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Soldering iron recommendations

Postby NSP » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:24 am

So, I ordered up some Mogami cable and Neutrik plugs to rewire my pedal board. I'm experienced with general soldering, but haven't had to do a bunch of cables before. The iron I currently have is 25W. Will that be adequate for the job, or is it recommended to use one with more power? I don't want to end up with cold solder joints.

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Re: Soldering iron recommendations

Postby TI4-1009 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:42 am

I was a lot happier after I moved up from a 25w to a 45w. A lot more heat- you can get in and out a lot faster, particularly for soldering grounds onto pots. For cables and jacks you might be OK with the 25.
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Re: Soldering iron recommendations

Postby Cmnaround » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:37 am

I found this video to be really helpful. This guy shows exactly how to solder with lots of good tips. He also recommends a 40W over a 25W.

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Re: Soldering iron recommendations

Postby spacefunkologist » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:25 pm

That was as useful and informative a youtube vid as Ive ever seen. Great stuff man, Thanks!
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Re: Soldering iron recommendations

Postby NSP » Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:34 am

Yeah, thanks guys. I used my 25W for the cables and they're turning out great. However, I'd definitely use a 40W for soldering to the backs of pots.
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