Choosing a Soldering Iron

Sometimes, you will find yourself looking at electronic equipment in your house that is broken. You search on Google and find what is wrong with it. You read something about a soldering iron. The problem is, you do not have one, and don’t know much about them.

Luckily for you, we will break down this topic into a few sections so you can fully understand what a soldering iron is and why you need it.

You will also be able get the right information you need when it comes to choosing a soldering iron that is the right one for the correct situations. No longer will you have to worry about tinkering with your applications with the wrong equipment and end up risking further damage. Without further ado, let us get started with the article.

Understanding Soldering Irons

One of the first things that you should know about soldering irons is that they are not to be used for welding wires or components together. What you are doing, essentially, is that you are attaching them with a metal that has a specific low melting point. This means that what you do relies on precision as well as the temperature of the equipment you are using.

Before you apply solder, you have to make sure that you have the wires and components cleaned of any oxidation.

One of the most common problems that many folks encounter is the oxidation on the steel damaging the equipment and the materials in the process. You will be able to spot this easily thanks to the rusty, dull appearance. Make sure that you clean it off so the materials you are soldering are shiny.

After Cleaning

After you clean the component, you can now proceed to the next step. You have to use the flux to prepare it for soldering.

Using an acid-based flux will clean it while you solder while using only an acid-based product while you are working will reduce the chance that you get all of the acid off right after you are done. This means that you are probably more prone to damaging it if this is what you do. Avoid this by using the right materials.

Not only will you need to clean the materials that you are going to solder, you also have to make sure that the tips are clean and have flux applied to them.

Making sure that you tin the tip (apply a small amount of solder to the tip) is one of the most important things that you have to keep in mind. Coating the tip will make the transference of the heat a lot easier and will make the whole process much more convenient for you.

Preparing a Soldering Iron

Now that you know the steps that you have to take before you start soldering, you now have to make sure that you have the correct soldering iron for the job. There are three basic types.

The utility soldering iron is what you use for art projects and other creative activities. They are quite small and require less mastery to maneuver around.

The next type is the soldering gun. It is commonly used by those who have to do detailed work on narrow spaces such as motherboards and other electrical circuits.

Lastly, we have the electronics soldering iron which you use on, you guessed it, electronics. These are the biggest among the three.


There are a lot of different things that you have to keep in mind when choosing a soldering iron. We hope that we were able to clear some of those things up for you so you do not run into any common problems the next time you have to solder something.