Okay, maybe not everyone needs an SMD hot air rework station, but it’s still a cool tool.  It’s great for removing surface-mount parts from circuit boards.  We use it for RC electronics: flight controllers, ESCs and some of our own designs.  It’s also great for applying heat to just about anything.  We’ve even used it to pre-heat all-metal hot ends for tightening.  Just dial the temperature to what you need and heat away.

Confession time:  we use this all the time for heat-shrink tubing.  Set to 240C, it shrinks tubing perfectly, without an open flame, without soot and with less risk of melting insulation, braided sleeving or anything else.

Where to Get It


  • Type: Electronic
  • Use: Solder rework and heating