Electronic – Soldering Iron Maintenance


How often should I tin my soldering iron? It doesn't seem to pick up the solder quickly any more; I have to hold it there for 10 seconds before it melts.

Best Answer

A much cheaper option than the metal shavings coated in flux, is to put a pan scourer like this one:

Pan scourer
(source: hospitalitywholesale.com.au)

in a small container, and use that to clean the excess solder off of the tip, it seems to do a reasonable job and doesn't cool the tip excessively. Although you don't get the benefit of the flux which coats the shavings either.

(A tip: make sure that the scourer isn't plastic!) ;-P