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Offline artl

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which solder?
« on: May 10, 2021, 04:44:14 AM »
I need to buy some solder
Are these two essentially the same, or is one better than the other for BH kit building.




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Offline Thermioniclife

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2021, 04:53:27 AM »
I use the 24-6337-0027 type and have for a long time. I can't speak of the 245 no clean type.
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Offline hoy83

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2021, 11:54:59 PM »
a friend of mine recommended I get the Cardas Quad, WBT 820 or the TRT wonder solder. Does anybody know which solder I should use or is the kester above already good enough for kit assembly? Thanks.. And where/website can you acquire this?

Offline debk

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2021, 01:09:34 AM »
I have been using Cardas Quad Eutectic for many years.  I also have some thin Kester 44 that I have used for SMD parts
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Offline Adrian

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2021, 02:37:52 AM »
I currently use the Kester 24-6337-0027, .031 and Chipquik SMDSW.020 (63/37) for SMD work.
Both of these solders are eutectic (solidus and liquidus temperatures are the same).
The Kester 245 solder the OP asks about uses a low residue flux that may result in a PCB or solder joint not requiring cleaning off excess flux.
(I usually put a drop or two of additional flux regardless of the solder I use and use 99.9% Isopropyl to clean as needed. The additional flux is more of a belt & suspenders technique and not really necessary.)
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Offline Deluk

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2021, 04:02:45 AM »
I like the Cardas. Clean and easy to use. Melts quickly and leaves a nice meniscus. A bit expensive but for kit building you don't need much.

Offline Paul Birkeland

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2021, 06:39:19 AM »
Kester 60/40 is just fine to use.  Remember that there is nearly a century's worth of audio equipment made without audiophile solder that is still well regarded.
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Offline Adrian

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Re: which solder?
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2021, 12:11:56 PM »
Kester 60/40 is just fine to use.  Remember that there is nearly a century's worth of audio equipment made without audiophile solder that is still well regarded.
Well stated PB.
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