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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.