Can anyone suggest an appropriate soldering iron for the I-Opener... mostly for soldering in the dip switches and resistors... the fella I got from radio shack doesn't seem to be hot enough... style, wattage... and WHERE please... thanks (online or national chains please)
My preference is for Weller. Almost any temperature controlled station with tips in the 650 to 700 degree range should be fine. I like to use a round needle tip on the surface mount stuff. My station is a 20 year old Weller that's servered me very well. Of course if you can get a hold of a hot air station cheak I'd do that, it's better for the componants. I used to use one made by Edsyn at a previous job where I did componant level 2way rado work. It sells for around $100. Once you get the hang of them they're pretty sweet and if you do a lot of surface mount work you really need one. The one I had looked like a regular soldering iron on steriods but it was great for surface mount work. Look here for examples:
Two Radio Shack 15 or 25W units, with 3-core (grounded) cable, work fine. I use one in each hand to desolder both sides of an SMT component simultaneously, then gently nudge the component sideways until it is clear of one or both the pads. Then use a pair of tweezers and one soldering iron (if necessary) to lift it clear of the PCB.
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