Desoldering SNES Cart Slot

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Desoldering SNES Cart Slot

Post by budnespid » Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:56 pm

Ok I need advice: what kind of iron? (watts and where to get it)
Which method should I use -bulb, braid, vacuum, or pump?
I'm lost

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Post by budnespid » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:59 pm

Anyone?

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Post by jdmlight » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:53 pm

Radioshack used to sell a desoldering iron. It's discontinued now, but it's worth a look at your local Radioshack.
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index ... Id=2062731
I used this to remove the useless expansion slot from my NES, and it worked great. I've used a solder sucker before, and it's pretty cumbersome. But you can use it. Otherwise, I've heard good things about a solder braid - haven't tried it myself though.

Edit: Looks like the Radioshack desoldering iron isn't discontinued yet, it's out of stock on their website but available at my local stores. If your local stores don't have one left, PM me and I'll look around to see if I can find one near me.
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Post by budnespid » Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:16 am

thanks jd

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Post by Pkmnjunky7 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:58 am

If you have a snes mobo you don't mind hurting, you can use a torch. haha. I used this method to get the cart slot off of a fried snes mobo, works pretty good.
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Re: Desoldering SNES Cart Slot

Post by budnespid » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:27 pm

lol I'm kinda trying not to fry it. Good tip though

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Post by Joes2Silly » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:43 pm

A desolder iron or one o' dem solder suckers works really well for big crap like a cart slot. Soldering braid would work too, but you might need quite a bit of it. Using soldering braid is also fairly straight foreword: get soldering iron hot, put braid over solder joint (or whatever), and the solder braid should suck up the solder :wink:
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Post by nevermind1534 » Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:03 pm

Pkmnjunky7 wrote:If you have a snes mobo you don't mind hurting, you can use a torch. haha. I used this method to get the cart slot off of a fried snes mobo, works pretty good.
I used that method on my NES mobo, worked very well, but you have to be very careful not to apply too much heat. For my vintage radios that have PCBs, I recently started using solder braid (the only viable option for removing solder from old-style PCBs) when I replace the capacitors, and it works well.
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Post by budnespid » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:16 pm

I hate braid. Pump/iron combos are the way to go. They work wonders. Braid just isn't as efficient as I like.

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Post by nevermind1534 » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:35 pm

Braid is great if you've got huge traces covered in solder, though. But that's not exactly the case here.
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Re: Desoldering SNES Cart Slot

Post by budnespid » Fri Apr 30, 2010 7:42 pm

Nuff Said

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