I'm looking at a few tools to make Surface Mounted Device RGB LED on a PCB. I used a heat gun yesterday for the first time. A video shows another method using a heated pad. And then yet another, more carefully, in the oven.
I want to order bulk 5mm LED of type SK68xx (successor to WS28xx), I'd like to "paste" them as densely as I can, and it appears to be adjacent on all four sides, with any resistors, etc., on the reverse side.
I've learned basic soldering, and using a solder wick. I am not sure how to proceed. Soldering is hard for me. I much rather use flux and apply heat after pasting the SMDs. Or is there a heat pad or other method that is suitable.
I will want to make panels, at first, up to 16x16 grids, unless you recommend a smaller block.
Please help me find the right tools. I order mainly from AliExpress, so I'd like to have a good shopping list. My budget is about equivalent to $100 at US amazon or ebay. (I guess about $60 on AliEx.) Thank you.