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    Guys thanks for posting. I am still "learning to solder." Now I have to learn to solder little tiny things RX boards etc. My Radioshack 12 dollar iron has outlived its use.
    Now I need to decide between the Hakko and the Weller. Can anyone sway my purchase?

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    you can take my snap-on tools before you take my hakko

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    Thats a pretty strong statement. Amazon has a bundle deal right now too with one of the stands with magnifying glass. Can't go wrong there. Thanks

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    Definite second on Hakko irons! Wouldn't give mine up for anything.


    As for learning soldering....go over to Helifreak and go through the list of videos from Finless Bob. He has a GREAT series of tutorials for the beginner in soldering.


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    Quote Originally Posted by IBCrazy View Post
    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

    -Alex
    I have the same iron, although I paid more than that when I got it a couple years ago.

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    Hakko FX888 was my ticket to success. That will be my refrence point to "awesome" and my $30 weller stick that just plugs in is my refrence for "crap"
    Live Slow - Fly FAST!

    FPV does NOT fly ASAP.

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    Hakko 888 here also... and also.. get a flux pen.. not too bad $$ but then the other kicker.. the "solder"

    Just about as important as your new iron will be your solder and you really need two.. one heavier for doing battery leads etc and a roll of thin stuff for doing circuit board stuff.. I stayed with 60/40 rosin core (no silver stuff) I got 1lb spools (pretty $$ at $30 or so each)

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    Vote for Hakko. But the better Weller ones like IBCrazy linked are good. It is unfair to compare a Hakko to the Weller Iron most people envision - the direct wall plug with the big crappy tip.

    Also, if you don't have good ventilation buy or make a small filter (carbon filter and fan) to clean the air from rosin burning. And if you use leaded solder wash your hands afterwards and watch out around children - lead is very nasty stuff.

    j

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    Oh, this is handy for holding spools of solder: http://www.hakko.com/english/products/hakko_611.html

    And get the helping hands someone on the forum sells - it really helps out. Stay away from the crappy Radio Shack helping hands.

    j

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    Better than Helping Hands tool.

    This is INvaluable to my station.
    Live Slow - Fly FAST!

    FPV does NOT fly ASAP.

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