There are many different soldering tip designs to choose from when selecting or updating an iron. The different shapes have their own advantages, and some are most effective when used for a given application. Let's look at the most common types of solder tip designs and some solder tip basics.
Solder Tip Basics
One of the most essential details in the proper selection of a solder tip is to make sure that it is the correct size for the intended work. An undersized tip will not be efficient in transferring the needed heat to the work, making for a frustrating solder attempt and poor solder joints.
A tip that is too large will transfer excess heat to the work at hand. This can damage the pad and the component. In some cases, a large tip with a high degree of heat transfer will even damage the circuit board, creating issues.
If you are getting tips for an existing solder station, make sure that the tips are designed to fit and work with your equipment. Some tips are designed for heavy-duty applications, while others are intended for light-duty and precision work.
There are some soldering solutions, such as the Metcal Smart Heat Technology, that should be used with the proper tips and cartridges to allow operation as designed. Using the correct tips and cartridges is one way to ensure that your soldering equipment does its best work.
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