Soldering Tips and Tricks Archives

Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?

Many industrial manufacturing environments require workers to wear protective gloves, including during electronics and medical device production and assembly. Latex gloves not only protect workers from harmful chemicals but also protect products from worker contact and contamination during manufacturing Read more

ST 925 SMT Rework System–Three favorites combined into one nice savings

Save a few steps--and some money--with the Pace 925 SMT Rework System Pace has introduced a new low-cost “combination” system ideal for surface mount technology (SMT) rework. It’s worth adding up the savings by comparing the a la carte prices Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

5 Great Reasons to Invest in the Hakko FX951-66

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Bring a new level of performance to your workbench with the Hakko FX951-66. Engineered for superior heat transfer and excellent thermal recovery in a space saving design, the FX951-66 incorporates a series of unique features that set the industry standard. Read on to discover our top five reasons to invest in yours today.

  1. A compact, ESD-safe design ensures seamless integration into static sensitive environments
  2. Lockout key card feature prevents unauthorized or accidental temperature resetting
  3. Sleep mode functionality eliminates tip oxidization and prolongs usable life, with automatic shutoff following a 30 minute lapse
  4. Quick change composite tips each incorporate a heat element and sensor for superior thermal performance
  5. Low temperature alert warns operators when the temperature dips below preset levels, preventing related defects

Suitable for applications ranging from touch-up to heavy duty, there’s never been a better time to invest in this essential system. While supplies last, receive a free FT-700 tip polisher ($145.33 value) with your purchase of three FX951-66 soldering stations. This special offer is valid only for a limited time, so don’t wait – shop for your new Hakko system today with All-Spec.

Metcal MX-500 vs MX-5000

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With the launch of their updated MX-500 soldering station design last year, Metcal redefined an industry icon. And now, with the introduction of their next-generation MX-5000 system,  Metcal delivers more flexibility than ever before. Here, we’ll reveal the benefits of each – read on to discover which is best for you.

Metcal MX-500: Responsive and extremely precise, the innovative, all-new Metcal MX-500 hosts a series of innovative features for highly controlled heating and consistent reliability. Featuring a universal power supply for 100-240V operation, the MX-500 automatically adjusts to input voltage. With a new ground fault interrupt function, this system automatically detects power line ground failures and shuts down, resuming only once power is restored.

Metcal MX-5000: Building on all the strengths of the MX-500, the ground-breaking new MX-5000 features SmartHeat® Technology to ensure processes are performed at safely regulated temperatures, and includes an adjustable-angle handpiece cradle with auto sleep stand. The MX-5000 is compatible with two new handpieces: the lightweight Metcal Advanced™ with three unique interchangeable grips for added comfort, and the slim-profile Metcal UltraFine™ for very fine mini- and micro-component soldering.

Kester 245 Vs. 275 Solder Wire

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Both Kester 245 and 275 no-clean solder wires can be used in either lead bearing or lead-free soldering, leaving a clear, non-corrosive and non-conductive residue. So which is best for your application? Read on to discover what makes them different.

Kester 245 is engineered to complement low-residue fluxes used in electronics production.  Proper use results in a clean assembly with clear residue – yet the soldering quality is equivalent to that of mildly activated rosin flux.

Kester 275 was developed to offer superior wetting performance for hand soldering in electronics production, and to reduce spattering typical of other core fluxes. The results are an extremely clear post-soldering residue with no cleaning.

Kester 245 and 275 solder wires are available in a range of alloys, wire diameters and flux percentages to meet your application demands. You’ll find them both online and in-stock at All-Spec for less.   ­­­

Kester Flux Discontinuation and Replacement

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We recently learned that Kester has discontinued production on the following flux pens:

83-1004-0985: Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Organic 985M
83-1020-0959: Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Organic 959T
83-1001-0952: Flux Dispensing Pen No-Clean Low Solids 952-S

Quantities are extremely limited, and Kester suggests their 951 flux pen as a replacement going forward (KF95105). No-clean and organic, the Kester 951 allows controlled application and limits exposure to soldering materials. Halogen-free and rosin-free, this flux pen was designed for wave soldering conventional and surface mount assemblies.


We’re Wrapping Up Savings!

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Our specials are ending soon! There are just a few days left to take advantage of our exclusive offers on microscopes, soldering equipment and more. Don’t miss out on the incredible specials listed below!


Hakko – Bundle up with Hakko’s amazing buy one, get one offer on soldering equipment.

Ending 12/27!

Luxo – Zoom in on savings! Purchase a qualifying 273 Series Microscope and receive a free lens.

Ending 12/31!

ASG – Power up – purchase a qualifying torque driver and receive a PS-55 power supply.

Metcal – Maximize your savings with a MX-5210 and receive THREE free STTC-136 cartridges.

Steinel – Two incredible options, one amazing value – shop now and save up to 55%.

Techspray – Buy an even dozen and receive two free items with your qualifying purchase.

Vision Engineering – Brighten up! Purchase any SX45 microscope and receive a free LED ring light.

Vision Mantis – Get the total package, and save up to 32% on Compact equipment and accessories.

Weller – Breathe easy! Receive a free HEPA filter with select Weller WFE fume extractors. PLUS! Receive a free soldering accessory with your purchase of a WX or WD soldering system.