Generic rebranded soldering iron. It will work just fine. The tips it comes with will probably literally only last a job or two as they disintegrate, but it takes Hakko tips which work great.I would buy a proper stand for the iron, a brass wool in a can for tip cleaning, and 63/37 solder.Rosin core means it has flux in the middle of the wire, which is fine for just about everything you'll do. Unless you plan on working on some grody oxidized components from decades ago, it should be all the flux you need in there.And you're right that it comes with 60/40 solder, but it is definitely not going to be kester. Whatever it comes with will be usable, but you should look for good solder (such as kester 63/37) as that makes the most difference in your results.
Which tips specifically should I be getting? I don't really want to spend more than the $20 for the iron and $14 for the third hand/stand/magnifier unless the tips that come with the iron will really disintegrate.
Really? when using rosin core i don't need to use flux to solder? that's my dream thing!And when it comes to clean the board after, do you recommend anything?I always had this doubt but never remembered to ask.Thanks!
If you are adding a something that can't be washed, add that after washing and use "no clean" flux.Paul
I don't like this type of iron because the tip is not grounded.Most part don't have problems but a part that is commonly usewith arduinos is very sensitive and easily damaged with an ungroundedtip of a soldering iron. That part is a MOSFET.One of the other thread started about just such a problem.The tips of these iron has a small capacitance to about 1/2 the line voltage.Most parts have protection that can easily handle this small ofa capacitance. The MOSFET's input is essentially a capacitor. A smallcapacitor. The voltage of the ungrounded iron can easily go over 70volts, damaging the gate lead.Dwight
FYI, most things that cannot be washed will be mechanical things, like switches or relays that aren't sealed, or something like an atmospheric sensor with an open port. The thing these have in common is little nooks and crannies that the cleaning gunk can easily get into, but not so easily removed.Most electronics components won't care about being washed, as long as they are dried before powering up.Using the Hakko page that INTP linked, your best general purpose tip is going to be a shape D chisel tip, probably the 1.6D or 2.4D.Also, do not forget solder wick and a solder sucker.Do not forget to get solder wick. I said it twice because it's important.
Direct powered irons shouldn't be used for electronics.They are only good for wires, connectors, etc.Sensitive electronics need an ESD-safe soldering station.Leo..
Can you recommend a good iron sold on a Canadian website?Would https://www.amazon.ca/SODIAL-Aluminium-Desoldering-Solder-Remover/dp/B00JFOR9G0/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1475415878&sr=1-1&keywords=solder+sucker and https://www.amazon.ca/MG-Chemicals-424-LF-Temperature-0-05-Inch/dp/B008O9WEUS/ref=sr_1_12?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1475416071&sr=1-12&keywords=solder+wick work?