Reflow oven: wrap-up

So the oven is now complete. Profile-wise it's not exactly what is recommended per a solder paste datasheet, but as I've come to understand the specified profile is more complicated: time vs. money in manufacture, what's actually required, etc. And results so far are pretty good! This is also evidenced by another, tougher board to [...]

By | 2017-04-23T21:21:55+00:00 Saturday, 15 April 2017|Builds|0 Comments

Reflow oven: real board 1

So the stencils for the (first) test boards arrived - yay! The stencils were from OSH Stencils and of the polyimide film type. I had no need to invest in stainless steel versions, and if the polyimide film works for test purposes then all the better! Solder was ChipQuick SMD291AX50T3 Sn63/Pb37 No-Clean T3 solder [...]

By | 2017-04-23T09:30:39+00:00 Saturday, 8 April 2017|Builds|0 Comments

Reflow oven: Initial test runs

With the oven now ready to run, it's possible to do some test runs. Yay! Taking the cautious approach - mainly because the stencils haven't yet arrived - this is a first stage of the testing, i.e., simply a number of repeated reflow runs where the temperature is monitored per the thermocouple data from the [...]

By | 2017-03-29T23:15:39+00:00 Saturday, 25 March 2017|Builds|0 Comments

Reflow oven: build basically complete…

Between now and "then" things have come along. The build of the oven is now basically complete, or at least the wiring is now all good, and the oven is operational! No boards have been soldered just yet - now waiting on a couple stencils to arrive, but close indeed... For the record here are [...]

By | 2017-03-27T18:18:56+00:00 Saturday, 18 March 2017|Builds|0 Comments

Reflow oven: the oven has arrived!

The oven was delivered today, thanks to Amazon France. So which one did I get? After much searching (and consideration) I decided on the Moulinex OX444810, being a model of the 'optimo 19L' series. This is the 19 L, 1380 W, convection version. Based on internet research something smaller would have been preferable, but [...]

By | 2017-03-25T23:46:39+00:00 Thursday, 23 February 2017|Builds|0 Comments

Reflow oven: the controller has arrived!

Barely had I finished the last post about the plan for a reflow oven and the ControLeo 2 controller arrived! (The US and French postal services must have really been on the ball this past week...) The kit comes with the following (as advertised): ControLeo2 with Reflow Wizard software pre-installed ABS enclosure with UL94-5VA [...]

By | 2017-03-25T23:47:07+00:00 Saturday, 18 February 2017|Builds|0 Comments

Programmable DC load

For a while now I've been thinking "wouldn't it be nice to have a programmable DC load"... Something in the order of 30-50 V and a couple of amps. It appears that one only has to think the thought and it becomes available! Look no further than the MightyWatt module from Kaktus - www.tindie.com/products/Kaktus/mightywatt-kit-70w-electronic-load-for-arduino/   [...]

By | 2017-03-29T23:21:34+00:00 Friday, 6 November 2015|Builds|0 Comments