2020-01-24 Soldering Surface Mount Devices

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios

Gary Maker
For decades I was intimidated by SMDs, never touched them. A few years ago I bought a LED chaser kit and a SMD soldering practice kit, and I got a cheap 8 watt soldering iron that plugs into a USB charger. It has a small pointed tip. Then I got some fine gauge solder, IIRC .25mm. it’s important! Also a flux pen or bottle to keep the SMD from blowing away by your breath (really!). A tweezers and magnifying glass on a pedestal too.

With the small solder and iron I got through with the practice kit and LED kit without problems. They say practice makes perfect! And the kits are cheap!

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