Green Digit Electronics

Tools

Intro

Each EE lab has a few base needs, including some standard components ofcourse. The needed components depent on the projects you want to build. The tools however are a basic need and should be the same in each lab. Not everybody needs the same quality, brand, frequentie range and go on.
I made a list based on my opinion what you realy need to have, what could be nice to have and the more pricey advanced equipment

Do you think something is missing in this list? Let me know. Contact info on the About page.


Need to Have

Breadboard

A breadboard is one if the tools that can't be missed in a lab. If you often work on these breadboards, you will soon see that as your projects grow larger, you will have to work with several Breadboards linked together.

However, if you design your own prints, you will probably soon make the transistion to smd components. Since making PCBs this time is so cheap, it's often no longer worth trying to etch PCBs themselves.

Jumper Wires

If you are using breadboards, you will soon use jumper wires.
These jumper wires can be purchased in different shapes. The easiest way is via Ebay. There are 3 different types available. Another possibility is to buy a coil of solidcore wire which you can cut to length.

Multimeter

A good multimeter will cost you 300-500 € (fluke 179 - fluke 87V).
But as a starting electronist / hobyist you probably do not want to give that much for a multimeter. Then you have the option to buy these 2nd hands and hope that they are in good condition. Another option is to take a cheaper brand.
Uni-Trend is a company that produces multimeters at lower prices and with good quality. The UT-136B is rated CAT II and purchases via ebay for 15-20 €.
This multimeter is of good quality and perfect to start with.

Soldering Iron

Without a soldering iron you are limited to a breadboard. Even if that is enough to start, soon you will notice that you can not do without a Soldering Iron/Station. To start a cheap soldering iron is enough, but you will soon notice that these often do not last long. Therefore, I recommend buying a brand like Weller. These are more expensive but last longer. Considered, these wellers are more expensive than the soldering station mentioned below, and not adjustable from temperature.

Solder wire


Solder Vacium Pomp

In addition to a desoldeer wick you can also use a desolder pump. These are especially useful when removing large amounts of solder as on large capacitors.

Desoldeer wick


Experiment print

A piece of Vero board may never be missing in an EE lab. Even in a professional lab, it is hardly possible to think it missing.

side cutters


Wire stripper

Do not buy a stripper if it is not necessary. A proper knife knife (or other knife) wonders and is often more convenient if you do not have to strip many wires. However, a true stitch rod is a must if you have to strip a bunch of threads or if you have to strip cables, they are already in a casing and no longer attached to a knife.

Tweezer set


Screw Drivers


Test Leads


DIY Supply

A lab Supply does not have to be much. Certainly not for a hobbyist. With a 12V power adapter of an old hard drive a few LDOs and a few fuses are already doing miracles. Attention, do not use ATX (pc) power, they are not suitable for electronics design for various reasons. A few of these are no power limitation and many wrinkles (noise) on the voltages.

Nice to Have

Oscilloscope


Solderingstation


ESD Brush


IPA Cleaner


Heatshrink gun


Heatshrink tube


Lap Power supply


Uitbreiding

Frequentie Analizer


Hot air rework station


GCurrent / Ucurrent


Solder reel holder