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Old 13th October 2013, 09:19 PM   #71
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I think Ersa Pico is non-antistatic design, whereas Ersa Nano is antistatic. That could possibly explain the price difference.
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Old 14th October 2013, 09:10 AM   #72
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I think Ersa Pico is non-antistatic design, whereas Ersa Nano is antistatic.
yes, and with a few other options for professional production
like being lockable so that other can't use it, or change settings

adjusted temperature down to 350degr instead of 360

tip does not turn blue now
and since I bought solder with sharp 180degr melting pointt ...
being 1.2mm seems still ok as well
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Old 14th October 2013, 09:12 AM   #73
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Eutectic solder or regular?
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Old 14th October 2013, 09:23 AM   #74
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Eutectic solder or regular?
says Sn62 LMP

I suppose its lead solder with 60% tin, 2% silver, 38% lead, and low melting point(LMP)
(and I suppose it points at eutectic)

its gone from suppliers list
and seem difficult to find specs now
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Old 14th October 2013, 09:45 AM   #75
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I think sn62 is a triple eutectic.
If I remember correctly 62% Sn, 36% Pb, 2% Ag
Note the Sn62 in the title matches the 62 Sn in my guess.
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Old 14th October 2013, 10:14 AM   #76
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appears to me like Sn62 always is with 2% silver ?

and Sn60 is always 'plain' tin/lead solder(60/40) ?
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Old 14th October 2013, 10:28 AM   #77
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Sounds like a good solder mix. What brand? Where to be found?
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Old 14th October 2013, 10:55 AM   #78
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No.
You need to read the other constituents.

I can confirm that 62 Sn, 36Pb 2Ag is a eutectic melting/solidifying @ 179C
Whereas 63 Sn, 37 Pb is a eutectic melting/solidifying @ 183C

Solder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Note the warning for 3% silver (cracking)
Note also that 1% Cu is euctectic, whereas 2% Cu is not eutectic.

Wharton sell 2% Cu, but not 2% Ag.
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Old 14th October 2013, 11:13 AM   #79
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Sounds like a good solder mix. What brand? Where to be found?
Multicore, and I bought it from RS Parts, not long ago

but seems to be gone now
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Old 24th October 2013, 03:25 PM   #80
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I've been following this thread because my cheapo soldering station died after nearly a decade of use (one of these: Deluxe Soldering Station from Circuit Specialists except with a digital display). I was going to buy another cheap Chinese knock-off but this thread got me looking at higher end stations. ERSA isn't available here in the US, I didn't like any of the Hakko or Weller irons that I could afford, and JBC was right out of my price range. Eventually I found a nice Metcal PS-900 at a reasonable price. I got it from HMC Electronics (I'm not affiliated, but they had the best price and very fast shipping). It arrived yesterday so I had to test it out. The packaging is very plain, but professionally wrapped. That's a big plus in my book - companies that care about performance and aren't trying to sell you based on the box. The power station is small - smaller than my previous iron. The handle is smaller and easy to hold, the tips can be changed remarkably easily and quickly and it heats up in seconds. The stand is good, but requires a bit more care to insert the iron. The iron in use is great - the best I've ever used, although that's not saying much. By the time I've taken it out of the stand and moved the tip into place, it's at full temperature. It stays right at the set temperature (although I haven't tested it with anything that really soaks up heat yet) and the thin handle, fairly short heating element, and silicone cord make for good ergonomics. I'm very happy with this purchase - I know I'll get plenty of mileage out of it and the fast turn-on makes it so much more convenient to do quick repairs and touch-ups.
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