Soldering Iron and Solder:
Even though this requires surface mount soldering, the parts are on the easiestSMDs to solder. You don't actually need a super small tip (we actually don't like the micro-sized tips), but it'llhelp if it's fairly small. We like small chisel or screw driver shaped tips (say 1/16th of an inch wide), butpersonal preference plays a big role.For solder, we recommend .015, .02 or .031" diameter (smaller is easier, but you can get away with .03" forthese parts), rosin cored flux, tin-lead solder, either 63/37 or 60/40, whatever's cheaper. See oursoldering guidefor explanations. Lead-free solder is a little bit harder to use since it "wets" metal somewhat slower and has aslightly higher melting point. If your kit has sat on the shelf for a while (a year), some steel wool or a pink eraser is useful to remove oxidation from the components and board before starting.
Flux: the marker-shaped object next to the solder is a flux pen. Flux helps solder wick to connections and isespecially helpful in surface mount soldering where solder is sometimes applied directly from the iron and notfrom a wire that has flux built inside. If you don't have flux you may need to use the "flood-and-wick" methodon the SOIC (small outline IC) MAX chip.
be able to solder the caps with some needle nose pliers, but nice tweezers will makethingsa lot easier.
Needle Nose Pliers:
Used to clinch or bend component leads and helpful for pulling out components whenfixing mistakes.
Two alligator clips on a heavy base that are useful for holding wires while you solder them.
Used to trim leads close ("flush") to the board.
Used to remove bridges between pins on surface mount chips. A popular technique is to floodthe leads with solder until everything is bridged together, and then go back with wick to remove bridges.Surface tension will retain enough solder to keep a connection.
A table top will be fine for most of the job, but a clamp can be handy, especially when removingcomponents.
To check your work.
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