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Micro Soldering Tools reccomenations?

Hi there,

can someone please link me to the right tools to perform micro soldering on an iPhone 5S logic board. ?

I have a very good heat adjustable soldering station already, the tip is very small but not small enough, I usually use it to repair laptop DC jacks and have successfully completed a number of iPhone 4 & 4S battery connector clips.

However, I want to attempt to solder on a surface mounted capacitor on an iPhone 5S logic board and I would like to know which are the best tools, I will certainly need a smaller tip than my one.

I have plenty of dead boards to practice on.

My soldering skills are pretty good but I have yet to really venture into micro soldering

Searching on eBay is no good as everything seems to say that it will do the job when I know it probably wont.

So if someone would be so good as to recommend me and link me to the actual tools they use, that would be great.

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smithbyrne, my suggestion would be to get tools that you are comfortable with. Everybody has their own technique and does things a bit different. I have seen people do amazing repairs with a department store soldering iron and a wrapped around copper wire to create a J-tip. If you are planning on doing a lot of repairs, stick with brands that will be around for a while. Those are companies like Hakko and Weller, that way you have some parts and supply support for later on. I still use an inexpensive Aoyue rework station and separate soldering station. Are the temperatures always accurate? Probably not, but I use an external thermometer to verify. Same goes for my IR rework station and various other tools. So, I found a workaround to get my repairs to last. The importance is that those tools work for me, even so they may not work for you or anyone else. My advise, find the tools that work for you. Whatever brand you choose, I would suggest a soldering station, hot air rework station, Hot tweezers and definitely a magnifying source. The parts you do not want to take shortcuts on are the solder, solder paste and good flux. Remember, I am just a hobbyist and do not make a living with that. You most likely will get a different answer from the "Pro's" on here.

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