How to choose the right Desoldering Braid

How does Desoldering Braid work

How to choose the right Desoldering Braid?
Desoldering braid consists of copper wire that has been braided and coated with flux. The desoldering braid gets used in conjunction with a soldering iron to remove solder from solder joints and components. Desoldering braid can also be known as wick, solder wick, desoldering wick, or solder braid in the marketplace.
How does Desoldering Braid work?
When you lay the desoldering braid over a solder joint and heat it with a soldering iron the solder of the joint melts and the flux on the braid activates. This causes the solder from the joint to flow up into the copper through capillary action. Once the braid has been used and saturated with solder it cannot be used again, you must continue with a new section of clean, copper wire.
Before After
How to use Desoldering Braid?
Match flux type to cleaning process.
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Match braid width to the solder joint or contact pad. Smaller widths won’t remove enough solder. Larger widths take longer to heat.
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Match the solder iron tip to the braid width - see industry standard chart below.
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Move solder iron over the braid to avoid scratching pads. Once solder is removed, lift iron tip and braid at same time – this prevents soldering the braid to the board.
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Removing the solder braid as quickly as possible avoids excessive heat being placed on the component.
Avoid using the direct edge of the desoldering braid as there is not enough space to disperse the solder.
EasyBraid offers 4 types of Desoldering Braid
Choose one from below to learn more
Quick Braid Rosin

Fastest wicking action and leaves behind residue. Non-acidic meaning it won’t etch the copper and leave open circuits on the PCB board

QuickBraid
OneStep
One Step No-Clean

Fastest wicking action and leaves behind residue. Non-acidic meaning it won’t etch the copper and leave open circuits on the PCB board

Lead Free

Heats up quickly, it prevents heat stress to components

OneStepLF
SeaBraid
Sea Braid

Unfluxed wire meant for when an aqueous or specific flux is needed, apply flux for solder removal

QuickBraid
Quick Braid Rosin
OneStep
One Step No-Clean
OneStepLF
Lead Free
SeaBraid
Sea Braid
Quick Braid Rosin

Fastest wicking action and leaves behind residue. Non-acidic meaning it won’t etch the copper and leave open circuits on the PCB board

QuickBraid
One Step No-Clean
One Step No-Clean

Flux residue on the board does not need to be cleaned. Our most popular!

Lead Free

Heats up quickly, it prevents heat stress to components

Lead Free
Sea Braid
Sea Braid

Unfluxed wire meant for when an aqueous or specific flux is needed, apply flux for solder removal

Below is an industry standard guide that helps you easily refer to the different sizes of desoldering braid.
Width Color Code Letter Signifier Number Signifier
.025" Gray A 1
.050" Yellow B 2
.075" Green C 3
.100" Blue D 4
.125" Brown E 5
Additional Tips
  • Make sure the tip of your soldering iron is clean and tinned. You want to remove any oxidation and add fresh solder to the tip which will help the iron conduct heat better.

    Try EasyBraid’s Solder Tip Cleaners to help you achieve this!

    MENDA’s Wash or Cone Top Bottles can be used with DI Water to wet the Solder Sponges before cleaning the iron tip.

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  • You may find it helpful to use a pair of Tweezers to hold the braid in place. The copper wire becomes hot and using tweezers will allow you to adjust the position during soldering and ensures operator safety.

Try Tronex Tweezers to help you achieve this!
Tronex Tweezers
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