Electronics DIY Tools For Hobbyists And Professionals

Tanmay Dasgupta

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Use of proper tools is important for making any project properly. Here are some tools that are in common use by amateurs as well as professionals.

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Fig. 1: Tools shown in the two images are actually pairs and form six types of different tools: Knife pair is useful for cutting tracks of PCB, chip hold pair for holding surface mount devices while soldering, cleaning brush pair for removing solder from PCB, hook pair for removing components after de-soldering, reamer pair for transforming holes on PCB to larger-desired size and fork pair for aligning component leads to desired direction

Soldering tools

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Fig. 2: Some common screwdriver tools

Soldering tools are needed for performing efficient soldering work. Soldering is an art bytable 199 which electronic components are connected with each other, so that these can communicate in a circuit and perform a specific task. Electronic components are held together on a board called a printed circuit board (PCB). Leads of electronic components are joined to the PCB by melting the solder wire and waiting for it to cool and solidify. PCBs either have external copper wires (in general PCBs/perfboards) or printed copper tracks (advanced FR4-grade PCBs) that help in establishing the required connections. Various soldering tools are described in Table I.

Hand tools

Hand tools are required for stripping wires, cutting component leads, drilling holes in PCBs and table 2cabinets, shaping electronic enclosures, setting trimmers and presets, opening enclosures, cutting cabinets, providing assistance in soldering, extracting integrated circuits (ICs), holding things while soldering or other work, magnifying work area and so on. Check out Table II for some basic hand tools.

Measurement and power supply tools

Measurement tools are required in taking measurements of physical quantities in electronics table 399like voltage, current and resistance, while power supply is used to power up the electronic circuits. Table III shows some handy measurement and power supply tools.

Prototyping tools

Prototyping tools are required for assembling a single unit of electronic project/circuit, whichtable 499 then can be mass produced, if successful. Some common prototyping tools are shown in Table IV.

Screwdriver tools

These are your best friends when it comes to opening/hacking electronic gadgets. These come in various tip types like slotted, Philips, Torx and so on. Avoid the extremely-cheap, low-quality screwdriver sets whose tips bend while opening a screw. Select sets that have tweezers included, as these are extremely useful in holding fine wires while soldering. Fig. 2 shows some widely-used screwdriver tools.

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Tanmay Dasgupta is an electronics hobbyist and a small-business owner in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. His interests include LED based circuits

 

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