spirilis 1,265 Posted June 5, 2013 Share Posted June 5, 2013 Starting this thread to chronicle my experiences building a solder reflow rig! I've had http://forum.43oh.com/topic/3495-group-buy-13msp430-reflow-oven-controler/ wulfman/yyrkoon's reflow control board for a short while now and I'm just getting around to making use of it. My plan is to use an electric skillet similar to this Sparkfun article -- https://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/59 I finally bought the skillet yesterday and tested the thermocouple wulfman supplied with my multimeter that happens to have a K-type thermocouple driver built in- Did a mock run with one of my F5172 launchpad boards where I controlled it manually, got it hot enough to melt the solder but I don't think I let it sit long enough... Took it off & suspended it in mid-air for 10 seconds, then my hand slipped and the board flipped onto the floor with SMD components flying all over the place :grin: Whoops. Recovered all the high-dollar SMD components though so I'm going to give it another try soon once I get the reflow control board all hooked up & programmed. FYI I'm using a lead-based solder paste and just applying it by hand with a small wooden matchstick (minus the striker part)- http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kester-EP256-Lead-Solder-Paste-63-37-Syringe-Disp-Pak-/230916973401?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35c3b96359 Going to just try using the attached needle to meter it out next time. I don't have a stencil for this board nor any rig to properly secure it while I apply the paste so that's another project for a later day. Next step is buying a suitable AC jack from the local home improvement store so I can get the reflow board rig set up properly with the existing AC plug on the skillet. Plug & play and all that... yyrkoon, RobG and Fred 3 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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