Why are my Weller active soldering tips failing?
Hi Folks, this is a multipart inquiry. I am hoping to hear about peoples experiences and answers on this.
I own multiple Weller soldering stations, I switched over to active tips and for me it was a rather large investment. At first, I was running a WMRS station with the WMRP pencil with a verity of their RT tips. I then purchased a WX2 station and a WXUP-MS pencil which is very beefy and can handle a wide range of applications. Herein lies the problem, Active tips are pricey, ranging from $20 - $50. I have had an unacceptable amount of failed tips. These tips use a .125 jack (tip, ring, sleeve) to connect to the pencil, the ring looses continuity and the tip no longer works. A lead must be disconnected inside the tip thus rendering the tip useless. I have to say, this issue has got me very frustrated, I have had several tips fail within an hour of use, and most recently I had a $35 tip for the WXUP-MS fail in give or take 8 hours of use. I have spent a couple of hundred dollars on tips that have failed within an unacceptable time frame.
A: Is anyone else experiencing this? I am pulling out my hair over it! I’ve spent too much on this equipment for this kind of thing to be happening.
B: Does anyone know of a way to open these tips up without damaging them? I am sure it’s an easy fix once opened.
C: Thank you for your contribution to this inquiry!