Monthly Archives: August 2012

How to Charge your Solder Pot

Today I’d like to share/blog/repost a question we received via email over the weekend from a lead technician using our new MiniPOT.  (Model MP-9)

Greetings. I work as an electronics technician and we recently bought your miniPot.  It has come to my attention that a spool of solder was introduced into the pot for its initial charge. I understand that there was yellow bubbles forming at the top and some black residue jumping out of the top. I have never set up my own solder pot so I want to know is this normal? Was the wrong type of solder used? Was there damage likely done to the crucible’s surface? I have attached a photo with the solder cooled down and the solder used.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Clarification of Wattage Difference (1,000 or 1,800 Watts)

AB Customer in WI, USA – “I have an older American Beauty Resistance soldering power unit (Model 105C1) marked as a 1,000 watt power unit.  I was checking out your website for information regarding this product and found that the Model 105C1 is now an 1,800 Watt power unit.”  Can you help clarify the difference?