Announcing the “Soldering is Easy” Complete Comic Book!

Do you want to learn how to solder?  Do you want to make really cool things?  Do you want to teach other people how to solder (and make cool things too)?

I’m happy to announce the release of Soldering is Easy, a comic book that will teach anyone the basics of soldering.

This seven page comic book explains in detail and with pictures how to make a good solder connection.  It also teaches you all the other bits and pieces of knowledge  that you need to successfully solder together an electronic kit, even if you’ve never soldered before!

I worked with Mitch Altman (@maltman23) and Andie Nordgren to create this revised and extended version of the wildly popular one page handout that Mitch and Andie created in 2010.

The comic (and lots more cool stuff!) will be included in a book that Mitch and I are writing about How to Make Cool Things with Microcontrollers (For People Who Know Nothing). It will be published by No Starch Press.

Here’s a sample page (click for a bigger version):

As of 2015 the comic book has been translated into 21 other languages! A huge thanks to everyone who sent in translations and is helping us spread our message around the world! We would love for people to translate the comic book into more languages! If you create a translation, please post a comment here and I’ll link to it! If you’re looking for help with a translation, you can try posting in the forums.

The comic is released under a Creative Commons license (Attribution-ShareAlike), so you are free to teach with it, color it, modify it, share it with your friends, translate it, and basically do whatever you like with it!


The complete comic book is available for download here:

“Soldering is Easy” Comic Book (PDF)

We also have some other versions of the comic available:


PDF File Language Translators
Arabic Ahmed Mo’ni
Azerbaijani Orkhan Amiraslan
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Lemiti je lako
Ivan Matacic
Jindra Fučík
Det Er Nemt At Lodde
Jesper Haffgaard
Iedereen Kan Solderen
Ivo van den Maagdenberg
Alt. translation by Deeeep
Jootmine On Imelihtne
Markus Järve
Souder c’est Facile!
French (updated May 2015)
Löten ist einfach!
Alexander Bodora
Richard Meinsen
Οδηγός Για Εύκολη Συγκόλληση
Forrasztani Egyszerű
Menyolder Itu Gampang
Bahasa Indonésia
Rudi Voon
Saldare E’ Semplice

Michele Maffucci
Det Er Enkelt A Lodde

Henrik Sandaker Palm
Lutowanie Jest Proste

Solder É Fácil
Portuguese (Brasilian)
Radamés Ajna
Este Ușor Să Lipeşti
Andrei C. Papuc
Alexander Bodora
Russian (new updated and colorized version!)
Alternate black and white version
Solder es Fácil
(Version 1)

2nd translation by juani_c
Att Löda Är Lätt!
Christopher Eriksson
Паяти — просто
Ukranian Maker Association

Special thanks to Alexander Bodora for creating the original version of this table!

And really, soldering is easy (and fun!).  Learn how to solder and teach your friends!

95 thoughts on “Announcing the “Soldering is Easy” Complete Comic Book!”

  1. Jeff I saw your modification of the igloo kool mate 36. Mine just blew a resister and it is charred to the point that I can’t figure out the value. Do you happen to remember the value? This would help greatly. Thanks

    1. Thanks for creating the translation! I’ll add it to the page as soon as I can (traveling this month so updates are slow).

        1. Great, but now you gotta update it please, cuz I didn’t do the translation, I merely did the editing. Translation was done by “Andrei C. Papuc”. List me secondary, please. Thx. Hope all is well.

  2. You should trim the leg of the component before soldering, not after soldering (That was what I learnt when I did high-reliability hand soldering).

    Reason: The core of many component legs is copper. If you solder then cut, you will expose copper which can easily corrode. If you cut then solder, you can cover the end of the component leg with a solder ‘shield’ thus reducing the corrosion aspect.

    This is much more important in a highly corrosive environment (Sea-going vessels etc)

    This is what was taught to me by a NASA soldering teacher. So, whether it is fact or not, you tell me. But his qualifications were better than mine, so I didn’t argue.

  3. I’d recommend finding a 63% Sn/47% Pb (eutectic) no-clean flux solder, the good stuff. Outside of that I really liked your “How To Solder” comix. Just emphasize the solder needs to be presented at the iron/joint nexus.

  4. Wow, this came along at just the right time for me, as I’m about to go out and buy a soldering iron tonight and try my hand at making some blinky safety lights and a Harry Potter wand, but the soldering bit scared the crap out of me and I was prepared to screw up and/or burn myself a lot. Thanks so much, I’m sure I’ll only burn myself a few times (I’m clumsy)!

  5. Hi Jeff,

    Could you please add booklet format for all translated versions?

    We’d like to have copies of different languages at our hackerspace 😉

    Thank you!

    Min Lin

    1. Hi Min Lin,

      That is an excellent suggestion.

      I don’t think I will have time to do this before I leave for Europe next month, but if you need them sooner, it is not so hard to do – all I did was open the PDF file in Acrobat and “Print to PDF”, while selecting the booklet print option in Windows. (So I printed a PDF from a PDF!) This is the best way I have found to do it. Obviously, you would need Acrobat or some other PDF creation software to do this. If I get a chance next week, I’ll see what I can do, and if I could find an automated way to do it for all of the translations that would save me a ton of time.


      1. Hi Jeff,

        Don’t worry, I’ve found a free booklet creator app online. Yes, it would be really great to automate creation of booklet files of all the translations.

        By the way, I’ve introduced this comic to people in Seoul Hackerspace, a Korean version is probably on the way 😉

        Min Lin

    1. Flux removal isn’t really necessary when you’re first starting out, but that would be a good topic for an extended version of the comic.

  6. German Version FINISHED! Sent via Email to Mitch Altman and Jeff Keyzer!!!


  7. Hello,

    I really like the idea of soldering comic and i have heard a lot about it from The Amp Hour. Since I have not given a lot to the community of hackers I am going to do translation of The soldering comic to Estonian language. Since I am an University student and it is exams period at the moment I plan to finish it by the end of the June.

    Just a note, so if anyone else happens to come up with the idea (thou it is highly unlikely) they/he will not have to do empty work that has been done all ready.

    Best regards. Cmc

  8. Bro,

    im offering u to translate it in Bahasa Melayu, Malaysian mother tougue.
    for the sake of knowladge sharing…

    do drop me an email.

  9. Stranded wire where each strand is coated with insulation is pretty unusual, but I have heard of this being used for audio cables before. Usually, enameled wire is just a single conductor, this is the kind of wire that is used in motors and electromagnets.

    Various ways to remove the insulation include burning it off with a soldering iron (liquid flux helps), a match or lighter, or using sandpaper (obviously this won’t work very well for the inner strands).

  10. I understand soldering the wire where you strip off the (pvc?) insulation to get to the copper..

    but what about stranded wire type, where its a bunch of super thin wires that twisted and individually coated with some kind of insulating paint, so there’s no access to solder to! How do you solder to something like that?

    1. Hi Mr. Ben,
      There are to options, one is that you want to solder just tips of stranded wire, so you can seperate wire tips from eachother then use a solvent to wipe off the color/coat of them then solder them one by one or use a solder pot and carefully sink the tips into it.
      The other option is, you want to solder two bunch of wire together, in this case you have to seperate wires a little bit more from eachother and also do not forget insulation!
      About the solvent, usually ACETONE or THINNER solvent is a good choice.
      I hope this helps you.

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