[NTLK] :Re: Plan for Performing eMate 300 Hinge Repair

Allen Russell Allen.Russell at messer-us.com
Fri Apr 16 12:32:01 PDT 2021

I would just add:  if you read Frank's site you know the repair is required.

Forrest's instructions are good, but soldering does take practice.  I recommend youtube to see how it's done.  It's easy to use too much solder and make a mess, usually because the solder is hot, but the wires are not hot enough for the solder to flow.  Practice on something that's not an Emate.

Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKbJxytERvg

And this is a good write-up:


>Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 23:22:29 -0700
>From: Forrest <newton_phoenix at mindspring.com>
>To: newtontalk at newtontalk.net
>Subject: Re: [NTLK] Plan for Performing eMate 300 Hinge Repair
>Message-ID: <1F53095E-3681-45C4-99F9-2FE85353082D at mindspring.com>
>Hi Alan:
>Yes that one will do nicely.
>Hotter is not necessarily better. I have a soldering gun that if I recall is something like 100 watts or more. That will obliterate most simple soldering jobs.
>You will find the soldering work to be remarkably easy, and I?m not just saying that because I have experience. Follow the instructions?plug in the iron and allow it to >become hot. It?s a good idea to ?tin? the tip of the iron the first time you use it. This ?tinning? is nothing more than applying solder to the tip and allowing it to melt?of >course, once it becomes hot?then wiping off the excess with a rag. I like to tin the tip a couple of times. A properly tinned tip will conduct heat better and will therefore be >more useful.
>Desoldering the wires is as simple as touching the hot tip to the wire. In most cases the wire will come loose on its own, but if not grasp it and gently pull it free. Re->soldering is much the same, except you are now holding the wire to the terminal you want to connect with, and touching the hot iron to that joint. In most cases you will >not need any additional solder to make that union.
>Congratulations, you have completed your first soldering task!
>> On Apr 15, 2021, at 6:45 PM, Alan Grassia <alan.grassia at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Two weeks ago I purchased an eMate 300 in good condition on eBay.  I received it about a week ago.  Having read the recent posts here, I get, I need to open this eMate up and check for and possibly do the hinge repair.
>> Reading the eMate 300 disassembly directions on Frank?s website, Pda-Soft.de at https://www.pda-soft.de/en/hardware/emate/disassembly/disassembly.html.
>> I do not have any skills with electrical wiring or soldering.  Is it possible for me to disassemble the eMate without desoldering the four wires on the system board?
>> If the answer is ?No?, or ?It?s really more difficult that way?, is there a specific soldering iron that I should look for to heat up the solder to remove/reinstall the four wires?
>> For example, is there a difference in soldering iron kits?  Is a
>> 25-Watt soldering iron better than a 40-Watt soldering iron for this
>> kind of work?  Here?s an example of a soldering iron kit that a local
>> home improvement store has for sale:
>> https://www.homedepot.com/p/Weller-25-Watt-Standard-Duty-Soldering-Iron-Kit-SP25NKUS/204195328#overlay
>> What do you folks think? I accept that I need to do the repair.  I?m looking for some guidance about how best proceed.
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Cheers,
>> Alan Grassia
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