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NEW ELECTRONICS TOOLS BUY HELP?

I am going to start building projects from here (instructables).So i need a toolkit but i am unsure what i need.But I think this will do:
A voltmeter or multimeter - Digital or analog i am confused
A soldering iron - i already have this
A screwdriver set
A Drilling machine - I think Bosch would be nice but which one impact or regular and wired or wireless.

And am i missing anything above......and hey whats a hot glue gun.Bosch has that but do i really need it?

I am not going for big projects so i don't need a router or sander.
Does any1 know what are the types of blank circuit boards i mean the circuit boards which do not have any components soldered on.

I got a PCB yesterday which had all the holes each row connected to each other by copper strip....that makes things very hard.....And how do i get a third hand in INDIA.... I liked rstraugh's Third hand www.instructables.com/id/Third-Hand-A-multi-use-helping-hand-for-electro/

But the thing are not available in India easily.So can anyone suggest me an easy one.




I have found that Wikipedia can be very useful for answering the question of "what is" a certain tool, i.e. What does it look like? What materials is it made of? What is its function? Etc.

For example, you asked, "What's a hot glue gun?"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_glue_gun

Also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helping_hand_%28tool%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimeter

Also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfboard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stripboard

Also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldering_iron
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldering_gun

Regarding  "How can I find these things in India?", that question is going to be difficult for me to answer, since I live in the Former United States, and I know very little about markets in India.

Google Maps might be able to help.  For example the query, "electronic components in India", returns this link:
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=electronic+components+in+India&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=51.443116,79.013672&ie=UTF8&hq=electronic+components&hnear=India&z=5

Also one of Google's ads on that page, I discovered that Digikey, a well known component supplier in the Former US, is also in India.
http://www.digikey.in/
adam 1017 years ago
you will also need wire cutters, wire strippers, needle nose pliers, and solder.
framistan7 years ago
Digital meters have a digital display. analog have a POINTER that moves.
Get a DIGITAL voltmeter. Analog voltmeters will BURN OUT if you use it wrong. they are very UNFORGIVING if you measure VOLTS when the meter is set for OHMS. .... POW ! meter blown. Digital multimeters are much more forgiving of mistakes like that.  As a beginner, you should NOT ATTEMPT to measure any sort of current... (amps or milliamps).  If you follow this advise, you will have much better success.  Meters have a few ranges you can select for milliamps (mA)... Dont ever set meter to those ranges untill you KNOW what you are doing.   If you ignore this advicf, and you set your meter to any CURRENT range, you might damage your meter or damage the device you are testing.  The reason this occurs, is because the meter connects your probes to EACH OTHER through a LOW resistance "shunt" inside the meter.  If the meter is connected to a circuit to measure VOLTS, but you have set the meter to any current (amps) range, you will damage meter or circuit under test.  Keep your RED probe in the Volts / Ohms jack.  Keep your BLACK probe in the COM (common) jack.  Dont put any probe in the AMPS jack.    When you gain knowledge of Ohms law etc... and you understand proper procedures, THEN you can ignore this BEGINNERS WARNING.  

Other tools you will need are:   A solder sucker.  A small WET sponge to wipe your solder iron on to keep the tip "silvery" looking.  A solder iron HOLDER so you dont burn your house down... and so nobody gets burnt.  My wife once PICKED UP my solder iron from the HOT END and asked me
"What is THIS?"  Thank god it was not plugged in, or she would have been badly burnt.   You will need GOOD LIGHTING where you are working on electronics.  You can make circuits using blank pc boards that have NOT been etched. This is called the DEAD BUG construction method.  Just glue or solder your components to the copper surface.  Solder any GROUNDS directly to the copper.  This will work for any DC or AUDIO kind of circuit. If you get up into radio frequencies or microwave construction, then this method may not work.