The following is a list of must-have items for a soldering rework station set up with the 2023 latest gadgets. Makers today design, build, repair, and rework their Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Needless to say, if you are soldering inside, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your family and everyone around you. The following is a list of must-have items for setting up a solder rework station that focuses on safety and organization.
A good trait that every Maker should have is the ability to keep track of your parts, tools, and equipment. Especially, if you want to repair old circuit boards or old phones where the manufacturer stops making replacement parts. A tidy work area will also allow you to produce quality images for your product pages.
Table of Contents
- Fume Extractor.
- Soldering Station.
- Silicone Work Mat.
- Hot air gun.
- 3-In-1 Hot Air Rework Station with Hot Air, Soldering Iron, and Desoldering Pump
- Lamp with LED and magnifier.
- Stainless Steel Anti Static Anti Magnetic Precision Tweezer Set.
- Soldering tip.
One of the most overlooked, must-have items for an indoor soldering station setup is a fume extractor. The fume extractor is responsible for sucking the air around the soldering area and filtering the air. This requires a large fan to provide a sufficient level of airflow. Therefore, most fume extractors are quite loud, however. This is due to the volume of the airflow that needs to be drawn through the filter. That sound level is outweighed by the mitigation of the potentially toxic soldering smoke. Without the correct filter system, the smoke would be circulating indoors for hours after a soldering job.
Circuit Specialists provide many different types of fume extractors, one of my favorites is the fume extractor ZD-153A. This is a fume extractor with a mechanical arm as a mounting system. Leave the cool respect aside, with the mechanical arm, the fume extractor could be set anywhere in the operating half-circle. You can also set the fume extractor right over the top of the working area.
Investing in a reliable and durable soldering station is something to think about. A reliable soldering station will save you time repairing cold solder joints, and burn projects all from personal experience.
I have been using the soldering station CSI Premier 110W, a programmable soldering station, for the last three years and I have no complaints. The unit has four memory settings for temperature which is very useful. Especially when I find a couple of perfect temperatures that I am comfortable working with.
The CSI-Premier 110W also comes with a helping hand, an LED magnifying glass, and extra soldering tips. In addition, the module design really helps the end user set up the workspace based on personal preference.
I know this sounds like an obvious point, however, a reliable and durable soldering station is not something to overlook. One of the common ways to grade a soldering station is how fast it heats up. Another `Must-Have’ in a modern soldering station is a digital display. This feature will provide users the ability to control the temperature and further prevent cold solder joints.
The Silicon Work Mat is one of the most important items in my opinion that every technician should have for their indoor soldering station set up due to a couple of reasons.
- Protecting the soldering tips from damage.
- Not losing screws during the repair process.
- Keep dangerous material out of reach.
This is something new, I am very excited to share my opinion. I have been using the legendary green cutting mat for years so this will be interesting. The silicone work mat is different from common work mats. This mat comes with cut-out areas for your tools, accessories, screws, and a cutout area for a circuit board.
Furthermore, the screw area is indexing for a more delicate repair project. One of my favorite features is the magnetic area for screws to keep the screws from rolling around.
A hot air gun is a must-have for an indoor soldering station setup for any surface mount project. The hot air gun is required to remove small delicate components that cannot be removed directly with a soldering iron. Furthermore, the hot air gun can be used to reflow the replacement component to the circuit board
The CSI-HOTGUN-3 is a must-have for indoor soldering station set up 2022 style, a hot gun comes with digital temperature control. The hot gun heats up so fast, a short clip below shows how fast a hot air gun heats up.
Using a hot air gun is very similar to traditional soldering. Therefore, we can use the same grading criteria as a soldering iron for a hot air gun. The most important criteria are how quickly it heats up and how the temperature is maintained during use. I truly believe a picture is worth a thousand words.
The BK8000-Plus will cover everything you need to repair any soldering-related job. The BK8000-Plus also came with an advanced soldering iron, there is a fume extractor right at the tip of the soldering iron to collect the solder fume during the soldering process.
The Hot Air is a great tool for SMD soldering work where the components are small and delicate. In addition, the Desoldering Pump is extremely useful for removing through-hole components from older electronic devices and equipment.
As a technician myself, I can vouch for this equipment’s ability to greatly improve working conditions. The operator will not have to squint to try to see if the component makes good contact. The magnifier can also act as a barrier between the operator and solder fumes. This will help the operator to get closer to the soldering area if needed.
Circuit Specialists offers a Magnifier LED Lamp with a mechanical arm, the table lamb ZD-139ALED. This magnifier has an integrated LED ring and mechanical arm mounting system. With the mechanical arm, the magnifier could be set very close to the working area.
When you start to work with delicate yet high-temperature components, you will need to learn how to use tweezers. Another bit of advice based on my own personal experience. Tweezers are not just helpful during the reflow process, they can also get you out of trouble.
These are stainless steel anti-static anti-magnetic precision tweezers set by Circuit Specialists. Any circuit board repair specialists should have it in their toolbox.
Tweezers are especially useful when the operator needs to handle density electronic components. The tweezer is especially helpful when the operator needs to use a desoldering wire. These soldering wires usually need to get sufficiently hot before the solder will seep up the wire.
Let’s talk about getting the right soldering tip for the right soldering job. Choosing a soldering tip is all about personal preference. You will often need to try it out yourself to gain the needed experience. The topic of finding the “perfect” soldering tip for a given soldering job has been a good debate topic on Instructable.
I personally like the T-I and T-B from the Ten Tips Set, since I can do most of my repair work with them. Soldering a small sensor module to my Arduino project, however, depends on the soldering temperature and soldering area. For instance, you cannot use the T-B under 300 degrees Celsius for a ten gauge wire and expect a good solder joint.
As a Maker myself, I feel that it is my responsibility to keep the air in my house clean and keep my family members healthy. It doesn’t matter if it is a quick solder job or an hour-long project. I will make sure my fume extractor turns on before I turn on the soldering station without exception. It is very important to me that my projects will not cause any negative effects on my family’s health, especially during this pandemic. I hope that this indoor soldering station set up in 2023 style gives you a guideline of needed equipment for indoor soldering.
Furthermore, the working environment should be comfortable and organized since these projects in Maker Pit could take weeks to complete. You do not want to buy ten replacement screws for one missing.