Using a flux dispensing pen, whether it's a no-clean, rosin, or aqueous flux, is a straightforward process. Flux is used in soldering to remove oxidation and improve the wetting of solder, ensuring better solder joints. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use a flux dispensing pen:
Ensure you have the appropriate flux pen for your application (no-clean, rosin, or aqueous flux). The specific type of flux depends on your soldering needs and the type of components you are working with.
2. Clean the Surface:
Before applying flux, make sure the surface you are about to solder is clean and free from any debris, dust, or oxidation. Clean it with a lint-free cloth if necessary.
3. Prepare the Flux Pen:
- Remove the cap of the flux pen.
- Tap the tip on a flat surface to saturate the tip.
- If there is dried flux or other residue on the tip, rub it off on a wipe.
4. Apply Flux:
- Hold the flux pen like you would hold a regular pen or marker, with the tip facing downwards.
- Gently press the tip against the surface where you want to apply the flux. Be careful not to apply too much pressure as it may lead to excessive flux application.
- Move the pen across the area where you want to apply flux. The flux will flow out through the tip as you move it.
Once you have applied the flux, proceed with the soldering process immediately.
6. Clean Residue (if applicable):
If you are using a no-clean flux, it is designed to be left on the board without cleaning, depending on the requirements the electronics. If you used a rosin or aqueous flux, you should clean the board after soldering to remove any residue. Use a cleaning solution that is compatible with the type of flux you used.
7. Recap the Flux Pen:
After use, make sure to recap the flux pen tightly to prevent the flux from drying out or leaking.