Soldering iron

Any entry level 'all-in-one' soldering iron that you might find at your local hardware store should work. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
Upgrading to a higher end soldering iron setup, like the Hakko FX-888 that we stock in our store, will make soldering fun and easy.

Do not use a "ColdHeat" soldering iron
! They are not suitable for delicate electronics work and can damage the Flora (see here).

Click here to buy our entry level adjustable 30W 110V soldering iron.

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You will want rosin core, 60/40 solder. Good solder is a good thing. Bad solder leads to bridging and cold solder joints which can be tough to find.

Click here to buy a spool of leaded solder (recommended for beginners).

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Solder wick will help correct any mistakes.

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A helping third hand tool really makes this project a joy to build.

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Heat shrink tubing is the special sauce to keep your circuit out of trouble if you get caught in the rain.

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Sharp scissors are a must! You'll also need a large piece of cardboard, a marker and ruler, and some tailor's chalk.
Don't forget your wire strippers, pliers, and flush snips and some hookup wire!
You'll use a needle and thread to stitch the pixels to the bag.

This guide was first published on Feb 13, 2013. It was last updated on Jul 17, 2024.

This page (Tools & Supplies) was last updated on Feb 01, 2013.

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