Soldering iron tips eroding/dissolving..

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by RogueRose, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. RogueRose

    Thread Starter Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    I have 3 different soldering irons and the tips of all 3 are slowly wearing away (some very quickly). I have a very large tip, round and angled that is heated by a butane pen torch (Benzomatic) and the tip has a hole from the flat angled surface back to the flame about 2-3mm diameter! It was solid when I got it and I haven't don't that much soldering with it. I'm using Benzomatic 60/40 solder and benzmomatic flux. Is this normal or is it maybe something I am doing?
  2. SLK001

    Senior Member

    Nov 29, 2011
    They will do that. The slowest that I have had to dissolve away were the iron plated HAKKO tips.
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  3. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    All copper tips dissolve. The only dependable tips are coated, and I think it's iron. Yea, Ironclad is the advertised name.
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