Soldering 101

1/12/2010 by Gary Katzer

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While surfing the forums recently I was shocked at a particular post. One member wanted to know how much his local shop would charge to solder a new connector to his battery pack. I was shocked when I read this, as perhaps the one skill I have picked up over the years - and can't do without - has been soldering. The more I looked into this matter, the more I became aware that there really weren't any good resources showing people what soldering is, why it's necessary or how to do it. That's where we come in.

Soldering isn't some secret mumbo-jumbo task that you need to have a masters degree in rocket science to be able to perform. It's actually quite easy if you know what you're doing and have the right tools at your disposal. We're going to show you how to properly use and maintain your soldering iron, provide some soldering tips, and show you how to perform two of the most common soldering tasks: direct-wiring an electric motor to your speed controller and installing a Deans Ultra Plug. The steps are simple and straightforward and, in most circumstances, just about anyone should be able to perform them.


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