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A soldering iron tip cleaning sponge is a basic soldering accessory. Many soldering iron stands even include a small rectangular cleaning sponge plus a tray in the base where it is to be housed.

soldering-sponge

The whole point of keeping the soldering iron tip clean is to protect it against wear which can lead to tip failure.  (more…)

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Getting precise temperature control is one of the challenges when working with a regular plug-in soldering iron. The best way to get temperature control is with a high quality soldering station but many people who work with electronics have one or more plug-in soldering irons in their toolboxes.

110v 60w soldering iron with cycle timer temperature control circuit

110v 60w soldering iron with cycle timer temperature control circuit

Although these plug-in soldering irons are considered to be good tools with much remaining useful life, they could be much better tools if a there was a reliable way to get consistent and precise temperature control from them. (more…)

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