Essential Tools For An Electronics Lab

Essential Tools For An Electronics Lab

Let’s set up the new electronics lab and see where you should be allocating your tool budget and where you can skimp a bit.

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🛠🛠 Hand tools 🛠🛠
• Stanley screwdriver set
• Precision screwdriver set
• Wera screwdriver set
• Schmitz pliers
• Hakko cutters
• Tweezers set

🛠🛠 Multimeter 🛠🛠
• CircuitSpecialists
• Kaiweets KM601
• Fluke 117
• Bside A10

🛠🛠 Soldering 🛠🛠
• ToAuto DS90 solder station
• Desoldering pump
• Kester solder
• United Static Control ESD mat

🛠🛠 Oscilloscope 🛠🛠
• Hantek DS5202P
• Hantek 2D42 handheld
• Hantek 6022BE USB

🛠🛠 Desoldering 🛠🛠
• ZD 915 desoldering station
• 858D hot air station

🛠🛠 Power supply 🛠🛠
• Siglent SPD3303X-E
• Korad PSU

🛠🛠 Magnifying tools 🛠🛠
• Light with 5X magnifying glass
• Magnifying glasses
• Andonstar AD249MS
• Andonstar ADSM302

00:00 Intro
00:39 Work surface
02:14 Hand tools
05:14 #notsponsored
05:26 Multimeters
09:50 Solder station
13:22 ESD mat
16:49 Oscilloscopes
20:19 Desoldering
21:51 Bench power supply
23:05 Magnifying tools
25:16 Monitor and computer
26:19 Conclusion

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  1. Marcelo ps on October 23, 2022 at 5:43 am

    I live in a tropical country with generally high humidity, and because of this, It is really difficult to accumulate static charge. Then I think silicone carpet is really ok here.

  2. alurihariharan on October 23, 2022 at 5:45 am

    solder fumes extractor

  3. Mohamed Nureini Sheikh on October 23, 2022 at 5:47 am

    Thank you vry much, I would like to mentioned on your explanations of tools model numbers so maybe if loved we can buy
    Thanks again

  4. Alex Wierzbowsky on October 23, 2022 at 5:48 am

    ZD-915 is worth every spent penny. I really recommend this thing.

  5. Ritchie Valens on October 23, 2022 at 5:49 am

    Did you get any isolation or trip switches?
    Not as important on low voltage repairs
    Great video

  6. Jari Ekstrom on October 23, 2022 at 5:51 am

    milliohm meter

  7. Farmer Dave on October 23, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Make sure your soldering station is ESD safe.
    Also I can’t get along without my variac.

  8. IndianTechSupport on October 23, 2022 at 5:51 am

    sampling rate isnt always everything, my old scope had 500mhz sampling but only a 25mhz input filter, thats why 25mhz is max

  9. broderp on October 23, 2022 at 5:51 am

    Dude, do you buy ANYTHING or do rely on freebees?? Wow.

  10. William Pietschman on October 23, 2022 at 5:52 am

    NanoVNA, RTL-SDR, Arbitrary Waveform Generator. Why? NanoVNA also serves as an RF signal generator, and the NanoVNA and the RTL-SDR can handle most of the functions of a much more expensive (and larger) spectrum analyzer. And Arbitrary Waveform Generator goes with oscilloscope to make any and every waveform. You can "capture" any waveform with the scope, reproduce it with the Arbitrary Waveform Generator. You can even "see" Bluetooth signals and such with the RTL-SDR to confirm that they are working! (And your car key fob… ;-)) A LOT of bang for the Small Bucks can be had these days, so now your Electronics Lab also becomes an instant RF Lab, and you can also test audio amplifiers easily as well! Finally, no multimeter is as useful as one that can handle MICROAMPS and is TRUE RMS. IF is doesn’t have a MICROAMP SCALE and TRUE RMS, then IMO it’s not worth buying. True RMS is so much cheaper now than just a few years ago. 73 DE W8LV BILL

  11. justsomeguytoyou on October 23, 2022 at 5:55 am

    I work on vintage tube electronics—-all I’ve ever needed for diagnostics is my Fluke digital VOM. No oscilloscope, no signal tracer, etc

  12. Connor S. on October 23, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Power supplies by GW Instek are generally good used – especially GPD-3303S if you can find one on eBay for under $300.
    Siglent 1104X-E oscilloscope has been great value for money for me – 4 channels useful for viewing slow signal correspondence, protocol trigger and decoder included (no extra cost) – works very well for CAN bus, has a webserver mode that allows you to stream the display and controls to your computer monitor.
    Brymen 869s multimeter is expensive, but cheap compared to a Fluke meter of similar function. Built well, except display needs TPU coating (I added smartphone screen protector), very precise and accurate. Was not worth it as a hobbyist, but used almost every day as a junior controls engineer. I’ve even used the dual thermocouple feature for manually datalogging a pair of motors during a stress test.
    I have a Pinecil (comparable to a T100) which I use from either a 60W PD wall charger or my M18 battery adapter. It’s not quite as nice as the Hakko FX888D, but much more portable, and actually easier to change the settings.
    Hot air stations can double as a hot air gun for heatshrink.
    Definitely flux. Kester 83-1000-0186 flux pen works for me. There’s like 200 types of flux, but that’s a good "can use it most places" choice. Also Isopropyl alcohol to clean surfaces. Not all fluxes are soluble in isopropyl – check the manufacturer datasheet.
    Don’t get cheap desoldering wick. Something from a brand name with a lot of flux in it. Melting solder from a hole and then tapping the board to fling the solder out .. is a thing I will not recommend but it does work.

  13. rbrtck on October 23, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Others have already mentioned some things I thought of, but just in case, one tool that I haven’t seen mentioned (but probably has been anyway) is an ESR meter for capacitors. One of these may not be necessary if you re-cap everything, like some folks do, but if you don’t, then it’s useful to know whether a capacitor needs to be replaced.

  14. PART Science on October 23, 2022 at 5:58 am

    @Noel’s Retro Lab in my opinion small desolder sucker isn’t enough… I’ve used like from Pro’sKit… They work but not well!!… You may say waste of time with no results… So I recommend in manual type longer/bigger ones even Chinese good quality tools can perform well… Longer one due to good suction pressure especially for via through pads is mandatory as it can suck solder from holes easily… Smaller one isn’t even good for suction of solder from single sided hole…

  15. Pablo Fernandez on October 23, 2022 at 5:58 am

    I’m not sure those cheap screwdriver bits are worth it. I have two sets and in both the shaft turns inside the handle, or screws stripped the bits. I’m not sure if there’s something in-between, quality wise, between those cheapo ones and ifixit or wera.

  16. Tookey Dookey on October 23, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Awesome video! Love the learning about tools that are needed to repair electronics. Here’s a suggestion that I think would make for a good video: Maybe discuss some Lube and Contact Cleaner recommendations for electronics that need such. Thanks for the helpful video!😁🖒

  17. soma day on October 23, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Hemostats, esp alligator hemostats
    magnetic tip for one of the screwdrivers
    Maybe opt for a used 500 GHz 4-channel oscilloscope color such as a Tektronix TDS 744 for about the same price to $100 more? (And a free upgrade to 1 GHz and double the memory with a hack.)? Not so compact but…

  18. IndianTechSupport on October 23, 2022 at 6:09 am

    wire stripping depends on field youre working in, i pretty much use them all day and id recomend some automatic ones from weicon or jokari

  19. Ahmed Vila on October 23, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Plastic pry tools for sure. God knows how many enclosures I’ve damaged using flathead screwdriver. They’re soft enough not to do the damage and if you’re being a hulk they snap. But, better a tool that is dirt cheap than 50 yr old enclosure 🙂

  20. MAUQUI Quintero Ramirez on October 23, 2022 at 6:10 am


  21. ScottyLand 🔵 on October 23, 2022 at 6:11 am

    I read that as “What do you tools need” 😂

  22. doo da on October 23, 2022 at 6:12 am


  23. IndianTechSupport on October 23, 2022 at 6:13 am

    schmitz is great, but if you get some from germany anyways id recomend knipex, they also have esd… and they are just the best of the best

  24. juliusvalentinas on October 23, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Half of the world does not have grounding, so ESD mats are for US, GB only thing. Or if you do not have where to spend your money.

  25. TheDutchFighter on October 23, 2022 at 6:18 am

    10:03 says the problem is you can’t change temperature,
    9:53 literally shows soldering iron with temperature control couple of seconds earlier.

    BTW: i got that exact soldering iron from alie-express a long time ago, and it suprisingly still works.
    If its on for to long, the handgrip gets hot. So i turn the extension cord off (since there is no on-off buton) when i’m stripping wires or something. But i would recommend with better quality. It feels really cheap and thin, but it works.

  26. Gary R on October 23, 2022 at 6:19 am

    I don’t have a complete setup for my little work station/lab, but it sure is much better than before. It makes me appreciate what I do have now considering the frustrations of having not near enough to get a job done like I wanted. I did however managed it though, that’s when I learned stuff which makes the setup I have now much easier to work with. My favorite of my work bench now is my magnifying LED lamp, my rework station and my de-soldering station. I don’t know how I done without em’ before… priceless.

  27. Jim McLaughlin on October 23, 2022 at 6:20 am

    Several pair of hemostats to hold things in tight places or clamping a couple of parts together for soldering. You can bend and grind ends to shape for particular tasks. Much more useful than a needlenose. You can find them just about for free because they are throw away items at most hospitals. piles available for pennies on EBay from time to time.

  28. AceStudios CoUk on October 23, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Very interesting and useful, thank-you. My use is mainly RF for radio ham but there is a lot in common with your work. I would certainly like to see a dedicated video comparing digital microscopes and similar aids. By time most of us have the time and money for these hobbies… our eyes are past their best!

  29. Rohan Kadam on October 23, 2022 at 6:22 am

    I would also get one electronic load specially for Power electronics product debugging and design.

  30. Ten Minute Tokyo 2 on October 23, 2022 at 6:22 am

    You definitely need a Pablo Elise lamp for your bench.

  31. roland le gall on October 23, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Hey Noel, Regarding the hot air gun, these cheap ones are a disaster waiting to happen. Their construction is terrible and safeties are lacking.

  32. MrJonBrawn on October 23, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Coaster for your coffee mug.

  33. Wiez4 on October 23, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Two things:

    01. Good soldering station is crucial – JBC or clone with C210/C245 tip.
    Nowadays stuff is much more heat sensitive than oldies so turning the station into 420 oC is not a safe option.
    The more you spend on it, the better you will sleep later and the fewer problems will you have.

    02. I have this kind of microscope but I wouldn’t buy it 2nd time.
    It is very unpleasant for your eyes when you work with it for a longer time duting day so I prefer USB microscope with connection via PC into big screen 1m from my eyes.

  34. NicGlol on October 23, 2022 at 6:25 am

    title image reads "what do you tools need?"

  35. Allan C Inostroza B on October 23, 2022 at 6:26 am

    A TC1 component tester would be a nice addition

  36. Leonidas Savvides on October 23, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Can you provide lighting and magnifying glass both in one instrument, you showed after the table initially?

  37. William Pietschman on October 23, 2022 at 6:26 am

    I forgot to add: Make a little "stand" for your handheld multimeter, so it can be at eye level and not falling over all of the time. And you need a cheap fume extractor.. like the song says: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (and unfortunately, your lungs.) AND EYE PROTECTION IT’S CHEAP, EYES ARE NOT! All the Best! 73 DE W8LV BILL

  38. Don'z Lockz 🇦🇺VK1DON on October 23, 2022 at 6:27 am

    Thank you, I have some shopping to do as I unfortunately don’t have sponsors or supporters. Lol
    I was going to get a silicon mat but you saved me, cheers. 🙂

  39. vckrijt on October 23, 2022 at 6:27 am

    hot glue gun!

  40. tablatronix on October 23, 2022 at 6:28 am

    I have AVEN ESD cutters, they look identical ( but yellow )

  41. Eddie on October 23, 2022 at 6:29 am

    ESR Meter for testing caps on the board.

  42. Cristian Bureriu on October 23, 2022 at 6:30 am

    you skipped the Siglent signal generator

  43. Yreq on October 23, 2022 at 6:32 am

    I have the same hotair for years. It was very cheap and it.s still working

  44. IndianTechSupport on October 23, 2022 at 6:34 am

    when you want a oscilloscope and its too expensive, id just hunt them down, i got a siglent which is still worth 300€ but i got it for 100

  45. A S on October 23, 2022 at 6:34 am

    Thanks! Great video!

  46. TheMrDrMs on October 23, 2022 at 6:35 am

    I dont think you mentioned it, but you also want to get the cleaner + maintainer for the ESD mat, you should not just use something like windex or other cleaners as the mats need to be conditioned regularly to maintain their conductive properties.

  47. visweswara k on October 23, 2022 at 6:36 am

    My lab {tools }
    1. Tbs1072edu scope
    2. Afg1022 function gen
    3. Fluke 115 and 17b +
    4. 25watt soldering iron.
    Your’s good

  48. UThaung Nyi on October 23, 2022 at 6:36 am

    This video supporting to us,very interesting,usefull.Thank for your explaining.

  49. OnTrendVS on October 23, 2022 at 6:37 am

    11:41. what is wrong with that shoulder. :)) its a perfect piece of wire. What do you mean you never had good application with that one.. have you tried to eat it ?Well that is deff not good to eat. But you can use it to weld wires:) I am 100% sure that we all used It for during time and that is perfectly fine. I have never heard someone saying something so stupid. Seriously. You got some explanation to give now..

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