[Blabber] Lots of soldering, tips and tricks?

James Carpino jamescarpino at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 10 19:15:20 UTC 2017

Yes.  If you oxidize off and let it get down to the steel, it turns red, that's rust, and eventually that stuff disappears and you have a bad tip.  Not all tips have steel, it seems to be a good feature.  

Some cheap irons can have good tips that last a long time and withstand a lot of abuse.  "Better" workstations are temperature controlled (with a thermometer in the iron), but I find that if I keep the iron so not hot that it doesn't oxidize, it isn't fun to use because it doesn't carry a lot of heat or transfer it quickly.  The tip has some inertia and is a heat reservoir.  If you don't put a lot in, you're not going to get a lot out.
On that note, Microcenter has an 80w pencil tip iron for $17.  I don't recommend it but I'm really curious about that.  I think I have to buy it just to have it, for those nasty desoldering jobs.


      From: Robert Terzi <rct at r-t.org>
 To: blabber at list.hackmanhattan.com 
 Sent: Saturday, September 9, 2017 3:17 PM
 Subject: Re: [Blabber] Lots of soldering, tips and tricks?
 On 9/9/2017 12:14 PM, James Carpino via Blabber wrote:
 If you tend to overheat the iron as I do, buy some tip tinner as well.  
 I was with you on the rest, but what are the causes of an overheated iron?   
 Is it something simple like leaving it plugged in and idle for too long?
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