I've used several different types of soldering stations and soldering pens like weller, edyson, radio shack and xytronics. My personal favorate is the xytronics 136esd that i got from college. the handle is small, i can get several different tips and replacement parts, it heats up quickly and evenly and it fits good in my hand. The weller and the edyson had too big of soldering pen for my tast and the radio shack is plain junk. I suggest finding one that is comfortable in your hand, has adjustable heat and you can get parts, tips and accessories for it.