Solder Wicks

A desoldering wick or wire, also known as desoldering braid or solder wick, is a finely braided copper wire coated with rosin flux that's supplied in a spool or pre-cut strands. It is used as a solder remover when re-working the solder or removing components that have been soldered. Desoldering braids work by applying the soldering iron to the wick while it sits on the soldered joint or area to heat them both up and them up to the melting point to activate the flux. When this happens, the solder is drawn up the wick or braid, removing the solder.


Key features of desoldering wicks


  • Significantly reducing re-work or repair time by absorbing solder residue

  • Minimising the risk of the damage to the component or delicate electronic circuit boards that are fragile

  • Quickly and efficiently remove excess solder material while completing hand soldering rework

  • Removing components that have been soldered to connect to other components, solder bridge removal and general tidying up of solder areas or joins

How do you use a desoldering braid?


  • Gently place the wick or braid on top of the solder area or join that needs to be removed

  • Place the heated soldering iron tip onto the wick or braid for the temperature to reach the melting point

  • Once this has reached the correct melting point, the solder will be absorbed by the copper wick

  • After reaching the desired finish for the solder removal, remove the wick and cut off the section that has been used with a pair of sharp nippers to ensure a clean finish for the next time the desoldering braid will be used

Applications


Desoldering wicks or braids can be used across a wide range of desoldering applications that help with the removal of unwanted solder or re-working old solder. The soldering braids can be manufactured with different features like being lead-free, anti-static and no-clean for an easier and more efficient desolder process. In addition to this, the absorbability of the copper braid depends on the type of solder used when removing it. Desoldering is a process that can be used across any applications where soldering is used, but it is most often used in removing solder from items such as printed circuit boards (PCBs) and other electronics, re-working and removing old solder that no longer has an effective join or taking apart electronic components that have been soldered together.


...
Read more Read less

Filters

Viewing 1 - 20 of 86 products
Results per page
Description Price Width Length No Clean Lead Free
RS Stock No. 192-3676
BrandRS PRO
€8.64
Each
units
1.5mm 1.6m Yes -
RS Stock No. 314-0987
Mfr. Part No.60-2-5
€4.45
Each
units
1.5mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 561-050
Mfr. Part No.561050
€17.28
1 Reel of 1
Reel(s)
2mm 10m - -
RS Stock No. 561-038
Mfr. Part No.561038
€5.89
1 Reel of 1
Reel(s)
2mm 1.7m - -
RS Stock No. 314-3302
Mfr. Part No.60-6-5
€5.14
Each
units
5.3mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 382-9826
Mfr. Part No.7-5L
€3.35
Each
units
1.9mm 1.5m - -
RS Stock No. 314-1003
Mfr. Part No.60-4-5
€4.93
Each
units
2.8mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 314-3324
Mfr. Part No.80-6-5
€4.76
Each
units
5.3mm 1.5m - -
RS Stock No. 361-1265
Mfr. Part No.291001
BrandMulticore
€92.09
Each
units
1.9mm 30m Yes -
RS Stock No. 382-9832
Mfr. Part No.10-5L
€3.51
Each
units
2.5mm 1.5m - -
RS Stock No. 331-9408
Mfr. Part No.NC-BB
BrandLoctite
€6.16
Each
units
2.7mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 314-3295
Mfr. Part No.60-5-5
€5.02
Each
units
3.7mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 361-1237
Mfr. Part No.291015
BrandMulticore
€63.45
Each
units
0.8mm 30m Yes -
RS Stock No. 221-4914
Mfr. Part No.80-4-5
€4.46
Each
units
2.8mm 1.5m - -
RS Stock No. 361-1271
Mfr. Part No.291007
BrandMulticore
€87.19
Each
units
2.7mm 30m Yes -
RS Stock No. 221-4021
Mfr. Part No.290998
BrandMulticore
€8.70
Each
units
1.9mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 332-0032
Mfr. Part No.SW16045
€49.27
Each
units
2.8mm 1.5m Yes -
RS Stock No. 382-9810
Mfr. Part No.5-5L
€3.16
Each
units
1.3mm 1.5m - -
RS Stock No. 314-3318
Mfr. Part No.80-5-5
€4.60
Each
units
3.7mm 1.5m - -
RS Stock No. 561-044
Mfr. Part No.561044
€16.37
1 Reel of 1
Reel(s)
1.25mm 10m - -
Related Products
Finely woven pure copper braid, quickly removes excess ...
Description:
Finely woven pure copper braid, quickly removes excess material during hand soldering rework Braid is rigid to prevent unwanted flexing, absorbent and will not unravel when bit pressure is placed upon it Flux is a synthetic, non-corrosive medium which will ...
Lead Free Super Wick™ is a tightly woven, ...
Description:
Lead Free Super Wick™ is a tightly woven, oxide-free copper braid coated with no clean flux Its high purity and tight weave make it fast-wicking, quickly removing solder and minimizing dwell time. It is suitable for general purpose solder removal, ...
Fine Braid Super Wick™ is a tightly woven, ...
Description:
Fine Braid Super Wick™ is a tightly woven, oxide-free copper braid coated with RMA flux Its high purity and tight weave make it fast-wicking, quickly removing solder and minimizing dwell time. It is suitable for general purpose solder removal, including ...
Fine Braid Super Wick™ is a tightly woven, ...
Description:
Fine Braid Super Wick™ is a tightly woven, oxide-free copper braid coated with RMA flux Its high purity and tight weave make it fast-wicking, quickly removing solder and minimizing dwell time. It is suitable for general purpose solder removal, including ...