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Brass sponge here too, got 6 new ones spare smiley-grin (just in case)
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Now I feel bad about using my wet sponge smiley-sad.

Ah well, my iron's a RadioShack POS anyways, so who cares?
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my radio shack pos is bout to be 22 years old, and is still being sold in malls everywhere

if you take care of your tools, even cheap ones last a long time
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i wish when I was starting out someone had told me about sponges, and tip care. It sucks when you're learning on your own and your tip gets eaten away and you're wondering what the heck is happening. i finally learned about a wet sponge to clean the tip and that saved some life, but from what i'm reading i should switch to a brass/copper scrubbie sponge. i'm headed out to the store soon to go get one soon...
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Well the brass sponge is all well and good but you really want to make sure you tin your iron tip or buy some tinning compound to make it last.

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I find a wet sponge does best with a well-cared for tip, and save the brass scrubber for particularly dirty tips.

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The problem with a brass sponge is that it scratches the surface of the iron. Many quality soldering tips are iron coated and a brass sponge will take off this coating and accelerate corrosion.
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The problem with a brass sponge is that it scratches the surface of the iron. Many quality soldering tips are iron coated and a brass sponge will take off this coating and accelerate corrosion.
A mine of information as usual.
Well my iron is only some cheap rubbish and I need a new one anyway.
What would you recommend then?
Just a quick rub on a damp sponge?

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Just a quick rub on a damp sponge?

Always does it for me.   :smiley
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I have always found Antex irons of very good quality with a good range of tips - all available from maplin.

The one I use for electronic work is rated at 15watt and does everything I need.  If you go for one, also buy the  spring style stand c/w sponge.

Maplin also sells a rather expensive temperature controlled iron/soldering station for a penny short of £70 which gets good reviews.  Haven't yet drummed up the courage to buy one

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What's the best conclusion?
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I've probably mentioned it elsewhere, but I recently had to replace my Antex iron (it got stood on, poor thing). Got a cheap temp-controlled unit from Farnell (stock code: 1737234)

Less than £30 for the soldering station, a reel of solder & a brass cleaner? Can't go wrong IMHO. So far, it's been working a treat.
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What's the best conclusion?
Quick rub on a damp sponge.
Tin end after use.
Don't use the damp sponge to cool down your iron after use.
Have fun!

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Well I changed my mind... Damp sponge and retin... See how far my tips last smiley-wink. I ended having 3 different sizes for my station. The radio shack station is worth it I generally have my temp around 400 to 500f ( I don't like celcius) :p
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