Aoyue Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner with Brass wire sponge, no water needed Reviews

Aoyue Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner with Brass wire sponge, no water needed

  • Cleans Tip without Messy Wet Sponges
  • Uses Low abrasive Brass, no water needed
  • Works with any tip
  • Heat resistant Stainless Steel Case
  • lengthens tip life by reducing oxidation

List Price: $ 13.62 Price: $ 13.50

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3 Responses to Aoyue Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner with Brass wire sponge, no water needed Reviews

  1. Ryan Nash says:
    33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Pleased, June 9, 2012
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    Ryan Nash (Bellingham, WA USA) –

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    I was debating between this and the Hakko ball-style sponge holder. After using this one, I’m very pleased with my choice. Stabbing the iron down in to the sponge feels very stable, natural, and comfortable. Stabbing sideways at a ball-style holder seems like it would be awkward. Also, this holder is lower profile (only 1.125″ high), so it fits easily into my soldering kit. I’ve found that I use its built-in iron stand a lot when tinning very small wires (easier to set the iron down and drag the wire across the tip, rather than vise-versa).

    Excellent cleaner. Well worth the money.

    SIDE NOTE –
    I noticed another reviewer mentioned applying flux to his wire sponge to help it “absorb solder”, and that (not surprisingly) it didn’t have the desired effect. A couple things to point out…

    1) The point of a wire sponge or a wet sponge is to improve heat transfer by “shocking” the oxides off your already cleaned and tinned tip. This is most obvious when using a wet sponge, as the correct motion is a quick tap of the tip on the sponge (like you’re touching a surface with your finger to see if it’s hot) not the long, slow wipe that would be required to remove excess solder.

    2) If you wind up with excess solder on your tip, use desoldering braid to wick away the excess. There are only a handful of cases where this should occur. 90% of the time you should be applying the solder to your work piece not your iron, and the capillary force of the work piece should keep the solder where it belongs.

    PACE has an excellent series of “learning to solder” and “reworking” videos that they’ve graciously made available on YouTube. I highly recommend them. They’re a little dated, but the basics haven’t changed.

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  2. Maxwell Johnson "Cook, musician and teacher" says:
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Does exactly what it is supposed to do, September 16, 2011
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    This review is from: Aoyue Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner with Brass wire sponge, no water needed (Tools & Hardware)

    This is a small stainless steel cup containing a coiled brass sponge. It cleans a hot soldering tip with just a quick wipe, much more effectively than a wet sponge and without lowering the temperature of the tip. Although the cup is quite lightweight, a rubber disk on the bottom prevents sliding on the workbench. The sponge is replaceable but I cannot imagine it wearing out in any normal lifetime of use.

    I don’t know who invented this kind of tip cleaner but it works remarkably well for very little money.

    Highly recommended if you do any significant amount of soldering.

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  3. RT says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Better than a Sponge, February 5, 2012
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    RT

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    This works way better than a moldy, ripped, ratty sponge. It looks and feels like a higher quality product than the Hakko “dome” tip cleaner. It can also be used as a soldering iron stand if you’re not klutzy.

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