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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2012
This product is sometimes called "solder wick," "desoldering wick," or "desoldering braid," -- if you've never used it look up a how-to video online. Like any soldering project it will require some manual dexterity and finesse, but compared to the alternative (solder-sucking pumps) this is very easy to use. It worked great. I'm no electronics expert but I have done some soldering before, and this product worked great on my first try. I used it to remove/replace bad capacitors from a broken LCD monitor.

Here's what I did:
Hold the solder wick container in your left hand (or off-hand). Keep the wick inside the container and only pull out a little bit at a time as you need it. Place the wick end on top of the solder point, then holding the soldering iron in your right hand, press the tip of the iron down on top of the wick heating the wick and solder simultaneously. When you see the silvery solder flow into the wick, you're done, lift off the iron and the wick. Use wire cutters to clip off the end of the wick, now full of solder, and repeat.

A note: Your soldering iron should be HOT for desoldering-- factory-installed solder typically has a higher melting point than the hobbyist stuff you may have used before. A 40w iron will do but 60w is recommended. I used a Weller 60w Iron with a 800 deg. F tip. The idea is to go in hot and fast and remove the solder quickly without damaging any components. It should only take a few seconds per solder joint.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Fixing a printed circuit board can be a pain when you have to unsolder an electrical component. You have to get the old solder off the component and the PC board so you can fit the new component into place. You also want to do it quickly and cleanly so you don't use too much heat and possibly damage the PC board pad.

This desoldering braid is ideal as it is pure oxygen free copper and you simply hold it against the PC board solder joint and touch it with your soldering iron. The heated copper braid wicks the solder into it and out of the component lead hole. The component can usually easily be lifted out of the hole and off the board. If you need to you can retouch up the PC board to make sure that the component lead hole is clear of solder for the replacement part.

With a roll of this and $12 worth of capacitors I fixed my wife's 46 inch LCD TV that the electronics store wanted $1,000 to repair. Sorry Geek Squad! This is a handy tool if you work on electronics or fix computers. When you need it, it is worth its weight in gold!

I highly recommend it!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2014
I bought this based off the reviews as do I most things. I'm not sure that those reviewing this product are qualified to review it! I'm IPC certified and solder class 3 building aircraft lighting systems and power supplies. I should of have looked to see what solder wick we had at work and bought that first, which happens to be Chemtronics. It works a lot better and easier to work with though I don't use it very often. This Aven solder wick is junk, braids come undone as soon as you apply the iron tip, flux or solder doesn't help it draw up the solder. After reading some of the other negative reviews here. I'd like to mention as far as I know you do have to use flux or a little solder with wicks to get the heat transfer going! Its the solder/flux bridge between the iron tip and the solder one is trying to wick which melts the solder and starts the wicking action. Otherwise one has to get the copper wick up to the tip temp and maintain it long enough to draw up the solder, obviously that's going to transfer more heat to the board which could cause more damage.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2012
Works much better than a "solder sucker" for most part removal tasks as it really wicks the residual solder out of holes
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
These are good if used to soak up solder from aboard but to desolder it takes some skills to use and will get hot so you will need to use a tool to hold it.
Make sure to open the mesh before using on reheated solder.
Will not work if the flux in the solder has burnt off.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
I'm just starting out soldering so I bought some of this and a solder sucker/pump/thing. This seems to work well on big globs of solder and I prefer the pump for more precise work. If you have a lot of solder to remove I recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
Indispensable if you need to remove solder from a solder joint (for electronics work--not for plumbing or other "big" stuff). Everything is there--copper braid and flux--except the hot soldering iron and the "smart" hand. Just don't keep it around so long that the copper braid tarnishes to the point of "non-wettability." I'll buy more because it does what it is supposed to do.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
Much more efficient the a solder sucker. Leaves a clean hole in the circuit board I will order another just to keep in my tool box.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2014
over the years, you will find once in a tech's while, you actually have to use something to remove solder, solder wick versus vacuum desolder station, the desolder station costs a whole lot more, you have to set up the desolder station to use and power up a few minutes to get it hot and hope it is in good service. Solder wick has no wait time if you have been using your solder station, maybe a little reson to make the job go better for the wick, but it is quick reliable, ready available, easy to maintain solution, if used, snip used off and go.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2014
way better than just smearing the leftover solder all over the electronic board you are working on or trying to drip it onto the carpet, definitely no longer go through nearly as many fire extinguishers now
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