Sometimes a soldering iron just isn’t the right tool for the job. After you learn to solder through-hole components, you’ll often find yourself soldering surface mount components. And although you can solder them by hand, a reflow oven or hotplate is much easier and more reliable. They can be big and expensive, but not this little hotplate from Adafruit. I know a few people who have this handy little hotplate, and it works great. It’s perfect for rework, preheating, or even reflowing solder paste. Just make sure your PCB is small because it’s only 30 mm × 30 mm.
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