Soldering Tips & Cartridges
Soldering iron tips are used to create welding joints. They transfer the heat from the soldering iron to the solder. The solder melts, creating an electrically conductive joint.
Most soldering irons have interchangeable tips with different shapes and sizes. Each type of soldering iron tip is suited to different tasks. It is important to keep in mind that the type of tip directly determines the amount of heat transferred to a joint. Using the right tip for the right application will reduce the risk of damaging sensitive components.
ConRo Electronics offers a wide choice of soldering iron tips from major manufacturers such as Metcal.
Conro Electronics is an authorized distributor for Loctite.
The most common types of soldering iron tips are the following:
- Conical (B-series): A basic, general purpose tip with a conical taper and a rounded end. It conveys heat to a small area. This tip allows to perform soldering from any angle.
- Beveled (C-series). A versatile tip with a curved surface, similar to a ground-up pencil. The flat tip can carry more solder compared to a conical tip. This tip is ideal to evenly apply small amounts of solder over multiple components.
- Chisel (D-series): A general purpose tip with flattened ends. It provides a larger surface area compared to a conical tip. This allows to transfer more heat to the solder joint. Chisel tips are ideal for soldering thick wires. They are also useful for desoldering.
- Needle (I-series): A pointed tip, best suited for high precision tasks. This tip transfers a reduced amount of heat to the joint. This makes it unsuitable for soldering large components.
- Knife (K-series): A slanted tip, typically used for drag soldering. It is also ideal to fix solder bridges. It is not, however, the best choice for point soldering.