Hand Soldering Guidelines for Tip Longevity

  1. Use quality solder iron with adjustable temperature, making sure the tip is tight before use.

  2. Adjust the temperature of the iron just above the melting temperature of the solder being used. Using excess heat can damage the circuit board, oxidize and damage the tip, and render flux useless in flux cored solder.

  3. Flux cored solder reduces tip oxidation and promotes quicker solders, minimizing heat transfer to board. Additional flux can also be used (pens, paste etc).

  4. Turn solder iron off when not in use for extended periods of time.

  5. After each solder, shake any excess solder off of the tip, plunge the tip into brass wool a few times, and tin the tip with solder before placing into the holder, to prevent tip oxidization.

  6. After every few solders, or a couple times an hour, use actual tip tinner. Similar to step 5, shake any excess solder off of the tip, plunge the tip into brass wool a few times, dip soldering tip into tip tinner and then tin the tip with solder before placing into the holder.

  7. For storage, turn solder iron off, repeat step 6, but be more liberal with the final solder tinning leaving almost a ball, rotating the tip can help flow the solder around the tip. Carefully place into the solder stand leaving the solder on the tip to harden.

Mentionable Products:
Solder Stations 243-1229-ND | 243-1228-ND

Brass Wool 243-1157-ND

Leaded/Non-Leaded Tip Cleaner 82-153-ND

Flux SMD291ST8CC-ND

60/40 Flux Cored No-Clean Leaded Solder SMD2SW.0318OZ-ND