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Cleaning tips

How do I clean and take care of my desoldering tools?

Desoldering is a dirty task. When using our DR desoldering tool, it is recommended that you have a spare "tube", clean and set to go during the day. Simply unscrew the green end piece of the gun, remove it from the handle, take the tube off and replace it with the new one. This will allow you to continue working without stopping. Put aside 5-10 minutes at the end of a shift to use the extraction rod to take out the baffle and the filter in the glass or stainless steel tubes. Take a small wire brush and gently brush the solder off the baffle into a trash receptacle or hazardous waste container (if using leaded solder). Replace the baffle to the mark on the tube and insert a new white filter. You should periodically check the secondary filter at the front (or back, depending on model) of the desoldering pump. Replace it when it looks dirty (discolored).

It is also a good idea to use the supplied drill bit tool to clean out the desoldering nozzles that you use to prevent buildup and clogging. The amount of useage your desoldering tool gets will determine the frequency of cleaning. Please see the manual for additional recommendations. 

Which is the best system for cleaning tips?

It depends on maintenance and on the technology of the soldering method. A damp (not swamped) sponge is an efficient cleaning method if it is kept clean. It should be changed periodically and used with deionised water. Tip temperature partially decreases during contact with the sponge. This could be a disadvantage with older generations of soldering systems, where the iron does not have a very fast thermal response and takes several seconds to recover the working temperature.

The cleaning wire (brass) is an alternative to the sponge, needing less maintenance but does not decrease the temperature of the tip, which is why it is better suited to some handsoldering tools with low thermal response. A disadvantage to the brass wool is that it releases residues which may fall on the PCBs if there is no splashguard. The brass wool holder should be heavy enough to prevent it moving when being used, so the operator will not have to steady it with the other hand. The metal brush is a more aggressive method when cleaning the tip, but if used gently, it cleans the tip well with the least damage.

The tip tinner / cleaner is a chemical method for cleaning and retinning the tip at the same time. It should be used when the previous methods fail and a more active cleaning method is needed. You can also clean with JBC sand: you put the tip into the receptacle with the sand and turn it around. This method is advisable as a last resort. 

What's the best type of wool?

Brass wool: Although less aggressive than the Inox Wool, it is easily subject to deterioration. It will cause metal particles and fibers to contaminate the working area. Customers have refused to use Brass Wool for this reason. Brass wool was first used in industry many years ago and it became standard use in industry and was used by many operators.

Inox Wool: It is more agressive than the Brass wool and so will require more care when being used. It is the most effective when used less aggressively and therefore minimizing the abrasions – Remember! Less Is Better. As well as being more effective, Inox is much more durable than Brass. It is more flexible, less fragile, and as a result, reduces the amount of particles and contamination of the work area. In tests we found it very resistant to breakage and it contained less than 10 times the amount of broken particles than in Brass wool.


Time to reach 350ºC
JBC - Time to reach 350ºC
JBC stations can reach 350ºC (662ºF)
in only two seconds, while others need between 10 and 90 seconds.













JBC - Time to reach 350ºC
JBC stations only drop 20ºC (68ºF) where others drop as much as 70ºC (158ºF)
Process for 3 solder joints













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