The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive was adopted in the European Union in 2003 as a measure to restrict the use of harmful substances in manufactured electronics. Since we’re living in a global economy now, the RoHS compliance standard covers many electronic components shipped worldwide. At the top of the list of these substances is lead, which is known to be toxic if ingested, and has been a chief ingredient in solder in the past. Solder mixtures that contain no lead are now more widely available to the home hobbyist, but they usually require a higher-temperature soldering iron in order to make good weld joints.
Sabins Gadgeteering Lab is proud to step up its game with the use of no-lead solder in all of its products, which has been in effect for some time now. The solder currently used is a tin-copper mixture—basically pewter—which is applied using a professional soldering station with digital temperature control.
In addition to solder, many of the components that SGL purchases in bulk are also RoHS compliant, including battery holders and electronic components.
– Dr. Sabins