Originally Posted by redtree
I used an main plug 18watt soldering iron with a 0.5mm pointed tip (also got a 0.12mm tip but have not used it yet). It worked well overall, but one thing I noticed was it had trouble melting the solder I had put onto the 3.3volt point. I had to angle the iron down more so there was more contact area.
Definitely use flux, even with a leaded 60/40 solder with flux core. I used a no clean liquid flux.
For a beginner like me, the whole job was challenging but I was successful I first practiced on a dead board and that was the best way to see how the solder reacts.
Also, here is a good youtube video + info in this post from afzoo3hax: http://www.ps3hax.net/showpost.php?p...&postcount=576
since its my 1st time soldering to a motherboard not circuit board. (i have done soldering b4 but not with flux + used thicker tips)
i want to play it safe.
Should i use a 18 watt soldering Iron or 50-70watt Temperature controlled iron?
with 0.5mm pointed tip and flux that does not require cleaning. solder with flux core 0.8mm thickens? - Leaded
de-soldering pump AKA solder sucker
and should i use
alcohol/wipes to clean the surface were i soldered?
after all i want to know what is best and safest to use on a PS3's motherboard as it is highly sensitive. i don't want to end up short circuiting it or burning a hole through it.