Apollo solder tips TM type

Apollo TM solder tips, total length 145mm with tip, outer diameter 6.4mm.

Apollo seiko TM series soldering tips

TM type solder tips compare with TS / DCS type soldering tips.

The TM series tip models are same as TS series tips, the only difference is the length. Model details

Apollo Seiko TM-D series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-08D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-10D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-13D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-16D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-20D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-24D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-30D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-50D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-60D soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-80D soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-D-2 series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-08D-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-10D-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-13D-2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-16D-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-20D-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24D-2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-30D-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-40D-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50D-2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-60D-2 soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-DV1 series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-10DV1 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-13DV1 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-16DV1 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-20DV1 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24DV1 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-30DV1 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40DV1 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50DV1 soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-BCV1 series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-20BCV1 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-24BCV1 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-30BCV1 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40BCV1 soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-DV1-2 series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-10DV1-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-13DV1-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-16DV1-2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-20DV1-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24DV1-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-30DV1-2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40DV1-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50DV1-2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-60DV1-2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-80DV1-2 soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-PC series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-10PC soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-13PC soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-16PC soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-20PC soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24PC soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-30PC soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40PC soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50PC soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-60PC soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-PVC series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-20PVC2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24PVC2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-30PVC2 soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40PVC2 soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50PVC2 soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-FPR series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-16FPR soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-20FPR soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24FPR soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-30FPR soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40FPR soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50FPR soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-R series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-20R soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-24R soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-30R soldering tip, Apollo Seiko TM-40R soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-50R soldering tip Apollo Seiko TM-UPL series soldering tip: Apollo Seiko TM-16UPLsoldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-22UPL soldering tip,Apollo Seiko TM-32UPL soldering tip

Usually, the solder tip's life can reach about 50,000 solder points; the life will be shorter as the temperature increases.

How to change Apollo Soldering iron tip

1) Make sure to turn the power off and cool down the iron cartridge to room temperature and pull down on the iron cartridge to remove and replace with a new one. If it does not come out, using the silicone tube pull it down strongly. In case flux is jammed, remove it carefully with an alcohol. You can also increase the temperature to approx. 450 Degrees C to "break" the flux barrier. Power off & remove with a silicone tube. The tip will be very hot.

2) Make sure that the power to the iron unit is off. To insert a new tip, push gently UP until the tip stops. Then turn it until you feel the "Keyway" locate into position. When you feel the keyway locate, push up firmly. Note: Do not turn the iron cartridge while the key is not in the position or the key is damaged.

DCS / DCN / TS series soldering tip cartridges for Apollo Seiko soldering robots.
  • Quality good for up to 100,000 soldering wetts ( dependent on the soldering temperature, tip shape and solder type)
  • Lead time as short as 3 days (for ex-stock models, 80% of the above 3 series are in stock)
  • 2 weeks order time for large orders (above 100 pcs)
  • Price is only 1/3 of original tip
Apollo Seiko Soldering Tip CartridgesApollo Seiko Soldering Tip Cartridges


Generally, the materials of soldering tip are iron, nickel, chromium, tin. The key determinant of the quality is iron plating. While under high temperature, the iron and tin will generate a new alloy, this alloy can be melted in liquid solder, and then lead to iron plating lose; in the end, the soldering tip be perforated. The lead can resist the run off speed of iron plating. Moreover, the higher tin content of the lead-free solder, the corrosive degree will be more serious;  the higher temperature, the faster corrosive speed. Relying on years of research, we discovered that when the soldering tip is plated with the special electroplate formula, the corrosive speed can be slowed down efficiently. Coping with lead-free soldering, these tips have longer life and better thermal performance.

tin the tipSoldering tips are usually made by red copper. To avoid oxidization during high temperature soldering works, the tips need to be plated; some kinds of soldering tips are made by metal alloy materials that are not easy to be oxidized. Before using a brand new tip, it is very helpful to pretin it. The method is to clean the tip with soft sand paper, then dip it in rosin water, wetting it with solder and then polish it repeatly on a board to ensure every side is tinned well. If it's been using for a very long time and it's already oxidized, in this case, use a grater to clean the surface oxidation layer gently, then tin the tip as the method we mentioned above. PS: There are many tutorials about tin the soldering tip, Google it, you will find much detailed guide. The longer distance between heating element and the tip, the lower temperature, vice versa. We can also replace a soldering tip with different size & shape to adjust the temperature. The thinner tip, the higher temperature, vice versa. According to different soldering environment, it's essential to adopt different size and different shape tips. Regarding the shape, there're all round shape, screwdriver shape, chisel, conical shape, spade, U-shaped, square shape, etc. How to select the soldering tip? 1. Select according to the iron. The replacement tips of different soldering iron are very different. For instance, the HAKKO FX-951 soldering station uses with T12 series tips, while the Weller WSD81 uses with LT series tips. I think everybody knows this. 2. Select shape. Let's take HAKKO 900M series tips as the example. For shape B, it's all round type, every side is wettable; shape I, it's thin, stores little heat so it's suitable to solder heat sensitive components; shape K is ideal for slide soldering. 3. Select size. Tip size depends on your application. When soldering small components, you need to choose the narrow and thin tip because it's small and stores little heat; if need to joint large area, the thicker soldering tip will be more efficient. Maintainence

  1. When soldering, choose as low temperature as possible
  2. Clean the tip with wet sponge or tip cleaner after soldering
  3. Feed the tin on the solder joint in stead of the tip
  4. Do not force the soldering iron, the solder cannot be melted faster
  5. Do not use highly active flux
  6. Turn off the soldering iron when don't use.


The damage of lead

Lead, at certain contact degrees, is a poisonous substance to animals, including humans. It damages the nervous system and causes brain disorders. Excessive lead also causes blood disorders in mammals. Like the element mercury, another heavy metal, lead is a neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and the bones. Lead poisoning has been documented from ancient Rome, ancient Greece, and ancient China.

Origin of lead-free soldering

Due to the requirement of environmental protection, especially ISO14000 launched, many countries began to legislate to forbid leaded material in solder. EU: RoHS law: apply from 2006.07.01, restrict the material of electronic products. USA: TRI law: restrict to use lead As time goes by, I think more relevant laws will be launched. Under such situation, lead-free solder was produced, the main contents of lead-free solder are Sn, Ag & Cu.

Leaded Solder V.S. Lead-free Solder

1. Different Composition The main composition of lead solder wire is Sn & Pb; The main composition of lead-free solder wire is Sn, Ag & Cu. 2. Melting Point & Soldering Temperature
Solder Wire Melting Point Soldering Temperature
63% Sn / 37% Pb 183°C 350°C
96.5% Sn/3.0% Ag/0.5%Cu 220°C 390°C

Influence of Lead-free Solder

(Take 936 soldering station as the example)
Solder Wire Melting Point Soldering Temperature Soldering Speed
63% Sn / 37% Pb 183°C 350°C  4s each
96.5% Sn/3.0% Ag/0.5%Cu 220°C 390°C  6s each

The Problems

  1. The soldered dots are oxidized seriously, affects the conduct performance;
  2. Soldered dots are easy to drop;
  3. Soldered dots are lackluster;
  4. The productivity decreases;
  5. As the temperature raised, the soldering tip's life become shorter;
  6. The production cost increases.

The Solution

Simply raising the temperature of a soldering iron because of the high melting point may result in faster oxidation and erosion. The problems with lead-free solder can be solved by using products which offer special characteristics.

HAKKO's Solution

Soldering Iron: HAKKO FM-203, HAKKO FM-206, HAKKO FX-838, HAKKO FX-888D, HAKKO FX-950, HAKKO FX-951, HAKKO FM-2026
  • Increases the power of soldering iron
  • Accurate temperature control and excellent thermal recovery rate

Metcal's Solution

Representative Products: MX500, SP200
  • Increase the power of soldering station, from 60W to 100W
  • Improve the thermal performance of soldering iron

Weller's Solution

Representative Products: WS81, WSD81
  • Increase the power from 50W to 80W
  • Improve the thermal performance of soldering iron: change the thermal material, replace common metal to precious metal.
  • The users don't need to pay extra money to buy more expensive soldering tips.


When using the soldering station, is it necessary to use nitrogen protection and preheat the soldering station?   ----------------------------------------------------------- The replacement soldering tips are the essential items of hand soldering, to buy quality soldering tips at low cost, please contact us.

Purchasing soldering irons would make you come across irons that have various tip variations; a fine soldering tip works best in areas with delicate joints and small flat ends on those that have larger areas. Tapering and medium points work best professionally, while screwdriver shaped tips are not easy to work along with. Investing on expensive and easy to work with irons would be worthwhile where you aim at different temperature control, neatness and professionalism.
In case you cannot invest much, investing on soldering iron tips that are available at low costs having a range of 15 - 30 watts would help. Low cost irons could require some skill to handle them; these tips could get hot fast and require skill of working briskly and competently so as not to damage the components. You should never advise anyone to buy soldering tips that have wattage of 60 and greater, as skill is needed to avoid high temperatures. A correct sized, shaped and temperature-control soldering iron works best as the right soldering equipment. One needs to have the right equipment to be able to be proficient in ones work; it is best served by going in for soldering tips of good companies that offer competent prices. Weller soldering tips have been found to the right solution for all your professionalism with soldering.They are used both with leaded and lead free soldering that help create better joints. It is also possible to get solders in tin and lead alloy metal, silver, copper, cadmium, antimony, indium, and bismuth. Silver, Copper, Antimony, Indium, and Bismuth can be added for obtaining definite characteristics. So it would be recommended that it is best to work with best soldering tools that promise best results; the most ideal being one that offers the most effective heat transfer and has a high output of power. The most intelligent decision that one could take would be to invest on tips for soldering that have a function to reduce temperature when the equipment is not in use; promising optimum control of temperature. The use of a safety rest is very useful to increase the efficiency and lifetime of the solder. The best advise to avoid overheating would be to preheat the board with the hot plate before soldering. Getting the best out of one's tips means selecting tips that have the lowest possible temperature to do the job. Selecting a large dimension tip with a short length would prove best for many soldering jobs; wetting the tip helps to maximize the transfer of heat over a larger area between the solder and the tip. Lastly maintenance lies in preventing the soldering tips from oxidization and cleaning. Reducing the temperature on the tip and putting some solder before putting it back on the stand helps. Cleaning of soldering irons helps to make soldering easier and prolongs life.

About Keeping The Soldering Tips

Since the soldering tips were processed by iron plating, if keep the soldering tips in improper environment, the tips will be oxidized and corrosion. The unused tips should try to avoid to be exposed in the air, packed in the bag and keep in the indoor place where the temperature is lower. The new soldering tips of our company can keep at most 3 years when in optimum condition. Soldering tip * When the soldering tip is oxidized, use the tip cleaner before use, otherwise the heating ability will be influenced. Soldering Tip Cleaner In order to get the best out of the soldering tips, do remember to notice the following points:

  1. Use a sand paper to wipe the greasy dirt or rust on the tip before using solder flux.
  2. When using a brand new soldering tip, due to the blue resin on the tip top will drop as the temperature rises, please use enough solder to activate the tin surface; do this step even the tip doesn't have blue resin.
  3. When the tip has oxidizing material such as solder flux, use the wet & clean solder sponge to clean it. If the solder sponge is dirty or dry, or clean overly, may lead to the soldering tip not wetting.
  4. If the soldering tip is not wettable, wipe the tin completely and recover to normal temperature, then use the sand paper to clean the oxidizing material lightly. Then, tin the tip when the temperature rises.
  5. The iron plating can improve the durability, so DO NOT rasp away the iron plating.
  6. To make sure the tin surface in good condition, when the soldering work is paused or finished, tin the tip and keep it well.


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