New Soldering Q & A Site

We're happy to introduce a brand new Electronics Soldering Q & A site where you can ask questions about soldering. Not sure what soldering iron to buy? Having trouble desoldering a chip with a lot of legs? No idea how to solder a chip without any legs? Ask away!


Published date: May 26, 2015
Catagory: Soldering

The Essence of How Bitcoin Works

A brief intro to the main ideas behind How Bitcoin Works, including how money is transferred, who keeps track of it, and how the whole thing is secured.

Published date: September 5, 2014
Catagory: News

SMT Stencil Review, including BGA Reballing

A review of SMT stencils from BEST, Inc. 10% off coupon: 'Curious'

Published date: May 30, 2014
Catagory: Soldering
Published date: April 13, 2014

RPi Spectrum Analyzer Display with LED Strip

A python-based real-time spectrum analyzer. Plays MP3s and does FFTs in real time using code from the LightShow Pi project and Numpy.
Full code and instructions at instructables.

Published date: January 6, 2014
Catagory: News

Augmented Reality Circuit Building Guide

An iPad app that provides augmented reality steps for building a circuit on a bread board. Graphics are overlayed on the actual breadboard to show you exactly where to put parts, and provide extra information, like values, tolerances, and voltages.

Published date: November 6, 2013
Catagory: News

How Bitcoin Works Under the Hood

A somewhat technical, but concise explanation of how Bitcoin works.

Published date: July 14, 2013

How to Desolder Through-Hole Joints

This video demonstrates the use of solder wick (braid), a solder sucker (desoldering pump), and desoldering gun. It explains why some joints are hard to desolder: large ground planes or components, small holes, low quality pcbs. Finally, some alternative methods are shown, including cutting the leads, pulling one lead out at a time for resistors and other two-legged parts, and heating all the pins at once, using an iron, hot air or ChipQuik.

Published date: May 6, 2013

2013 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

The 2013 Guthman Musical Instrument Competition featured an array of new instruments that combine electronics, computers and sensors, often building on a base of a traditional acoustic instrument. The $10,000 competition had some prestigious judges this year, including Laurie Anderson, David Wessel, and electronic musician and sound designer Richard Devine.

Onyx Ashanti and his Beatjazz Exo-voice Prosthesis instrument

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Published date: April 14, 2013
Catagory: Audio / Music

Make any USB MIDI Device Wireless with Raspberry Pi

astlab has made a simple device that turns any USB MIDI device into a wireless (WiFi) device that also speaks OSC. They used a USB WiFi dongle to do the transmission. Their target device is aVMeter.

Published date: March 28, 2013
Catagory: Audio / Music
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