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Solder points

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Joeg1937, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Joeg1937

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    Does anyone have an answer to taking the shell off the Phaantom 2 and coating the solder joints with an non acid silicon ?

    Does anyone think this would be a good idea? Seeing that many readers have mentioned loose solder joints from DJI

    Thanks for your help, this forum has been extremely useful for me

    Joe
     
  2. EMCSQUAR

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    Sure why not. I've used automotive RTV.
     
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    Solder is sufficiently strong to maintain its connection if it was done properly. No glue will compensate for this.
    Additionally if you were to develop a failure or an intermittent connection this would make it more difficult to identify and repair.

    Not necessary... TEHO.
     
  4. Joeg1937

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    What is automotive RTV?

    And to : NO17RW, you say and I quote " if it was done correctly", then why do I constantly hear about poor solder joints?
     
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    You for got the second sentence... "No glue will compensate for this."

    I also said TEHO (to each his own).

    I know we all like to tinker and make what we feel are improvements.
    If it makes you feel better, by all means go for it.
     
  6. gunslinger

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    That is exactly my concern. If it's a bad solder joint, the silicon would, at best, turn a total failure into an intermittent failure. In either case, you'll probably wind up on the ground a bit sooner than anticipated... :shock:

    But, with the added silicon, you'll have a much more difficult time locating the failure.

    I've considered desoldering and resoldering all joints associated with power, but with my luck I'd probably create a problem where one didn't previously exist... If I start seeing evidence that there's a higher percentage of solder joint failures in the future, I'll revisit the issue... For now... I'm gonna wing it... ;)

    -slinger
     
  7. EMCSQUAR

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    Automotive RTV is a silicone sealant used on gaskets - Permatex makes a non-acidic version that won't eat plastic, aluminum, etc... I use it on connections to help keep vibrations from shaking solder joints apart.
     
  8. Joeg1937

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    Would you apply this to the solder points?, or better yet have you already done so?