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Weller Tip Recycling Program

by Andy on September 8, 2008

Weller Soldering Tip Recycling ProgramEveryone and everything seems to be going green these days; from packaging and clothes to houses and communities, the future of the environment seems to be on everyone’s mind.

Weller, known world-wide for their soldering products, is no different. They have recently announced their tip recycling program.  I think this program is a great idea and it’s pretty easy. Just save the tips you are already throwing out to receive a voucher toward the purchase of new Weller soldering and desoldering tips.

Wondering how it works?

  • Obtain a tip recycling box from Weller or from All-Spec Industries
  • Collect two pounds of soldering tips and desoldering tiplets from any manufacturer
  • Send the box with all 2 pounds of soldering tips to:
    Cooper Tools
    1000 Lufkin Road
    Apex, NC 27539
  • Cooper Tools will recycle the tips and send you a numbered and dated voucher in the amount of $75
  • Use the one-time use voucher to purchase new Weller soldering tips at All-Spec Industries

The goal of this program is to protect the environment and conserve natural resources by recycling the iron and copper used to make the tips. Yes, the soldering tips collected by this recycling program are just a drop in the bucket but every little bit helps.

Of course recycling soldering tips isn’t the only way the electronics and manufacturing industry is going green. Switching to lead-free solder is another relatively easy way to protect the environment. Be sure to check out our extensive selection of lead-free solder and green workstation equipment.

Have questions about the tip recycling program? E-mail us


Weller Soldering Tip #11

by Andy on August 7, 2008

Weller suggests using tip tinner as the first step when a soldering tip becomes unusable. The polishing bar should only be used as a last resort when the tip tinner is not effectively cleaning the working surface of the tip.

Note: This is the final Weller soldering tip.

View all 11 Weller soldering tips.

In the past few months All-Spec has been adding a ton of new products, from tools, to soldering equipment and even new Leatherman multi-tools. But unfortunately, we don’t have enough space on our homepage to feature them all…so be on the lookout every Thursday for a review of one of our new products.


Weller Soldering Tip #10

by Andy on July 31, 2008

Weller Soldering BarPolishing bars are similiar to tip tinners but they should only be used in a properly controlled environment such as a tool crib area. They should also only be used when the tip is at room temperature. Due to the silicones and resins used to bind the polishing media to the bar, using the bar on a heated tip can contaminate the tips’ working surface. Lightly brush the surface of the polishing bar over the area of the tip. Use caution so you don’t take off more iron plating that necessary.


Weller Soldering Tip #9

by Andy on July 25, 2008

A dull, gray tip is an indication that the soldering tip is not being tinned. The appearance is created by surface oxidation, which can only occur when the tip does not have a coat of solder protecting the working surface of the soldering tip.

Proper Tinning Practices:

· Always keep a thin, fresh coat of solder on the working surface of the soldering tip

· Avoid wiping the tip clean before placing it back into the iron stand. This is by far the single most common contributor to tip surface oxidation, but is also the easiest to fix. Leave the solder that is already on the tip in place and then wipe the tinning off the tip when preparing to use the soldering iron again, but immediately replenish it with a fresh layer. This assists in keeping the tip protected but also transfers the heat from the tip to the work being performed. A “dry” soldering tip cannot properly transfer heat (just as cooking in a pot without water, the solder and water act as the thermal medium for transferring heat).


Weller Soldering Tip #7

by Andy on July 10, 2008

Flux Pen Liquid fluxes are often used to assist with soldering, and in most cases it’s because they are readily available. When using liquid fluxes, just make sure the flux is compatible with hand soldering. One common mistake in hand soldering applications is to use a liquid flux designed for a semi-automated process such as wave soldering. Those fluxes are not formulated for hand soldering, more specifically they are not designed for direct contact with a tip. Flux pens that are compatible with hand soldering applications will distribute the correct amount of flux each time the pen is used which leaves behind less residue and fewer solids.

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