In addition to the necessary tools, you also need the right knowledge to be able to micro solder. In this blog, we tell you which tools you need to invest in and which courses to follow in order to learn how to micro solder!
Micro soldering costs time and money
What you need most is patience and perseverance. Micro soldering is complex and demands a lot of practice. It takes time to truly get to grips with a motherboard. Micro soldering is much more complex that simply installing a component and reballing micro chips. Besides this, you also need to invest to be able to make a start. The tools needed to micro solder are expensive. We recommend not buying cheaper tools just to save money. This will make things harder for you and you will not learn as fast.
Leon van Merode from Phone Repair Roosendaal: “I micro solder in the evenings. It takes a lot of time and practice, so I need to be patient. We still outsource complex repairs. You don’t want to rush it and have to have patience.”
Tools for micro soldering
- Precision soldering station, Nano Rework station;
- Micro tweezers mainly useful for desoldering and for heating both sides of a component;
- Hot air station useful for removing/heating larger chips.
- Heat-resistant (ESD) mat;
- Flux or Fluxpen to stop oxygen and prevent corrosion. Used best in combination with Flux-off and the brush head for the removal of flux;
- Tip cleaner for the removal or residues from the tip;
- Hand tools for the removal of glue residue;
- Lead-free solder wire;
- Solder paste for the reballing of chips;
- Lead-free solder wick, desoldering ribbon for desoldering.
If you would like to have a complete soldering station, then the all-in-one Complete Rework Station is what you need. This station has a soldering station, hot-air station, vacuum pump and all the accompanying holders. In addition, JBC’s Complete Rework Station shows graphs on which you can easily save temperatures and capacity.
Important! If you will be soldering a lot, we can certainly recommend an extractor or Zero Smog Kit. When Flux is heated, it releases substances that can be a health hazard.
Also remember to always protect yourself against ESD damage. An electric shock can cause severe damage to electronic equipment, which is why it is important for smartphone and tablet repairers to protect against ESD damage when working. If you would like to know more about an ESD-safe workplace, read our blog.
Where can I learn to micro solder?
Training and courses about micro soldering are offered by many institutions. There are courses that last a day, but we do not recommend these as it is impossible to cover the basic techniques in one day. Even after a course of two days, you have to practice yourself to really grasp micro soldering. We have listed a number of courses:
- Herstel Friesland, Dokkum
A three-day course in which you learn to micro solder by doing it. You learn, for instance, to work with the equipment, make diagnoses and how to deal with schedules and ZXW. On day one, you will have already replaced your first audio IC. The complex motherboard structure of the iPhone X is also covered.
- ETECH Trainingen, Eindhoven
There are several soldering courses, each of which focuses on a different subject. For instance, there is a two-day course for beginners, but two-day courses are also given in which advanced soldering techniques are explained.
- Board Level Repair School Germany, Der Apfeldokter, Blieskastel (DE)
A two-day course in which you learn, among other things, to make a diagnosis and offer a well-founded solution by carrying out repairs. This course is given in German.
- Promedianet, Tilburg
Five-day practical training in which you start by learning the basic skills. You also learn how to make motherboard diagnoses. During the practical, you work on repairing BGA/ICs and reballing.
If you know about good training or a course for micro soldering, let us know in the comments.
To help you on your way as well as possible, an expert will be telling us more in part three of this blog series. You can read useful tips & tricks about micro soldering here.
This blog was created in collaboration with Bert Wienia, Herstel Friesland, Leon van Merode, Phone Repair Roosendaal and Quirijn Woudsma, Pro Repairs.
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