How to Solder : Soldering Iron Maintenance Tips

How to Solder : Soldering Iron Maintenance Tips

Hi, this is Jeff Naylor from Mtroniks is Mesa,
Arizona for Expert Village. In this section, we’re discussing soldering and cleaning and
maintenance. Now soldering tip maintenance might seem insignificant, but if the top is
contaminated, the joint you make with the top will be contaminated and will eventually
fail, so it?s actually really important. To prevent oxidation of the soldering tip, it
is necessary to always have a fine layer of solder on the iron tip. Most soldering stations
come with a sponge with a hole in the center. The center portion is used for cleaning the
debris off the tip. After cleaning off the tip, tap it on the wet sponge and reapply
solder. After soldering, it?s important to clean off the tip of your iron. As my father
always said, never put your tip away dirty. What I have here is a wire cleaner. You can
use this to get excess solder and contaminants off the tip. We’re going to use this by loading
our tip up with solder and then actually stabbing the wire. This brush cleans off all the excess.
Look how clean our tip looks now.

100 thoughts on “How to Solder : Soldering Iron Maintenance Tips

  1. I think it's all about how you are introduced to it. If you learn from someone that says soddering all the time you will say soddering. Or if you just go out and buy the iron, like I did, you pronounce it soldering. First impressions always stand out more.

  2. How the hell does someone get "nahledge" from knowledge, "Buh joor" from Bonjour, "salm" from psalm, "kernel" from "colonel", etc.?

    It's called a silent letter. I know you know about it. I just don't think you think about it too often…

  3. I just got mine in the mail today; the same Hakko 599B that he uses in this video. It's amazing! How did I go so long without it?!?!

  4. TOP TIP – in the UK these cleaners (the wire type) can be found as "pan scourers" in "Pound Shops" – usually about 6 for a pound! Use an old cup or mug for the holder – or make your own from an old tennis ball with a hole cut in it – then just force the steel "brush" in there! 😉

  5. I wouldn't have bothered liking or disliking this, it's a useful video. But I had to like it for the little smirk and thumbs up at the end.

  6. @ThatAdelaideGuy
    Lol, so you are trying to say that it should (look at the word "should" extra closely btw) be pronounced "sole-der"?

  7. If you don't want to watch the ad (and I'll be god fucking damned if I will), just click back, then forward.

  8. @VOODOOxw
    no it isnt. atleast not if you are using 60/40 soldering wire.
    try not having excess flux when the solder is cooling down, burnt/ melted flux becomes dark after it cools off.

    who am i? i started soldering when i was 12 🙂
    thanx to me dad!

    and i still use the prehistoric(aged more than me) soldering iron with a screw driver like tip. and still works a charm.

  9. instead of using that brush wire thingy for cleaning off the excess, i use a sandpaper, or a file.
    but thats just crazy me. 😀 (i works for people who dont have that thing)

  10. @dedasdude i have done soldering at school, im 13 and i got my own iron delivered today, it came with the solder sucker thing for de-soldering, enough lead free solder to do me a while, plus a really nice stand that id pay £10 for, and i got it all for £7.99 it was a great deal from amazon 😀 (its a 30w btw, is that good?)

  11. Why does expert village exist? Hal their videos are idiots that don't know what they're doing. The videos that would be useful, like this one, they cover what's going on with text.

  12. @mclmatty i use a 35W, but careful. to be safe follow this technique /

    put a layer of solder on both components to be soldered after cleaning and putting paste on them,
    then touch them together and take some solder on the tip of the iron (mine's a flathead) and make the solder on the iron touch the point of junction of the two components, lo and behold, wonderful soldering without over heating the components!
    using lead free is harder.i use leaded, just dont breathe the fumes 😀

  13. maybe u can help me… why does my tip always seem to lose its sharpness… it seems like the tip just gets eaten away somehow.. am i using a bad tip or am i soldering wrong some how??? i use a craftsman soldering iron, idk wut kind of tip.. just the ones that came with the iron

  14. @armonianthug09 you shouldn't clean it that way. there is a protective iron layer around the copper that prolongs the life of the tip. without it the tip wont last as long.

  15. the wire stuff he used to clean it. Ive seen those in a few videos. Where do I get one and what is it called?

  16. You're talking to my guy all wrong, it's the wrong tone. You do it again, I'll stab you in the face with a soldering iron.

  17. @Debjit625
    It's a wire sponge. Steel wool is made of finer fibers that shed and rust (not what you want on a soldering tip). Usually the ones marketed for soldering tip cleaning are made of brass or copper.

  18. Id want to ask u,Im making hot knife because its very hard to find one in my country so will it work if I remove the sodering tip and put NiCr or Kanthal wire?

  19. Help, my solder tips even after clean, it turns brown when gets hot. The tin are hardly melt but not stick on it. What should I do? I never face this problem previously with other type of soldering gun.

  20. A wet sponge is supposedly really bad for the tip because it cools it off very fast. Using steel wool or a solder scrubber like he has gets the bad crud off without cooling it off as fast.

  21. No such word as SODDERING .. Unless your going so soddemise someone with the SOLDERING iron….It is Soldering…no silent L…..Please .

  22. What causes a tip to melt? I've had 3 tips melt on me already. I use the sponge but I think I'm going to try the steel wool.

  23. have a new iron and have already a dark tip just after one session use ???! solder doesn't stick to the dark brown tip… trying to clean with sponge or even sand paper… nothing helps – what am i doing wrong ? thanks in advance for any tips

  24. Try a metal scouring pad or brass pad like in the video ideally, lightly rub your iron over it when it is hot. use a wet sponge to shock" the contaminent layer from the tip. If it is very bad just keep applying solder and cleaning until it improves. Dont use sandpaper!

  25. Are you using your iOS device to type this comment? lol! btw, that thing is called a soldering wire.( most probably )

  26. Before this video; being a beginner at soldering electronics at my own leisure, I couldn't quite get my Weller soldering iron to look "Clean." The tip just got dark and even darker as I continued to use it. Don't get me wrong, I had everything required to properly solder. But I didn't quite have it right, literally, until I saw this video.
    I just de-soldered some speaker joints and re-soldered them with a newer wire, after cleaning the tip like you'd explained. Works perfectly.

  27. My electronics teach did a poor job explaining soldering iron care. He said if the iron was dirty from insulation, burnt sponge or old solder, to just use sandpaper to scrape it off when it was cool. Never knew you had to tin the soldering tip and I think we all scraped the thin iron layer right off our irons.

  28. The solder just drops from tip it wont stick and now after few days of use ( i dont solder much) it now wont even heat!! Sides heat pretty well !! And wont heat joints for desolder!!!

  29. I thought you were supposed to leave solder on the tip when not using it so that it doesn't oxidize – and then heat it up and use the brass sponge cleaner before re-tinning?

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