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What is the correct temperature for soldering?

In most cases, the factor that most influences the duration of a tip is the working temperature.

Before the ROHS regulation (Restriction Of Hazardous Substances) came into effect on the 1st July 2006, solder wire that contained lead was permitted. After this date the use of lead was prohibited (as well as other substances) in all equipment and processes except the following: medical apparatus, monitoring and surveillance equipment, measuring instruments and equipment specifically designed for the military and space industry as well the car sector (car control systems, airbags, etc.), rail transport, etc.

The special characteristic of the most common lead alloys is that the fusion occurs at around 180°C. With the most common lead-free alloys this happen approximately at 220°C. So the difference of 40°C meant it was necessary to increase the temperature of the solder tool to achieve a solder joint in the same length of time (if soldering time is increased, then the components and the printed circuits may be damaged) and this reduced the life of the tips and increased oxidation.

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Soldering: The Dos and Don’ts

Soldering may seem complicated and difficult but with a little practice it can become quite  simple. Nothing can substitute experience when soldering, but our tips will help you master this technique quickly. So read on!

In this post we’ll take you through the various dos and don’ts you need to know about soldering.

Be careful not to apply too much pressure

❌ Don’t apply too much pressure with the tool on the PCB or the parts being soldered. It will not solder the joints more quickly and will only damage the long-lasting plating and even ruin the finest tips.

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Safety guidelines for soldering

As soldering poses a few different dangers, we have prepared this safety checklist to ensure operator awareness of the hazards and good practices when working. To stay as safe as possible, read on!

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  • Workbench: Keep your bench clean and tidy.
  • Workplace: Work in a well-ventilated area and use a fume extractor.
  • Clothing: Always wear safety glasses and heat resistant gloves.
  • Equipment: Keep your equipment away from flammable products.

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How to solder the right way?

Early soldering irons were very basic and were not very good for electronics soldering. There was no heat control and every time you placed the tip on a joint, the tip would cool down. Today’s stations have overcome these problems. But if you want to solder the right way, without getting frustrated the iron, and get professional results, read on.

Almost all stations have a menu with some parameters adjusted to maximize equipment performance and correctly manage the soldering process. Which parameters should be modified?

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Best soldering practices

How many solder joints can your tips do?
It varies by the tip geometry, the thickness of the tip’s iron coating, the temperature settings, the solder, the flux used and the operator skills.
JBC features tips which can perform up to 100,000 solder joints.

How often and when do I need to use the tip tinner?

The tip tinner / cleaner is a chemical method to clean and retin the tip at the same time.
It should be used only when alternative methods fail (i.e. sponge, brass) and a very active cleaning method is needed.

Do I have to change cartridges anytime I want to solder at a different temperature?
No, you are free to choose any temperature with any cartridge. If desired the temperature can easily be locked at a fixed level.

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