There is been a lot of talking about replacing the HAKKO "Fisher Price " blue soldering irons, some suggestions went towards the pen style solders like the Pinecil or the miniware ts100 because they are versatile, compact and cheap, the only problem with that is that we need a sutable USB C setup with them but it will allow us to use it around the space with a usb battery bank, for example.
On the other side, the USB cable it’s not as flexible as a silicon one, this solders are not very powerfull , maxing out to 60W or 80, depending on the power suppy (which is ok for small electronics) and they are more uncomfortable to use then, let’s say, the weller we have, also, portable means it can be lost, dropped or misplaced.
The difference between the old ceramic heater irons and the new one is that they are direct drive heat element, which are faster, more efficient and more stable.
So, our only specification is direct drive/cartrige type soldering station.
I’m personally gravitating towards the KSGER T12 Soldering Station, a review here
but what’s your take?