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Right iron for jumper wires.
Is it possible to use the fm 2023 hot tweezers to solder jumper wire on pulled pads? Or do I need the fm 2032 micro pencil for sure? I just bought the fm 203 work station and I only really have the money for one of these irons. I know the tweezers work really well for the small SMd work, without risking blowing hot air on other components, making them move. If I need the pencil for jumper work for sure, then I will just have to take the risk with hot air for small smd removal. Need an experienced board repairman answer. Thanks.
I never had much success with the soldering pencil because the solder didn't stick to the end of the tip very well. If I had to choose between the pencil and the tweezers, then I would definitely get the tweezers. They are a little bit big at the tip, but with a little experimenting, you should be able to do most jobs with the tweezers.
I've used just about all of the microsoldering irons out there and there is absolutely nothing better than the JBC NASE-2B nano station. It's pricey as hell though, so it's definitely not for the hobbyist. Some alternatives that I haven't tried are the T12-11:
And the Hakko FX-100 induction microsoldering station.
I've never used either, but they seem promising.