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knowing how to solder is a must!

what you need↓

– solder

you want to use solder with a rosin core, the rosin acts as flux.

– solder iron

low wattage for circuit boards

15-40 watt

higher wattage for cables and the like.

60- 140 watt

best to have a variable temperature control soldering iron if your workbox allows.

doing it

¹strip wire insulation back about a 1/2 inch, or more/less if your project needs it.

twist the loose ends so that the wires all get lined up and organized

“tin” the wire by touching the already hot soldering iron to the bare wire, and then the solder to the wire (not the iron!). after about 5 seconds (depending on the wattage of your iron) the cable will heat up enough to melt and pull in the solder, pull the iron away from the cable once most of the exposed cable is now “tinned”. try to make sure not to melt the insulation by over heating the wire.

²prep what will receive the cable

if reusing parts, get rid of old solder by heating it up and using a solder sucker to suck up the melted solder.

if soldering on connector ends make sure you put the outer jacket and the shield on your cable.

touch your iron to the part you want to solder and then the solder to this piece also, don’t touch the solder to the iron.

heat the jack until its hot enough to melt the solder and leave a drop there to receive the wire.


heat the receiving side till solder just melts and then touch the tinned cable to it. the two should “melt” together, when this happens remove the iron and let cool.

heres a video of a 1/4 in cable being soldered

and heres a circuit board getting soldered/desoldered

and wire to wire

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