With the right technique, a soldering iron can be one of the most versatile tools in your toolbox. It’s not just for electronics. You can use it to make jewelry, repair plumbing or even solder pottery.
But to get the most out of it, you need to know how to use it properly and safely. That’s where this handy guide comes in. Here are 7 tips for getting the most out of your cordless soldering iron from CrossFirePower:
Flux makes solder flow better and helps prevent oxidation, which can make joints brittle. When applying flux, don’t get any on your hands — it will burn them like acid. Instead, use an applicator brush or dip your solder tip in the flux before applying it to the joint.
Get familiar with the controls
Before you can use any tool, you need to know how it works. The same applies to cordless soldering irons. From power settings to temperature controls, every model has different features. Get a feel for what each one does so that you can use it effectively when it’s time to solder items together.
Practice first-hand with your new tool
If you’re used to working with a corded iron and plan on using your new cordless model for the first time, practice first on scrap materials or cables before you start working on actual projects. This way, you’ll know how much heat is required and how long it takes to heat up in order to solder different types of objects together properly and safely.
Consider buying extra batteries if needed
Some cordless soldering irons come with extra batteries, but not all do! If yours does not come with extras (or if yours breaks), make sure that you have enough batteries for all of your projects before starting any work so that there’s no interruption in productivity during an important project because of a dead battery!
Use the right tip
The right tip will give you the best results and make your life easier. The tip should be small enough to get into tight spaces, but big enough to cover the area of contact with solder. A large tip may make it difficult to control the amount of solder being applied, which can result in a crooked joint or excess solder.
Choose the right temperature setting
Every soldering iron has a maximum temperature rating — usually between 700 degrees F and 800 degrees F (370 degrees C and 425 degrees C). You’ll want to set your soldering iron at this temperature when working with electronics because electronic components can be damaged by excessive heat or cold temperatures. If you’re soldering metal parts together, however, then you shouldn’t worry about damaging them from too much heat as long as you keep yourself safe from burns by wearing insulated gloves and goggles while working with the soldering iron.
Set up your workspace properly
Cordless soldering irons require at least one free hand to operate them effectively. If possible, set up your workspace so that you don’t need to hold anything else in addition to your cordless soldering iron and solder spool. This will allow you to work with both hands without having to worry about losing control over either item in question.