I met Mitch Altman the first time at Music Hack Day London. Mitch is the maker of the infamous TV B-gone, a remote control with the single purpose of turning off televisions. He travels the world teaching people how to make cool stuff with electronics. I hadn’t soldered since 4th grade, but remembered it as something fun, so I sat down with a TrippyRGB Waves kit and Mitch gave this wonderful 5 minute course on how to solder, that showed how easy it was to make good solder connections.
I wanted to pass that on, and thought a comic adaptation could work to teach it, and that having 1 page of instructions that could be pinned to the wall next to soldering stations in hackerspaces, handed out at workshops, or just used to refresh the basics would be a good idea. So here it is - 1 page on how easy soldering is, and how to do it. It assumes you have the tools and kit/parts you need, and a basic idea of what soldering is and why you’d want to do it.
Click the image for a larger version, or download the pdf. We would love feedback from people using it in the contexts above!
Want to translate? Here’s the original comic artwork without text, 26.6M: soldercomic_artwork.tif