DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron

DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron

Charper writes:

“This project stemmed from the desire to remove (and perhaps one day re-solder) surface mount components. In it’s entireity (pictures and all), it took less that two hours and $20. Even if you have to buy everything, I believe the cost could easily be kept under $30. Comparatively, I could not find a hot air soldering iron retain for under $200. Every entrepreneuring young electrical engineer needs to work on some project to satisfy curiosities and take things apart… right? Well, at least I do!”Link.


  • Join the MAKE Instructables Group – Link.
  • $45 Hot Air Pencil – Link.
  • HOW-TO: SMD Soldering (surface-mount devices) – Link.
  • Looking for a good soldering iron? – Link.
  • Solder surface mount parts with a toaster oven. – Link.
  • HOW-TO : Hand-solder teeny tiny chips! – Link.

2 thoughts on “DIY Hot Air Soldering Iron

  1. japroach says:

    You can get a decent dual purpose, hot air/soldering iron on ebay for ~$160. Its no hakko, but I was surprised by the quality for that kind of price.

    Temperature readout w/ control, air flow, filter, etc.

    Of course yours is still much cheaper, and fine for most things.

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