• Where can you find big savings on Luxo KFM Magnifiers?

    For a limited time, we are offering deep discounts on Luxo's KFM LED Magnifiers.

    • Featuring 75% more light output than regular KFM Magnifiers,
    • Luxo magnifiers are also extremely energy efficient
    • LED lights last an incredibly long time.

    Utilizing the patented Luxo "K-arm", the magnifier head can be positioned anyway you need it, and will stay put when you have it adjusted to your liking.These KFM LED Magnifiers are offered in 3 and 5 diopter lens sizes, and the semi-circle LED units are equipped with auto-shutoff settings.

    Take advantage of these great discounts for a limited time on magnifiers for nearly any application!

    Buy now!

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  • GoKimco.com is now an official Google Trusted Store.

    GoKimco.com is now an official Google Trusted Store.

    Google certifies online retailers who provide excellent customer service as Google Trusted Stores.

    We are proud to have earned this distinction, and you can see the Google Trusted badge displayed prominently on our site.

    This program offers additional benefits to our customers, including expanded reviews, and even purchase protection.

    Google Purchase Protection is an option for you at checkout that will protect purchases up to $1,000, should any issues arise. You are not required to participate in this program, it is up to you. Read more about Google Purchase Protection  here.

    We strive to provide the best experience for all of our customers, and are proud to be selected by Google as a top online merchant.

    Thank you all for your continued support of GoKimco.com

  • The Power of Static Electricity and Minimizing an Electrostatic Discharge

    The Power of Static Electricity

    We’ve all experienced that little static shock between ourselves and another surface or person.  While annoying, it is a relatively harmless event. That is unless it happens in certain work environments and around sensitive electronic equipment. In these cases it can be very expensive.

    That seemingly tiny charge can cause a short or even a fusing of metals together on a circuit board. It can cause damage that the naked eye can’t see. Today’s electronics are so powerful and sensitive that in the blink of an eye, they are altered by a static charge.

    What is the Cause of Electrostatic Charges?

    An electrostatic discharge is the transfer of electrons between two objects. One surface is positively charged while the other is negatively charged.  The human skin tends to accumulate positive charges, while synthetic materials gather negative charges.

    Electrostatic charges occur three primary ways:

    • Air movement around electronic equipment. This can include spray compressed air or fans near the equipment.
    • Synthetic materials placed near electronic equipment. This can be as simple as a Styrofoam coffee cup.
    • Human contact with electronic equipment. The human body can store a surprising amount of electrostatic charge. Simply handling a circuit board can discharge it.

    Minimizing and Preventing Electrostatic Charges

    There are multiple steps you can take to prevent electrostatic charges. Making sure your facility has a single common ground is a good place to start. You can also use ESD-safe compressed air. Make an effort to keep synthetic materials away from electronic equipment. But there is a simpler way to solve issues with electrostatic charges: ESD matting.

    The Purpose of ESD Matting

    ESD Matting keeps a balance between positive and negatively charged surfaces. It is a convenient and affordable way to solve a potentially expensive problem. ESD mats come in tabletop versions and in floor mats. They come in an array of colors and sizes. If you want to assure a static free environment consider the use of ESD matting.

  • Save on hazmat fees by buying in bulk

    Kimco is always looking for ways to save you the most money on the quality products you or your business needs. We know many of you regularly purchase items from us that must ship via hazmat regulations.


    We are required to charge an additional fee for products that ship as hazmat. This fee is added to any shipping fees incurred. However, the hazmat fee is the same for 1 item as it is for a carton (usually 4, 6, or 12 units) of a particular item.


    For example, if you purchase a carton (4 Gallons) of  Kester 1544 Activated Rosin Liquid Flux, you'd pay the same Hazmat fee as you would for one gallon by itself. Therefore, it is much more economical to purchase hazmat products in carton quantity.


    Hazmat Fee Illustration Hazmat Fee Illustration


    To make it easier for you to take advantage of these savings, we have added carton quantities of many popular hazmat products. And if you are browsing a single product and see this button:


    Buy a Carton

    It will take you to the carton quantity version of the product, where you can easily order the best amount to save you money.
    We appreciate your business and want to help you make the most of every dollar spent with us. Please contact us if you need more information about hazmat fees.
  • Unique Hakko products you didn't know you needed.

    Hakko is well known for soldering stations and tips, but their product line is wider and more innovative than you may realize.

    Here are some Hakko products that you may not be aware of.




    Hakko FS100-01 Tip Rejuvenating / Cleaning Chemical Paste

    Hakko FS100-01 Tip Rejuvenating / Cleaning Chemical Paste

    "Tip tinner" paste is vital to maintaining soldering and desoldering tip life. Hakko's FS100-01 is an affordable way to keep your tips in great shape. Make sure to check out the included video on extending tip life with this amazing paste.








    Hakko FT-710 Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner

     Hakko FT-710 Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner

    Speaking of tip maintenance, the new Hakko FT-710 tip cleaner unit is the perfect companion to your Hakko tip tinner paste. This unit is easy to use and features metal brushes that scrub your soldering tips with amazing success. Keeping tips clean makes them last substantially longer, which translates into big savings for you over time. Plus, it looks cool!







    Hakko 394-01 Vacuum Pick-up Tool Complete with Batteries

    Hakko 394-01 Vacuum Pick-up Tool Complete with Batteries

    Hakko makes this handy battery operated vacuum unit for picking up small components. Whether you are a seasoned industry vet, or a part-time hobbyist, this little unit will come in handy while performing assemblies and repairs.

    Check back with us frequently for more updates on unique new Hakko products!

  • 3M Static Control is now SCS

    3M Static Control has been acquired by Desco Industries Inc. The 3M Static Control brand will now be known as SCS. Former 3M Static Control products will feature the new SCS logo, but will still retain the same 3M part numbers.

    Rest assured that the same quality and affordable pricing you have come to expect from 3M Static Control products will be maintained during and after this transition to the SCS brand. We at GoKimco.com are proud to continue to offer you these high quality static control products.

    If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Proper Tecniques for Printed Circuit Board Cleaning

    Proper Tecniques for Printed Circuit Board Cleaning

    Printed Circuit Boards are delicate pieces of electronics and it is important that they be cleaned and maintained properly. Though many may feel that dusting a PCB is sufficient for removing potentially harmful build up, there are a few different methods for removing sediment that can help extend the life and improve performance of a PCB.

    canned-airThe first and most common item used for cleaning PCBs is canned air. This highly compressed air is great for pinpointing dust and particulates without damaging or disturbing the rest of the circuit board in the process. Using a dust rag or other, harsher cleaning agent can dislodge connections and can cause major issues down the road. Rough or abrasive cleaning can break connections and damage the circuit board to the point of replacement.

    ACL StaticideThe next cleaning agents to consider are solvents. Sometimes dusting is simply not enough to remove particulates and other dust that is on a PCB. Solvents can help to remove large deposits like corrosion, rust, solids that have formed on the surface, and other issues that can damage and even stall the function of a PCB. When choosing a solvent it is always important to choose a product that has vapor rinse. This will help to remove all residue that is left after soldering.

    There are a few different ways that residues can be removed, the first is submersion of the PCB in the proper solvent. For soldering residue, water based submersions work best. It may also be sufficient to use air based cleaning to remove these harmful build up. For tougher residues using a solvent can help.

    Branson Ultrasonic CleanerUltrasonic cleaning can help to dislodge residue without much contact. The less users have to touch the PCB to remove residue the better. Extensive handling can cause damage without truly cleaning the PCB. Because these circuit boards are so small and delicate, it is important that precision is used to remove any dirt or other sediment. Taking the time to find the proper solvent for the issue at hand can save time and money in the long run and can insure a clean and well functioning PCB.

  • Why Should my Company Switch to Lead Free Soldering?

    If circuits were living creatures, solder would be the blood cells. Without this valuable tool, many of the luxuries we take for granted (like computers, smartphones and GPS) wouldn't function. For more than a century, lead based solder has been the standard for connecting resistors and capacitors to a circuit. However, a recent rise in environmental concern has the future of lead-based solder in question. It's already illegal in Europe, and it may soon suffer the same fate in the US.

    Is Lead-Based Solder Better?

    There are many hobbyists and amateur electricians who swear by lead based solder, because they think it provides a better bond. However, a skilled worker can garner quality results from a 100% lead-free solder. Most solders have a 60/40 ratio of lead to other metals, typically tin and aluminum. However, there are completely lead-free options available and their benefits far outweigh any perceived disadvantages.

    Benefits of Lead-Free Soldering

    • Safety- The threat of lead poisoning has caused this metal's elimination from virtually every phase of modern life. Precautions can be taken to prevent workers from inhaling lead vapors, but lead-free is a safer option. The National Institute for Health (NHI) suggests avoiding lead-based soldering, so there's no debate about which type is more harmful.
    • Going Green- Products made with lead-based solder can't be recycled, which creates far more waste. Lead-based solder also contaminates the ground water when it's buried in land fills.
    • Global Commerce- Products with lead-based solder have already been outlawed in Europe. Anyone looking to capitalize in foreign markets should be using lead-free.
    • Reliability- People may think that lead-based solder is more dependable, but reliable sources at Dartmouth College say otherwise. Lead-based solder has also been outlawed in Europe since 2011, and they have yet to experience any adverse effects.

    Why is Lead-Based so Popular

    It takes time to become familiar with 100% lead-free solder. It molds differently, and it may take a day or so for you grow accustom to the change. However, there is no credible data to suggest lead-free is any less reliable. Even if it did bond better, choosing lead-based solder over lead-free is like replacing the graphite in pencils with lead because it writes better. That one minor benefit is heavily outweighed by the bounty of benefits provided by the safer alternative. In general, people are typically opposed to change, but this is a simple decision to save the lives of those who build circuits and improve the health of the environment.

  • What do I need to know about Lead Free soldering?







    As most companies start the slow transition to lead free solder over older methods of lead solder it is helpful to learn a thing or two about this relatively new technology. Though there have been many products made specifically for lead free solder applications, it was not until recently that many started to see the benefits of a fully lead free solder.

    Solder Strength

    Though most larger companies have opted for lead free options as a measure to both cut costs and help the environment, most at home soldering is still lead based simply because it is still widely available. There are some additional advantages to lead free solder such as overall tensile strength. Though initial products that were made for lead free applications lacked strength that lead solder had, there have been great advances in the overall strength of lead free solder materials. For starters, SAC305 contains 96.5% tin, 3% silver, and 0.5% copper making for a very strong solder when it is used. Another popular lead free alloy is of course SN100, this contains 99.3% tin, 0.6% copper, and a small amount of silver and nickel. Both of these present great options for those that are looking to make the transition to fully lead free solder.

    Personal Health

    Another helpful tid bit about lead free solder is that is it far less likely to cause you and the environment harm with long term use. Of course, if you are only using solder once or twice a month or less, you are not going to be exposed too much lead. However, if you solder very often it may be beneficial for you and your health to use a lead free alternative. There have been many regulations passed that are geared toward reducing the amount of harmful substances like lead and others from widespread use.

    Temperatures and Solder Mixing

    It is important to keep in mind when using lead free solder that it is at its strongest when it is pure. This means that you should never mix lead free and leaded solder together because it can potentially weaken your joints. Lead free solder is easy to use and does not require any special soldering irons either which is a great help to those that simply want to switch their solder material. It is important however that you pay close attention to the melting point of your lead free solder as it will differ from traditional solders. For example, SAC305 melts at 217°C while SN100 melts at 228°C. If you pay attention to the specific elements of your solder it should be simple enough to get your solder in tip top shape in no time.

    Lead-Free Soldering

  • A Soldering Beginner's Shopping List


    Getting started in soldering?


    Here's a short list of things you're going to need as a beginner:



    It is hard to solder without soldering wire and flux. Before buying your wire, it's a good idea to read some reviews. You don't need to be an expert on all the different alloys out there, you'll learn a lot of what you need to know with practice and with time, but in the meantime, there are plenty of experts out there on the web who can lead you to a wire that matches your project.

    • Scrap Materials

    Having a few circuit boards, broken radios and remote controls around the house to practice with can help you to keep from having to learn as you go. If you don't have any scrap electronics laying around, browse a thrift store for anything with a circuit board in it.

    • Goggles and Gloves

    Some find heavy gloves to be restrictive when doing delicate soldering work, and some don't use gloves at all, but it's a good idea to practice safety first when starting out.

    If you don't own a basic soldering station already, then it goes without saying that you can't begin your project without one. Know that the best kits are not necessarily the most expensive, but the cheapest do tend to be less durable than mid-range models.

    • Pliers and Clamps

    The ability to keep everything where it needs to be is of the utmost importance when soldering. Pliers andclamps can help to stabilize your work surface for a safer, cleaner solder.

    Some basic cleaning sponges will help you to wipe the solder off the tip.

    Once you have all of this in order, you should be ready to embark on your beginner projects.

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