Soldering Irons


Old 09-01-2009, 10:50 AM
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Actually, Hakko makes a similar paste, but theirs is $10 for 10 grams, the Radio Shack stuff is $7 for 14 grams. The link you posted was for the metal tip cleaning "sponge", but this paste also re-tins the tip to help prevent oxidation. Big difference.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:12 AM
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I use a 25W Antex soldering iron, and 60/40 Hudy solder. The iron has tips that sit OVER the element rather than slot inside. This seems to hold a lot more heat.

Never had any problems... I just make sure I keep the tip clean and tinned. Heat transfer is a LOT easier if you tin the tip.

Not sure I would attempt batteries with a 25W though.

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