TutorialsLearn how to solder with tons of tutorials!Don't forget to learn how to use your multimeter too!Tools
There are a few tools that are required for assembly. None of these tools are included. If you don't have them, now would be a good time to borrow or purchase them. They are very very handy whenever assembling/fixing/modifying electronic devices! I provide links to buy them, but of course, you should get them wherever is most convenient/inexpensive. Many of these parts are available in a place like Radio Shack or other (higher quality) DIY electronics stores.I recommend a "basic" electronics tool set for this kit, which I describe here. Soldering iron
. One with temperature control and a stand is best. A conical or small 'screwdriver' tip is good, almost all irons come with one of these.
A low quality (ahem, $10 model from radioshack) iron may cause more problems than its worth!Do not use a "ColdHeat" soldering iron
, they are not suitable for delicate electronics work and can damage the kit (see here
. Rosin core, 60/40. Good solder is a good thing. Bad solder leads to bridging and cold solder joints which can be tough to find. Dont buy a tiny amount, you'll run out when you least expect it. A half pound spool is a minimum.Multimeter/Oscilloscope
. A meter is helpful to check voltages and continuity.Flush/diagonal cutters
. Essential for cutting leads close to the PCB.Desoldering tool
. If you are prone to incorrectly soldering parts.
'Handy Hands' with Magnifying Glass
. Not absolutely
necessary but will make things go much much faster.Check out my recommended tools and where to buy.
Good light. More important than you think.