by Tamra Gentry
The SolderPure for Soldering Fumes
I ended up purchasing a second system, the SolderPure, for soldering. The SolderPure is manufactured by Quatro Air Technologies, and has a three-stage carbon filter designed to capture both particles as well as â€œtoxic and nuisance gases.â€
There is no way that my Van-I-Vac can cover both my bench and soldering station given the way my studio is arranged. Perhaps I could have purchased the dual-station Van-I-Vac Voyager, but the limited intake mounting options would have made for an awkward arrangement at my soldering station.
I like the way the flexible intake hose can be mounted directly above the spot on my station where I actually solder. I keep the large, clear plastic collar at the end of the hose directly between me and the fume source.
I purchased mine from Rio Grande for a little over $1000. As with the Van-I-Vac, when to change the filter depends on usage; however, filters should be changed at least once yearly.
Did I Really Need Two Systems?
When I initially considered these purchases, the two most important factors I took into consideration were my own health as an asthmatic, and the health of my unborn child should I ever become pregnant.
One system may be fine for most, but I chose two, and I feel better knowing that I have the two different systems to handle two different jobs for me. I also liked the ease with which I could recover my metal dust through the Van-I-Vac.
The only drawback is that though they both claim to be â€œextremelyâ€ quiet, they are not. Otherwise, I would very highly recommend either product to people considering purchasing them.
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