[Noisebridge-discuss] new soldering irons for Crucible? - DITCH THE SPONGES
jake at spaz.org
Mon Jul 4 09:21:51 PDT 2011
The reason your soldering irons, and those at noisebridge, keep wearing
out, is because we keep teaching people to use a wet sponge to treat their
iron-coated tip. This is a lot of fun for people and especially kids,
because it makes a cool sound and steam, but it is very bad for the iron.
I never, ever use a wet sponge. Sometimes I tap the iron on the holder to
shake off excess solder, and sometimes if there is junk floating in the
solder on the tip of the iron, i wipe it off on an edge on the holder.
Remember, stuff "sticking" to the iron is only floating in the liquid
solder, so it's no more stuck than a poppy-seed to a wet coffee-mug.
My advice: hide the sponges forever.
Lee Sonko lee at lee.org wrote:
The Kinetics & Electronics department at the Crucible has several $12
Stahl soldering irons
still new in the box, but they sure wear out quick. Kids take their toll
on an iron pretty quick. Do you think we'd get 4 times the value out of
the new $40 Hakko 936 knockoff from
Sparkfun<http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9672>? Better temperature
control might keep the tips and units alive longer. Might you have any
other suggested irons?
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