Hakko fx-888 and lead free solder
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Hakko fx-888 and lead free solder

by majordecibel on Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:34 pm

(1) Does the Hakko soldering iron you sell perform well with the lead free solder that you sell, and (2) what temperature would you recommend working with in this case?

If I can clear answers to these questions there will be one less soldering iron in stock.

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Re: Hakko fx-888 and lead free solder

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:34 pm

Yes. It will go up to 480C/896F. I find that about 400C/750F is a good temperature for working with lead-free solder.
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Re: Hakko fx-888 and lead free solder

by majordecibel on Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:48 pm

Ok, thanks - just wanted to be sure. I'll try one out. I have a smaller weller wp25 that's been having some trouble with the same solder. It claims a 750F fixed temperature, but I'm not sure if that's cutting it.
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Re: Hakko fx-888 and lead free solder

by adafruit_support_bill on Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:32 pm

Even at the ideal temperature, lead-free is fussier to work with than good old 60/40. But an adjustable iron lets you fine tune things and the Hakko has a good deal of headroom above 750F if needed.
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Re: Hakko fx-888 and lead free solder

by majordecibel on Thu Oct 18, 2012 5:07 pm

Useful info thanks. Ill have to save up a bit first though, $50 shipping was unexpected :p
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