First try at reflow soldering with an 858D hot air station.

This is my first try at reflow soldering. It took four attempts to get it right… so you learn 3 ways not to do it 😉 I just got this 858D station in the mail the other day, it cost me about $70 on eBay.

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In this video I referenced Jayson Tautic’s reflow example.

2 Comments

  • Jan
    March 19, 2014 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear, mate, look up some proper tutorial how to do it. I wouldn’t bother for a SOT-23 (or what it is) package with a hot air and paste, it is much simpler to solder that using an iron.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9FC9fAlfQE

    If you still want to use a paste and hot air, this is how it should be done (using the same gun):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_rO6oPVsws

    Generally, unless the part has tons of pins, you have many to solder or it is lead-less (QFN, BGA, etc) package, don’t bother with a paste and reflow.

  • Chas
    March 19, 2014 - 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Hello, thanks for the links. I checked out the second link from EEVLOG … I did solder the SOT-23 with my soldering iron first but I had extra boards and parts.. I know soldering the SOT-23 was a stretch with the hot air. I just was looking for a reason to use it 🙂

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