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Resources for an Effective Soldering Workspace:#

Soldering is the process of joining metal surfaces together using a filler metal to create the connection, and we call this filler metal Solder. We use soldering to create connections between a lot of things, but most commonly to create connections in electronic circuits. In order to solder, and to solder safely, a few key resources are needed:

Soldering Irons

A soldering iron is the tool that melts the solder in order to create our electrical connections.


Solder is the filler metal that is melted in order to create our electrical connections. There are a lot of great options for solder that come in spools of all different quantities. We recommend Solder wire that is RoHS Lead Free 0.5mm/.02" diameter for all PCB applications. Depending on the type of circuit you are putting together, you may also need Flux in order to have a clean and effective surface to solder onto. Most Patchr kits and lessons will not require Flux for success.

Fume Extractors

Smoke is a byproduct of soldering, and not one you should breathe in even when using lead free solder. Sometimes referred to as smoke absorbers, these fans filter the air to make your environment more safe to work in.

Tip Cleaning Sponges

Throughout the soldering process we need to clean the tip of our soldering, which is called Tinning.

Other Key Resources

  • Safety Glasses are a MUST, ensure that your eyes are protected at all times when soldering
  • Most soldering irons will come with a stand that keeps the hot end of the iron in a safe location when not in use, however stands can also be purchased separately like this one
  • Helping hands can be useful when trying to hold your PCB or components in a key position, see these Helping Hands with Magnifying Glass, or These hands that clamp onto a table instead
  • It is also important to keep your workspace clean as well as protect your environment, see this Silicone Soldering Mat
  • Wire cutters are a necessity to trim and clean up your circuit, see the Hakko-CHP-170 Micro Cutter for reference
  • Wire strippers may also be needed if you are working with braided or insulated wire, see this Multipurpose Wire Stripping Tool for reference
  • Students and younger makers may find these Automatic Wire Stripper and Cutters easier to use when removing the insulation from wires
  • We all make mistakes! Sometimes we are able to use our soldering irons to move solder from one connection to another if we place it in the wrong location, but other times additional tools might be needed. A Desoldering Vacuum Pump can be used to pull hot solder from a connection, while a Desoldering Wick will allow solder to flow off of your PCB and onto itself instead

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