10 Soldering Tips to Instantly Improve Your Soldering Skills



what's up everyone in this video I'm going to show you 10 tips to instantly improve your soldering skills let's get started before we get into the tips I'll quickly talk about the basic equipment you need for soldering one of course you need a soldering iron too you need some solder and then three you need something to extract the the fumes from the solder any soldering iron will do the job as long as it can get hot enough but if you plan on doing a lot of soldering I highly recommend you getting a soldering iron with a on/off switch and one that you can adjust the temperature a good soldering iron to last through a lifetime versus a cheap one will break all the time you have to keep replacing them a good soldering iron will make the job cleaner easier and fun I got this Weller W ESD 51 about 20 years ago when my school was changing equipment so I got this one used but this thing is still going strong and I would probably be still using this if my friend didn't give me his WD 1002 this is about a $400 soldering iron it is discontinued I'll probably have this dishonouring on for the rest of my life this is a really expensive soldering iron and it heats up really quickly but if I were to buy a soldering iron today it would be the Weller we1 zero one zero n/a it's a 70 watt digital soldering iron and goes for about a hundred bucks as for the solder goes use a rosin core solder if you use a rosin core there's really no need for flux because of rosin core is exactly as it sounds the core of the solder is hollow and it's filled with rosin so rosin is a is a type of solder so it's like killing two birds with one stone when you use this it'll melt the solder and then the rosin will come out and kind of like flux the solder and help it melt really quickly solder contains small amounts of light so you don't want to be breathing in that smoke I highly recommend using some kind of exhaust extractor or even just a simple fan to blow the toxic fumes from your face a small solder jobs not gonna kill you they don't give you a nasty headache for the rest of the day enough about equipment let's get started if you've never sought it before you're scared of messing something up or just unsure of your soldering skills no problem follow these 10 tips to instantly improve your soldering skills tip number one start with a clean tip a clean tip will transfer heat much better and give you a cleaner joint simply just take a wet sponge or a coiled wire ball just wipe the excess solder off or if you're in the field or in a pinch just give it a nice tap on the table to remove the excess solder tip number two use a cone tip rather than a wedge tip I feel like the wedge tips are great for batteries okay for medium size wires like motors and but they're really hard for small wires like FPV wires but the cone tip are good for motors good for batteries and really good for fine wiring I just feel like the cone tip are just an overall more versatile tip to use tip number three pretend all wires and pads before soldering it'll make everything so much easier melted solder bonds to solder instantly much faster than solder to wire tip number four use high heat what destroys battery pads is the amount of time on the pad versus the amount of heat on the pad 800 degrees works well for battery cables all the way down to small tiny FPV wires but if your soldering iron can do 850 850 is best for big fat battery cables tip number 5 use the shortest amount of time possible using high heat will let you melt the solder quickly so you could get the job done quickly just remember you want high heat for a short amount of time not low heat for a long period of time on the solder pad because that's what destroys solder pad tip number 6 soldering small tiny wires like fpv camera wires make sure the pad and the wire are pretend melt the solder on the pad then just quickly push the wire into the melted solder remove the heat and hold the wire steady until it cools tip number 7 for medium gauge wires like motor wires it's similar to a small gauge wire preach in the wire and the pad melt the solder on the pad then place the wire where the melted solder and the tip meet when the solder melts remove the iron and hold the wire still until the solder cools tip number 8 big fat battery cables this is the one that scares the most people but it's really not that hard it's similar to the medium gauge wire you preach in the wire preach in the pad you melt the solder on the on pad and then you just put the wire where these melted solder and the soldering iron touch and then you just wait for the solder on the wire to melt once it melts you want the entire ball of solder to be liquid and then you remove the heat and you wait for the solder to cool without moving the wire tip number nine a solder joint that doesn't have enough solder can come off the pad a joint that doesn't have enough solder will look bumpy or you can see the strains of the wire to fix this just simply add more solder tip number 10 a solder joint that has too much solder is not a good thing either a joint that has too much solder will look big and blobby or you'll see like these spikes coming off the solder to fix this use a solder wick to remove some of the solder or just take a hot soldering iron and wipe away some of the solder just remember these 10 tips next time you build your quad and I promise you your bill will be cleaner faster and easier if you found this video helpful it really helped me out if you give me a like put a comment in the comment section let me know what you think of this video and I'll see you in the next one peace

34 thoughts on “10 Soldering Tips to Instantly Improve Your Soldering Skills”

  1. For people saying I'm giving out bad information, these 10 (11 tips on the website) tips are based off speed, efficiency and results from soldering for the past 20 years. I have a degree in electronics engineering and my first job out of college was repairing surface mount components under a microscope at Nokia. My job for 3 years was soldering daily.

    I can comfortably say I've built over 100 quads. When you've been soldering for this long you find out what works and what doesn't.

    Yes in school they teach you to use flux but we all know what is taught in school is not always practical in real life. I'm not saying don't use flux, it's just not needed. Use a rosin core solder, it has flux in it.

    As for the tip, I'm just saying the cone tip is a more versatile tip. Yes, a wedge tip is great for batteries and motor wires but there are some jobs it can't do. Like if you're trying to replace a surface mount component on a vtx or flight controller. Try replacing a microprocessor chip with a wedge tip, you'll end up with solder blobs everywhere and kill the chip. A cone tip doesn't excel for any job but it can do all jobs.

  2. I've done reworked on lots of transformers and I could never succeed to solder the connector back to the primary winding. I've found an alternative way but not soldering.

  3. Very well presented. You were clear and I appreciated the examples. I plan to do jewelry soldering and I am a novice. This video has been educational as I often find myself doing wire soldering–Thank you! I subscribed! I like your safety glasses. Where did you purchase these, and I hope they are not too expensive.

  4. Great tips, all of which I've learned the hard way. My favorite one is high heat quickly, not low heat slowly, escpecially when soldering aluminum wire. If one wants to get into soldering, I'd suggest to get a rework station. It doesn't have to be a real high priced one, x-tronics 4000 series is a real good unit for the price and very reliable. Learning to use a hot air gun could prove to be just as valuable as learning to solder… they go hand in hand in this field.

  5. Really appreciate this video as I’ll be doing my first solder in the coming days and needed to understand certain things before I start. Thank you

  6. Thank you for the concise energetic video. I'm looking to purchase a solder iron and realistically don't imagine using it enough to warrant spending over $40. I've considered the solder gun for the high heat capacity and am also interested in wood burning. Can you use a soldering iron for both? Ideas? Thanks.

  7. 1:50 correction: solder contains LARGE amounts of lead, but you never breathe it in because the lead is too heavy to evaporate. You need an extractor to keep the bad fumes from the burning flux out of your lungs.

  8. I installed a mod-chip on my Xbox 360 a few years ago and it involved soldering a "reader" to extract some files, and then soldering the mod chip. It was the first ever soldering job I did and it went almost perfectly (at least in my inexperienced view). I apparently shorted something on the board so the console wouldn't boot up. It sucked since I had spent a few hours trying to get everything soldered right only to find that my console wouldn't turn on. I went over the solder joints looking to see if I might have bridged anything accidentally and couldn't find anything wrong.

    I eventually got frustrated with it and left the console alone for a few months. When I remembered about it months later, I tried again. I looked over the solder joints and even re-did them and eventually got it to work. Ever since that point, I got my Xbox modded and never had any issues with the soldering job I did. It also got me interested in soldering.

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