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Soldering irons?
« on: Apr 28, 2008, 08:24 pm »
Quick question!

I've been hearing mention of soldering irons alot lately and, although I know what they are, I'm curious about something. Someone commented about using one of them to repair a headset and I'm wondering how that would work. Does anybody have an idea of that?

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Re: Soldering irons?
« Reply #1 on: Apr 28, 2008, 08:30 pm »
You'd use a soldering iron to re-solder a connection within the headset that had come loose - most likely in the plug where it goes into the beltpack.

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Re: Soldering irons?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 28, 2008, 09:36 pm »
Basically solder is a metallic compound (usually with a lead base) which melts at a "reasonable" temperature (in the low hundreds) with good electrical conductivity. So a small iron with a metal tip is heated up and melts solder which flows around the two pieces of metal, joining them. A chemical called flux helps the solder to flow nicely and properly join correctly. Usually for electronic work, the solder will have a flux core, making it a rather simple process. Use the iron to heat the two pieces of metal, then dab the end of a piece of solder in the join between the iron and the two pieces of metal or wire. The solder will flow nicely and join the two.

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Re: Soldering irons?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 28, 2008, 10:56 pm »
Basically solder is a metallic compound (usually with a lead base)
Not anymore.
Flat out illegal in Europe, and soon to be in the US from what I hear.
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Re: Soldering irons?
« Reply #4 on: Apr 28, 2008, 11:08 pm »
Bah! I have enough 40% lead solder to last me a lifetime (about 4kg of it) back in Aus... It is far superior to resin core