1876Lead Free Solder
- Feb 2, 2006Greetings all:
The electronics industry is in the process of changing from the
traditional lead tin solder alloy to a lead-free alloy which is mainly tin.
Soon, all consumer electronics will be lead free. This is part of a
law in Europe and a movement called ROHS (reduction of hazardous substances).
I will guess that all the chargers over 2 years old use lead / tin solder.
If you go to the electronics store ask for lead / tin alloy.
I do not know how difficult it is to mix the two kinds of solder, but I believe you need to get the lead free stuff a little hotter. In all cases, a clean, well tinned soldering iron is mandatory for a good job. If you are soldering large items, you will need an iron big enough to quickly heat up your joint. But, like Tom said, avoid acid flux!
All there any electronics technicians out there who have hands-on experience with this stuff?
From: Tom Hudson <tomhudson@...>
Sent: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 19:42:25 -0600
Subject: Re: [solectria_ev] Another NLG4 Bites the Dust?
AFAIK, all electronic solder is an alloy of lead and tin. Plumbing
solder is lead-free, but you don't want to use it on electronics because
it uses an acid flux that will destroy the circuitry. Electronic solder
uses non-corrosive rosin flux. There's also silver solder for jewelry
and such, which is much stronger than lead solder but it typically also
uses acid flux.
>Speaking of solder
>Anyone tried to use the new solder with the older solder like what would be
>in the Brusa charger? I assume the old stuff has lead and the new does not. I
>think you have to either have some of the old solder or totally clean off
>all the old solder if your going to use the new solder.
>Has anyone else figured out anything different?
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