Tools for Small Electronics Projects

Workbench with electronics tools on it
(Most) of the tools featured in this post

I often do side projects where I’m tinkering with electronics, like this one. In this post, I’ll list some of the tools I use often & find useful. 12

  1. Soldering Iron & Accessories
    • I’ve been using this one from Adafruit for just about two years. In the photo above, you’ll see the temperature control in the top-left, attached to the middle of it’s power cord.
    • I also quite like this Hakko Soldering Tip from Adafruit which fits on it.
    • I use this stand w/ sponge.
    • I also usually use lead-free solder, like this SAC305 spool from Adafruit
    • I’m still evaluating PCB clamps so I’m yet to issue a recommendation here.
  2. Screwdriver Set
    • I’d highly recommend one of iFixit’s screwdriver sets. Their Pro Tech Toolkit contains a ton of screwdriver bits, prying tools, and other things useful for electronics repair.
  3. Multimeter & Logic Probe
    • I’ve been using the Etekcity MSR-U1000 multimeter I purchased for college classes, which is fine for my use.
    • I’ve also been using the TENMA 72-500 Probe & Pulse, which I also purchased for college classes. It works good, but since I don’t do too much logic design it doesn’t really matter.
  4. Pliers & Prying Tools
    • I found this set of pliers on clearance somewhere and contains some nice side-cutters
    • This extremely cheap pick set is also quite useful.
    • Some pair of electrostatic-safe tweezers are also nice-to-have, like these ones.
  5. Storage
    • I have quite a few of these style boxes, which depending on size fit all kinds of small components.
  6. Misc
  1. Ethics statement: I have not received compensation of any form in exchange for posting any of the tools here. 

  2. Additional note - I have found these to work well. Your results may vary! 

Change Log

  • 2020-05-25 - Initial Revision

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