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what is the best soldering iron and best wattage to use when soldering LED's and SMD's also what is the best type of solder to use for these apllications?
 

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I would use a 25W "pencil" soldering iron. I forget the brand I have but there are probably more brands available now. Mine has a replaceable tip and I use a small pointed tip.

The solder I always used for electronic work was 60/40 tin/lead with a rosin core. It melts easily and flows well. The rosin is the flux; do NOT use an acid flux! It is best to use a clip-on heat sink next to the component.
 

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ok thanks. Luckily i already own a 25 watt soldering iron so i will not have to spend a lot to get enough supplies to star working on some led projects i have planned.
 

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since there is a word "best" in the title i will mention a soldering station. i always used pens but some time ago i got an older non digital weller station as gift. it is a dream to work with. the newer and better ones also have a fan - very usefill to solder those tiny SMD LEDs.
i'm considering upgrading to digital station but for now can not justify the expence.
 
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