20W Soldering Starter Kit
6400255 User’s Guide
We hope you enjoy your 20W Soldering Starter
Kit from RadioShack. Please read this user’s guide before using your new soldering kit.
Sponges (2) Rosin Core
Soldering Tips (3)
• Ergonomic, cool-grip handle
• Heat-dissipating coil
• Lightweight desoldering vacuum pump
Important Safety Instructions
• Read instructions before operating the product.
• Keep out of the reach of children.
• Work only in a dry area that is free from flammable materials.
• Operate the soldering iron in properly ventilated rooms or rooms with a fume extraction system.
Inhalation of soldering fumes and particles from flux in the solder is detrimental to health.
• Be careful! Hot soldering irons can cause severe burns and ignite fires. Do not touch the tip and the heat sink plate or let it come in contact with any other material.
• Do not touch the tip of a hot soldering iron or remove solder from its surface with your hands.
• This soldering iron has a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other). To reduce the risk of electric shock, this plug is made to fit the polarized outlet only one way. If the plug cannot be fully inserted into the outlet, turn the plug
over and try again. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician. Do not modify the plug in any way.
• If the supplied cable is damaged, it should be repaired by the manufacturer or its agent or a suitable qualified person in order to avoid a hazard.
• Never hold the soldering tip to the soldering point too long. This can destroy the soldering point.
• Never operate the soldering iron without the soldering tip. This can damage the heating device.
• When you are not using your soldering iron, set the power switch to
• Store the soldering iron in a dry, secure place where children cannot reach it.
• Keep the soldering iron away from dust and dirt, and clean it with a damp cloth occasionally to keep it looking new.
• This product, when used for soldering and similar applications, produces chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects (or other reproductive harm).
Setting Up Your Soldering Iron
1. Carefully thread the desired tip into the iron and tighten with pliers.
2. Install the silicone ring on the iron’s heat sink plate.
3. Insert the soldering iron holder into the slot on the stand.
4. Place the iron in the holder and plug the power cord into an AC outlet.
5. Place the cleaning sponge into the stand and add water. When you’re ready to use the iron, add water to the sponge.
Note: To avoid burns, always set the power
OFF or unplug the iron and allow it
to cool before changing tips or touching the silicone ring.
Replace the Soldering Tip
1. Unplug the power cord and let the soldering iron cool down.
2. Use pliers to rotate and remove the current tip.
3. Carefully thread the desired tip into the iron and tighten with pliers.
Tin the Soldering Iron Tip
“Tinning” means coating the soldering iron tip with a small amount of solder.
1. Plug in the iron, switch on and wait one minute. Then wipe the tip quickly on the damp sponge to remove impurities and oxides.
2. Tin the soldering tip by adding a small amount of solder.
3. When the tip becomes discolored during use, wipe it across the damp cleaning sponge, then tin it again.
1. Insert the component leads through the correct pads on the PCB.
2. Press the soldering iron to the pad where the lead emerges. Heat the pad for one second.
3. Do not move the iron. Instead, move the solder to touch the point where the pad and lead meet. Do not touch the solder to the iron.
4. Pull back the solder before you remove the iron.
Flow enough solder to hold the component; solder should not extend beyond the pad and should extend only slightly above the pad.
5. Trim the excess lead as closely as possible to the
Caution: Be careful
when soldering and trimming leads.
Protective eyeware is recommended.
Turn off the soldering iron if not used for over
5 minutes. To protect your tools, do not keep the iron set at a high temperature for long periods of time.
Tin the iron again after use to prevent oxidation.
Using Desoldering Braid
A bridge forms if solder flows over the board, connecting two pads that should not be connected.
1. Place the end of your desoldering braid directly on the solder.
2. Press the iron on top of the braid. When the solder melts, the braid will soak up the excess.
Using the Desoldering Pump
1. Push down the desoldering tool plunger until the cleaning shaft protrudes from the tip.
2. Heat the bridge with soldering iron until solder melts and becomes liquid.
3. Hold the pump lightly to the melted solder and press the trigger button to vacuum solder from the connection.
4. Eject the solder into a metal, glass, or ceramic receptacle by pushing plunger all the way down. Do not reuse this solder.
• Always keep the tip end of tool away from your face.
• Never point the tool at another person.
• Be careful not to let ejected solder fall onto
PCBs or other wiring, as this may cause a short circuit.
Note: To extend the life of the tip, avoid
pressing it into the work area.
Clean the Desoldering Pump
After use, thoroughly clean the plunger, cleaning shaft, O-ring, and barrel of the desoldering tool. You can remove the tip and barrel for easy cleaning. Coat the O-ring and cleaning shaft with petroleum jelly lubricant.
Do not use solvents or heat.
Shaft and O-Ring
Output Power .............................................................20W
Input Voltage ........................................ 120V AC, 60Hz
Maximum Temp. Output ..................... 860°F (460°C)
Power Cord............................................SPT-1 18 gauge
Length of the Power Cord ...........................5 ft (1.5m) .
...............................................................with on/off switch
Soldering Tips ............................Copper-plated nickel
Guard Ring ............................................................ Silicone
Specifications are subject to change and improvement without notice. Actual product may vary from the images found in this document.
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