A desoldering pump, also known as a solder sucker or solder vacuum, is a handheld tool used to remove solder from electronic components and circuit boards. It is commonly used in electronics repair and rework tasks, especially when you need to replace or salvage components from a circuit board without causing damage.
- Body: The main body of the desoldering pump is usually made of plastic or metal and is designed to be comfortable to hold and use.
- Nozzle: The nozzle is a metal tube attached to the body of the pump. It is pointed at one end to fit between the solder joints, and the other end is wider to create a vacuum when pressed down.
- Plunger: The plunger is a spring-loaded mechanism located inside the body of the pump. When you press down the nozzle onto the solder joint and push the plunger down, it creates a vacuum that sucks up the molten solder into the pump.
Desoldering pumps are handy tools for repairing or modifying electronic devices, as they allow you to desolder components without damaging the circuit board or surrounding components.
They are widely available and come in various sizes and designs to suit different applications and user preferences. Proper usage and practice are essential to become proficient in using a desoldering pump effectively.