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Hey guys, I have 0 solder experience and really want to try the ErgoDox. Question is, I don't really know what soldering tools to start with. I don't plan on doing much soldering, just enough for this keyboard probably, so would I be able to get away with something cheap? Are there like temperature requirements I should look for in a soldering iron, or would anything that gets hot do a good enough job? There's a drop for the "SEEED Mini Soldering Iron Deluxe Kit" but I'd like to avoid spending that much if I can.
It's really easy to solder keys in. The through holes are huge and the contacts are similarly large, and since this design is plate mounted everything stays in place while you're soldering.
I wouldn't advise getting the mini iron that's being dropped right now as a beginner. As for what to look for, while temperature control is nice it's not strictly necessary if you're just looking to do this project. Anything 40w and up will work, even a cheap 25w will work but the going will be slower. A decent temperature control station will run around $50, where without temperature control you'd be looking at maybe half that.
Thanks! Sorry to ask more questions, but what kind of solder should I be looking for? Something thin I was what I was reading online, but does size matter or just grab the thinnest one I see?
Get 63/37 if it's available where you're looking. Rosin core is fine. I used 0.031 but you can go a bit larger or smaller and be OK, you use less of the length with larger diameters and you use much more with smaller diameters.
You'll want some isopropyl alcohol and an old/cheap toothbrush on hand for when you're done since you should clean the flux residue off the board afterwards.
Many thanks! I'm excited to solder this board haha.