An easy way to make your 'helping hands' thing 100x more useful for soldering, gluing, and many other things. I'm a little embarassed posting this cause it's so simple, but people seem to be surprised when I show them this.
Step 1: switch the magnifying glass with one of the 'hands'
The problem with the helping hands when you buy it is that the alligator clips are too far apart to hold thing really close together. Just unscrew the magnifying glass, unscrew one of the alligator clips, and switch them (or just do away with the magnifying glass, I never use it).