In Part 2, you read about the tools you need to start microsoldering, and where you can follow courses. In Part 3, we let the experts speak about their experiences! Read all the best microsoldering tips & tricks here.
The experts’ view
Bert Wienia – Herstel Friesland
“I started microsoldering five or six years ago, because so many people needed it and I wanted to help them out. I was one of the first to start microsoldering, which means I’m now highly specialised and in a unique position. These days, 70% of the repairs that come in require microsoldering. I earn the most with private repairs. For example, I can make € 150 by repairing audio IC problems. Microsoldering is often underestimated. It is time-consuming and it can also take a while to really master the technique. It needs a big initial investment, but you’ll earn it back over time. My tip for those who are starting soldering is to take your time, above all! It’s a difficult learning curve, so get decent training and keep practicing.”
Quirijn Woudsma – Pro Repairs
“I’ve been repairing stuff since I was 12. When I was 16, I started soldering PCBs, and then got involved with microsoldering when I was about 20. My core business is mainly B2B. In the 8 or 9 years that I’ve been microsoldering, I’ve followed 5 different courses. In addition, I’ve been reading various forums for years, and I watch videos on YouTube. It’s important to use the right channels, so you get the correct information. For example, I watch Jackie Thailand and Fonekong (English subtitles), among others, on YouTube. My tip is don’t assume you can start microsoldering simply because you’ve followed one course; it takes much more than that. A starter isn’t just faced with the challenge of continuing their current business, they also have to be able to invest the time and money required for microsoldering. I’ve had to shell out quite a lot in order to specialise. Although I started out with an Aoyue Hot Air Station and soldering system, I definitely wouldn’t recommend them to anyone. I now use an AMTECH microscope, JBC Nano soldering iron, Quick Hot Air Station, and Fluke multimeter. To progress and get results, it’s really important to have the right tools and equipment, so invest carefully.”
Tips & Tricks
Something often heard in the world of microsoldering: “Problems? Add flux! ”
Adding flux during soldering is very important to prevent oxidation. Heating flux during soldering causes the substance to become sticky. If this happens, remove the flux with alcohol and reapply if necessary.
File the end of your soldering tip. This ensures that the lower part is the hottest, which keeps the tin in position better and makes it easier to place. Important! Filing the end of your solder tip reduces its service life.
Carry on practicing and using resources like YouTube videos to broaden your knowledge! There are also lots of microsoldering videos crammed with tips and info on carrying out different repairs! In addition, various forums also provide useful information. Have a look, for example, at the iPad Rehab page and The Art of Repair.
Another good idea is to practice a lot on ‘bare boards’ and dead PCBs, rather than immediately trying your luck with customers’ devices. Reserve plenty of time to practice.
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