HOW TO: Basic Soldering for Beginners | Change to Deans Connectors – for Airsoft etc


Right [mouth full of pizza] Basic soldering or "sodering" if you're in America And I do mean basic

I was actually holding off doing this video, I didn't think it would be much use to anyone But I was talking to a buddy the other night who is wanting to switch connectors on has airsoft batteries and gun and he was struggling a bit And it just sort of hit me that no matter how basic something is if no one has showed you how to do it, then you don't know

First, lets have a look at the things you'll need You'll need a soldering iron one maybe about 30 or 40 watts is fine You'll need a roll of solder depending what you're soldering, you might need some flux You'll need a rag or a sponge

I like to steal a face cloth from the missus! Obviously you'll need something to solder together – some wire and one of these helping hands can be useful – often when you're soldering you won't have enough hands and it just makes life a little bit easier And you'll also need a way to insulate your soldered joints when you make them heat shrink tubing is ideal and you can get kits like this with different sizes and colours very inexpensively Now solder is pretty self-explanatory, most of you will have seen it before – just make sure when you're buying it that you buy the stuff meant for electronics use, and not plumbing or any other application It comes cored already with flux, which is a material which helps the solder stick to surfaces and flow better but sometimes you might need more flux – or a different type of flux depending on the application

Now, two types of flux that you'll see are acid flux and rosin or resin flux Now, acid flux is more commonly used in plumbing it's for soldering onto metal and because of its corrosive properties it's not really advised for fine electronics work

However for some simple jobs where you have a big metal tab to solder to – like deans connectors – I find it ideal just to give it a tiny scrape of the acid flux, it's got a nice aggressive etching action and the solder flows onto the tabs really well The rosin flux comes in different forms, I have a tin of it here – it's a solid – and while it's solid it isn't corrosive which is why it's used more in electronics it's easy enough to use a little bit of alcohol to dissolve that down then you can brush it on and apply it that way And here I'm just showing how it can help the solder flow into a piece of wire that I'm tinning But anyway – enough of me talking nonsense I'll run a short video showing you how to make a basic wire to wire join, with some information on the screen So there you go I'm aware it's very rough and ready but that's how you do a basic solder joint

And the principles are the same, no matter what your soldering, keep the soldering tip clean, apply the heat before the solder, and if you're working with thicker wire or multi stranded wire like we just done there – Pre tin the wire ends – load them up with some solder – and that just makes it a lot easier when you come to actually make the joint Now that is the same for any basic soldering job it's different when you come to fine electronics but this is just the basics and if you are working on airsoft guns the electronics in the wiring in there is a very simple now one of the most common jobs that people ask for in airsoft is changing the old-style Tamiya or mini Tamiya connectors to Dean's connectors the deans connector is just a more capable connector electronically and it's more up to date with the higher powered batteries were seeing, getting used with airsoft these days They come in 2 parts – a male part and a female part with the female part commonly being used on the battery so that there's less risk of shorting out Polarity wise, you want to solder on your positive cable to the top of the T, and the negative cable to the upright of the T And the principles are exactly the same there's just a couple of things you've got to look out for but what I'll do is I'll run another piece of video showing how that's done and sum up a little bit at the end So, it's actually been a year since I put up my first video on YouTube I think I've spent more on pizza for this one video than I have made in Adsense revenue for the full year basic soldering and a Dean's connector thrown in for good measure

If this is something you've never done and you have to always ask other people to do these jobs for you then grab yourself some equipment and get stuck in – it's not difficult None of it is expensive you can get a basic soldering iron off eBay for under £8 delivered and you don't need a fancy one for basic jobs like this Solder is only a couple of £s flux maybe a couple of £s and a tin lasts for ages But yeah, basically it's just a matter of getting stuck in Get yourself some scraps of wire, have a practice and you'll get the knack and no time But just to summarize the bullet points: the wire or parts that you're soldering have to be really clean even if you use flux, it's only really designed for etching the surface and removing surface oxidation so if the parts are dirty or heavily corroded it won't do a thing If you're soldering heavier multi strand wire like we just done here pre-load or "tin" it with solder first if you don't do that it will just soak up your solder when you try to make the join and it'll be a pain in the a**e also, tin any metal tabs that you're gonna solder to before you make the join – it just makes life 10 times easier and when you are soldering onto metal tabs or connectors don't be afraid to use a tiny bit of acid flux

although you'll see online it isn't really recommended most of it will burn off anyway just don't use it near fine electronics, circuit boards, components – stuff like that it will cause corrosion if traces are left behind When you actually go to solder always apply the heat first give the component time to heat up before flowing the solder in Heat first, solder second

What else Oh! make sure you insulate your joins properly If you leave them bare or poorly insulated then you ask a short-circuit and

as you would have seen, I use heat shrink where possible it gives a quickest and easiest results and it gives good insulation to the join Don't f**k about with insulating tape, there is times where you can use it, and it will work – kind of but heat shrinks an easier option and it takes no more effort to do – and it's cheap – and a heat gun is cheap as well And finally – always keep the soldier and tap clean keep a damp sponge or cloth on hand and every couple of times you use that soldering iron, give it a wipe off

Anyway! Enough of that If this has been useful to you hit the like button also, if this crap is the kinda crap you like to watch or you don't want to miss the inevitable moment when I do myself some serious harm hit the subscribe button – I would really appreciate it And don't forget about the wee bell button! YouTube in their wisdom have made it that even if you're subscribed to a channel you might not always get notified when they upload unless you hit the bell button bit dumb but get subscribed I'd really appreciate it

So until next time Take it easy, and I'll catch you in the next one!

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HOW TO: Basic Soldering for Beginners | Change to Deans Connectors – for Airsoft etc

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