After failing trying to use my friends blow-torch to De-solder components from all these circuit boards and burning them badly and probably both of us getting lead poisoning and smelling the crap all day, I decided that I were to invest a bit of my money on de-soldering technology. I know Radio-Shack is a bit pricy, but I can bike to it and get free shipping therefore I don't want to get it online. I first heard about the de-soldering wick, but that runs out and I've heard it isn't the best. After a bit of internet surfing, two things popped up that seemed they may be suitable this and this.
The first one is a desoldering iron with a bulb. I would like to go for this because it is cheaper but I don't know if it will work very well (like it not sucking up any solder or me having to replace the bulb ALL of the time). It does look nice because of it's one-handed-ness but does it work? any experience with these? The second one was a de-soldering vacuum and it was a bit more pricy but may work better for my needs because of its spring-loaded pump.
So... Is the first one suitable for de-soldering a bunch of circuit boards, or should I get the vacuum?
Sorry if it is not "on topic"