Befinitiv wrote an article describing his modification to turn a TS100 soldering iron into an oscilloscope: As you can see in the video, you can use the soldering tip as your measurement probe. Coincidentally, a soldering iron has already a pretty good form factor for an oscilloscope. Here is a still picture of a UART waveform […]
Rupert Hirst of RunAwayBrainz writes: Surface mount component removal can often be tricky. With a little thought, and a piece of copper wire, small components can now be safely and cleanly removed, without damage to either the component or PCB tracks. In the following video I show you how to make an quick and simple […]
Carlazar posted pictures of his simple soldering iron driver (SSID) with Arduino PID control in the project log forum: Main features are: – Any thermocouple type irons. – Additional control mode: On-Off controller (besides PID PWM). – External power supply: Some standard Notebook power supply DC 19V, 4.74A. – Small dimensions: It fits into 90mm […]
A few weeks ago we wrote about hollowed-out chisel tips, and how good they are for drag soldering. Unfortunately they are either hard to find, or made only for expensive soldering irons. There also seem to be some patent disputes that keep them out of the US market for most major brands. Recently we were […]
While working on his soldering iron driver Arhi did some research on Solomon soldering irons (machine translation). Solomon is one of the largest OEM manufacturers of soldering irons, it can be bought under various names like Nedis, Elanco, Tenma, etc. Replacement irons are cheap, under $16, making them perfect for his driver. The most common […]
Arhi contacted us about this useful guide for selecting the right size and shape tip for your soldering iron. First part of the article compares various diameter tips used over the same soldering point. Graphs show that for the fastest work-flow is when using larger or same size tips as the solder point. The second […]
Ever want to design your own soldering station? Sqkybeaver is workshopping a soldering station driver board in the forum now.