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Solder Tip Tinner

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Solder Tip Tinner | 10 January, 2008

How many are using solder tip tinner? We were recently told that our tinner was shortening the life of our tips. We are using JBC irons / tips and an entirely leaded process (military) Any leads or sites on tip tinner greatly appreciated.

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Solder Tip Tinner | 10 January, 2008

We use it at our hand solder stations. No issues to speak of. Dont use it too much. I tell the operators to use it sparingly while soldering for long runs and always use it when they are putting the iron in the holder for any length of time...

Weller WD2 irons and tips...

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Solder Tip Tinner | 15 January, 2008

We believe that tip tinners reduce the life of the tip, also. Why do you use such a product?

We like using solder paste to clean solder tips. Place expired solder paste in a covered container. Open container and dip the tip. It comes out clean and shiny.

Also, we like tip cleaners: * Xytronic Tip Cleaner

* Hakko 599B Tip Cleaner

That black stuff that builds-up on the tip when using low residue flux is synthetic resins and activators that are polymerizing and coating the soldering iron tip with a non-wetting polymer film. If that's the case, either: * Turn-down the dial ... OR * Find a flux that is either nonsynthetic or one that can stand the heat.

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