Here is a list of what we feel are essential tools. The links to purchase the tools are affiliate links that help us keep the site running by receiving a commission from some of the vendors. There is no additional cost to you for purchasing them from my links.
Ceramic tipped tweezers are great to have when soldering. The precision tip can take the heat from your soldering iron and help to make those tight solder joints a little easier.
The Hakko FX 888D has to be one of the best soldering irons for the money.
A head magnifier is a must-have in your tool kit. The small parts and small soldering joints can be difficult to see with the best eyes. This set is one that was recommended to us by a friend and we've been really happy with it.
The TS-100 is the greatest invention in portable soldering.
We all have to cut things in this hobby and most of the time they are boxes and packaging with new parts and toys. These retractable knifes with snap off blades are a valuable tool to have.