Nixie Kit N00b

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by scythis, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. scythis

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    Hi y'all
    I am buying a Nixie clock kit and could probably buy the parts myself but I am a true beginner and really just want to assemble the thing lol.

    Here's the Nixie clock with a PCB board. My old soldering iron fried on me and I need a new one anyways. From their instruction manual:

    • Do not use solder with acid, instead use colophony or any other not electrical conductive solder resin.
    • Set the soldering iron at appropriate temperature to avoid “cold soldering”.
    • Do not heat any point for more than 3 seconds
    What soldering iron and accessories are best for PCB soldering and do I need any other special tools for this?

    Thanks in Advance!
  2. marshallf3

    Well-Known Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Look into a Weller WLC100 - last iron you'll ever have to buy.

    As to solder, any good electronics solder around 0.031" diameter is fine.
  3. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    Further on the solder - Kester#44 63/37 eutectic is as good as it gets. Lead free solder is miserable stuff to work with. With tin/lea solder, you can see a good joint easily. The deposited solder will be shiny and will have flowed nicely onto the PCB pad and the component lead.
  4. bertus


    Apr 5, 2008
  5. scythis

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 28, 2010
    Solid Gold Advice and then some - thanks much