Ok, just to clarify, the soldering iron in the link is the one I own. I believe the instructions say to use a 15W iron or less. That is why I am concerned.
I visited a client recently, who manufactures large power supplies (UPS') that are deployed globally, within a city to provide temporary power for traffic lights, etc. They design and manufacture all of their boards and they use 1608 SMT components on their boards which they manually solder. I spoke with the lady who does all the assembly and I was quite surprised to see her iron set-up. It was a simple inexpensive on/off, one temp fits all iron, no variable temp, just a very fine tip iron. She did have a microscope, and proper ventilation, LED lighting, jigs for holding their boards, etc., but the iron was basic.
This is not to say that there is a place for variable temp irons but after looking at her work I came to the conclusion that I wasted my money in buying a variable temp iron. I leave my iron set in the middle position and I have yet to need to adjust it, but my usage is limited and low so YMMV. Having said that I have assembled at least 1 of every product that Eggtimer sells.