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DIY solar panel tips

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).

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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.

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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… Continue reading