Acer Netbook power socket replacement

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I'm trying to replace the power socket in a netbook. There are 4 legs grounded to the shell and one positive leg on the connector. I've removed the positive leg and cut away most of the shell so it wouldn't be as much of a heat sink but the solder for the ground legs doesn't seem like it's even trying to melt; I've tried lots of flux with solder wick. I'm afraid of turning the heat up too high, is that the only way though? Any tips would be appreciated.

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Mike

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I would recomment to use hot air for desoldering and generally this is the safest way to desolder components in a double sided pcb.

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I've used near-right angle (looks like about 70 degrees) snips to bite at solder balls when I don't want any heat (ie: still in packaging). If there isn't much risk immediately surrounding the area, dab a bit of solder onto your tip to make contact with the connection, then slide in the wick as it all melts. This can be a bit messy the first few times you try it, so you may want to practice on something, first.

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I don't have access to a hot air system here so that's not really an option. I'm sure it's multi layer with a separate ground plane that is probably absorbing all the heat. I went ahead and turned up the heat quite a bit and it seems to be working. I'll just have to be fast about it :) Thanks for the suggestions.

Mike

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geoelec wrote:
I would recomment to use hot air for desoldering and generally this is the safest way to desolder components in a double sided pcb.

I would have to disagree. In my experience, hot air tends to be useless for large components unless you've preheated the whole PCB.

I'd recommend the OP gets some Chipquik. That will remove the connector with ease. You can get a sample of it for free from them.

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I'd recommend the OP gets some Chipquik. That will remove the connector with ease. You can get a sample of it for free from them.

I keep meaning to get some chipquik to try out. Of course I always forget until I need it again. :)

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Got it replaced and it's working nicely now :) The solder joint on the old socket had broke loose and caused it to literally disintegrate the positive leg of the socket.