Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month
Easy, tidy, effective. These "balls" of brass shavings are sometimes supplied in lieu of sponges in soldering station iron holders. To use, you're supposed to plunge the tip in while hot in a "stabbing" motion, a few times, in a few different locations. The tip comes out still lightly tinned, but cleaned, without loss of heat (as with a water-soaked sponge).
DX doesn't sell the weighted base available elsewhere that these are "refills" for. I happen to have found a ~suitable thin sheet metal open "box" from an old computer subassembly (will post a photo) that works all right, but a weighted base would be better.
(These brass coils are supposed to be softer than the soldering iron tips, so as to "scrub" without damaging any plating or cladding of the tip.)
If you haven't found sponges a joy to use, try this thing.
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