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Review of a useless product by an IPC certified purchaser
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.