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Old 12-02-2011, 07:22 AM   #1
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Default 7hv manual question (80w soldering iron)

The manual states that an 80w iron should be used. Is this essential?I have been using a 30w iron through out the 6hv's life with no problems?
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:57 AM   #2
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If you've got this far with it why change.
As long as you can solder Motor Bullets and Battery Connectors fine you need no more.
Higher wattage does do a nicer job and makes it faster easier, but if you aren't overheating/melting stuff your good.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:28 AM   #3
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There is a risk, if you are not experienced/know what to look for, that you could end up with a cold solder joint, especially when looking at 6 to 6.5mm bullets. I use a 40W and it does the job, but 80W would be nice. After applying heat, my iron needs a minute to come back up to temp.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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Another benefit of a higher W soldering iron is less heat transfer in your components.
If you have to keep it on for a extended time to reach the right temperature, everything heats up.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:04 PM   #5
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Another benefit of a higher W soldering iron is less heat transfer in your components.
If you have to keep it on for a extended time to reach the right temperature, everything heats up.
+1! The key is to get in and out as quickly as possible. More wattage makes that possible.

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Old 12-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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Another benefit of a higher W soldering iron is less heat transfer in your components.
If you have to keep it on for a extended time to reach the right temperature, everything heats up.
That's probably the best argument for a higher powered iron, forgot about that, but you remember when you're holding onto a wire, burning your fingers.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:19 PM   #7
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Two more things... too much wattage is just as bad as too little. Just right for larger wires is around 80-100 watts for 10 gauge wire and larger bullet connectors. Keep the tip clean and tinned; it will aid proper heat transfer.

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Old 12-02-2011, 05:26 PM   #8
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Thanks a lot guys. I have gone for a 150w adjustable iron as I think I might have a hard time with the larger connectors. Thanks for the advice lads.
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