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The Right Tools For Beginners At The Electronics Workplace

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Edited by Deepak Gutpa, Friday, 30 Jul 2021, 18:02

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Quickly mending a cable or carrying out repair work on electronic devices in the household - no problem with a well-equipped workplace. We show you what you need to have!

If you are still at the beginning of your "hobbyist career", you will notice how complex the electronics sector can be.

Which devices and tools do I absolutely need as a beginner?

What is more for professionals and not absolutely necessary at the beginning?

We give an overview of what the basic equipment of an electronics workplace should look like.

In general, you should pay attention to the quality of the tools when buying them, because only with good tools is it possible to work precisely and, above all, safely. In this article, you will learn how to recognise high-quality tools.

Homogeneous illumination of the workplace

LED lamps are particularly suitable for a workplace because of their light intensity. A magnifying lamp with a real glass lens and energy-saving LED technology to ensure the best possible view when working.

Soldering for beginners

A soldering iron is needed to connect two heat- or current-conducting parts. Invest in a high-quality soldering station right from the start to avoid unnecessary trouble or even injuries.

A good device for beginners is a digital soldering and desoldering station. The sleep mode on this multi-function station extends the life of the soldering tip by automatically reducing the temperature of the plunger if it is not used for more than 15 minutes. This saves energy and material. You can find more tips on soldering for beginners in our magazine.

"Little helpers" when soldering

Soldering is often a tricky business for beginners, as even small inaccuracies can cause damage to material and people. Therefore, it is all the more important to facilitate the work with some tools as an aid. A suitable tool for this purpose is, for example, a PCB holder with sliding screw fixation, where the parts to be soldered can be easily and safely clamped. Thanks to its rubber feet, the board holder is also particularly non-slip and stable.

For delicate soldering work, you should use a PCB assistant whose gripper arms serve as an extra hand when you have both hands full. The 2-diopter magnifying lamp would be precise for fine work.

Making things more visible 

The soldering microscopes can be used to locate and examine objects, electronic components, fractures, constrictions, cracks or components in hard-to-see or with a very small size more closely, and repair them correctly.

The soldering microscopes are really helpful in the repair of small electronics like mobile, smartwatches, complex PCB boards and many more. If you're looking for some smart repair tools, then you should consider a soldering microscope at your workplace.

Control is better

To know where the source of error lies in electrical installations or appliances, it is important to check their functionality in different ways. A digital multimeter for basic measuring functions checks the most common parameters like voltage, frequency or resistance and should definitely not be missing in your toolbox.

If you want to dive even deeper into measurement technology, you should go for a digital storage oscilloscope. With this, electrical signals can be made visible and voltage curves can be measured that lie outside the standard range of 50Hz. Thanks to the integrated USB interface, you can transfer the measurement results directly to a PC for further processing.

To operate small microcontrollers or circuits, for example, a laboratory compact power supply unit is suitable. It allows finely adjustable current and voltage settings and has protection devices against overvoltage and overcurrent.

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