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Old July 18, 2012, 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by KaptCrunch View Post
what I do is break off the bad by bending back and forth then desolder the broken cap wire, this saves heating up the cap to remove it Then use a solder sucker to clear out hole
You risk damaging the pads/vias though. If the cap or a soldered-in battery has leaked the pads/vias can be weakened.
Just desolder it like usual. With braid or a vacuum tool you can quickly get the legs clear enough that they are not attached(or only barely) and the cap drops right out with little fuss.

If you have to work with surface mount caps you can get two soldering irons to very easily heat up both sides at the same time without mechanically stressing the pads.
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