Is this soldering iron too weak?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by NoahL, Jan 12, 2008.


  1. NoahL

    NoahL Member

    Messages:
    1,423
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2007
    http://www.weisd.com/store2/WELSP23L.html

    25 watts; I'm sitting here waiting for this to heat up the back of a pot, and it's taking forever. Same even on one of the tabs. How quickly should a soldering iron take to heat a pot?
     
  2. maddtapper

    maddtapper Member

    Messages:
    83
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2006
    Location:
    Nacogdoches,TX
    Melt some solder on the tip of your iron... If you have solder on it the cold solder will melt much quicker...:BEER
     
  3. syxxstring

    syxxstring Member

    Messages:
    304
    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Location:
    Las Vegas, NV
    That iron should be fine.
    As mentioned, tinting the tip is a must.
    Also, I find scuffing the back of the pot helps alot with getting solder to stick.
     
  4. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    7,616
    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2002
    Location:
    Santa Barbara, Marin, Chico, CA
    Could also be you need a new tip. 25w should be enough for soldering on guitars - amps may need a little more power. Good advice above too.

    Dana O.
     
  5. sethmeister

    sethmeister Member

    Messages:
    1,978
    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2006
    Location:
    NH
    25 watts should be sufficient.

    Plug your iron in for 10 or 15 minutes first to get it hot enough.

    Tin your tip. Wipe on slightly damp sponge to clean after every joint.

    Tin the wires you want to connect.

    Melt a small amount of solder on the tip of the iron before making a joint.

    For a pot it helps to clean/degrease or lightly sand the surface to increase adhesion. Also use some flux (just wipe a dab on there).

    As the world's worst solderer, after I learned these few points it became much easier.
     

Share This Page