clip arms to hold parts I am working on or wear my reading glasses, but the little scope with monitor is handy........I should mount some articulated arms on the base for holding work but I am used to looking through glass, on my basement bench I have a big magnifier like this.
You know, I built a complicated 3rd hand using cooling hose components and magnets. Sometimes I think I should buy that inexpensive 3rd hand with the magnifying glass which is what I suspect you are talking about.

I do need a new soldering iron. I will probably get rid of the one I have and get the heat gun you have me the link to and some kind of soldering device. The one I have worked for awhile but the digital temperature is not accurate. Since I also use lead tin traditional solder, I don't need the high temp for silver.

Just not sure what to purchase... something light for sure.

Are you using a set of diodes for your dummy load. I think I told you that I am using SL high power one...I put a smile volt meter right on it. I find though that my readings are a little bit higher than I get with the clamp meter which I suspect is more accurate.
 

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Naw I use a 1 ohm resistor or a decanned junk laser diode and an inductive meter but I know most here use the dummy load, it's probably the better way for most people, that and I fine tune with my LPM which I now need to replace, I am thinking I will either get a LaserBee A10 or a Sanwu

Yea I have a bunch of these that I still use, that and I make use of wood clothespins to hold small items.

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Naw I use a 1 ohm resistor or a decanned junk laser diode and an inductive meter but I know most here use the dummy load, it's probably the better way for most people, that and I fine tune with my LPM which I now need to replace, I am thinking I will either get a LaserBee A10 or a Sanwu

Yea I have a bunch of these that I still use, that and I make use of wood clothespins to hold small items.

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I have two of those laser power sensors that everyone was talking about. I only am using one with a meter someone mae for me. It is really just a part that can be purchased. When I get a chance I can look it up....probably under a 100 bucks if that. I don't know what I paid for the second sensor I think ithey are the: 20C-A-1-Y. Let me know if you want to look into it. I can test the second sensor. It has not been used but stored.
 

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Naw I use a 1 ohm resistor or a decanned junk laser diode and an inductive meter but I know most here use the dummy load, it's probably the better way for most people, that and I fine tune with my LPM which I now need to replace, I am thinking I will either get a LaserBee A10 or a Sanwu

Yea I have a bunch of these that I still use, that and I make use of wood clothespins to hold small items.

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I found my LPM. Has rechargeable batteries. I have another one of these sensors if you are interested. No reason to just have it lying around.
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The LFP cells came today. Marked 32650 but actually 32700! Won't fit... return.

Measured the output of the 44 build. Only getting about 5400 to 5600 ma at 4.5 amps. I get the same with 3 cells using the ASC4500 driver. It will actually put out a bit more but I left it at 4.5.

This is with a G8. Will a G2 give me more power I wonder?
I have two of those laser power sensors that everyone was talking about. I only am using one with a meter someone mae for me. It is really just a part that can be purchased. When I get a chance I can look it up....probably under a 100 bucks if that. I don't know what I paid for the second sensor I think ithey are the: 20C-A-1-Y. Let me know if you want to look into it. I can test the second sensor. It has not been used but stored.
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Naw I use a 1 ohm resistor or a decanned junk laser diode and an inductive meter but I know most here use the dummy load, it's probably the better way for most people, that and I fine tune with my LPM which I now need to replace, I am thinking I will either get a LaserBee A10 or a Sanwu

Yea I have a bunch of these that I still use, that and I make use of wood clothespins to hold small items.

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I figured out the problem. I have been away been away from the hobby so long, I did not realize I had a 3 element lens on it. With a G2 or G8, I am getting over 7 which is what I want!
 

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Ahh, that will do it, also a dirty lens can rob a lot of power, I use ZEISS LENS WIPES in the individual foil packs.
 
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The original maglite that Jayrob did for me is for 2 D cells.

2 Felong 32650 cells fit. I got an extension tube when I realized I should probably use 3 cells.

But I think 32650s are not exactly D size. I think D is more like 32600 because 3 cells don't fit.

Do you know if 3 32650s will fit in a standard 3 D cell maglite host?

2 32650s plus 1 26650 will fit because the 26650 will fit in the tailcap.

I need to find a replacement for the 32650s. I just found out that there was a 32600 but it was discussed....now there is a 32700! Those are the LFP cells I just got that are mislabeled as 32650 right on the cell. The company that I got them from did not even know.

I really have gotten to like LFP cells...but though you charge them to 3.65 V, they really hang out at the nominal V. And you can't cover discharge. It has a very flat discharge curve so you really cannot tell state of charge by voltage. For my 50 amp hour pack, I have a battery management system that also balances them. I have a solar charge controller...but no solar roll up panel yet lol. Got it for a satalite station. If I can find the Amateur Radio Field Day I can show you the antenna. It has a rotor that tracks satalites. I want to hit the ISS and talk to one of the astronaut dudes. He can tell me once and for all that the earth is not flat! Ever talk to a flat earther?

Maybe I should have Richard make a custom host for 32700s. 3 cells

Below is the number I was looking for!

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Elevation Azimuth rotor dual band antenna

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IC 9700 radio for satalite work... before I made the 59 amp hour battery I borrowed two lead acid ones.
 

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Nice pics. :)

The 1st two numbers are the diameter and the following three numbers are the length.
18650 is 18mm wide and 65.0mm long.
18500 is 18mm wide and 50.0mm long.
 




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