soldering

  • MG Chemicals UK

    A renowned quality brand in Canada and the USA, MG Chemicals are expanding into the UK and Continental EU. The MG range is now available at Circuit Specialists and the MG product will soon be in high demand for industrial applications and with hobbyists alike. To cater for that demand...
  • Jargon Buster

    As with any industry, electronics has a language of its own. Here are some definitions for some of the most common terminology you may come across on our site.

    3D Printer – 3D printer is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a computer model on a digital file

    AC – Alternating current

    Circuit – A complete and closed path of electrical elements including capacitors, resistors, inductors, transmission lines, switches and power source, around which a electric current can flow and circulate Continue reading

  • Breadboard Basics

    When working on electronics, a breadboard is one of the most important items in your prototyping toolbox. 

    What is a Breadboard?

    A breadboard is a rectangular plastic box filled with holes, used to test circuits.

    No soldering is actually done on the breadboards, but instead they are used to prototype circuits by poking wires and components through little contact holes to form a complete circuit. Continue reading

  • How to Desolder

    Once you have got the hang of soldering, you will quickly learn that desoldering is also a very important skill to have.

    What is Desoldering?

    In electronics, desoldering is the removal of solder or components from a circuit board, allowing you to rectify any mistakes or make repairs. In some cases it can be a crucial skill, that is even more useful than soldering itself. Continue reading

  • How To Clean & Maintain Your Iron

    The following guide will advise you on how to care properly for your soldering iron, offerings tips on the best ways to clean and maintain your iron.

    Taking good care of your iron is very simple and can be done quickly with little fuss.

    Benefits

    A clean, well-maintained soldering iron will result in a longer iron life and a cleaner solder. Cleaning your tips will ensure that any accumulated oxides, dust and dirt are removed, andtaking good care of your iron will ensure years of flawless service. Continue reading

  • Tips for Selecting a Soldering Iron

    When looking for the right soldering iron you can be faced with a number of options.

    There is a vast range of soldering irons on the market, occurring a variety of different sizes and shapes. When choosing a soldering iron you should take into account the project you are planning as well as how often you are planning on using it.

    Below you will find a guide to choosing the right soldering iron for project in electronics.

    When you’re selecting a soldering iron, we believe that the three most important considerations are: Continue reading

  • Soldering Jewellery

    Soldering can have many applications, one of them being jewellery making.

    Jewellery making is up there as one of the biggest businesses in arts and crafts, and soldering gives you the freedom to create unique pieces, as well as practise your technique.

    Methods

    There are two different methods to soldering jewellery: Continue reading

  • Safety Tips When Soldering

    If you’re tackling an electronics project, you’re tackling soldering as well and done improperly, soldering can be extremely dangerous. Continue reading

  • Improve Your Soldering Technique

    Soldering is defined as "the joining of metals by a fusion of alloys, which have relatively low melting points". In other words, you use a metal that has a low melting point to adhere the surfaces to be soldered together. It is the only way to fix components to a circuit. Continue reading

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