Recommended Solder and Where to Buy 


Lead Based solder is easily purchased in the U.S. and Europe. Here are three direct quick links to order solder from on-line suppliers:

http://tinyurl.com/o2zgf       (www.rapidonline.com) - ships to U.K. and Eu

http://snipurl.com/vmpz      (www.digikey.com) - ships to U.S. and Eu

http://snipurl.com/vgt6        (www.mouser.com) - ships to U.S. and Eu


 

 

The following vendors will carry the following lead-content solders as long as they are available for sale and use in the United States. (Which appears to be for the foreseeable future.) These solders are widely available and can be ordered via each distributor's web page or over the phone.

Note: All vendors shown below offer flux-cored solder wires with other flux chemistries and content. The products shown below have been tested and found suitable for assembly of Elecraft kits. Other flux types and chemistries may (or may not) be suitable, but have not been tested.


DigiKey www.digikey.com  (800) 344-4539

See: http://snipurl.com/vmpz 

KESTER
.015" Dia. (28 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

DigiKey #  Kester #  Description
KE1110-ND   #24-6337-0007  Kester '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
KE1203-ND #24-6337-9703  '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
KE1405-ND  #24-6337-8806 '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux

.020" Dia. (25 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

DigiKey #  Kester #  Description
KE1201-ND  #24-6337-9702  '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
KE1401-ND  #24-6337-8807  '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux
KE1409-ND #24-6337-8834   '245' No-Clean 2.2% Flux

.025" Dia. (23 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

DigiKey #  Kester #   Description
KE1109-ND #24-6337-0018  Kester  '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
KE1202-ND #24-6337-9718  '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
KE1404-ND  #24-6337-8809  '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux


Mouser www.mouser.com  (800) 346-6873

see: http://snipurl.com/vgt6

KESTER
.015" Dia. (28 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

Mouser #  Kester # Description
533-24-6337-07 #24-6337-0007 Kester  '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
533-24-6337-9703 #24-6337-9703 '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
533-24-6337-8806 #24-6337-8806 '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux


 .020" Dia. (25 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

Mouser #   Kester # Description
533-24-6337-0010 #24-6337-0010 'Kester 44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
533-24-6337-9702  #24-6337-9702 '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
533-24-6337-8807  #24-6337-8807 '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux
533-24-6337-8834 #24-6337-8834 '245' No-Clean 2.2% Flux

 
.025" Dia. (23 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

Mouser #   Kester # Description
533-24-6337-18   #24-6337-0018 Kester '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
533-24-6337-9718  #24-6337-9718  '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
533-24-6337-8809 #24-6337-8809 '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux


Newark www.Newark.com  (800) 463-9275

KESTER
.015" Dia. (28 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

Newark #   Kester # Description
34C5653 #24-6337-0007 Kester '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
34C5666 #24-6337-9703  '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
34C5662 #24-6337-8806 '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux


.020" Dia. (25 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

Newark #   Kester # Description
93B8307 #24-6337-0010  Kester '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
90B5872 #24-6337-9702 '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
00Z1222 #24-6337-8807  '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux
34C5665   #24-6337-8834   '245' No-Clean 2.2% Flux


.025" Dia. (23 AWG) 63 Pb/37 Sn 1 lb roll

Newark #   Kester # Description
34C5654  #24-6337-0018 Kester '44' RA (Rosin, Highly Active) 3.3% Flux
34C5667 #24-6337-9718  '285' RMA (Rosin, Mildly Active) Flux
01C6854 #24-6337-8809 '245' No-Clean 1.1% Flux


MULTICORE (previously Ersin Multicore)
63 Pb/37 Sn 5-Core 370 Rosin Flux 1 lb roll

Newark #   Kester # Description
72C1193  MM00979 .022" (0.56 mm) Dia.
72C1194  MM00980 .024" (0.61 mm) Dia.

In the U.K.:

Rapid Electronics have supplies of 18 and 22 swg 60/40 tin lead solder.

http://tinyurl.com/o2zgf       (www.rapidonline.com)

18g part number: 85-0610 @ £5.40 per 500g
22g part number: 85-0595 @ £6.00 per 500g