how do i make sure i dont destroy my new soldering iron?
April 30, 2012
i did my first bit of soldering 'tother day using a cheap iron i got from lidl and one of those stainless steel scourers (you know - the ones made from metal shavings) to clean it...and i must admit, the tip has seen better days.
i was using the scourer as ive seen lots of copper and brass equivalents being sold as an alternative to the sponge + water technique as they dont cool the tip down... it worked a treat but the tip is now bright silver and a different shape...was this a bad idea?
i ask as i'm going to replace my iron tommorrow with a 25w antex version from maplin due to the fact that my old versions tip kept unscrewing itself and didnt have very good heat transfer (i had to leave it in place far too long which allowed heat to spread to the plastic on the board and warp it) and frankly i'd really like it to survive more than one use.
any idea's peeps?