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Do you think Pb-Free solder is a pain in the arse?
Yes 100% [ 10
No 0% [ 0 ]
Total votes : 10
Post subject: What is a good Pb-Free solder to use? Posted: Thu
Feb 16, 2006 8:56 am
Joined: Sun Aug 31,
2003 3:20 pm
With the RoHS (Pb-Free)
deadline quickly approaching in July, I still am wondering what is a
good lead-free solder to use for general prototype and repair soldering?
Some the the stuff I have used is really crappy. It does not flow well,
especially without using a lot of flux. Reflowing is a real hemorrhoid.
Whay are you guys (and gals?) using?
Thanks to you.
Post subject: Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 9:13 am
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:27 pm
I'm with you
on this one James. Here is a link to an article on the Law of Unintended
Consequences - very appropriate. I think that the whole thing is a boondoggle.
Electronics lead constitutes maybe .1% of all lead in the world. Lead-acid
batteris make up something like 40% of all lead waste. Let's get real
Post subject: Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2006 10:20
Joined: Tue Jan 13, 2004 8:42 am
Here are the number according to CMAP in Canada.
Major Uses of Lead
Storage Batteries 80.81%
Pigments, Chemicals 4.78%
Sheet lead 1.79%
Cable covering 1.40%
Casting metals 1.13%
Brass,/bronze billets and ingots 0.72%
Pipes, traps, extruded products
Solder (excluding electronics solder) 0.70%
Discards of Lead Products in Municipal Solid
Lead Acid Batteries 48.1%
TV Pictures Tubes and CRTs 35.8%
Glass and Ceramics 5.5%
Other Consumer Electronics 4.4%
Cans/Shipping Containers 1.4%