lars

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« on: January 09, 2006, 03:59:50 PM »
Hi everyone

Do you have any suggestions for a cheap kit with printed circuit boards where I can learn solder? I suggest radioshack makes them.. It would be perfect for me to make a headphone-amplifier, because that is something which I actually need.

I have just bought 8 SCA C84 preamps, but I wont try to assemble them before I get some more experience.

Thanks,
Lars


Tekay

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2006, 05:26:16 PM »
where are you located? veroboard are useful to learn soldering on, we also had some form of copper net (made of copper leads) to practis on back in the schooldays
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BYacey

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Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2006, 05:33:47 PM »
Get an old Junk PC board from a home stereo or VCR, TV or whatever, and first de-solder and remove the components, and then re-insert the parts and solder them back. This enables you to learn desoldering and soldering, best of all it doesn't cost you anything if you already have an iron and solder.
Bill Yacey
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rodabod

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2006, 06:05:29 PM »
Velleman kits are good. They probably make a good headphone amp.

Remember to use a decent soldering iron (Antex, Weller, etc.)
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Flatpicker

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2006, 07:48:48 PM »
Quote from: "BYacey"
Get an old Junk PC board from a home stereo or VCR, TV or whatever, and first de-solder and remove the components, and then re-insert the parts and solder them back.

Excellent advice! In this case, the best kit is free.

lars

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2006, 05:38:08 AM »
Thanks for advice. Today I will go to a container outside a computer-shop where people throw away "old" computers and accessories. At these places it is eay to find a working computer that can be used for writing and internet.

Morten

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Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2006, 11:11:45 AM »
You might find computer PC boards a little bit of a challenge due to the complexity and density. I would still recommend consumer entertainment PC boards or a computer monitor PC board.
Bill Yacey
"Adjust R116 for least smoke"

Butterylicious

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2006, 09:19:52 PM »
Quote from: "BYacey"
Get an old Junk PC board from a home stereo or VCR, TV or whatever, and first de-solder and remove the components, and then re-insert the parts and solder them back. This enables you to learn desoldering and soldering, best of all it doesn't cost you anything if you already have an iron and solder.


Take it 1 step further.  Get something that works, take it apart & put it back together again.   If it still works you're licensed.   :thumb:

Ptownkid

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2006, 09:40:48 PM »
Quote from: "Butterylicious"
Quote from: "BYacey"
Get an old Junk PC board from a home stereo or VCR, TV or whatever, and first de-solder and remove the components, and then re-insert the parts and solder them back. This enables you to learn desoldering and soldering, best of all it doesn't cost you anything if you already have an iron and solder.


Take it 1 step further.  Get something that works, take it apart & put it back together again.   If it still works you're licensed.   :thumb:


Now that sounds like the most logical thing I've heard all week.

You get a cookie!

CJ

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2006, 02:52:55 PM »
Lars, I have a ton of work you can "practice" on.
Can you solder 2000 boards by Friday?   :razz:
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kato

Practice kits for soldering on printed circuit boards?
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2006, 12:22:31 PM »
I second the vote for Velleman kits.
Very simple. Nice boards with solder pads.

Previously I used perfboard and globby solder.
My first velleman kit (a cheap preamp) I realized how easy it is to solder on an actual prepped board. Suddenly my solder joints looked perfect. You'll be impressed.  And you'll never want to do a "non-pcb" project again.

Kato


 

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