30-40W soldering iron or soldering station
If you want a good soldering station that will not break the bank we recommend the Hakko FX-888D (shown in picture). We went through countless $10-$20 pencil soldering irons over the years before buying a soldering station that would actually maintain heat properly.
Unlike a simple pencil soldering iron, a temperature controlled soldering station such as this one comes with a power unit (the box with the controls) that helps ensure that you are not overheating or underheating the parts that is being joined with solder. Too much heat can damage components, while too little can result in unreliable cold solder joints that do not provide adequate electrical connection.
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