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Hi im thinking of picking up a soldering iron and im wondering what type of solder is the best in terms of health

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    \$\begingroup\$ Wire Wrapping and Crimping is the best type of solder in terms of health \$\endgroup\$ – Passerby Aug 9 '15 at 22:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ For mental health, lead based solder 63:37 Sn:Pb is a bit better. \$\endgroup\$ – Spehro Pefhany Aug 9 '15 at 22:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Lead is just as safe for small scale use as lead free, for large scale manufacturing there is RoHS standards for PB-free, but even RoHS allows for lead based solder rework and touch up. \$\endgroup\$ – crasic Aug 9 '15 at 23:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ The hype about lead content is all politically motivated nonsense, so whatever lead-bearing alloy you choose will be benign in terms of your health and that of your peers and descendants. \$\endgroup\$ – EM Fields Aug 9 '15 at 23:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ The important thing with lead-based solder is to wash your hands after touching it. If your project is going to be a bare circuit board that people will put their hands all over, lead-free is probably a better choice. \$\endgroup\$ – Adam Haun Aug 9 '15 at 23:43
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Tin silver is ok. Just make sure you do any of this in a well ventilated area. Look for RoHS compliance lead-free solder if that is what you are asking. And don't eat it :)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Could you provide a link to buy tin-silver solder on amazon? \$\endgroup\$ – craftxbox Aug 9 '15 at 22:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ @craftxbox: No. Shopping links go out-of-date quickly, and are not welcome here. Only information that survives the passage of time. \$\endgroup\$ – Ben Voigt Aug 9 '15 at 23:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why can't you just log on to amazon and find out for yourselof? \$\endgroup\$ – EM Fields Aug 9 '15 at 23:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ digikey.com/product-search/en/… \$\endgroup\$ – cowboydan Aug 10 '15 at 0:10

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