Updated: Aug 24
This is my first attempt at soldering SMT ICs. In this video, I try five different ways to solder a TSSOP-48 onto a PCB. For those of you experienced with SMT soldering, you may consider this video of the comedy genre. 😂
Soldering iron and solder wire (this is the same recorded footage from 16-bit Processor Build, Ep. #4)
Hot air and solder paste
Hot air, stencil, and solder paste
Hot plate, stencil, and solder paste
Infrared oven, stencil, and solder paste
At the end of the video, I share my preferred method, based on this initial experience. I expect that as I get more experience with each of these methods, my opinion will change.
Equipment / Supplies Used
For the video above, I used the following equipment and supplies. I am not suggesting these are the best option for you (or for me) or how they compare with other solutions, but these are what I selected based on factors such as my budget, online reviews, and availability. Links are only examples of where you can purchase (I have no affiliation with any sellers).
Aixun T3A soldering station with updated holder, T245 handle, knife tip, and chisel tip. So far, I have been happy with this soldering station.
Weller WLACCBSH-02 Soldering Brass Sponge Tip Cleaner with Silicone Holder. I like this better than the one built into the soldering station iron holder.
ENGINEER SS-02 Solder Sucker Desoldering Pump. Works well.
Andonstar AD249S 10.1 Inch HDMI Digital Microscope. Better microscopes are available, but this one seems good for the price.
YIHUA 959D Digital Hot Air Rework Station. Has worked well for me.
puhui T-962A Infrared IC Heater. I have not used this heater much yet. Likability to be determined.
Tweezers, needle nose pliers, side cutters, solder wick
Amtech NC-559-V2-TF Tacky Flux (preferred)
If you have questions or suggestions related to equipment or supplies, please drop me a note!