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Whats the best wattage for a soldering iron? I will be using it to solder standard ATX power supply cables. (splicing and reconnecting).

also, what would be the best type of solder to do such things?
post #2 of 27
I use a cheap 25W iron. I'll go look up the solder I use, but again it's just cheap 60/40 solder.
    
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A simple 15w would be plenty. That get nice and hot and are good for quick things. I mainly use rosen core solder. Just apply the solder while you have the iron touching the wires.
 
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A simple 15w would be plenty. That get nice and hot and are good for quick things. I mainly use rosen core solder. Just apply the solder while you have the iron touching the wires.
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i have a 40W, and i cannot for the life of me get it to melt the solder onto the wires.
post #5 of 27
Gotta let it get REALLY hot and prime the soldering iron ( let some solder melt onto the iron), then touch the wires and apply more.
 
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post #6 of 27
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Gotta let it get REALLY hot and prime the soldering iron ( let some solder melt onto the iron), then touch the wires and apply more.

any solder i try to tip the iron with just rolls off....
post #7 of 27
You need to clear off the wires then. Tin the tip and then tin the wires and then try join them.
    
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post #8 of 27
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i was looking at the tip and it looks almost burnt. i dont know what happened. but im cleaning it now. hope it works
post #9 of 27
Generally the tips get dirty from the fact that hot metal oxides faster. What I do is use steel wool to clean my soldering irons.
 
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post #10 of 27
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i would like to correct the wattage i said earlier, its a 15 watt iron.
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