SMT with big klunkey soldering iron

Sparkfun just posted some really neat and vaguely instructional videos of assembling one of their surface-mount kits using only a large soldering iron and solder-wick here.

This technique is crucial if you don’t have access to proper surface-mount equipment! I don’t think they mention it, but it’s also good to continuity check tightly-packed pins for solder shorts that have formed out of sight (under the chip) before powering up a board like that for the first time.


Sparkfun also has a nice tutorial on using solder paste stencils here: … Stenciling

- Ben

And look who they get their stencils from!