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Dexas
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    I guess im a bit late to tell not to file down your tips.. Proper tips has microcoating on top of them to prolong their life, and the moment you damage it with file and so, tip is gone.. Main issue is that people doesnt apply solder to the tip before turning the iron off, a lot of people like to clean the tip and leave it clean, it allows it to oxidise — before turning iron off, clean the tip and apply new fresh solder, let it stay on the tip so it protects tip from oxidation. For using wet sponge – make sure that your tips does support it, i have ruined expensive tip with such mistake, it stated in the datasheet that the tip is not wettable and should be cleaned only on dry sponge.