SMD: Soldering iron vs. hot air

This is the result of me soldering an SMD with a standard soldering iron:

Soldering Iron soldered

And this is what I accomplished with a hot air rework station, practically on my first try:

Hot Air soldered

That’s it.. I’m hooked on hot air soldering! 🙂

BTW, in case you’re wondering, the first IC is a Si8605 (I2C galvanic isolator) while the second one is a Si8440 (I2S galvanic isolator). Both will be used in my ongoing Buffalo III project.

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