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    DIY soldering tips

    Very high quality and cheap soldering tips



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    So, just plated copper, no iron jacket?

    Here's the normal layering

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    No need for iron plating.
    Iron nickel direct very difficult quality plating.
    A thicker layer of nickel is sufficient.

    I tested the durability only with brass bars and it is durable as with Weller or Hakko soldering tips.
    Iron may be needed if copper rods are used.
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    Thanks darkoford! We've added your Soldering Tips to our Electrical category,
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    Gloves are a no no when running a lathe

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    I know, but, .....
    In the video, you can see, a right hand scar from a lathe. A memory from 20 years

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    I don't wear rings or gloves when i work with machines no matter what type of machine it is. I have seen some bad stuff involving gloves, rings and loose closing

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    I don't wear rings because of the danger, but it took me a long time to explain to my wife.

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    The tip shown early in the video LOOKS like the type that is temperature controlling, not simply a shaped, plated metal bar. These use a technology (that I'm not particularly knowledgeable about) involving the Curie point of the alloy making up the tip (or possibly a slug contained within the tip) to control the tip temperature.

    The Curie point is the temperature of the alloy at which the material loses its magnetic properties. The soldering iron body detects that loss of magnetic properties and uses that info to regulate the temperature of the tip, probably by opening a switch, allowing the tip to cool until the magnetic properties are restored, closing the switch again. Apparently the Curie temperature is fairly precise, allowing close regulation. Tips can be purchased with specific temperature regulation points.

    No harm using a non-regulating tip alloy except that the iron might get hotter than you expect or is optimal for the task at hand.

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    tips

    Soldering tips need the iron jacket for the tinning process. With out that jacket, the frequent need to "re tin" the copper is necessary.

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