Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Say Goodbye to 2013…and These Special Offers

As we say goodbye to 2013, we also say goodbye to these long-running special offers from a few of our manufacturers (all expiring today, December 31, 2013):

Steinel's HG 350 Heat Guns
Nothing makes us feel warmer than helping you save money. Steinel's latest special offer is going to turn up the heat even more: From now until the end of the year (12/31/13) you can save big on the HG 350 Precision Heat Gun and HG 350 Precision Heat Gun Kit.



Weller's "Outfit Your Workbench" Promo
If you've been considering the purchase of a Weller WX or WD Series Soldering Station, their new "Outfit Your Workbench" promotion might just be your final motivator. Running from now until the end of the year (12/31/13), Weller's offering a FREE compatible accessory soldering tool and stand with the purchase of any WX or WD Series Station.


Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Promo
What's better news than when we told you about Vision Engineering's Mantis Compact Summer Promo Sale back in June? The news that Vision Engineering has extended their popular promo until the end of the year. This great money-saving opportunity now expires December 31, 2013.


ASG's FREE Power Supply Offer
Must all good things come to an end? ASG Assembly says, "No!" Their FREE PS-55 Power Supply offer has been extended once again and now expires December 31, 2013.


And, finally, our own FREE Ground Shipping offer also expires today…

Free Ground Shipping on Orders Over $100 on Selected Brands
Great news! Our FREE Ground Shipping Promo has been so popular that we've decided to extend it through the end of the year (expires December 31, 2013). Shoppers can continue to use our shipfree1213 coupon code to get FREE Shipping on selected items for orders over $100.

To learn more about any of these offers please visit QSource.com. You may also contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.


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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Social Rewind for December 30, 2013 – Christmas Holiday Edition

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

With December 25th being last Wednesday, many social media updates focused on the Christmas holiday…

Leading off this week, TE Connectivity had to have caught Santa’s attention with this suggestion for a suped-up version of his sleigh:

YouTube’s “Slow-Motion Christmas” video post reveals what those evil gingerbread men are up to when we’re not around:

Hey, makers! Not sure where to start with that cool Arduino you got for Christmas? Arduino guru Philip Lindsay helps you out in this MAKE Magazine post:

Evil Mad Scientist got into the Christmas spirit with this truly unique Christmas tree topper:

We read this EE Times post while untangling our Christmas lights…GRRRR:

And we close out this week’s special column with our holiday social media update from last week:

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. Keep on reading! Hope you all had a happy and joyous holiday season and with wish you a very Happy New Year! See you next week!


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Save 12% Off Brady’s B-595 BMP71 Indoor/Outdoor Vinyl Tape Roll with Our Featured Product Friday Coupon Code

Save 12% off the MSRP on the Brady M71C-2000-595-WT B-595 BMP71 Indoor/Outdoor White Vinyl Tape 2" x 50' Roll when you use our FPF122713 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday promo is valid from today, December 27, 2013 through Sunday, December 29, 2013.

The Brady M71C-2000-595-WT (Q Source SKU: B001-004508), for use with Brady's BMP71 Portable Thermal Transfer Label Printer, is regularly listed at $101.94, but with our FPF code you’ll get it for just $89.99. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid— and please feel free to share the code with your friends & colleagues, too. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week, we'll promote our Featured Product Friday selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please visit our Web site, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Akro-Mils to Resume Shipping Products After January 1, 2014

BLOG UPDATE

According to recent information provided to us, Akro-Mils will resume shipping after January 14, 2014. Please stay tuned to our blog or contact us for further information.

Akro-Mils has informed us that they will not be shipping any further products until after the holidays. Shipments should resume soon after January 1st, 2014.

Please contact us for further information or suggestions on how to meet your Akro-Mils storage and material handling needs. Our Akro-Mils Department at QSource.com is available 24/7. We can also be reached by phone (800-966-6020) or email.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

The Social Rewind for December 23, 2013

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week, Zebra Technologies shared a ZDNet story focusing on the Big Data and analytics outlook for 2014:

We have one thing to say in response to this Christmas-themed post shared by Elkay Plastics, “You’ll shoot your eye out!”:

Workrite posted this HR Pulse article about the pros & cons of open-plan offices:

After reading this post by Assembly Magazine, we can’t help wishing to find a new Erector Set under our tree:

Which auto manufacturer will be the first to offer a self-driving car? EE Times posts about this highly competitive race to first:

One of our most important posts from our own social media updates this week was this update about 3M removing their SCC 1500 Static Shielding Bags from ship-hold and making them available for sale once again:

There you have it…another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. Keep on reading! We also wanted to take a second to wish those of you celebrating Christmas a very Merry and Happy Holiday. See you next week!


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Season's Greetings from Q Source - 2013 Holiday Schedule

As we approach the end of another successful year of serving our customers, we wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year. We'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2014 and we have a lot of special offers and surprises in store for you. Please continue to visit QSource.com, The Q Source Resource Blog, and our social media accounts for news and special savings.


Please note Q Source's holiday hours are as follows:
  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – Open 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Christmas Day – Closed
  • Thursday, December 26, 2013 – Closed
  • Friday, December 27, 2013 – Closed
  • Monday, December 30, 2013 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013 New Year's Eve – Closed
  • Wednesday, January 01, 2014 New Year's Day – Closed
  • Thursday, January 02, 2014 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, January 03, 2014 – Open Regular Business Hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)

QSource.com is available 24 hours a day for product information or to place an order. Orders placed during office closures will be processed as soon as possible on the next business day. For further information please call (800-966-6020) or email us. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Free Shipping Offer Extended Until December 31, 2013

Great news! Our FREE Ground Shipping promo has been so popular that we've decided to extend it through the end of the year (expires December 31, 2013). Shoppers can continue to use our shipfree1213 coupon code to get FREE Shipping on selected items* for orders over $100.


Selected brands include: Daylight, Erem, Excelta, Hakko, Lindstrom, PanaVise, Plato, Weller, Xcelite, and Xuron.

* Please Note: Our FREE SHIPPING offer excludes bar solder, shelving, floor & table matting, bins, workbenches & furniture, extraordinarily heavy or over-sized items, and any items displaying the heavy freight icon:

Q Source cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas for orders using FREE SHIPPING.

Visit our FREE SHIPPING page for more information or give us a call at 800-966-6020 (we can also be reached by email). And remember, when completing your order at Checkout, you must enter the shipfree1213 code to get the FREE Shipping savings.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Get Weller's SP25NKUS Soldering Iron Kit for $16.99 During Featured Product Friday

Save 15% off the MSRP on Weller's SP25NKUS High-Performance Standard-Duty LED Soldering Iron Kit when you use our FPF122013 Coupon Code. This Featured Product Friday promo is valid from today, December 20, 2013 through Sunday, December 22, 2013.


The Weller SP25NKUS (Q Source SKU: C010-000837) is regularly listed at $19.99, but with our FPF code you'll get it for just $16.99. While this is a 3-day limited-time price, the coupon is unlimited. Use the code as many times as you like while it is valid — and please feel free to share the code with your friends & colleagues, too. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week, we'll promote our Featured Product Friday selection on The Q Source Resource, via our email newsletter, and all over our social media accounts. We encourage our valued customers to read those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). Please tell your friends & colleagues about Featured Product Friday.

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please visit our Web site, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Q Source Debuts New Featured Product Friday Weekly Promo on 12/20/13

We're excited to announce our new weekly Web promo: Featured Product Friday (FPF). FPF will offer significant savings on a new, popular, or best-selling product every Friday. The promo will debut tomorrow, December 20, 2013, with a 15% discount* on Weller's new SP25NKUS High-Performance Standard-Duty LED Soldering Iron Kit.

To claim the Featured Product Friday pricing, customers only need to enter the FPF Coupon Code at checkout (for example, tomorrow's code will be FPF122013). The FPF code is valid beginning the Friday of that week's promo through that weekend (e.g., this week's promo will be valid tomorrow, Saturday & Sunday – 12/20 to 12/22).

The FPF coupon code is unlimited. Customers may use it as many times as they want for as long as that coupon is valid. When that week's promo expires, so does the FPF code. Please note: This promo is valid only at QSource.com.

Each week's Featured Product Friday promo will be announced via our blog, email newsletter, and social media. We encourage our valued customers to check out those resources and to visit QSource.com on a regular basis for the latest FPF offers (look out for our FPF logo). We also encourage sharing of the FPF Coupon Code—we want a wide audience to be able to take advantage of these special savings—let your friends and colleagues know!

For further questions about Featured Product Friday, please visit our Web site, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email and one of our experts will be happy to help you. Remember, Featured Product Friday starts TOMORROW!

* Discount is off MSRP.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Watch CCI's Tacki-Pak Material Defy the Forces of Nature

We've written previously about Conductive Containers Inc.'s (CCI) Tacki-Pak material and its amazing non-adhesive, tacky surface. We offered up a list of impressive specifications and all of the product info needed to make an educated purchase.

But we realize that, sometimes, pictures can express the essential details of an object more directly. To really see how the Tacki-Pak material works, CCI offers the following two demo videos:

OFF-ROADING WITH TACKI-PAK

Wanna demonstrate how good something is at staying in one place? CCI believes off-roading in a vehicle on a muddy road offers up the ultimate Tacki test. In their Tacki Pak Off Road Test video, CCI puts their innovative new ESD-safe packaging through the paces and comes out with "have-to-see-to-believe" results.


NEVER MIND THE SMART PHONE, THIS IS A SMART TRAY

In this second CCI video, we see another gravity-defying example of the Tacki material's remarkable capability to keep objects where you want them. The Tacki-Pak bottom surface of this CCI Durastat Stackable Tray demonstrates its adhesive-free ability to hold in place multiple cellular phones. Watch the phones as the host tilts the tray almost to the vertical and shakes the tray in an unsuccessful attempt to move the phones.



Seeing is believing! To learn more about, or to place an order for, CCI's Tacki-Pak products please visit our site. For other CCI products, please visit our CCI Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Limited-Time Free Shipping at QSource.com Ends This Friday

QSource.com’s Free Ground Shipping promo ends this Friday, December 20, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to save shipping costs on select brands for orders over $100 when you use our shipfree1213 coupon code.


This limited-time offer applies to products* from these top brands: Daylight, Erem, Excelta, Hakko, Lindstrom, PanaVise, Plato, Weller, Xcelite, Xuron. Shop for hand tools, soldering/desoldering products, and lighting solutions at our regular discounted prices AND get Free Shipping for the next four days.

* Please Note: Our FREE SHIPPING offer excludes:
  • Bar solder
  • Shelving
  • Floor & table matting
  • Bins
  • Workbenches & furniture
  • Extraordinarily heavy or oversized items
  • Any items displaying the heavy freight icon:
Q Source also cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas for orders using FREE SHIPPING.

Visit our FREE SHIPPING page for more information or give us a call at 800-966-6020 (we can also be reached by email). And remember, when completing your order at Checkout, you must enter the shipfree1213 code to get the FREE Shipping savings.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Social Rewind for December 16, 2013

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week, remember mix tapes? WB Engineering shared a story about how 3D Printing is taking customized recorded music to a whole new level:

This post, shared by The Robot Launch Pad, made us feel enthusiastic about the next generation of engineers:

This Workrite Facebook update enlightened us to the on-going battle between LEDs and CFLs:

National Instruments posted about their involvement with a project to address the challenges of wasted food in India:

We wonder if Robert Downey, Jr. is interested: Mashable shared a NASA story about their plan to send “Iron Man”-like robots to Mars:

One of our most important posts from our own social media updates this week, was the news of 3M’s shipping-hold on their SCC 1500 Metal-Out Static Shielding Bags:

There you have it...another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. Keep on reading! See you next week!


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

FREE Shipping at QSource.com on Select Brands Through December 20th

As a holiday gift to you, our valued customers, QSource.com is offering FREE GROUND SHIPPING on orders over $100 on select brands. All you need to do is enter the coupon code "shipfree1213" at checkout to receive this significant savings (read on for further info and restrictions).


Our FREE GROUND SHIPPING offer is available on all orders over $100 and includes items from the following industry-leading brands:
Daylight Company Erem Tools Excelta Corporation Hakko
Lindstrom Tools PanaVise
Plato Weller Xcelite Xuron
This limited-time offer starts today (Saturday, December 14, 2013) and runs to Friday, December 20, 2013. Just visit our site and shop as you normally would and at checkout enter the shipfree1213 code to claim your savings on shipping.

Please Note: Our FREE SHIPPING offer excludes bar solder, shelving, floor & table matting; bins, workbenches & furniture, any other extraordinarily heavy or oversized items, and any items displaying the heavy freight icon: Q Source also cannot guarantee delivery by Christmas for orders using FREE SHIPPING.

Check out our FREE SHIPPING promo page for further details or contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email. One of our helpful staff members will be happy to answer your questions. Happy Holiday!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Q Source's Stocking Stuffers Are Back!

Looking for a gift for the guy who has everything? Bet he doesn't have a Spudger! Need a quickie Secret Santa present for one of your assembly line workers? How about these Lindstrom 80-Series ESD-safe Flush Cutters? And wouldn't the hobbyist in your family love this Daylight Naturalight Hobby Table Lamp? All are great gifts for less than $50 and all available (along with over 100 others) in QSource.com's Stocking Stuffers Department.

Our Stocking Stuffers Department debuted last year and was so popular we decided to bring it back and add a bunch of new items to the selection. Newly added items for this holiday season include: a selection of Weller consumer soldering irons and Daylight Company's Foldi LED Lamps. This collection of low-cost items covers many categories such as soldering, static control, tools, storage, and more. All from top brand names like Weller, Transforming Technologies, 3M, Excelta, and others.

So, stop on by our Stocking Stuffers Department today and find a wide selection of must-have items at low sub-$50 prices. And, remember, once the holidays are over we'll stash the Stocking Stuffers Department back up in the attic with all of the other decorations. Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays from Q Source!

For more information about our Stocking Stuffers Department, or to place an order, please visit QSource.com. You may also contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

3M Places SCC 1500 Metal-Out Static Bags on Ship-Hold

UPDATE - SCC 1500 BAGS NOW AVAILABLE:
3M has removed their SCC 1500 Metal-out Static Shielding Bags from shipping-hold. After detailed testing, 3M believes the higher-than-claimed charge-retention values were due to a certain film used in the production of the 1500 Static Shielding Bags.

For further info, please refer to the updated Product Data Sheet below:



3M announced yesterday that their 3M™ SCC 1500 Metal-out Static Shielding Bags have been placed on shipping-hold. Recent testing indicated that the SCC 1500 Bags had an average peak voltage reading higher than their claimed value leading 3M to stop shipment as of November 22, 2013.
The 3M SCC 1500 Metal-out Static Shielding Bag has been put on shipping-hold.

Charge-retention testing of the SCC 1500 product resulted in an average peak voltage of 154 rather than the less than 100 volts expected. 3M is currently performing more extensive analyses of the SCC 1500 Static Shielding Bags and associated manufacturing practices. The bags will remain on hold until all testing is completed.

Q Source will provide periodic updates regarding the ship-hold and any pertinent action that may be required. 3M advises that SCC 1500 users closely examine this information and come to a conclusion regarding the appropriateness of this product for their applications.

For metal-out alternatives to the SCC 1500, please see the 2110R Series Puncture Resistant Metal-Out Static Shielding Bag and the 2120R Series Metal-Out Cushioned Static Shielding Bag. Our 3M Metal-Out Bags Department at QSource.com offers additional metal-out options. If you have further questions about the SCC 1500 or other 3M Static Shielding Bags, please give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.


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Monday, December 9, 2013

The Social Rewind for December 9, 2013

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

Leading off this week, Conductive Containers went off-roading to test out their Tacki-Pak material…you have to watch it to believe it:

Now, we’re not much for potty talk, but this post from Workrite focuses on the potty of the future:

ThomasNet had us staying in the future with this article about the digital revolution’s impact on the future of manufacturing:

Mashable was among the multitude who posted the sad news about Nelson Mandela’s passing:

Just in time for this past weekend’s wintery weather, eHow showed us how to de-ice our windshields:

For our favorite post from our own social media updates this week, we went back a bit and re-posted our On The Bench video demonstrating how to use Akro-Mils Indicator Bins for 5S and Lean inventory control:

There you have it...another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. Keep on reading! See you next week!


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Hakko 999-182 Carbon/Odor Filter Discontinued & Replaced by 999-245 Filter

Hakko 999-182 (left) replaced by 999-245
Hakko announced that the 999-182 Carbon/Odor Filter for use with the discontinued HJ3100 Fume Extractor has also been discontinued. The replacement carbon/odor filter is the 999-245, which is used with the Hakko FA-430 Fume Extraction System.

The Hakko 999-182 and 999-245 offer equivalent performance specifications and using the 999-245 with the HJ3100 will have no negative impact. However, the Hakko 999-245 Carbon/Odor Filter has a smaller, more compact frame. A Filter Adapter Frame (999-241) is required to use the 999-245 with the HJ3100. The Frame Adapter is reusable does not need to be replaced after installation.

Refer to our previous Q Source Resource articles for further info about the Hakko 999-245, FA-430, and HJ3100. For more information about Hakko products, or to place an order, please visit the Hakko Department at QSource.com. You may also contact us via phone (800-966-6020) or email.



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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Social Rewind for December 2, 2013

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

First off, MAKE Magazine posted this interesting look at the maker mindset in the workplace:

EE Times featured a story that had us imagining the future of connected cars:

Elkay Plastics got us in the mood for Thanksgiving with some cool holiday facts:

If a car can be connected, then Zebra Technologies post about a tweeting car makes all the more sense:

Be still our beating hearts: WB Engineering told us about the possibility of 3D printed hearts:

As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, our guest blog provides advice for prolonging tip life when using lead-free solder:

That’s it for this time. Another quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind and had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week! Oh, and don’t forget that today is Cyber Monday. Thanks for reading!


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Cyber Monday 2013: Save 10% OFF Site-Wide Today at QSource.com

If you thought the Thanksgiving football games and Black Friday shopping were exciting, just wait until you head over to QSource.com today for our mind-blowing Cyber Monday Sale. We're talking about site-wide savings on thousands of items, from dozens of manufacturers in 15 categories. When your cart is full, and you're ready to checkout, just enter our cyber2013 coupon code and you'll SAVE 10% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER.



Our Cyber Monday coupon code is valid today (December 2, 2013) only at QSource.com. But there's no limit to how much you can save off our already discounted prices. Help us spread the word about this great chance to save by telling your friends, co-workers, and social media contacts.

For questions about products, QSource.com, or our Cyber Monday Sale please visit our Contact Us page, call us (800-966-6020), or send us an email. For other questions about shopping at QSource.com (shipping info, returns, order status) please visit our Customer Service page.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013 from Q Source

Happy Thanksgiving from the Q Source family! We are, as always, very thankful for your continued support of our Web site, blog, and social media community. We wish you and your loved ones a very warm, loving, and safe holiday filled with family, football, and full bellies.

Please Note: The Q Source office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 28th) and Friday (November 29th). QSource.com is available 24/7 and any orders placed over the holiday break will be processed as soon as possible on Monday, December 2nd. For additional questions about such orders, please send us an email or give us a call (800-966-6020).



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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

10 Ways to Prolong Tip Life When Using Lead-Free Solder – Guest Blog

Guest blog by Tom Krisulewicz, Field Applications Manager, Weller Tools

Our guest blogger from Weller Tools presents ten steps for extending tip life when working with lead-free solder. Culled from Weller's decades of experience and expertise with soldering and desoldering technology, these strategies will help prolong the life of your soldering equipment and promote a successful soldering process.

  1. Choose the largest possible solder tip for the application: Larger tips provide better heat transfer and have more iron plating, which helps to extend tip life.
  2. Do not exceed 725°F: Lead-free solder does not require a higher soldering temperature (high temperature increases tip-plating erosion). Also, at higher temperatures, fluxes degrade faster and black residues remain on the tip surface. Therefore, lowering the soldering temperature reduces oxidation and reduces flux splattering.
  3. Choose the right solder alloy (SAC if possible) and flux to reduce wear of soldering tips.
  4. Use high-powered soldering tools (80-200 Watts) with optimum temperature control that, in most cases, do the job at lower temperatures: Weller's WP80, WP120, WSP150, WXP65, WXP120, and WXP200 combine high power with optimized heat transfer.
  5. Dry clean tips with the Weller WDC or WDC2 to keep them wettable longer: Wet sponges cause thermal shock, remove the majority of the tinning and don't properly remove flux residues.
  6. Always tin the tip to prevent oxidation and surface contamination: Apply a thin coating of solder to the tip after cleaning and before placing in the soldering tool holder. Use the WPB1 Polishing Bar to clean and renew soldering tips (use only when tip is cold).
  7. Use all available functions and accessories to reduce the tip temperature (Standby, Auto-Off, Temperature Pre-sets, Stop-and-Go Tool Holders, etc.) or turn the soldering tool down during breaks. For instance, the WDH10T & WDH20T Stop-and-Go Tool Holders switch on the soldering tool when removed from the holder.
  8. Use WDC2 Dry Tip Cleaner, which is an optional accessory for all WDH Series tool holders.
  9. Use the WHP3000 Preheating Plate, which reduces the amount of heat required from the soldering tip by heating up the PCB to a pre-selected temperature: A highly efficient IR heater with equal heat distribution will improve the hand-soldering process without the risk of partial overheat.
  10. Use a Tip Activator to rejuvenate oxidized or contaminated soldering tips. Re-tin after use with the Tip Activator at a low temperature to prevent oxidation.
Q Source would like to thank our guest blogger, Tom Krisulewicz, from Weller Tools. Thank you very much for your contribution to The Q Source Resource.

For more information, or to place an order for the Weller soldering products mentioned in this blog, please visit our Weller Department at QSource.com. You may also be interested in checking out our Soldering, Desoldering & Rework Department. Questions and orders may also be submitted via phone (800-966-6020) or email.


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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Social Rewind for November 25, 2013

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

First off, in a week that saw a lot of Big Brother, Sci-Fi-becomes-real type of stories, Workrite shared an article about the scary and unsettling future of work:

TE Connectivity featured this story about smart streetlights that can detect tons of data (like audio, video, weather, etc.) and send it to a cloud-based database:

3M told us about new technology that allows for security features such as floating images, signatures, and other data to be embedded onto secure identification documents:

Post by 3M.

Gooch & Housego posted about a technology that had every Trekkie on the edge of their seat:

Should we be worried about the future of imaging technology? EE Times asks important questions about privacy such as who’s watching and why:

As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, we finished out the week with an acknowledgement of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination:

So, there you have it. A quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind and we’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week! Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Daylight's Foldi LED Lamp: A Great, Inexpensive Idea for Gift Givers

Are you like us, always searching for that perfect gift during the holidays? Well, we've heard of an awesome gift idea and we wanted to share it with you: Daylight Company's Gift Giver Promo features their next-generation Foldi™ LED Lamps for just $49.99 (that's 50% OFF!) until December 31, 2013.

The Daylight Foldi LED Lamp is a compact, portable lamp that is perfect for reading, laptop lighting, hobbies, and other tasks. Available in white or black, this designer lamp features sleek lines and 30 bright LEDs that reduce glare, increase contrast, and make tasks easier.

The Foldi Lamp lasts up to eight hours on 3 AA batteries, but when using the included USB power cord you'll get unlimited, beautiful full-spectrum natural daylight. Plus, because the Foldi is lightweight, portable, and foldable you can move it to wherever you need your light to be and then fold it up for quick storage.

This compact LED task lamp packs some powerful features. Let's take a look at the specifications:
  • Colors: White or Black
  • Width: 3" (7.5 cm)
  • Height: 9" (23.3 cm)
  • Depth: 1.5" (3.3 cm)
  • Weight: 1 lb. (0.5 kg)
  • Number of bulbs: 30 LEDs (95 W)
  • Brightness: 3.01 Lux at 15 cm and 900 Lux at 30 cm
  • Total Amount of Visible Light Emitted in Lumens: 180 lm
  • USB Cable: Extra-long 5.25' (1.6 m)
Considering these impressive features, we have no doubt this lamp will make a great gift. And at just $49.99 through the holidays, why not pick one up for yourself, too?

For more information about Daylight's Foldi Lamps or other Daylight products please visit QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

The Social Rewind for November 18, 2013

Are you subscribed to multiple social media networks like we are? Do you find it difficult it to keep up with all of the updates from the people you follow? Do you feel like you’re missing a lot of good information?

“The Social Rewind,” is a weekly blog digest of what we thought were the most interesting social media posts of the previous week. Q Source follows some really fascinating companies and individuals on Twitter, Facebook & Google+ and we want to share the best of what they have to say.

First off this week, our friends over at CCI posted this touching photo in honor of Veterans Day:

On Tuesday, Transforming Technologies posted an image reflecting on another noteworthy day:

Metal from plants? Lab Equipment magazine made us wonder what might fall out if we shook that tree next to our office:

Was it an accident that YouTube shared this Mental Floss video about accidental scientific discoveries:

Mashable gave us a peak at the most heart-warming story of the week, the adventures of Batkid:

As for our favorite post from our own social media updates, we were inspired by this on-target quote by Nolan Bushnell:

So, there you have it. A quick look at a few of last week’s most interesting social media posts. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Social Rewind and we’d love it if you shared other interesting blog posts with us. See you next week! Thanks for reading!


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Friday, November 15, 2013

Q Source Removing Google Checkout Payment Option

Google has announced that their Google Checkout service will be retired as of November 20, 2013. QSource.com will remove this as a payment option by November 19th.

As of November 20th, available checkout payment choices at QSource.com will include:
  • PayPal
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Discover Card
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

7 Complete Soldering Stations Under $250

The sheer number of soldering stations available on the market (Q Source offers almost 60 models on our Web site) can make choosing the right one a little confusing at times. Whether you're looking for a particular set of attributes, application-specific features or shopping by price, we want to help you select the best possible station for your needs.

With that in mind, and as a launching point for a new series of articles, we present a look at a selection of complete* soldering stations (power unit, soldering iron, and stand). Listed in order of price, (lowest to highest) here are 7 Complete Soldering Stations Under $250:

  1. Weller WLC100 Hobbyist Soldering Station
    Regular Price: $51.00
    Q Price: $42.71
    SKU: C010-000366
    Manufacturer Part #: WLC100
    • Suitable for DIY applications, students, and hobbyists
    • Features a variable power control producing 5 – 40 watts and an on/off switch with a power indicator light
    • Temperature range to 900° F
    • Ships with a lightweight, cushioned-grip pencil iron; a safety guard iron holder, an ST3 iron-plated copper tip, and a natural sponge tip cleaning pad

  2. Hakko FX-888D Digital Soldering Station
    Regular Price: $107.47
    Q Price: $91.35
    SKU: H001-002544
    Manufacturer Part #: FX888D-23BY
    • Temperature-adjustable, compact soldering station
    • Provides increased thermal performance and quicker thermal recovery time
    • Digital station offers selectable preset temperatures, password protection, digital calibration, and a low temperature alarm
    • Ships with the FX-8801 soldering iron, a T18-D16 tip, the FH800-01BY iron holder, an A1561 tip cleaning wire, and the A1559 cleaning sponge (purchase the FX-888D from QSource.com and receive an additional A1559 sponge for FREE)

  3. Weller WES51 ESD-Safe Analog Soldering Station
    Regular Price: $127.00
    Q Price: $115.00
    SKU: C010-000383
    Manufacturer Part #: WES51
    • Designed for continuous production soldering
    • Heater/sensor combination allow for fast heat up and speedy temperature recovery times
    • Features a wireless temperature lockout and an automatic shut off function
    • 50-watt unit uses ET Series tips


  4. Weller WTCPT 120V/60W Temperature-Controlled Soldering Station
    Regular Price: $176.00
    Q Price: $145.00
    SKU: C010-000362
    Manufacturer Part #: WTCPT
    • ESD-safe, temperature-controlled station with a ferromagnetic temperature sensor in the tip
    • Uses a distinctive closed-loop method for maximum tip temperature control
    • Fast iron changes with the quick-disconnect plug
    • On/off indicated by a lighted rocker switch

  5. Weller WTCPTD 240V/60W Temperature-Controlled Soldering Station
    Regular Price: $176.00
    Q Price: $145.00
    SKU: C010-000363
    Manufacturer Part #: WTCPTD
    • ESD-safe, temperature-controlled station protects sensitive components
    • Ships with a PTA7 tip and can utilize tips in the 600° F, 700° F, and 800° F temperature ranges
    • Quick-disconnect plug speeds up soldering iron changes
    • Lighted rocker switch shows whether the unit is on or off

  6. Weller WESD51 50W Digital Soldering Station
    Regular Price: $182.00
    Q Price: $156.00
    SKU: C010-000392
    Manufacturer Part #: WESD51
    • ESD-safe station perfect for continuous production soldering
    • Quick heat up and temperature recovery using an innovative heater/sensor combo
    • Stops unauthorized temperature changes with its wireless temperature lockout function
    • Prolongs tip life and conserves energy via its automatic shut off feature

  7. OKi PS-900 SmartHeat® ESD-Safe High Powered Thermal Control Soldering System
    Regular Price: $256.47
    Q Price: $243.65
    SKU: M020-001639
    Manufacturer Part #: PS-900
    • Designed for lead-free soldering applications, multilayer boards, and thermally demanding components
    • SmartHeat Technology requires no calibration and allows for soldering at lower temperatures
    • At home in both small and large production environments
    • Utilizes high-quality tips for low-cost operation
* Please note: The Weller WD1 Digital Soldering Station Power Unit (Q Source #: C010-000407, Manufacturer Part #: WD1) is also available for under $250 but does not include an iron or stand.

Whether you're just starting out in soldering, or you need a professional-level unit, each of these high-quality soldering station packages offers the specifications and capabilities to help you get the job done at an excellent low cost. The stations listed here range in price from just over $42 to a little over $243 and are made by top manufacturers (Weller, Hakko, and OKi/Metcal). Next time we'll look at a new group of stations including a few JBC Tools models.

For more information or to purchase any of these powerful stations please visit our Soldering Station Department at QSource.com. You can also give us a call at 800-966-6020 or contact us via email.

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