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DIY Tips – Soldering Iron Tip

Here’s one tip we’d like to share in solar panel DIY.

We’ve been getting inquiries on how to correctly tab solar cells, as they say they are having a hard time tabbing them and the cells get broken.

For a start your soldering iron should be 40 watts to 60 watts, I have both.

The tip of your soldering iron should be flat like this (click pics to view larger).

solar energy tips

solar power tips

The most common soldering iron that we can buy are those with pointed tips.  Flat tip is what is best to use on tabbing solar cells.  Here’s a pic, comparison of the pointed tip and flat tip soldering irons.

DIYsolar panel tips

If you cannot find a soldering iron with a flat tip, what I did to mine is I used a metal grinder to flatten the tip of my soldering iron like the one above.  If you don’t have a metal grinder, ask someone to grind it for you, there are some shops that grinds old scissors, knives, etc, you can have them grind your soldering iron to flatten the tip for a small fee.

One Response to DIY Tips – Soldering Iron Tip

  • McMillan says:

    DIY kits are great for expanding the knowledge about solar energy usage. People often think of solar panels as something expensive and complicated, but it is quite the opposite! Everyone can easily build real solar panel by using scrap metal and empty pop-cans: diy solar panels

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