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soldering iron temperature for gertboard

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:29 pm
by Andybp
Hi....

I have a gertboard coming for xmas from my lovely wife.

I plan on building it over christmas.

Coudl anyone recommend the temperate I should set my soldering iron to please?

I'll be using 60/40 tin/lead roson core

Re: soldering oron temperature for gertboard

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:15 pm
by Burngate
No more than 400C - in my experience.

To a certain extent, it will depend on the size of your bit, thinner ones needing a higher temperature (the sensor is at the other end of the bit, and you've got to allow for a drop down the length, as well as the thermal capacity being lower ...)

And I'm expecting more people to chime in here with different ideas.

Re: soldering oron temperature for gertboard

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:33 pm
by aTao
Heres my 2 bit's worth (see what I did there?)


For more years soldering than I care to admit to, a Weller TCP 24 has done just about everything. I have a PT A A 7 bit, its pretty damned fine and set for 370C.

Money you spend on a good high power temperature controlled iron is money you will never* regret spending. Cheap tools are the biggest cause of problems with hobby electronics.


* Never ever say "never". (oops)

Re: soldering oron temperature for gertboard

Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:56 pm
by Andybp
Thank you.

Re: soldering oron temperature for gertboard

Posted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 3:18 pm
by plugwash
I usually solder at 350.

higher temps mean quicker melting but they also mean the solder left on the bit oxidises quicker and shorten tip life.