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EEVblog #997 – How To Solder Surface Mount Components

EEVblog #997 - How To Solder Surface Mount Components



Soldering the Nixie Tube display PCB. How to do drag and dab soldering to make surface mount parts soldering easy.
Also a look at the Elecrow blank prototype PCB quality.
Jump to 3:36 for the soldering tutorial

Part 6 of the Nixie Tube project

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45 Comments

  1. Date: June 7, 2017 at 16:48

    I'm getting ready to solder a 30 pin connector onto a laptop motherboard to replace one that broke. You know, the kind with those flat ribbon cables that just insert and latch down? I have been worried I would screw it up, but after seeing you do it on here, I think I can figure it out now. I have some flux, some 0.022 solder, and a small chisel tip for my iron. I ordered a bunch of the parts since they were so cheap, and I'll practice on a junk board first to get my technique down before I attempt on the final product.
    Thanks for showing me how these can be done properly!

  2. Date: June 8, 2017 at 09:25
    Author: Sanu

    One more tip…Whistle the Indiana jones theme for max efficiency…..

  3. Date: June 8, 2017 at 10:20
    Author: SpedyStep

    after you are done assembling it don't forget teh golden rule – don't turn it on, take it apart!

  4. Date: June 10, 2017 at 16:35
    Author: Elvis Mao

    wold the solder iron damage the chips due to the high temperature??

  5. Date: June 10, 2017 at 19:52
    Author: mrnmrn1

    Hi Dave, the upside down 2 as digit 5 doesn't pisses you? Unfortunately
    many Russian nixies have been made like this, but I personally hate it.
    Some years ago I did a multi hours search on ebay about this, it seems actually quite hard to find Russian nixies with proper '5' digits. If I have to use this type of tubes, I'd search the
    western (or GDR – East German) analogs of that tube type (if any exists
    in the same package, pinout and pin spacing).

    Otherwise, it's a cool project, I hope the display will be in camera sight as often as possible.

  6. Date: June 15, 2017 at 19:40
    Author: Tiago Oliveira

    i don't now the problem that people have with smd, but personally i love smd stuff

  7. Date: June 17, 2017 at 00:52

    I'm a newbie with soldering and working on electronics in general and I love these videos! Thank you for all the tips that more experienced folks probably already know and don't think to mention.

  8. Date: June 17, 2017 at 11:31
    Author: nombinator

    Hi Dave. For the JBC mini spoon, it is better not to get a solder ball under it but rather fill it (make it a flat surface). Once I figured it worked like that, drag soldering was a no brainer.
    After I figured it, it was a real pleasure to use it. Even if I can get good result with a bezel tip, I like to switch to the mini spoon just even for a single chip.

  9. Date: June 25, 2017 at 04:22

    Great video. I didn't understand much of the street slang but I did get 'hunkee dorie'.

  10. Date: June 25, 2017 at 18:40
    Author: Pieter De Wit

    To follow up on my tweet to you – this is the video that showed what a difference 03mm solder makes vs the call it 1mm that I used to have. I really wish I learned this earlier – it makes SUCH a huge difference ! My headers now look like machine fitted headers !

    Thanks again from across the ditch !

  11. Date: June 27, 2017 at 12:28
    Author: ZZ ZHANG

    Solder paste packaged within a syringe will do the job, then use a hot wind blower to melt the paste.

  12. Date: July 1, 2017 at 09:09
    Author: DJSton3

    First of May is Labor Day here in China, so that's probably why it did not shop within the 48hrs.

  13. Date: July 5, 2017 at 15:26
    Author: KX36

    Anyone know the drill size for those nixie standoff/socket pins to nicely fit them at the wider section of the pin like Dave did?

  14. Date: July 13, 2017 at 07:23
    Author: Dimitar Kolev

    Question – what is camera or microscope with camera used? May be Dave have video about these πŸ™‚

  15. Date: July 21, 2017 at 07:14
    Author: Michael Banados

    Does Dave have a tutorial on washing the extra flux? What to wash what not to wash etc?

  16. Date: July 22, 2017 at 15:19
    Author: Paul Evans

    Excellent tip (pardon the pun πŸ˜‰ ) there about the well tip for the iron. I might have to get one of those myself, it looks a lot better for those smaller-pitch SMD legs. I seem to forever have trouble with TQFPs and TSSOPs.

  17. Date: September 8, 2017 at 13:46
    Author: SquidCaps

    Just did my first SMD solder, (my training is from the early 90s…). Man, that was easy. The only problem was keeping the chip in place while tacking first and last pin. Other side i did with dragging along, other side once in a row (8 pin package). Really much easier even with my shaking hands. Need to figure out some guide to help with shaking (shaking is caused by neck muscles that are constantly too tight but doing 10 minute exercise to keep hands steady for a minute is not going to work in a long run, it's not bad just annoying). If anyone has an idea how to help with that problem, i'd be very happy pappy.

  18. Date: September 18, 2017 at 23:41

    Your videos aren't boring at all. I've learned many things. Thanks man! Keep doing these kind of videos.

  19. Date: October 8, 2017 at 11:28
    Author: DOON fpv

    You remind me a little of uncle Arthur of the comedy company

  20. Date: October 11, 2017 at 06:28

    I love your "its a little how ya doing" comment lmao is that a Australian thing or are you just funny.

  21. Date: November 11, 2017 at 18:13
    Author: Bob Green

    For the surface mounted components, what wattage iron did you use Dave?

  22. Date: November 21, 2017 at 09:24
    Author: Mike S

    Where can I find the PCB files, have these been shared with the community??

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