Desoldering Braid (Wick)

Desoldering Braid (Wick)
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Soder-Wick, the world's leading brand of desoldering braid (solder wick, desoldering wick) is the fastest, cleanest and safest braid in the industry. It significantly reduces rework/repair time and minimizes the risk of heat damage to the board. Its geometrically precise weave design allows for maximum capillary action and solder capacity. Soder-wick optimizes heat transfer through the braid and into the solder joint, resulting in faster wicking action than any other competitive brand. Minimal flux residue on the board speeds up the cleaning process or eliminates it entirely. 

Solder Wick is available in the most comprehensive variety of widths, lengths and flux types. Sealed in Performance Pak™ Barrier Packaging and VacuPak™ Vacuum-Sealed Packaging, it's completely protected from the harmful effects of the environment. 

Chem-Wik® Desoldering Wick - Solder Wick
As the standard desoldering wire for service and repair, Chem-Wik® ensures fast and safe desoldering. The ultra-pure, oxygen-free copper braid quickly and completely removes solder from circuit boards and components. Its fast wicking action protects components from harmful heat damage. PermaPak™ Barrier Packaging ensures ultimate braid freshness and speed by sealing out the harmful effects of the environment and protecting against oxidation.

Chem-Wik Meets or exceeds the greatest range of performance standards:

  • MIL-F-14256F Type R
  • NASA STD-8739.3 Soldered Electrical Connections
  • ANSI/IPC J STD-004, Type ROL0

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Soder-Wick Rosin Flux Desoldering Braid
Fastest wicking action with rosin flux coated desoldering braid

Soder-Wick No Clean Desoldering Braid
Cleanest, leaving behind no ionic residue, with no clean flux coated desoldering braid

Soder-Wick Lead-Free Desoldering Braid
Safest on thermally sensitive components, with this specially engineered no clean flux coated desoldering braid

Soder-Wick Unfluxed Desoldering Braid
Unfluxed desoldering braid which can be coated with any flux type

Chem-Wik Rosin Flux Desoldering Braid
Fast wicking action with rosin flux coated desoldering braid

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What is desoldering wick made of?

Desoldering braid (wick) is made of fine strands of ultra-pure copper woven and coated with flux. Its geometrically precise weave design allows for maximum capillary action and solder capacity. Soder-wick optimizes heat transfer through the braid and into the solder joint, resulting in faster wickin...
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How do you use a desoldering wick?

1) Place the braid over unwanted solder, preferably on the greatest solder build up so that it maximizes the contact of the braid to the surface area of the solder. 2) Next, place your iron tip over the wick at 45 degrees and allow heat to transfer to the pad. Molten solder will absorb into the brai...
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Does solder wick expire?

Yes. As the copper is exposed to the open air, oxygen and moisture in the air interacts and oxidizes the copper. This oxidation is most apparent by the color of the wick. The brighter the copper, the fresher the wick. Oxidized copper will darken like a dirty penny. The more oxidized the copper, the ...
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Are you supposed to cut off the solder wick before or after you use it?

The temptation is to desolder an area and keep moving up the spool of braid. However, it’s best to work towards the end of the braid to isolate the heat. Once the desoldering braid is brought up to soldering temperature, the flux has been fully activated, so that part will not draw more solder...
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What is a solder wick?

Desoldering braid or “wick” is a pre-fluxed copper braid that is used to remove solder, which allows components to be replaced and excess solder (e.g. bridging) to be removed. The soldering iron is applied to the wick as it sits on the solder joint, and when both are brought up to the so...
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Do you need to clean flux?

Yes, flux should be cleaned off of a printed circuit board (PCB) after soldering is completed. The following are the reasons to remove flux residues: Improve Aesthetic Appearance of PCB - If you are a contract manufacturer of PCB’s, the visual appearance of the board reflects on your work. A ...
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Ultimate Guide to Benchtop PCB Rework & Repair

The reality is that no soldering operation produces perfect assemblies every time. Even the highest quality components fail from time-to-time. That’s why understanding the best rework and repair methods and materials is so important for those who manufacture, maintain, or repair printed ci...
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12 Easy Tips to Improve Your PCB Desoldering Today

By Grant Price, Product Manager, Chemtronics The reality is that no soldering operation produces perfect assemblies every time. Even the highest quality components fail from time-to-time. That’s why desoldering is so important for those who manufacture, maintain or repair pr...
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