#1
Hey guys, i tried to solder some stuff today and i realised a brownish liquid is being emitted frm the white part of the solder iron, above the tip. It makes me have to clean the tip more often. Also, the white portion just above the tip has turned black..

Does this mean i have to get a new tip? How long does a tip usually last?

Im using a Goot (brand) 20W iron, MIJ.
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#2
Said brownish liquid is flux, and without it you couldn't solder. It cleans everything, the soldering iron tip, the components you're wiring together, etc.
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#3
Thats normal. Your solder has flux in it. the flux cleans whatever you are soldering so that the solder will stick better. The brown stuff is a combo of flux and the grime.

I get about 24hrs use from a tip but it does depend on the type of solder you are using.
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Hey guys, i tried to solder some stuff today and i realised a brownish liquid is being emitted frm the white part of the solder iron, above the tip. It makes me have to clean the tip more often. Also, the white portion just above the tip has turned black..

Does this mean i have to get a new tip? How long does a tip usually last?

Im using a Goot (brand) 20W iron, MIJ.


You're using a good quality iron, so I wouldn't say the tip is dead yet. What you need to get is some tip cleaner/tinner, which you just heat the soldering iron tip into for about 5 second when it's on. This will clean all the nasty crap off your tip, while leaving it nice and shiny for soldering.
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#6
the brown stuff is flux, nothing to worry about, you'd need to worry more if it wasn't there...
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#8
It's probably just the flux, no problem. It's better to have more than not enough. Otherwise you could really screw up whatever it is you are soldering.
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Bad plan. If it's an iron clad tip, you'll be filing away the iron as well.

Just wipe the iron on a damp sponge or cloth. (while it's hot) Do this often.
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#10
It's actually aids. If you solder with it and breathe in nearby, you'll get it.


K that was stupid. It's just flux. Get some fine steel wool, and when your soldering iron is hot, put it in and out in there after every time you solder. I prefer the steel wool over the damp sponge approach.
#11
K thanks for all your replies.

I forgot to add that im already using the wet sponge thing.. To clean my tip, i once in a while melt some solder on the tip and let the flux do its job. Then after whiping the solder on the sponge, i get a clean shiny tip. Is this a correct method?
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#12
it sounds like you are putting the solder on on the iron and then using that to solder? I dont know maybe im wrong. But the solder should never ever touch the iron unless you are tinning it...
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#13
Out of interest, do all irons have replaceable tips? Mine has a pair of screws near the end of the larger section which leads onto the tip. I ask because I believe the tip of mine has dissolved...
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#14
Most of them do. Undo the screws and see what happens. Doesn't sound like you could wreck it.
#15
^ My iron isn't this exact one, it's reasonable quality, but it has the same tip system:

I'm probably gonna end up getting some of the spare bits for those models that Maplin has. It's the same barrel, just a different handle. I wanted a nice fine tip too, the stock one is like a 6mm blade.
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