What is Desoldering Braid?

by Andy on April 23, 2010

In the past, we’ve talked a lot about general soldering, extending the life of your soldering tips, etc… but we’ve only touched on desoldering.

Desoldering is the exact opposite of soldering; it’s the process of removing solder and/or components to repair, troubleshoot or salvage parts from a printed circuit board (PCB).

There are a variety of tools you can use to desolder including removal fluxes, pumps, irons, braid and more.

Desoldering braid is a product made of clean, oxide-free copper that helps completely remove solder from components and PCBs. The heat of a soldering iron melts the solder on the board; the liquid solder is then absorbed by the braided copper wire. Many people use a drop of flux to aide in the removal of the solder.

Here’s an instructional video on both desoldering with braid and soldering the component back into place.

Here’s a close-up video of just desoldering using braid. Note: there is music with the video.

All desoldering braid is not the same. In fact, there are variety of types of desoldering braid within one manufacturer. For instance Chemtronics has Chem-Wik and Soder-Wick…Easy Braid has Quick Braid, One-Step, Sea Braid and several others. The type of braid you buy depends on the application, solder and flux.

Confused about what desoldering braid you need for the task at hand? Contact our Customer Service Department for help.

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