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You just bought a soldering station thanks to a timely Dealmonger post — now invest in a soldering accessory that’ll help you get the most from your new iron.  With Hakko’s 599B tip cleaner you can clean oxidation and excess solder from the tip of your soldering iron with coils of brass, rather than a wet sponge.

Hakko designed the shell of their tip cleaner to keep solder from splattering.  The brass coils inside don’t reduce the tip temperature, and since brass is softer than the tip plating and harder than the oxidation, it removes stubborn deposits better than a sponge.

Street pricing for the Hakko tip cleaner is about $10.  You can get replacement brass coils for about $5.

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5 Responses to Solder Better With A Clean Iron

  1. Pencilneck says:

    If you soldier more than 2 or 3 times a year, then get one of these things!! I picked up one like this from Jamco.com a few years ago and love it. They work better than described. Something so simple, yet works so great, THUMBS UP!

  2. David Bryan says:

    I’ve talked to people who soldered on space shuttles and rockets and all that stuff, and this would maybe be something for that kind of soldering. I’ve known a lot of instrument and electronic technicians who just wiped the tip of their soldering iron on their pants leg. I can see some of the theoretical advantages over a wet sponge, but most people can’t solder well enough, use a good enough iron, or good enough solder, or work on anything critical enough for it to make a difference.
    But if it makes you happy, buy it and enjoy it. That’s all the reason you need. And you have my respect doing so.

  3. Wayne D. says:

    Wipe it on their pants leg? Holy crap! I would have thrown them out of my shop if they did that. That is a first for me.

  4. David Bryan says:

    You never heard of Square Bob Spongepants?

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