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August 2015

Cleaning Hakko Soldering Tips

Cleaning Hakko Soldering Iron Tips

After years of using my tried and true soldering iron, the day arrived when I had to make a switch.  It had become increasingly difficult to find soldering iron tips for the model I was using, and I purchased a Hakko soldering iron.  Within minutes of using it, I wondered why I had waited so long to purchase one!

My new Hakko soldering iron heated to temperature within seconds, and held temperature consistently, but cleaning the soldering tip was presenting problems.  Using a wet sponge, as I had for so many years, just didn't seem to work, and I wondered if my use of lead free solder simply was not compatible with the Hakko soldering tips. Using my sal ammoniac block was proving to be an epic fail!