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My soldering irons tip became flat

Old 06-06-2009, 06:58 PM
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Default My soldering irons tip became flat

The tip of my Weller 25W soldering iron was a cone shape when I bought it. And after lots of use, it's 100% flat. How? And last but not least, is this common or strange? Thanks.
Old 06-06-2009, 08:49 PM
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LOLcool.
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Wow. Thats mad.
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Um, it's normal for the tips of soldering irons to change to some degree with use. After all they are subject to a lot of heat and a pretty harsh environment. But to become flat... you must have been using it for a long time or putting a lot of pressure on it when it's hot.

Tips are cheap, just get a new on if you like the cone shape. Personally, I prefer a flat (wedge) shaped tip better.

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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

HJJFFFAA and annie_himself, no offense but I don't see any reason for the sarcasm. I wondered how slodering iron tips can become flat. I understand that it's not very important. But I was curious.

DaveG55, thanks. Strange thing is I don't recall ever using it for a long time or putting a lot of pressure on it when it's hot, it just slowly decintigrated. I thought it was just a low quality tip or something. Anyways, I'll try and find replacement tips.
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

I'd say strange then. I have been soldering for years and never had a cone shaped tip go flat and I do apply quite a bit of pressure sometimes. I have had tips go bad from use but never change shape. Just my exp.

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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

I've had the points deteriorate so much that they were nearly flat. Not flat like a wedge or chisel but more like flat like an unsharpened pencil. But those were really old tips.
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HJJFFFAA and annie_himself, no offense but I don't see any reason for the sarcasm. I wondered how slodering iron tips can become flat. I understand that it's not very important. But I was curious.

DaveG55, thanks. Strange thing is I don't recall ever using it for a long time or putting a lot of pressure on it when it's hot, it just slowly decintigrated. I thought it was just a low quality tip or something. Anyways, I'll try and find replacement tips.
It wasn't sarcasm. I thought it was cool.
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

HJJFFFAA sorry for the misinterpretation

Looking even closer at the completely flat tip, it cones inward. The tip isn't really old, neither is the gun, maybe 2 years old.
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

All mine do it eventually, but they were probably LONG overdue for replacement before they started getting smaller.
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

got any pics? I'm curious to see it.
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Here ya go...



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Your tip is conmpletely gone, lol.
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Your tip is conmpletely gone, lol.
Thanks, I couldn't tell
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

I've had my iron tips (that start out wedge shaped) eventually disintegrate, starting with almost getting a hole in them.  It's happened twice, I just get new tips then.  It's a hobbico 25 or 30W, I think.  In my case, I just figured they were cheap tips and just "wore out". 

Or maybe I should stop heating them up to full temperature and smashing them with bricks.  One or the other.

(joke, joke!)
Old 06-10-2009, 10:26 PM
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

thats pretty crazy! I had a wedge one get a hole in the middle of it, but I drinded it down till it was back to normal with a dremel, but that is crazy!
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

Normal for that to happen. You can grind them in a pinch, like madmax suggested.
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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

The tip started to look just like a 22 hollowpoint while grinding





finished, turned out pretty good



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Default RE: My soldering irons tip became flat

looks good to me!

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