Soldering is easy!

June 28, 2013

I posted a quick YouTube video tonight to show people how easy soldering can be.  I am actually not the best solderer, so just about anybody can do a better job!  

The point is, nobody should let their soldering inability to stop them from taking on a project.  Also, with the proper safety education, equipment, and adult supervision, soldering can be a safe activity for children as young as 12 years old.  There is no better way to learn electronics and computers than to actually build something from scratch!

In our video we are soldering the header pins on an ADXL345 accelerometer board.  

What are header pins you ask?  These are the pins that we mount onto a breadboard for prototyping electronics.  

BTW, a couple things would have made this solder job easier:

1) If I was using a magnifying glass (would have been tough with the camera there)

2) A thinner tip on my soldering iron

3) A jig to hold the board in place

In a sense, I wanted to show people that you don't need a 100% perfect setup to get the job done.

Enjoy the video!


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