The soldering tips are of significant importance but also the most vulnerable part of a soldering gun. Being heated then cooled continuously makes the soldering tips can easily be degraded if we are not careful. The following tips will help you give your soldering tips better care and maintenance.
1. Clean your tips often
Any DIY equipment needs to be cleaned to have the best performance, and soldering tips are not exceptions. Being clean is an essential requirement for the tips for better performance and longer life. However, not everyone knows how to clean the tips properly.
Remember that the sudden change of temperature is not healthy for the tips life span. As a result, using damp sponges to clean soldering tips as many people do can harm them, but we don’t even know it. Instead, using cleaners made of brass or metal wool will not cool the tips immediately, which help them to last longer in their best condition.
2. Use flux at your own risk
The soldering tips will always be oxidized when interacting with oxygen simply because they are made of metal. Then solders need flux. Flux is a chemical substance available in many different forms, used to remove the oxidation layer by evaporating them in chemical processes. However, they can also harm your soldering tips because of their corrosiveness, so DO NOT dip your tips into flux directly and remember to clean them after you use flux.
3. Store the tips
Obviously, you can improve how well your soldering iron tips are performed and how long they last by improve your way of storing them.
Store your soldering iron tips carefully after use, and do not just let them rattle around with other metal tools unless you want your tools to hurt others and even themselves. When changing tips, make sure to do so carefully and secure them properly.
You can also buy a toolbox or case with a tool-protecting system to prevent them from physical impact, especially if you often travel with them.
4. Tin your tips
Tinning your tips can help you prevent oxidization because the solder layer is also the protector that protects the soldering tips from contacting with oxygen in the air. It would help if you tinned your tips often, especially when you started your project and finished a project.
5. Use better equipment
Better equipment means better performance and a longer life span. It’s true for not only solder tips but for every DIY pieces of equipment and materials. If you are a beginner and unsure where to start, it will help if you visit our store to buy your equipment and start your DIY project. We can offer you differently personalized solutions. We always put customer satisfaction, not the sales, on the highest priority, as we aim to BUILD YOUR PROJECTS TOGETHER.