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I mistakenly left my spg 80L plugged in over night. I now find it difficult to melt the solder I've been using and switched to one with a lower melting point. Did I damage the iron by leaving it plugged in so long? About 10 hours.

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What probably happened is that the tip oxidized (typically made of copper) and the oxidation layer is a very poor conductor. You should be able to go on Google or Amazon and find a new tip for your iron. They cost about $5 and it should be good as new.

I would also recommend tinning your tip everytime you are done soldering. All you have to do is put enough solder on the tip to cover it (usually only about 1/2") and then turn off the iron and let the solder dry. This will help prolong the life of the new tip.

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