Tools For Working On Electronic Devices
Whether you are a professional electrician looking to stock up on essential tools or a hobbyist who simply enjoys pottering around with electronic devices, having a well-stocked workshop will always be beneficial.
On scouring our list below, you’ll discover that there is more to tools for electronics than a standard set of screwdrivers and quality locking pliers. From keeping components in place to ensuring safety while working, having access to the right utensils is what will make each “fix” a successful one. It will also reduce moments of frustration when you are stumped on how to rectify a problem.
Here is our list of essential tools that you might want to consider stocking upon.
1. A Multimeter
A digital multimeter is a measurement tool that is absolutely necessary and should even be your first purchase. A DMM is essential for checking AC/DC voltages, Current, and Resistance. Whether you are repairing, building or prototyping projects, you won’t get far without this device in your tool box.
2. A Soldering Station
If you work on a lot of projects that require rework and construction, then you will need a soldering kit at your disposal. A decent soldering iron or station should hold up to heavy use and have the ability to regulate its tip temperature efficiently – for most repairs you will need a device that has no less than a 50W rating.
3. An Electronic Precision Screwdriver
A precision screwdriver set is an important component for any toolbox and when it comes working with minuscule electronics parts, it’s one of the biggest necessities. Perfect for loosening and tightening tiny screws, you will reach for this piece regularly. We recommend that you invest in a set that has a variety of extension bits because you will be reaching for each one at some stage.
While tweezer might not be the most exciting tool of the lot, they certainly make this list for being one of the handiest. Tweezers help to manipulate the small electronic components and allow you to access the more confined areas. Ideally, you want ones with a small and pointed tip so that you can pinch and grip even the most fragile pieces.
5. An Anti-static Wrist Strap
Similar to the anti-static mat we mention a bit later, the wrist strap helps to prevent the build-up of static electricity near sensitive objects. The contraption fits comfortably around your wrist so that you can work with ease while keeping nasty shocks at bay. When it comes to working on electronics, we endorse anything that safeguards people and parts.
6. An Anti-static Mat
If you work on the likes of motherboards, CPUs, expansion cards, and memory devices often, then an anti-static mat could be your saving grace. This genius invention safeguards components that are sensitive to static electricity – preventing further damage while you have your parts out on the table.
A spudger (often referred to as a spludger) is a utensil that has a broad and flat screwdriver-like end that works well as a wedge. It’s an extremely useful tool when it comes to separating pressure-fit plastic components without damaging seals. It can also be used to hold small parts in place while you work your magic.
8. A Screwdriver Set
For every screw type, there is a screwdriver (you might be surprised at just how many different variations are available). We suggest that you invest in a set that has a good selection of flats and stars because, at the end of the day, they will all have their turn to be put to good use.
9. A Hot Glue Gun
OK, so you can potentially finish the job without having a hot glue gun at your disposal and many electronics labs get by without them. But. When you face an impossible task that includes unruly wires and bits and bobs that just don’t want to stay in place, this tool can work wonders at a “quick fix”. It could even become your best friend.
10. A Heat Gun
Heat guns certainly make life easier when you need to take electronic items apart. From replacing a blown capacitor to removing screens and components of a smartphone, a heat gun is a resourceful addition to your workshop. But like the glue gun, many might consider this a luxury item that one can do without – from our experience, however, they help to fix devices without causing wear and tear to the casings.
11. A Third-Hand Tool
Small electronic devices can be super tricky to fix and you will often find yourself wishing that you had a third hand. The good news is that there is a solution – a Third-Hand Tool. These contraptions are designed with unique characteristics but basically – they help with the more detailed procedures, such as soldering and wiring. Small clips hold wires and parts in place while you use a magnifying glass to view a clearer picture of your working area.
12. A Wire Stripper
A wire stripper is another tool that you will always find in an electronics lab. The self-adjusting types are the easiest to use and make stripping finicky wires a far pleasanter task. With this device, all you have to do is adjust the setting to the length of your strip, insert the wire, and then give the handles a good squeeze – TA-DA, you’re done!
No matter if you are a novice who’s about to embark on an apprenticeship or an experienced engineer with a list of qualifications, this list of tools will complete your toolkit and well help you to easily fix each project that lands in front of you.