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 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.
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.