Soldering iron

By autoexec
Jan 28, 2005
  1. Ok i just purchased a 45 watt soldering iron from radio shack and the dubass didnt know what wattage i needed for my job. I was wondering if you know if 45 watts is too much for electrical boards. I have soldered bigger thing before but i am not really familiar with the wattage scale. So if i dont hold it over the board for a long period of time, will i be alright or will it break my motherboard?
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    For circuit boards, you don't need more than 20-30 Watts.
    Use a very fine tip if you have a more powerful iron, but it is not recommended, you very quickly overheat things.
    If you can, return it for a less powerful model with exchangeable fine tip(s).
  3. TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Move faster

    You can use the 45W iron but you have to move a little faster.. (Dont overheat the leads, traces, or components). I have a 45W that I use primarily for wicking off joints on bad components.. The added heat makes it a little easier for the removal process. For replacement get an iso-tip 60 and some fine point tips. These are rechargable so you can use it for field work and the seem to be a pretty good all around unit.. (Although tip life is not extremely long). Just a suggestion..
  4. autoexec

    autoexec TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you man
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