Soldering irons are hand tools similar to soldering stations but more compact and light-weight. Shop here for an electric soldering iron or a gas soldering iron. These are available with variable temperature control and thermal balancing. Unlike a soldering station, a soldering iron is lightweight, compact, and portable. Soldering irons supply heat to melt solder. This provides an electrically conductive connection. If you're looking for something between a basic soldering iron and a soldering station, have a look at our 40 watt soldering iron kit. It comes with a stand, sponge, and three soldering tips. Our brand new 45 Watt Soldering Iron CSILED45 comes with built-in LED lights and comes complete with soldering wire and a spare tip!