I've been looking for a vise/holder that will keep circuit boards steady when soldering.

Most if not all the PCBs used in model trains are small, I have one that is about 2/3 the size of a postage stamp, hard to get solder to stick when the board is skittering all over the place.

So what do you guys use?  Something with a vacuum base to keep it from moving?

I use the Hakko FX888D soldering station/unit, but didn't think to look at what they may have until I started typing this.

Also need it when unsoldering/cleaning out holes.

MODELING SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA

4+ years and STILL Having A Blast Running BPRC

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I use my Panavise with the heavy base for small boards.  I have a PCB holder, but I rarely use it as I don't work on stuff big enough to justify it.  I have these two pieces, obviously bolted together.  They do most of my bench holding.

Tray Vise Base, 1/2 x 8-7/16 In 

I also have one of these, but I don't use it nearly as often.

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I like the smallness of the Amazon item Chuck linked to, but I want a heavy base, like the vise John shows, so things don't shift.  I didn't want to have to bolt it down but that may be what is called for.  I have one of those multi-armed things with all the alligator clips, don't like it, it's either too rigid or flops around too much.

MODELING SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA

4+ years and STILL Having A Blast Running BPRC

gunrunnerjohn posted:
Pat Marinari posted:

I use one of these:

Pat, that explains what happens to your circuit boards!

 

Yeah, this isn't the Insquisition ya know, try not to torture your electronics too much

I might go to Priest Electronics in Norfolk next week and see what they have in the store.

MODELING SOUTHEAST VIRGINIA

4+ years and STILL Having A Blast Running BPRC

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