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Must-have Tools for the Home Electronics Hobbyist

11 February 2020

Becoming an electronics hobbyist can be a lot of fun and is a fantastic past time for those that like to pry things apart and see how they work. However, if you are just getting into the field it can be difficult to know exactly what you need to get started. That’s why we’ve created this list to ensure that you have the must-have tools to jump start your career as an electronics hobbyist.

Soldering Equipment

The humble soldering iron is the foundations upon which the field of electronics is built on. It is used to melt solder so that it can be applied to a circuit board and create soldered connections between electronic components. To get you started, you should look at purchasing a bench top soldering station, solder wire, flux and other consumables like solder braid.

Digital Multimeter

The basic function of a digital multimeter is to measure voltage, current and resistance, which are vital to diagnosing problems in a circuit, test for continuity and identify deteriorating components. A good multimeter can be used for wide ranging applications, including testing batteries, transistors and distinguishing between DC and AC current. When buying a multimeter it is recommended that you choose a digital model, as it provides a more accurate reading and normally comes with a variety of added features.

Hand Tools

Wire cutters and strippers are simple, hand-held tools that can be used to manually cut wires down to size and strip the insulation when a connection is needed. Look for durable steel jaws, coil springs for easier opening and insulated handles to keep yourself safe from accidental shock.

Precision screwdriver sets are small thin drivers used for screwing on components in tight and awkward spaces such as television, computer or radio electronic boards. It is recommended to have at least a Philips and flat-head driver in your set for basic electronic work.

Electronic components

Finally, you will need some standard electronic components to actually use in constructing and repairing your electronic equipment. The resources required will vary depending on the job, so you may need to do some shopping for new projects, however, some of the common components that you will require are resistors, capacitors, transistors and diodes.

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