After I learned this method, an incredibly quick cleaning of the soldering iron tip from soot, the question immediately appeared in my head: “What, could it be so?”. Prior to this, like most radio amateurs, I took sandpaper and manually cleaned the soot from the sting. The whole process took about 15 minutes and took a lot of effort, not counting the cleaning of black soot after such cleaning.
Now everything has changed thanks to a little trick, which I’ll tell you about now.
The whole secret is to use ammonia powder. It is sold in radio markets or specialty stores.
It may have individual packaging:
Or it can be sold by weight in bulk:
In any case, it costs all a penny, especially considering the fact how much time and effort it saves.
We clear a soldering iron tip from a deposit
So, pour the ammonia powder into a more convenient and heat-resistant dish.
Next, turn on the soldering iron and heat it to the usual soldering temperature. Note that the sting has a thick layer of soot on its surface.
Now we dip the heated sting into the ammonia powder.
It is advisable to do this process in a well-ventilated area.
Hold for a few seconds and take out. A little powder will remain on the sting, which will begin to evaporate with the release of thick white smoke. And after that you will see a brilliant copper sting.
Now we remove all residues with a rag or a special sponge.
And tin the tip with solder.
Yes, everything is so simple and fast! I am sure that you will definitely take this method of stripping yourself into service.
This method will be especially useful to those who very often solder.
Personally, I was very surprised at the speed and simplicity of this process and regretted a bit that I did not know this before. Good luck to everyone, friends!