As a part of a larger project I am working on at the moment, I have decided to invest in some new equipment for manufacturing / fabrication. This is the fifth in a series of posts where I will discuss some of the equipment I am looking at.
As mentioned in an earlier post, today I am going to talk about Electronics Tools.
When working on electronics, there are a few basic tools you should have. At a minimum I would suggest:
- Soldering iron (and solder)
- Side cutters
This will enable you to do basic circuit construction and repair. Of course the following items will make your experience easier (and don't really cost a lot):
- Sponge (for cleaning the soldering iron)
- Solder wick and/or desoldering pump (for fixing up mistakes)
- Isopropyl alcohol (for cleaning up the finished PCB)
- Hook-up wire
If you are prototyping your own boards, or troubleshooting more complex boards, then the following may also be of use:
- Protoboard / Vero board / Strip board
- Logic analyser
- Bench top variable power supply
- PCB design software
- Spare parts
Learning to designing your own circuits is a very large topic, and unless you're someone who has studied doing this, there is a lot to learn. However if all you interested in is troubleshooting / repairing simple circuits, or indeed building a circuit from a kit, then the top two lists will see you well on your way.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below.