Electronics Tips: Tip Saving Solution When Using Lead Free Solder
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Tip Saving Solution When Using Lead Free SolderWater-soluble fluxes typically used with lead free solder can quickly wear a soldering tip to the point of unwettability. This is especially true when using thin solder wire with little flux content. The intensive cleaning that is necessary with lead free solder reduces the amount of tin, exposing the tip to oxidation. Black oxide layers that form on the surface of the tip must be removed, or the tip will soon become permanently unwettable.
In addition to the use of a traditional wet sponge for cleaning, Tip Cleaner (Part Number 0603460) offers a solution for gentle tip cleaning. The product uses a special metal wool ball. Cleaning is performed by pushing the tip into the metal wool ball and turning it. This process cleans the tip. After cleaning, there is still a fine layer of tin on the tip, which will help avoid fast ovidation of the iron layer.
Tip Cleaner is made of low abrasive brass shavings. It's sturdy holder is made of heavy duty stainless steel.
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