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    Default Soldering #8 wire

    Just got a 200 amp flier with 8 gauge wire ,will use 8 mm connectors ,
    Will a regular solder station do the trick? That’s big wire,my buddy has one of those mini torches if that’s what it take ,input please ,thanks ,

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    Why don't you try it and find out?

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    I was and having a tough time but I usually get help with this stuff so I was planning ahead ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MG1234 View Post
    Just got a 200 amp flier with 8 gauge wire ,will use 8 mm connectors ,
    Will a regular solder station do the trick? That’s big wire,my buddy has one of those mini torches if that’s what it take ,input please ,thanks ,
    I have a 80 watt iron with a 3/8 tip and I also use the pencil torch

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    750*F and wide enough tip will work fine, if your solder station has adjustable heat settings
    Vac-U-Tug Jr (13mph)

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    Butane torch and a vice work great. Takes about 2 minutes

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    I used to always struggle soldering heavier wires until I picked up one of those 100w/140w soldering guns. I think weller is the brand and you can get them at most any hardware store very reasonable i.e. lowes, homedepot, etc.

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    I was once warned by a local brushed ESC manufacturer against using a torch to solder ESCs, as friction between the gaseous fuel and air in torches can build up a static charge, and there is no practical way to ground them to dissipate it.
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    I was also warned about using a torch on sensitive electronics as NativePaul states, this was from an electronics guy that knows far more than I ever would about electronics. I to use the Weller 80w iron that Doug highlights for larger jobs, this iron really does hold the heat & is a breeze on larger soldering jobs.

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    One thing I learned I didn’t have the right tip ,I tried my weller gun and it worked better because of the wider tip,my solder station only had the sharp one ,got a selection of tips ,a micro torch and its all good ,the ESC has 8” leads on the battery and motor so with that and the anti spark ground I’m hoping the static will be dispelled,it really is 15 sec to solder an 8 mm connector, just like soldering pipe,anyway got a ton of work done with the right tools ,thanks guys ,

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