Anyone know of any nice small desktop sized ones and where to buy in the UK?
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AndyC_772 wrote:There are several different lead-free formulations. Some melt at a slightly lower temperature but have all the flow characteristics of toothpaste. I prefer others which require a bit more heat but which do flow much more like tin-lead. But none of them are quite as nice to work with as tin-lead solder, which of course is why we used it in the first place.If you have a room with good ventillation already, A plain vanilla muffin fan to create air flow away from you will help immensely. The carbon filters are great, but sometimes they get neglected until they look like a science experiment themselves. I keep a nice exhaust fan powered up in my solder room, and have a small fan pulling the air away from me. Not the best setup, but far better than looking like an Amsterdam Coffee shop at rush hour...
If you're soldering a lot of boards then nobody is going to suggest - especially on a public forum - that you shouldn't have good ventilation. But the manufacturers of the solder and flux you're using should have H&S data sheets that tell you definitively what's in them and what precautions are actually required. I'd definitely speak to them first.
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