Video: For most of us, soldering electronics means soldering on "through hole components" that are large and easy to handle. However, when machines build components, they use "surface mount components", which are much smaller. Over on YouTube, Adafruit shows off how to deal with these tougher surface mount components. If you've ever needed to solder a consumer product, you know that surface mount components appear impossible to work on with human hands. However, it is possible as long as you have the right tools and some patience. The essential tools for surface mount soldering include a soldering iron with a fine point tip, tweezers, a magnifier, solder wick, a solder sucker and a thin solder. The video guides you through how to solder a number of different tiny little chips to a board and how to use your tools effectively. If you've ever looked at a small electronics board and been baffled by how the heck you're supposed to solder anything onto it, this video really helps.
Collin's Lab: Surface Mount Soldering [YouTube]