Our geek tour of China started with Apliu Street, Hong Kong’s version of Akihabara. It has a few well-stocked electronics stores with online prices, but it’s not big enough to be a global geek destination on its own.
A store with a big HAKKO sign had a nice range of irons and soldering stuff. Here’s 5 Hakko 900M-T-3C 45 degree Bevel soldering iron tips. We thought these were wave tips with a dimple to hold solder, but that’s actually 3CM. At five bucks each it’s slightly cheaper than eBay, and not a huge loss. We’ll compare one to a real wave tip in an upcoming video, the rest will be giveaways on the blog.
We also spotted some GOOT brand stuff, the Japanese company that makes the brush on flux from the flux-off review. 1.5 meters of 1.5mm solder wick is $1.80, way cheaper than our local parts store.
We also grabbed some BS-2 soldering iron “Tip Refresher” for $6. It claims to cleans up an oxidized iron that doesn’t hold solder. We’ll find what the BS is about later. Here is a video review from ChipDip.
The soldering paste is for big stuff, not PCBs. We got an extra to give away.