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Hakko 599B-02 Solder Tip Cleaning Wire and Holder
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- Cleans better than conventional sponges
- No water required
- Will not reduce the tip temperature
- Does not cause premature wear of soldering iron tips
- No contamination risk compared to conventional tip tinners
|UPC||720189759208 , 641328041063 , 789164087323|
|EAN||5448095590689 , 7785004570881 , 0720189759208 , 7241871115544 , 0641328041063 , 4962615007637 , 0789164087323 , 7258006633071|
|Item Depth||2 inches|
|Number of Items||1|
|Style||Tip Cleaning Wire and Holder|
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The Hakko 599B-02 is a replacement solder tip cleaning wire sponge. These sponges are hard enough to remove debris and some corrosion from the solder tips while being soft enough not to damage the tip. They help to remove oxides and excess solder to preserve tip life and enable clean, precise soldering.
Style: Tip Cleaning Wire and Holder
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I finally took the plunge and picked up one and I was very surprised at how well it worked. The brass is softer than the soldering iron's tip, but it's harder than the oxidized crud that builds upon the iron's tip. Plunging the iron tip into the brass ball a few times cleans it right up and leaves it ready to tin and get back to soldering.
It also doesn't cool the tip very much.
I put together a short video showing the size of the unit - it's bigger than I thought it would be from looking at the pictures.
just buy the replacement cleaning wire for 3.99, put it inside of anything that wouldn't burn.
why didn't i think of this before buying one.
I've always used a wet sponge or paper to wipe my tip when soldering and it worked, so I never bothered with fancy cleaning wire in a stupid cup. I finally decided to try it after watching enough tutorials and teardowns where the pro always had legitimate cleaning wire.
I jab my tip into this ball before I contact any surface and you can see the difference in how clean and shiny the tip is. Previously, I've used steel wool, paper, and sponge, all of which have drawbacks in terms of tip wear, oxidation, and crappy cleaning. The difference a clean, shiny tip makes is really significant and it surprised me. I was able to place and remove components much quicker and I have yet to damage any surrounding components, which is attributable to the increased conductivity and precision I gain from the tip quality.
The only negative to this item is the plastic cup it comes in because it tends to skid along the table when I stab the iron into it. Like others suggested, I tossed some scrap bits of metal and stone into the bottom of it and that helps, although I really just have to remember to thrust at a downward angle.
If you think you don't need this, you probably do. It's a cheap little thing that will improve your soldering capabilities and it's way better than paper, sponge, or steel wool.
I have used this type of tip cleaner for years and needed another holder for a second shop location. My only gripe is that this is very light and I am going to find a small piece of scrap metal to glue onto the bottom so it does not wander around the bench. There are better ones on MCM.
The key to using this from my experience is you stick your iron in and draw big circles as if you are outlining the circle on the opening. This way the tip is cleaned from all angles and it comes out clean. Love it and should be good for years to come.
Plenty of brass shavings (I still haven't replaced mine yet)
Easy to clean out (bottom is removable)
Could potentially tip over if you're not careful
A bit light and cheap feeling
The rubber feet eventually fall off, leaving it unbalanced and with holes in the bottom for debris to fall out of. I had to fix this myself, but this was after a year or so of regular use.