Virtuabotix 500g RHOS 2mm Lead Free Solder (2.2% Flux)
Technical Specifications of Virtuabotix 2mm Lead Free Solder
Package Type: Spool
Diameter: 2mm (0.0787”)
Metal Mix (Chemistry): Su99.3Cu0.7
Melting Temperature: 227 degrees C (440.6 degrees F)
Virtuabotix Lead Free Solder Resources
The Material Safety Datasheet can be downloaded here:
Click here to download the Material Safety Datasheet (MSDS).
How to use Lead Free Solder
Lead free solder was developed in order to eliminate the use of Lead and other toxic materials from use in the work force, and your home. That said it is still dangerous to inhale large amounts of metal and Flux fumes of any kind, so ensure you use proper solder equipment (like filter fans), and work in a well ventilated room.
Even with the proper equipment you may find that timing your breath to ensure you exhaling during initial melt (when the solder releases most of its fumes) will make the process much more enjoyable and safe.
Lead free solder requires a much greater temperature than leaded solder, and you will likely have to keep your iron at least 20 to 50 degrees hotter than the minimum melting temperature (227 degrees C) in order to get best performance during manufacturing.
In addition to the difference in temperature, if you are used to using leaded solder you may think that you have cold soldered joints while you are getting used to using RHOS solder because it will cool with a slight milky look unlike the bright silvery look of melted lead. In general as long as you have fully melted and adhered the solder to the device and joint, you should not encounter cold joints.