The BEST Power Setting For Micro Welding With and Without Argon | Free Chart Table Resource

The BEST Power Setting For Micro Welding With and Without Argon | Free Chart Table Resource

Optimal Power Setting is one that gives a consistent and secure weld, while not over melting the metal. So for a jump ring, this would mean that it does not flat top or warped.

To determine the optimal setting for each type of metal and thickness, I welded the jump ring and the try to break it open. I note the lowest setting that I can successfully perform a secure weld, and then I repeat the same weld with a new jump ring, so that we are certain the weld can be consistently replicated.

Here is the chart I have created with thorough testing. Feel free to copy and share

Multiple Side Welds: When the jump ring becomes too thick, welding on more than one side is needed. In that case, we have noted the number of welds we must make in order to prevent us from being able to break the weld with force.

Condition of Electrode: The chart is based on our experiment with a brand new electrode. A rule of thumb is that sharper (or just sharpened) electrodes will emit stronger power, and duller electrodes will emit less power and will require the power setting to be adjusted upward slightly.

Novice or Shaky Hands: It is worth noting that higher power will compensate a bit for imprecision by shaky or nervous hands. Therefore, for anyone starting out, increase the power setting when practicing. Then, as you get consistent secure welds, gradually decrease the power setting.

Stainless Steel: I don’t have access to stainless steel jump rings that I am certain of their thicknesses. If any of you know the best settings, please share with the rest of us and comment below. Let’s help each other. When I get access and can experiment, I will add it to the chart on our website.

In this video, I used the Zapp Plus Micro Welder by Sunstone Engineering.