So I bought a 20W soldering iron a while ago and I found the experience very frustrating as the tip does not get hot enough quickly and when it does melt the solder it gets cold so quick I cant get the solder to flow long enough i.e. I end up with blob all over the place.
A friend of mine heard all my cussing and praying for a more powerful iron when I was putting a circuit together and out of the goodness of her heart she bought me 100W soldering iron from Hong Kong. I was praying for a 60W model. This new soldering iron gets hot, about 420 C and I an easily get the solder to flow but I am worried about this high temperature killing my pcb or components.
So main question to ask is this?
Is a 100W iron safe to use on Arduino type projects? What are the risks I run with using this type of iron?
Just a safety check before I destroy something valuable.
Been soldering for a while now with both the 20W and 100W and they both have very different uses. The 100W is NOT recommended for smaller job and finer components it is way to powerful. I replaced the tip of the 20W iron and tinned it properly and been keeping it tinned. It is actually not that bad so I suspect my blues started with the tip not being maintained properly. Lesson learned experienced gained.
Finally invested in a proper soldering station(Hakko-FX888) and I am in soldering heaven. I felt like I have been trying to paint the Mona Lisa with rock with my other irons. Life is beautiful again.