Kester K100LD Lead-Free .05 1oz Solder


Sized for larger connectors. A lower cost lead-free alloy that results in shinier joints, K100LD solder is a eutectic, silver-less, tin-copper alloy with metallic dopants added to optimize the grain structure.

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This is 1oz spool with a #66 core of #48 flux. 66 means that 3.3% of the wire is flux by weight. This is recommended for most applications, but versions with less flux are also available.

#48 flux is a RA (rosin-activated) flux designed to help solder quickly “wet” or adhere to a variety of surfaces. Most manufacturers would clean activated flux residues, but most applications (hobby, prototype building, consumer electronics) are likely fine with no cleaning. From the #48 flux spec sheet: “The 48 residues are non-conductive, non-corrosive and do not require removal in most applications. The
flux residues are comparable to a conventional RA.”

The residues dry fairly clear with much less of the amber color of #44 flux.

Comparing K100LD to the more commonly used SAC (tin silver copper): In our testing, we haven’t noticed much difference, except that the joints are shinier with the K100LD. For lead-free solder, however, the shininess of the finished joint is not a good quality indicator–most SAC joints come out duller, and this is perfectly normal.

K100LD spec sheet

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Weight 0.12 kg


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