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My lamp has 3x and 6x. These are fine for soldering and using solder wick (it’s too hard / impossible to spot the smoke I mentioned with the naked eye). The 10x self-lit thing I have was $30 Aussie, but cheaper ones should be available. You should definitely check out this option as 6x wasn’t enough for me to determine if pins were bridged.

You should search for solder wick for SMD ICs on YouTube. It was there that I learned about the puff of smoke – the puff means it time to wipe off th solder and helps avoid overheating the chip and pins. Also make sure to keep the tip temp around 300-310. I wrecked an IC and a pad on my first DIY attempt cos I left it at 340 when de-soldering.