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Thread: Before you consider FPV, learn to solder.

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    Before you consider FPV, learn to solder.

    I think the most basic skill you need to master to be successful in FPV is learning to solder. EVERYTHING is going to rely on the weakest solder joint in your bird.

    I highly suggest that you watch these videos and get the tools listed below, and then practice practice practice;



    another great link to how to take care of your soldering iron tips.
    MUST READ http://www.esicotriton.com/instructi...structions.pdf
    get this!
    http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-FX888-FX...ords=hakko+888
    and this
    http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-T18D16P-...ords=hakko+888
    and
    http://www.amazon.com/SE-MZ101B-Help...bxgy_hi_text_y

    to solder battery connectors and bullet connectors I find these invaluable;
    http://thejigsup.net
    http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-T18-S3-C.../dp/B004P3DBNG

    to make your own cables;

    some other pointers here; http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....-for-FPV-noobs
    Last edited by terabyte; 7th March 2013 at 09:30 PM.

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    Definitely learn how to solder and don't forget your heatshrink tubing! Very valuable skills! A good soldering iron is worth its weight in gold.

    This is the soldering iron I use: http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WES51-A...keywords=WES51

    And my favorite solder: http://www.amazon.com/Kester-Rosin-C...=kester+solder

    -Alex
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    Also.. get to know how much juice you can handle.


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    oh my god who is that clown

    Oh and yeah - learn to solder!

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    The goggles do nothing! chicken sashimi's Avatar
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    haha.. no clue who he is but he makes for some pretty entertaining videos.

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    Learning how to solder properly, and buying a decent setup was the best thing I ever did for all my RC hobbies, not just FPV alone.

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    My favorite soldering purchase is a Hakko Tip Cleaner
    http://www.amazon.com/Hakko-Cleaner-...ef=pd_sim_hi_2

    I ditched the dome, and just have it wire-tied to my station base. I haven't used a wet sponge in a couple of years, and don't miss it.

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    +1 for soldering
    +1 for good gear
    +2 for the video.. ROFL...

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    Thanks Dust for reminding me about this; http://www.esicotriton.com/instructi...structions.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by terabyte View Post
    Thanks Dust for reminding me about this; http://www.esicotriton.com/instructi...structions.pdf
    Good info is more valuable than money.
    Live Slow - Fly FAST!

    FPV does NOT fly ASAP.

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