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Anyone good at micro-soldering?
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Anyone good at micro-soldering? - May 31, 2012, 07:33 PM

Last week I accidentally broke the battery connector off the logic board of my iPhone. I ordered a new connector and battery, but my hands are not steady enough, and the solder hardens too quickly before I can get one lead of the connector to "stick" to it. Anyone here think they can do it? The problem is, the connector is pretty much soldered underneath it. It doesn't go all the way through the board. Or is there some kind of conductive "paste" I can use to secure this on?

Here are the best pics I could get. As you can see, I already made a little bit of a mess with the tiniest amount of solder. The solder in the 2nd pic is .032 I believe. Gives you an idea how small this piece is.

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May 31, 2012, 07:42 PM

When I was doing work in my schools robotics lab I had to do small scale soldering. I had to use solder paste. Pretty much, prep the the surfaces, apply the paste, and bake at around 400 degrees I wanna say in a toaster oven that won't be used for food. I didn't have any luck using a regular soldering station on that small bitchass IC.

You may want to disassemble down to the board and just bake that and not the whole phone. That is if you go this route.

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May 31, 2012, 09:45 PM

Flux, a good iron, and a high silver content. I would offer but my iron's heating element is going bad.

I would tin the connector and the board, use a clean fine tip on the iron.

Then just hold it in place and do a quick pass, the higher the silver content the better it should hold.

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