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  • Good desoldering wick

    posted by GordonGecco on 04/30/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Low cost wick that does the job.

    Saturated with no-clean RMA flux.

    Cons:

    There are better brands available (but they also cost more).

    OtherThoughts:

    In my profession I use desoldering braids frequently and after trying out many brands I have a favorite that I buy in bulk. This wick is not the best I’ve used but it’s also not the worst, it does the job fairly well and should be a good choice for the casual user. The residue from the no-clean flux can be left on the PCB after desoldering but I would personally have preferred a more active "must-clean" flux that would have provided better capillary action. For the casual user and novice I always recommend using wick over desoldering pumps, the recoil of a low cost pump can easily damage PCB tracks and isn’t as effective in removing parts from through plated holes as a desoldering wick. If you’re having problems removing a part with this product you can try and dip the wick (no pun intended)in some other flux that’s more active.

    Bottomline:

    Fairly good desoldering wick that will work for most desoldering jobs.

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