I have a cheap 30W soldering iron from 'Steren' and I wonder if a soldering iron could affect negatively my soldering.
Will any soldering iron do for soldering resistors, transistors and diodes?
Is there any no-no's regarding soldering irons?
I am thinking if I should buy another soldering iron or stay with my current one and build my soldering skills.
About a multimeter. Id like to get a good (read "good and cheap") multimeter in $50 range. Currently I have one but it has limited features, it is a "Wavetek Meterman DM7" very basic multimeter, and I have been thinking about an upgrade. Any ideas? I have Newark only for online purchases.
Last edited by sendkeys; 09-06-2004 at 05:38 PM.
If you want simple and Cheap - check this one out:
I needed some volt/ammeters and wanted digital display. These go on sale frequently - like once a month or so - keep checking for - $2.99! So you can get a bunch and give them away as "stocking stuffers! This may still be too basic for your "upgrade" but the others on the site frequently go on sale too.
I'm considering my next one with a serial interface but haven't gone looking yet.
Cheers - Jim
Experience is the BEST Teacher. Is that why it usually arrives in a shower of sparks, flash of light, loud bang, a cloud of smoke, AND -- a BILL to pay? You usually get it -- just after you need it.
I think Extech is offering the best value out there, I have both their rms multi-meter and a LCR meter. Both have super features at a real bargain price. You get most everything the Fluke's and B&K's offer at a much reduced price. Both have protective rubber like armor and a built in stand so they stand up on the bench. Probes are vg quality.
Radioshack now carries the Extech rms multi-meter, which is where I purchased mine.