Possible to Split and solder an FFC (FPC?)

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AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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Can I split this cable lengthways to make two 8 way cables, and then solder the ends onto the pads that were intended for SOIC16 IC.
Will it fall apart during the split?
Will it melt during soldering?
 

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AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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Thanks, I'm pleased it's not a completely barking idea.
So, would it be a good idea to get some low melting point solder?
 

Yaakov

Joined Jan 27, 2019
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Thanks, I'm pleased it's not a completely barking idea.
So, would it be a good idea to get some low melting point solder?
I did it with 63/37 which has a relatively low melting point being a eutectic alloy, but I think if I was doing it today I'd try something like: https://www.amazon.com/Solder-Bi57-6-No-Clean-Lead-Free-Temperature/dp/B0195V1QEI/

On the other hand you gain only a few degrees, so I am not sure it beats 63/37 which is easier to get to wet. I suppose I would test.

If you don't have 63/37, you should anyway. I got some really nice Chipquik paste: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0186IM0P0/ which so far I am very pleased with but otherwise I use very fine Kester solder.
 
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