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Engineer SS-02 Solder Sucker
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- Innovative Silicone Nozzle allows closer placement to soldering iron tip (therefore better suction & better solder removal)
- Compact design allows easy one handed operation
- Withstands direct contact with soldering iron (350C Max)
- Highest quality construction & components used
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 15.3 x 2 x 2 cm; 18 Grams
- Date First Available : 21 March 2018
- Manufacturer : Engineer
- ASIN : B002MJMXD4
- Item Model Number : SS-02
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This desoldering pump is at the cutting edge of solder removal technology. The flexible heat resistant silicone tip allows the the nozzle to come into direct contact with the soldering iron without damage and allows the nozzle to 'envelope' the solder joint. This dramatically improves suction and therefore less solder residue remains after each press/action. Easily disassembled for quick maintenance. The ss-02 comes with a one spare silicone tube which can be cut to yield several fresh nozzles.
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What I like about this one is the solid construction out of aluminium means it's got a good build and is airtight at the necessary joints. The really secret with this, though is the silicone tube on the end. You can press this on to your solder joint at the same time as your iron making a nice seal around the joint and suck the solder cleanly off. It works well, unlike the cheap generic ones where the plastic tip melts if you touch it.
So far I've used it to unsolder switches from a mechanical keyboard and and other through-hole components.
You can simply push the solder back out by pushing it down past the point it clicks into place.
If like myself you've replaced other tools with Engineer brand, you'll already know the built quality to expect.
If you must use a solder sucker, and you don't want/need to invest in a de-soldering iron, get one of these.
The main issue, day to day, is that it would get clogged often. I put this down to the length of the silicon tubing on the end as if it's too long the solder cools to a solid state as soon as it hits the inside of the aluminium nozzle. Taking around a millimetre off the length of the nozzle reduced this issue considerably for me.
The other issue I had was that the plunger would either be very slow to retract or would be stuck. This was always down to the plunger seal being dry. Lubricating the plunger seal with something like lithium grease would free it up well.
You could argue that it shouldn't be necessary to modify something you buy to make it more usable but with the shortened silicon tip and the lucubrated plunger seal this sucker was great. Until...
A day short of a year into using it, the top of the plunger broke off. This appears to be an issue other buyers have had (only just seeing these reviews now) but they appear to be very much in the minority. When it broke I started using an older plastic one which was terrible so I instantly ordered a new one of these.
The silicone nozzle makes an unbelievable improvement to its solder removing capabilities. When desoldering components with leads that pass through plated holes this can frequently free the lead and clear the hole on the first attempt. The fit and finish of the tool is also in a different league to other pumps with every part feeling precise and perfectly machined.
The negative points made in some reviews are valid but, in my experience, only to the extent that it needs a bit more maintenance than other suckers. This is almost entirely due to it having such tight tolerances and doing such a good job of removing large amounts of solder. But I would say that, on balance, the extra maintenance is a small price to pay for the time saved when repairing items or salvaging components.
I couldn't consider using any other manual desoldering pump now.
When I bought this high-end solder sucker I was a bit skeptic about the price value of this item. Ok it looks cool, sturdy, durable, but most importanly is it really working better then the cheap 5$ Chinese everybody is using (including me). I was always swearing when using a Chinese solder pump, I always had to do the process 2 or 3 times to get all the solder. So that's why I decided to give this high-end pump a try. Plus, I knew that Engineer makes awesome products (I have two of their pliers and I'm very satisfied with them).
As soon as I got it out of the package I knew I bought quality. First thing I did was dissembling it : yes it's an all-metal construction!
Does it works? Man I couldn't be happier! It takes only one pass to do the job. The tip is silicone so I put it directly next to my solder tip (450 F) and it doesn't melt , I click the button,woosh! done.
Extra silicone tubing is even included in the package.
The best solder sucker. Period. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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This doesn't compare to the proper desolder stations you can get at 10x the cost, but it is a substantial improvement over the hard tipped sucker I got with my iron. For anyone who is interested, I did all 400 pads without changing the tip, but it will need changing soon, however there is enough tubing for about 5 changes in the pack.