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larryd

Oct 23, 2016, 09:22 pm Last Edit: Oct 23, 2016, 09:29 pm by LarryD
I have been using this tip shape for the last 10 months.
It is great for getting around and under things you are soldering.
As the tip is bent, you can easily move the contact point on the target to achieve more/less heat transfer.
The version I have is series 936 but it works well on my Hakko F888D iron.
I Run the tip at ~410C.
Highly recommend using this.
(probably invented by someone who dropped the iron on the floor.)

How to use:
https://www.hakko.com/english/tip_selection/type_j.html







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raschemmel

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Oct 23, 2016, 09:33 pm Last Edit: Oct 23, 2016, 09:35 pm by raschemmel
HAKKO FX888D-29BY/P ESD-Safe Digital Soldering Station (Gold)
There's a Fry's near my house too...I'll just put it on my Fry's card..

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Prop-Forge

Strangely enough, I bent the end on my fine Weller tip accidentally, and found it is far easier to use. It's a little off-topic, but do you guys find Hakko to be a good brand for general use? I'm just a hobbyist, all through-hole, but do a fair bit of soldering when I do runs of kits we make. I'm tired of how quickly my Weller 40W plug-in eats tips, and want something I can temperature control and not have to scour the Earth to find tips for.

larryd

I use Hakko and am very happy with them.


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DocStein99

Yes, the bent tip works much better.  Any tip can be bent after it is hot.  Put tip in a steel vise, hit it with propane torch and use pair of needle nose to shape it.  File down the sides, shape it whatever way.

Most of the time, my tips seem to break into their own shape that I get used to using. 

larryd

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Oct 26, 2016, 11:49 pm Last Edit: Oct 26, 2016, 11:50 pm by LarryD
BTW
Using distilled water on the solder iron sponge keeps the salts in the water from building up on/in the soldering iron stand.
Keep a wash bottle handy on your work desk:


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larryd

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Oct 27, 2016, 12:23 am Last Edit: Oct 27, 2016, 12:33 am by LarryD
Giving the end of the tip a bit more of a bend makes the tip shown in first post perfect.
Too much bending will break the end off.

Using a nozzle that is installed on an angle saves your wrist while using the hot air wand.
6mm diameter seems to be just about right IMO.





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dlloyd

Love using solder with silver alloy ... makes any tip work better (improved wetting properties).

larryd

"Love using solder with silver alloy ... makes any tip work better (improved wetting properties)."
I'll have to give that a try.



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Boardburner2

Love using solder with silver alloy ... makes any tip work better (improved wetting properties).
Certainly does if you have to use lead free solder.
I find bent tips useful if i have to use a mag glass.
Which is every time these days.

outsider

Wish someone would make an "anti-shake" iron, like those gyro stabilized binoculars.  >:(

larryd

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Wish someone would make an "anti-shake" iron, like those gyro stabilized binoculars.  >:(
I know what you mean.
I rest the heel of my hand on the desk top, this keeps things from moving to a minimum.




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Prop-Forge

BTW
Using distilled water on the solder iron sponge keeps the salts in the water from building up on/in the soldering iron stand.

I think you just solved a problem I didn't really know I had. I always wondered why I'd clean my tip and immediately have junk on it again.

DocStein99

Wish someone would make an "anti-shake" iron, like those gyro stabilized binoculars.  >:(
I am suffering too, soldering and keeping still.  Its impossible for me to do surface mount prototyping. 

Last night I had an idea to make a pair of robotic hands, that I would use operating a pair of jog dials, with a footswitch to dip-down the soldering iron.  The time it would take me to make that would distract from the rest of my projects.

I'm always looking for better tools, jigs to help.

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