The questions below are designed to help you decide which solder fume extractor is the best fit for your particular application:
What type of soldering are you doing?
- Hand Soldering
- Wave Soldering
- Reflow Soldering
- Production Soldering
- Maintenance Soldering
- Pipe Soldering
- Mechanical & Aluminum Soldering
- Resistance Soldering
- Stained Glass Soldering
- and More…
The type of soldering being performed by the operator directly determines the size, filtration media, and air volume that the fume extractor will require in order to be effective. Certain applications can release more fumes or may be spread out over a larger surface area; this requires a more powerful fume extraction unit. Sentry Air Systems offers a wide variety of solder fume extractors, including Series 100 options (with the lowest air volume rating), and Series 400/450 options (with the highest airflow rating of up to 950 CFM).
This question also determines whether or not you may need features like ESD-Safe Fume Extraction. For those working on applications that need to be protected from Electrostatic Discharge, such as electronic soldering on PC boards, this feature may be a primary requirement as you search for a solder fume extractor.
How big is your workspace? How is it set-up?
The size and arrangement of your work area is an important factor in determining which fume extractor to choose.
Do you work on a benchtop? If so, can your workspace accommodate a fume extractor? [Sentry Air’s smallest benchtop solder fume extractor has a footprint of 6.25” L x 8” W x 8” H, shown below].
If this doesn’t sound like a good option for you- other options include:
Wall-Mounted Fume Extraction– These units are mounted to the wall and hover over your work area. An example of this is the Sentry Air Model 200 Sky Sentry Fume Extractor as shown below.
For Solder Pot Fumes- For those working with Solder Pots, it’s important to consider the elevation that you will require during your application. The Sentry Solder Pot Sentry is adjustable up to 8.75″ H.