Soldering is an essential skill for hobby electronics, DIY projects, and anyone who wants to be able to repair their own electronics. The good news is, soldering is not that hard! You’ll just need the right tools and some practice. Mastering the basics will have you soldering faster and accurately in no time at all. It just takes a little practice!

In this tutorial, you’re going to learn everything you need to know about soldering, including the tools required, the step-by-step procedure, some helpful accessories and tips, and the ideal soldering temperatures to get the best results. To make it easier for you, we are going to explain soldering using three common scenarios. And these include: 

Soldering Safety: The Basics

Tools of the Craft

Supplies for nearly any soldering job

Soldering station. We highly recommend the Weller WES51 Soldering Station! We use it for most of our work, and it serves us with consistency and a great warm-up time.

comparing conical and chisel soldering tips

Soldering Iron Tips: There are a variety of options to choose from for tips, including different shapes and sizes, Tips for your iron come in (mostly) two forms: Conical or Chisel. For most soldering work, we recommend using a chisel tip. You’ll have to find a compatible tip for the kind of soldering iron that you use! See two examples below.

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