Chassis and motor builders, your soldering iron takes a beating from the heat it generates in getting the solder to flow. Most new irons include a small piece of aluminum shaped into a stand to disipate heat while the iron is idling or standing, in any case waiting to be used. This is punishing to the iron and the aluminum stand is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. BUT! This soldering station includes a double duty heat disipation mechanism to better protect your soldering iron. The mechanism consists of an inner wall of perferated metal tube inserted into a coil spring, bolted onto a flat base with a section for a wet sponge (2 sponges included, some assembly required). The sponge allows for repeated cleaning swipes of the hot tip keeping it clean and silvery. A clean silvery tip is a healthy tip. This heat disipating coil & heatsink along a wet sponge holder will better ensure longer life to any electric soldering iron that'll fit into the heat disipstion holder coil/heatsink device. This does not mean you can ignore an idling iron. In fact you must do your part in monitoring and maintaining your iron in good condition. be sure to wipe down any black marks on the sponge as they appear. This will help your iron to last much longer.
As with any soldering iron, the tip must me kept clean and clear of black soot deposits that cause those cold joints and destroy the soldering iron tips. Keep it clean, silvery and tinned with solder and it will last a long time. You can use it to build the entire chassis when big, hotter Irons are better suited for that task.
Rheostat type heat regulators are recommended any soldering iron.
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