Since the majority of my work is "in the field" versus at my bench, I prefer "arns" <g> that do not require a base station. That makes them smaller for my tool case(s), especially if I have to catch a plane to a client's site.
Eons ago, while attending training classes at Crown in Elkhart, IN, I was introduced to the Weller W60 pencil: Catalog No. W60P3 Product Detail
It has a 60 Watt element, BUT the tip's temperature is controlled by what tip you choose. I use 700 degree tips. I've been using one of these irons since approx. 1975, and actually have two "handles" in my kit...one as a backup in case I have a failure when 2000 miles away. I hate to think how many XLRs I've done with my trusty W60, not to mention multiple ten-thousands of other projects.
But, even the smallest W60 tip is too big for work inside of newer gear, hence I bought the 70 Watt Goot: GootPX-201 lead free soldering iron temperature controlled.
Its temperature is controlled by a small tweaker in the handle, and there are tiny, pointy tips available. We shall see how long it lasts, but I am optimistic.
Note that both my Weller and Goot have relatively high wattage elements...BUT, both have some sort of temperature control. Having a higher wattage heater available means the iron can react more quickly to a "load"...quick temperature recovery that is also under control.
Now for the times when I need a monster, I DO carry a Weller 8200
: Catalog No. 8200 Product Detail
..as well as extra "tips". Ya never know when you need a blast furnace LOL!
For desoldering, I retired my bulky, ancient Pace system in favor of: Goot TP100AS portable desoldering gun
MUCH smaller to pack than my antique Pace, and it "will suck the chrome off a trailer hitch", as we say here <g>. Seriously, that is an excellent desoldering tool, and I like the fact the "solder catcher" inside is a ball of steel wool...easy to replace.