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breakin in a soldering iron Answered

Is it just me or do you have to "break in" a soldering iron before it's really usful? I've had a new soldering iron for about amonth (using it about 4 hours to 8 hours a week) and it only started to solder really well in the past couple of days. Anybody know why? Also my soldering iron kind of has a hot spot, where you the solder melts really well, that normal?


. We used to have to "tin" the tips after reconditioning them. This would keep the tip from oxidizing so fast. I thought most modern tips didn't need tinning, but I'm not up on the new stuff.