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Kester Pocket Pack Solder 60/40 0.031 0.50 oz. Tube

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Kester Pocket Pack Solder 60/40 0.031 0.50 oz. Tube

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Technical Details

Part Number 8339997304
Item Weight 0.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.2 x 0.4 x 0.3 inches
Size One Size
Color One Color
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B00068IJNQ
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4.8 out of 5 stars 482 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,984 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#4 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Power & Hand Tools > Welding & Soldering > Soldering & Brazing Equipment > Solder & Flux > Solder
#11 in Industrial & Scientific > Industrial Power & Hand Tools > Welding & Soldering > Soldering & Brazing Equipment > Parts & Accessories
#17 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Welding Equipment > Welding Equipment & Accessories
Shipping Weight 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available July 11, 2006

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By Zach S. on September 7, 2012
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I bought this because I needed to repair some electronics in the house. I've always used Kester solder because it's better than some of the cheap no-name solders out there. It seems to flow better, melt more evenly and give me a more consistent result than a couple of no-name solders I've tried. The difference in price is definitely worth it. You can find solder here for 2 bucks for .5oz, but that solder does not compare. If you need to solder something, do yourself a favor and buy Kester.
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*Wow! With this many votes unhelpful, maybe I should just admit that this is THE best value in solder purchases.*

Rosin core, 60/40, lead/tin alloy solder has been used for joining electronics for as long as I've been soldering and that's about 40 years.

At 31 thousandths of an inch, this is fine diameter solder and can be used on circuit boards to tinning speaker wire, although you'll use up a bit of it for tinning and sometimes you'd want thinner for circuits. On most board connections it will give you better control of the amount used however. This solder works well when using low powered irons of 25 watts and although 63/37 has a slightly lower melting point, most won't need it or care.

The flux is good and I like this solder for general purpose electronics work, but you do need to realize that you're buying only point 5 oz, or not much. This can go pretty fast if you solder regularly or plan to start.

Purchasing this same amount in The 1 lb. Spool...is about 85 cents. You have the $29 spool or today's $6 price on this package times 32,......Equaling $192! Um, $163 seems like an awful lot for the plastic tubes that this comes in.

If I hadn't been in such a hurry and checked pricing better...I would never have made this purchase, just 5 of these will cost more than the spool.

Of course if this is all the solder that you'll ever you need, then feel free to ignore me.

It's 5 star solder, but at a 1 star price.

I hope that this helps somebody from making the same dumba**, rookie mistake that I made.

I bow my head in shame......

PS....While I'm on the subject of smart shopping, Google The Camelizer and check it out. It tracks prices so that you will know how today's price compares to past prices on amazon and two other shopping sites.
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This stuff is perfect for home electronics use, and the dispenser makes it all the more convenient.

Be careful when buying solder at local stores. Most now have zero lead content, which makes them a poor choice for home DIY projects.

While I agree lead is bad (ie poisonous), I don't agree it should be stripped from use in all electronics. Not that we have much choice nowadays--the European Union has seen to that. Google "tin whisker solder" for potential issues when using lead-less solder. Lead alternatives are just as toxic in their own ways, more difficult to work with, and less reliable, but the EU apparently didn't consider any of that before banning lead in solder.

There is a reason the US Military is exempt from the ban on lead in electronics. They need their stuff to be reliable and to last. Since that's what I also want, I chose this solder. You should too.
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I love this solder...even though it has led in it. It is my go-to solder and I have thrown out any of the stuff that comes free with the soldering irons.
My most recent project was un-soldering and re-soldering countless LEDs from two different strips to create one strip with a color temperature I wanted...(Don't ask)
Without this solder, I don't think I could have done this slightly more delicate work. It melts and flows so well. I could go in, heat everything quickly and get out, not overheating the LEDs.
Just make sure to have good ventilation, (fan)!
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Not much to say, it's good ol 60/40 Kester in a nice portable package. Love it.
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By imgruenen on November 26, 2012
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This is what I use to build synthesizers. I've learned not to even look at other brands/types of solder. Some kind of fan, set on low, is a good idea as this is leaded solder. Unleaded sounds nice, but requires higher heat (just the the thing for frying transistors, etc.) and has other problems they claim, each year, they have finally fixed.

Desoldering is also easier is a mistake is made.
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THIS SOLDER IS WONDERFUL IT FLOWS NICELY AND GETS THE JOB DONE. A PROFESSIONAL SOLDER TO USE ALWAYS.. EASY TO HANDLE. NEXT TIME I WILL PURCHASE KESTER AGAIN BUT INSTEAD OF THE SMALL DISPENSOR TUBE I WILL PURCHASE THE LARGER AMOUNT.
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This solder is fine for hobby jobs, but is too thick for fine work -- I wouldn't use it on most SMD ICs. I used a Weller 40-watt Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station station with this product, set at 3/5 and had good results. No need to go crazy with heat here.
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