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I was wondering what people's thougts are on the use of desolder braid and vacum pumps like the one below.





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I've never been really happy with the results with either. Generally the desolder braid annoys me less... YMMV...

- Kevin

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Vic Fortenbach

Here is my two cents:

I have had no luck with the soldering vacum pump shown in the first post, I find it has very low suction.

Solder braid heats up the copper board traces too much and can cause them to become separated from the board.

The "solder sucker" as I like to call it, pictured below, works great. I use it daily in the repair of Slot Machine printed circuit boards.

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They make a standard version and a anti-static version (the anti-static version costs more).

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Vic Fortenbach wrote:

Here is my two cents:

I have had no luck with the soldering vacum pump shown in the first post, I find it has very low suction.

Solder braid heats up the copper board traces too much and can cause them to become separated from the board.

The "solder sucker" as I like to call it, pictured below, works great. I use it daily in the repair of Slot Machine printed circuit boards.

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They make a standard version and a anti-static version (the anti-static version costs more).


Hi Vic,

I'm looking at this from the UK. Can you give us a link to who sells this version as I googled solder suckers and it brought back the cheaper crappy one.

Thanks,

Pete
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morningsidemustangs wrote:

I was wondering what people's thougts are on the use of desolder braid and vacum pumps like the one below.





Hi morningsidemustangs,

Firstly like the name :). I have used the one you have in the picture, and I agree with Vic Fortenbach. These unit are rubbish. I have asked Vic where we can source these from.

Pete.
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Vic Fortenbach

Here is a link for the solder sucker I pictured above (the one above is the anti-static version, the regular version is blue color).

http://parts.digikey.com/1/parts/955692-pump-desolder-high-vac-w-tip-blu-dp-100.html

The link is for a company called Digi-Key, I have had an account with them for over 10 years with no problems. They take credit cards and orders online.

Their main website is www.digikey.com.

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As mentioned on another thread, or maybe PC, sometime ago, I just use that compressed Dust Ender gas that is made for cleaning keyboards. It worked like a champ. Can be a little messy, but the solder just wipes off the board. Just make sure you blow the solder AWAY from you (don't ask how I know!)

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This is similar to the one I have except I think mine is 40W...
http://www.amazon.com/30-Watt-Electric-Desoldering-Tool/dp/B0002KR9CK/
The tip heats up just like a soldering iron so the solder stays liquid until it is "sucked" up. Very quick use of heat, much more so than braid imho.

I've had mine for ~10yrs and have only replaced the tip a couple times. Works great imo. :cool:

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Ha Ha, funny story!

On my first board I made, I installed the screw terminals upside down! All of them! So in a pinch I got the braid thinking it would do me well. WRONG! So still pinching, I went back to Radio Shack and got the cheap bulb pump they have. It works well and the price was cheap as well. But I said cheap too many times here.

I like the sucker Vic posted a link to and will be ordering this one for the next time I make a mistake!

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Vic Fortenbach

Sorry,

I just changed my domain server, so my picture on the post above will not display. The picture should be fixed by Friday 2/1/08.

Thanks

Vic

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