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5.0 out of 5 starsDefinitely will benefit the novice
Reviewed in the United States on 28 December 2017
As someone who learned mainly by trial and error, let me say that any novice would be well-advised to read this book before attempting any projects and going the trial and error route like I did. The book covers all the basics and while soldering is not rocket science, success demands that it be done properly, with the right kind of soldering iron, tools/accessories and procedures. This book will give you all the information you need. There's also plenty of color pictures that provide helpful guides and examples.
It's organized well, and easy to understand. I'd say anyone who is new to soldering will definitely benefit from this book and it's a handy thing to keep on hand as a refresher, too.
The only quibble I had, a minor one, is the author seem to waffle on the use of lead-free solder. While he warns of the dangers of lead-based solder, he also says he prefers it for his own use and says how it is more difficult to use lead-free solder because of the higher temperatures required. For a beginner I think it is easier to use lead-based (60/40) solder and take the easy precautions the author mentions when using it. But like I said, that's a minor quibble. This book is a great, worthwhile resource.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Introduction For Adults, Teens, Homeschool, Extra Curricular Topics, To A VERY Useful Skill
Reviewed in the United States on 16 February 2018
Although I have built computers for years and worked on electrical devices, I am sad to admit that I never took the time to get the hang of soldering. I have done a few very easy things, but never really learned how to do a good job of it. This book seemed like the perfect introduction. Let's see how it measures up.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK LIKE? First of all, this is an introductory book. It is not comprehensive, but an introduction on how to do basic electrical and mechanical things. The first 44 pages are a good explanation of tools, accessories and photos of what you will want to be familiar with in all sorts of soldering situations.
There is a nice project that is simple that helps you understand how to build a simple circuit. The materials are not hard to get and the materials list is complete so you can check off what you need to be sure you have it all when you want to start the project.
The last third of the book is devoted to learning how to solder basic electronic components, circuit boards, splice and connect wires, and finishing your work properly. There is a section on fixing mistakes and troubleshooting, and the very end has some introduction to more advanced soldering of surface mount devices (SMD). There are lots of photos and hints to make your work high quality and effective.
HOW DID I FIND THIS BOOK IN HELPING ME I really found this book to be helpful. Most of my desire was for circuit boards but I really enjoyed learning the basics of the circuit and how to use the tools that I have had for a long time in my computer kit. The book is an excellent introduction and took the mystery out of soldering. I really got a lot out of it and my daughter, an aspiring electronics wiz is now eyeing the book as well.
My daughter is more of an auditory learner and I am a visual learner and this book works well for both of us. There are lots of photos that help visually to grasp the concepts.
WHO MIGHT LIKE THIS BOOK? Not only would this be great for adults like me who never took the time to learn soldering, but it would be great for 4-H projects, computer classes, homeschooling, extra curricular study beyond school, and a way to help those who tend to like tinker to give them a taste of soldering and see if they can incorporate it into fine work that they might do in the future.
THE BOTTOM LINE There are many occasions for simple soldering. This book helps you get your feet wet and learn the basics of this very useful topic. Lots of photos and clear explanations make this book appropriate for adults and teens alike. It is a great skill to be familiar with.
MY RATING FIVE stars for this. It is just what I needed to get me going with soldering. I also am impressed with how easy my teenage daughter grasped the book and took off with it as well.
Finally a reasonable book that explains soldering in simple terms for newbies. I read it with my 10 year old daughter that is new to the electronic world. The book is clear and concise and contains many pictures. After describing some of the basic tools and material needed for soldering, the author describes the basic technics of soldering, common mistakes and how to solve them. The last chapter describe SMD soldering for those interested.
I would have given it 5 stars if there was more picture around in the second chapter around the actual basic soldering gesture. I also thing that the long debate around leaded vs unleaded solder could have been treated in a less wishy washy way. The author should state his opinion more clearly on the topic.
4.0 out of 5 starsA good introduction to soldering electronics
Reviewed in the United States on 22 January 2018
Getting started with Soldering is a reasonably good guide for beginners. I like that he has put safety front and center, cautioning that protective goggles should be worn not only when soldering but also when trimming wire. I also like the pointers towards quality tools, soldering irons, stands, wire cutters and strippers. After a long introduction, he walks you through the steps in plain English. In fact, there is a lot of good information here. What I liked less is that it has the quality of a "for dummies" book. It feels like it was written for a grade school audience. I picked it up as a refresher. I did some silversmithing when I was a teen, and played with hardware sculpture when I was in grade school. The first time I picked up a soldering iron I had no safety gear, instruction or supervision. (If you are picking this up as a gift for a child who is interested in learning to solder, get some safety glasses too.) I am just lucky that I did not manage to burn myself or worse. That said, this would be a good introduction for kids interested in soldering As an adult I find the approach a little insulting. I would also like it better if the subject were extended a bit. The focus is clearly on soldering for electronics, circuit boards etc. It is a small book with a clear focus (so it is not reasonable for me to expect anything more). When I got it I saw the tile, and not the subtitle, so I had expected it to be broader. I may actually get another book since my primary interest is in working with precious metals, and connections for jewelry. It is quite a bit different, as a torch is much better for working with gold and silver (and not well suited to work on circuit boards).
In sum, it seems like a reasonably good introduction to soldering electronics for a beginner. Since most of my experience was working with a torch and precious metals (and not electronics,) I might not notice if important information was missing. This caveat applies to my review, and not to the book, and is a caution to consider this as once review among many.
5.0 out of 5 starsShort, concise, great information
Reviewed in the United States on 23 February 2018
I have soldered a board or two, but I wouldn't call myself a pro. If you're familiar with the Make series, this book is designed like most of them, but it's a bit shorter than some of the other Make books I own (it's a very small volume). It may be small, but it's filled with a lot of great information that will help you be more confident with your soldering. If you're like me and have soldered a few boards, but are still a little nervous about ruining your boards, this book will help you out. It has lots of photos, clear directions and it's easy to follow. The fixing errors and mistakes sections were actually my favorites, but if you're a beginning the first part of the book goes through tools and safety and all the equipment you'll needs. There's also a project.
I would recommend this to anyone who is thinking about taking up a hobby that would involve soldering or to someone who has done a bit, but not enough to be super confident. It would be a nice thing to have around in a community center that has a makerspace or just to reference in your house.
5.0 out of 5 starsWell-written and thorough guide to soldering
Reviewed in the United States on 12 January 2018
My husband wanted this book because, even though he is familiar with soldering, he likes the "Make" series of books. The same things he's liked about the other books he's read in this series is also true for this book: It is very clearly written. It is well organized and easy to follow. It is very thorough - even if you already know a lot about soldering, you will likely learn something you did not know. My husband's experience with soldering is mainly for the electronics in electric guitars, but he is also particularly good at analyzing written material which was a crucial aspect of his career for many years, so I'm pretty confident that his assessment of this book is spot on. He highly recommends this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsStill learning from this tiny book
Reviewed in the United States on 17 January 2018
Practical advice for electronics enthusiasts. This book is only 111 pages, but it is chock full of tips and techniques that have opened my eyes to a skill I've had for a while, but haven't properly developed - soldering home electronics. Covers the basics in regards to equipment you'll need to get started and contains a lot of good safety advice. The 'common mistakes' section was an eye opener. I have definitely created more than a few 'cold joints' in the past. If you want to understand the basics, this is a good place to start.
This book is good if you are a total beginner because it starts with ground zero and explains everything you need to know to be able to solder. On the other hand if you are one who is experienced this is a good reference manual for things you may have forgotten or need to know about the process.
I have used Make's Getting Started with Electronics, but I really need more practice and tips on soldering. Even the little soldering projects I have bought to practice on (little flashing signs and Christmas ornaments and so on) don't always turn out as planned. This book fits the bill perfectly. I have not finished every project yet, but it is exactly what I was looking for.