How to Tin Wires Using a Solder Pot

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Using a solder pot for tinning wire makes big jobs a lot smaller. Usually in the soldering business there are tasks that will require the user to solder multiple wires for connected circuits. These wires would need to be dipped, dabbed, or rubbed down with flux then soldered individually. Thankfully some merciful person created the solder pot to lessen the blow of jobs like that so that the user's process is much more simplified. Here are six easy steps on how to make that daunting task easier with pictures following:

  1. Warm up the solder pot.
    The temperature of the solder pot will depend on the metal you are using. 
  2.  Melt a bar of solder into the solder pot. (a)
    In this example we used the lead free alloy SAC 305 solder in bar form but solid wire could also be used.
  3.  Once the bar or wire is melted scrape off any slag that may have accumulated on the surface of the metal. (b) 
  4.  Strip the wires. (c)
    Expose enough to make the connection you need for your project.
  5. Coat the tips of the wires in flux (even if the bar has flux in it to ensure better quality). (d) 
  6.  Dip the wire tips into the solder pot just enough to get the solder on the exposed wire. (e)
a) Solder pot with 305 Solder bar
b) Scraping off slag
c) Strip the wire
d) Dipping in the flux
e) Carefully dip wire into solder pot
Final dipped wire image

That’s it! Solder pots makes the larger soldering jobs not seem so bad anymore and with those of you out there who like to build. 

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