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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Effective and easy soldering tip cleaning – Soldering Remover Ball - Color Assorted - Color Assorted (Large) Reviews

posted by dzeez on 01/23/2008 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

Pros:
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).
Cons:
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.
Other:
(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.)
Bottomline:
If you haven't found sponges a joy to use, try this thing.

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