Question about soldering iron tips

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by droggie, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. droggie

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    Oct 21, 2012
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    I have a cheap 30 W Soldering iron and I would like to replace the tips. However its tip is about 5mm and I cannot find it anywhere. Am I able to use different lengths or must it be its original length and width?
     
  2. Dodgydave

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    You can use any tip that will fit your iron , the bigger tips are higher in temperature, smaller tips lower in temp.
     
  3. droggie

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    But there is a screw that meets the base and holds the tip in place.
     
  4. droggie

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    Never mind. It is at the very beginning of the iron. I'm sure any tip will fit.
     
  5. mcgyvr

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    no thing as a "universal" soldering iron tip.. But there are a few main styles/companies..
    Whos iron do you have? Search on their site for replacements.
     
  6. droggie

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    I have a Nexxtech one, formerly Radio Shack here in Canada.
     
  7. t06afre

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    Many tips on cheap solder irons. Need some maintenance then plating are gone. They are most often made of solid copper. Then the plating are gone they will be hopeless to use. Using fine grade sandpaper to strip down to bare copper will make your iron as good as new. You will only need to this on the part of the tip. That came in contact with the solder. This is a NO-NO on more expensive solder irons
     
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