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How to choose the best soldering iron for your needs? Which one is the best soldering iron and why?
Before you buy soldering iron you may wish to read some reviews about soldering irons to find out what other people think about soldering irons from their experience and which soldering iron they recommend. We wrote few reviews for the most popular soldering irons available in USA (please click on links below to read these reviews). We wrote reviews for the following soldering irons:

- Hakko FX-888D soldering iron CLICK ON LINK TO READ OUR REVIEW
- WES51 Weller soldering iron (analog)
- Weller WESD51 soldering iron (digital)
- 2702A Aoyue soldering station
- MBT-250-SDPT Pace Soldering Station

These 5 soldering irons (listed above) are our top recommendation for the best soldering iron available in the USA.


Price range
Price for simple soldering pencils in USA is in range 10-30 $. These soldering pencils are good only for do-it-yourself jobs.

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Price for good soldering irons (including soldering irons that have very accurate electronic temperature control) is in range 70-150 $. This type of soldering irons comes with power station and controls for setting desired temperature. Station automatically keeps the iron tip at an appropriate temperature. Some models have digital display to show the current temperature of iron tip. These soldering irons are used for fine, precise work.

Price for professional soldering system (rework and repair) is in wide range 250- 2500 $. This soldering system usually comes with bench station and 3 or 4 hand pieces including temperature controlled soldering pencil, hot air gun, de-soldering gun and thermo–tweezers (thermo–tweezers is an excellent tool for removing surface-mount resistors and capacitors). These soldering systems are recommended if you need to use a soldering tool regularly.