The Electronics Engineering Video Blog has an extensive offering of excellent videos and other material. We recently discovered their EEVblog #180 Soldering Tutorial Part 1: Tools video hosted by David L. Jones:
Jones presents some excellent material about what kinds of tools you'll need to do basic soldering. He makes potentially boring information (for instance, his explanation of the different tip shapes and why they're useful) fun, entertaining, and memorable in a 27-minute-long video.
Speaking from his experience, he tells you what soldering tools you really need, which ones you should spend a lot of money on, and what brands are the best (we were particularly excited to see his recommendation of one of our favorites, the Hakko FX-888 Soldering Station). By the end of the video, you'll have an informed opinion of what tools you'll need to enter the wonderful world of soldering.
There are also two follow-up videos you'll want to check out. Part 2 shows you how to solder and Part 3 delves into the topic of Surface Mount work. We highly recommend a visit to the EEV Blog, which contains so much informative material you'll be browsing for days.
Check back with The Q Source Resource often for more tips, tricks, and tutorials. And if you find any that you want to share, please pass them along to us. For more information about Soldering Tools, please visit the Soldering & Desoldering Department at QSource.com.