That first one's pretty nifty, I've never seen one like it before.

The iron I have looks just like the second one and it works just fine.
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Any iron works for guitar electronics really, just go with a cheap one.
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ya the cold heat from canadian tire dont work worth a damn. my buddy bought it and said it wont melt even the smallest solder.
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I've seen the cold heat advertised on TV. But it doesn't seem like something I'd buy (I dunno, seems very gimicky, I've never tried it though, it might be awesome for all I know). The second iron seems fine for just replacing pickups, hell, I managed to swap pickups using a 15w iron... which I don't look forward to ever doing again btw)

It works by using the solder to bridge an electrical connection in the tip of the iron, which shorts the current and makes heat. It's hugely ineffective though, because you need to get the part you're soldering in exactly the right spot, and you can't press with the iron or it breaks, etc...

I got one for a gift, it sucked.
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pinky, is a 25 watt efficient for soldering pots etc.?

i need to replace my current one ..its ....dead lol

im going antex!
30W is good enough. if you get a higher heat, be careful to not hold it on the PCB/POT too long, or you'll kill it.

anything under 20W is too little, the solder will take years to warm up.
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don't buy a cold heat they suck badly. Read the pink queen's review on it. I bought a butane one from radioshack, and it was the best one I have ever used. it's like $20 and then like a dollar or two for butane. It works really fast, and there aren't any wires so there is less of a chance of knocking over or burning youself.
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