DIY flux made from pine gum straight from the tree

We’ve posted about homemade flux before, but Tom has taken it to a whole new level. He used pine gum straight from the tree for his Flux recipe. He dissolved the rosin in some 99% isopropyl alcohol, and filtered it using coffee filters. I tried making flux from an even more raw material, pine gum […]

Guest Review: Chipquik smd291nl no-clean tack flux

Sheldon has been using the Chipquik SMD291NL no clean tack flux, here is his review of it: Very tacky, can hold qfn and dfn by itself, once heated it  becomes very sticky and is hard to clean even with 91% ipa. It works great though, have not had any problems with it not wicking solder […]

Workshop Update for June 14th, 2012

Today we worked on the homemade flux video. Documentation for the Part Ninja continued. Most of the part recognition diagrams are uploaded, and the information on how the Part Ninja identifies different parts was added. Today we took a look at the Bus Blaster, and how we could improve it. This project is very far […]

WORKSHOP VIDEO #26: How to make a simple soldering flux

Flux is a wonderful goo that makes soldering faster and easier. In previous videos we compared different types of commercial flux (Flux off 1, Flux off 2), but did you know it’s possible to make a simple and effective flux at home? We’ll get you started, and don’t miss the giveaway at the end of […]

WORKSHOP VIDEO #20: Flux-off part 2, more flux reviews

This week the flux-off solder flux comparison returns. Our everyday Edsyn FL-22 goes head to head with two AMTECH syringe fluxes in the TQFP arena. Just for fun, we also tried to solder with shards from a solid rosin block. Find out which flux reigns supreme. Edsyn FL22, our everyday favorite syringe flux AMTECH “USA” NC-559-ASM-TPF(UV) […]

TOOLS: Soldering supplies

Our favorite tools have a new home on the wiki. Each week we’ll muse about one of them. Have your own tool review? We’ll post that too! This week’s tool is a collection of stuff: the things we use for soldering. We regularly work with surface mount (SMD) parts down to 0603, but it doesn’t […]