Top 3 tools for electronics work

This guide will cover the three most essential tools you need to get started. I will list them in order of most important at the top (in my opinion). This is not a definitive guide, rather just my opinion on which tools are important for all of us hobbyists to own. So let’s go onto it!

The Multimeter:

The multimeter is a very important tool for anyone working with electronics. Without a multi-meter there isn’t much an electrician can even get done, as this tool is essential for reading voltage of wires etc. Because this tool is so fundamental to the field of electronics you aught to choose a high quality one for good on the job performance. There are a few different types of multimeters to choose from. One of the best and most reliable brands in my experience is fluke. Fluke multimeters are some of the more expensive options, but they’re certainly worth it in terms of quality.

Wire Strippers:

I was going to list a soldering iron in this spot. But without first having a pair of wire strippers you wouldn’t actually get very far. Wire strippers are useful for stripping the outer layer (rubber coating) off of wires to expose the inner copper. Once you’ve done this you can then solder them, or otherwise join the ends together. There are some DIY solutions to strip wires, but honestly they’re pretty inexpensive so you might as well buy a proper wire stripper. There are many different brands and features to choose from, so keep an eye out fr one that suits your needs specifically. Overall, the best in my experience are the Irwin Automatic Wire Strippers.

The Soldering Iron:

Once you’ve stripped the coating off the wires the next step is often to solder them to something, like a circuit board. To do this you’ll need a good quality soldering iron. I recommend that you get one which has variable temperature settings. Variable temperatures allow you to find the perfect heat for whichever task you’re doing.

Choosing a soldering iron

The soldering iron is a simple hand held tool with a heated metal tip that is used to melt solder. The idea is to melt the solder so that it flows between the joints creating a connection for electrical current to flow through. The tip gets extremely hot in order to melt the soldering wire, but it has a plastic handle and insulation so that you can still hold onto it easily. The most common use for a soldering iron is with electronics, and circuitry. There are a lot of different soldering irons out there. Different models, features and prices. To help you get the best tool, we’ve done some in depth research into the following soldering irons.

            Source: Soldering Expert

 


 

Weller WLC 100

The top rated soldering iron is the Weller WLC 100 soldering iron station. It performs very well in all different aspects. It’s not just a basic iron, it is in fact a fully fledged soldering station kit. It has some nice safety features making it very safe to use. It features a nice plastic handle. It also has a rapid heat up time thanks to it being 40W. The wlc 100 comes with a stand that you can use to place the iron while it’s hot, this is a safety measure and prevents burning things accidentally. One downside of this device is that it doesn’t have a digital temperature readout unlike some other models. However, of the options out there it does have a very good/hot temperature, and heat up time.

 


 

x-tronic 3020-xts

If you need a soldering station with a digital temperature display then the X-tronic is probably the best option for you. This feature makes keeping an eye on the temperature a cinch, which is great for more delicate tasks that require a certain temperature to be held constantly. Although one thing to note is that the warm up time is ever so slightly longer than with the Weller model. The X-tronic is more expensive than most other options, but is actually really well priced at about $50 considering all of its high end features. This tool is very well built, and isn’t likely to crap out and break like some of the cheap models might have the tendency to do.

 


 

Vastar 60W soldering kit

If you want a good soldering iron but you don’t want to spend much money, then the Vastar 60W is perfect for you. It comes as a kit, and is one of the cheapest irons available. It’s great value considering it is not only the iron/station, it also has accessories like different soldering iron tips and sizes. Of course being a cheaper product there are draw backs. The plastic handle is not that well built, and the warm up speed is a little on the slow side. Overall a good option though, if you’re on a tight budget.