SMD rework station (heat gun)

Instead of using an iron, you can also solder with hot air. If you buy one, the main disadvantage of the cheap ones they have a diaphragm pump which is noisy. If you can live with that.. they make all hot air.

A Yihua 968DB+ can be had for a little over $100. Works great:

 

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    John Kelly

    What is the benefit of soldering with hot air instead of an iron? Or what application is best for each?

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    Adam Madron

    When you are soldering tiny components on micro circuits the hot air gun is most desirable because you have less chance of damaging components. If you watch the videoo above of Benedikt soldering that mosfet (not the bacon!) you will see that that would be nearly impossible to do with a soldering iron and you would have issues with heat transference which could fry the component. Soldering irons with specific tips can be used and they have specific irons for integrated chips and there are techniques that can be used with the right tips and soldering paste to remove and replace them. If you look on you tube there are tons of good videos on techniques and tips on how to properly use an SMD solder station. Even with the proper tools it takes a little practice to do the more intricate stuff like an integrated chip, the mosfets on the other hand would be a Wii bit easier.

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    John Kelly

    sounds good thanks for the feedback. I am an electrician by trade so we use wire nuts and lugs for most electrical connections so this is a nice change from 120/240/480

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    Adam Madron

    I am a general contractor and do some electrical work occasionally too. The You Tube videos will help a lot in understanding the whole SMD thing and show you techniques. If you are looking to get some practice banggood.com sells SMD practice kits fairly cheap to perfect your skills.

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    John Kelly

    Cool, I looked on Bangood but kept directing me to LED lights?

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    Adam Madron

    Walla! http://www.banggood.com/buy/Smd-solder-practice.html This will take you to the page that you will find them on. Happy flying John. Also we have a group on Vimeo if you would like to come see whats going on and learn more. The group is a place to share all things micro motor via video but the video part is not a prerequisite, all are welcome who want to join, here is the link https://vimeo.com/groups/305430

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    John Kelly

    Sounds great, I will check the group out, I am fascinated by multirotors and quads in general but feel a draw towards the 250 and smaller ones, It would be nice to be in a network of people who can guide me through learning all this since I am hooked and and see no end in sight, all I can think about is building and flying these contraptions

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    Adam Madron

    Also check out the Alien Wii interactive blog Benedikt started. There is a lot going on and a lot to know. I am a novice myself compared to others on rcgroups.com Here is the interactive blog link http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2286400 lots of guys there willing to help out.

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    Michael Reyes

    For hot air soldering station I use this. http://amzn.com/B00OKWBJRC. Works really good for the price. Not noisy at all and easy to remove tips.

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