My Weller WES51 arrived today (w00t!), and in celebration, I thought I’d compile a list of my favorite soldering tutorials around the web.
How to Solder Correctly: An excellent starting point, thanks to a detailed seven-minute video and lots of close-up images.
Soldering Tips (PDF, 284K): Ten pages of required reading by Tom Hammond, with advice on tool selection, tip tinning, component positioning, and solder types. Lots of great diagrams for all of us right-brained learners.
Basic Soldering Guide: From Everyday Practical Electronics magazine, discusses tool selection, soldering methods, and — perhaps more importantly — de-soldering!
Soldering Basics: This detailed tutorial from SparkFun.com includes several short videos and lots of pictures, then lets you really get your hands dirty with step-by-step instructions on soldering up a basic RS232 shifter board kit.
Surface-Mount Soldering: More and more components and ICs are shrinking in size and doing away with through-hole pinouts. Just go easy on the coffee and you too can solder SMDs!
Basic SMD Soldering: A whopping 8-part solder-a-thon from SparkFun. Starts with tools, moves into surface-mount soldering techniques, then takes it up a notch with hot-air rework — for when you mess up.
Solder Paste and a Toaster Oven: When you have a large batch of PCBs with surface-mount parts, it could be time to ditch the iron and warm up the oven.
Hacking up a Reflow Oven: More crazy antics from the kids at SparkFun. Take a shiny new $50 toaster oven, rip the guts out and throw in a microcontroller. Insert pasted PCBs. Bake for 4 minutes. Let cool and enjoy.
Solder Paste Stenciling: Before those suckers go in the oven, you gotta get the goop on somehow.
Stenciling and Reflowing: With your host, ladyada herself, making it look easy.
Did he say “Reflow Skillet?“: No cash or time to build an oven? Shell out 29 bucks for a cheap electric skillet and be on your way to SMD heaven. Now these guys have really gone off the deep end.
Soldering Forum: Still not satisfied? Ask all your soldering-related questions on Curious Inventor’s forum.
Let me know if I’ve missed anybody!