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Absolutely not a gimmick.

I've never had as much luck with using just solder wick as some others here, but IME that tool right there is the real deal, especially with point-to-point gear. If you're working on unusually heavy solder joints/blobs, a second low-power iron helps to loosen it for easy removal. I have a Hakko desoldering kit, which of course is badass, etc, but it also requires more maintenance to keep the performance up to snuff, and it's a still a bit bulky to use in the aforementioned point-to-point gear, which can be both tiny and cramped.

If you do buy one of the vintage style desoldering tools, get extra tips and stock up on steel paper clips to keep the nozzles clear (it stays hot enough that you can *carefully* run the clip in the nozzle to make sure it stays clear).

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