The following pages cover the step by step instructions on how to solder the Rev F PCB.
(NOTE: The PCBs in the example pictures and videos are a prototype version of the PCB and were mistakenly labeled Rev Ee)
Click the images to zoom in. All the construction example videos from these pages are also available on YouTube. Some good intro to soldering videos can be found at curiousinventor.com and also at sparkfun on YouTube (some of the videos may be upside down on this website).
4 - C1,C2,C3,C5,C12 0805 SMD Capacitors
The majority of surface mount capacitors used in this project are 0805 size. I feel these are a good compromise of being small, cheap and easily available without being too difficult to solder by hand (even for someone first starting out with surface mount components at home).
These components are non-polarised so they can can go any way round on the PCB. They also have the habit of all looking the same, as they are not marked for value or tolerances as resistors might be.
The best strategy I find for dealing with these is to do each value at a time. In this project we have three values of 0805 capacitors; 0.33pF, 0.1uF, and 2.2uF. Close up views of where these capacitors are located on the PCB are shown above in images 4a-c.
The video below shows how I solder the two 0.33pF capacitors. I almost always start by tipping all the capacitors of this type and value I will need on to the PCB, manipulating them with tweezers after that. This is far easier than going back to the reel or bag after each component is done.