Can anyone recommend a decent soldering iron? This will be for sorting out a dodgy power connector on a laptop
Not by me I add but I need to get the soldering iron to do the job.
Also, have read that you need one soldering iron to desolder and a separate one to re-solder. Is this accurate?
Anything over about 25W should be okay, anything under this will struggle to pump heat into a large solder joint and take ages to heat up.
With regards to solder removal, in the perfect world, you would buy a separate 'desoldering iron' - this is a hollow tipped sodlering iron with a small vacuum pump attached. In the real world, where desoldering isn't a constant task, a desolder pump from Maplin should do the trick. I've never tried the braid so can't comment on this.
I personally use a 25w antex iorn with a thin tip, my brother uses the same iorn but with the fatter (3-4mm)tip. While working on cables (mains) recently soldering socapex and speakon8's i was using a 45w iorn with a seperate transformer and tempreture controlled tip. the 45w is the best for cable work, and the small tipped 25w i find ideal for pcb work.
25w antex 25W Soldering Iron Type XS : Mains Soldering Irons : Maplin
a newer version of the 45w weller
Amazon.com: Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering Station: Home Improvement
For this task i would personally use the 25w with the thin tip and a de-solder pump.
If you'r not doing it; Who is? Most people who are comfortable working on laptop PCB's will have their own iron.
Must admit I have always liked the Antex XS's they seem "industry standard" I did also have a smaller 15w iron for soldering ics etc. For a psu connector etc 25w should be fine.
Desolder braid does work, but the components can get quite hot, which is not good for laptops. solder sucker might be better.
Thanks for the suggestions ... willl go and see what i can buy. Will look at between 15w and 25w.
antex gets my vote... on my desk and on, as we speak.
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