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Tools to get when learning/playing around with electronics??? Answered

Hi.
  I've recently started making small electronic projects, first starting with a pack I bought from an electronics store that pretty much comes with all I need (resistors, transistors, springs, wires, batteries etc) it's fairly amateurish and for a beginner. But I have some more involved things i would like to start.. and a few little things lying around I would like to play with, take apart and salvage for working parts etc.. So I am at the stage now of wanting/needing tools for jobs. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with a list of things I would need?
The electronics repair kits I have found on the internet usually cover computer repair/electronic repair tools for around $80 including screwdrivers, pliers, alligator clips, torch, and soldering iron kit etc... and I have considered buying an all in one kit liked his but if I was too just buy a few things at a time what would be the things I should get first?
I'm hoping to over time build up a large collection of quality tools for future long term list so I don't really want anything cheap. And safety is definitely a factor. 
If anyone had any idea's or could help that would be great, Thanks.

Vulnic

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steveastrouk

8 years ago

Get a cheap oscilloscope. Best tool an electronic tinkerer can have.

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Vulnic

8 years ago

Thanks a lot. Both these comments hoped out s lot. I picked up full sildering kit with de solderer, screw driver and hex sets, pliers, wire strippers, smalmbright kights for dark areas. Things to check for currents etc. a lot of tools insleeady have for fixing my motorbikes but he ones inhav are eiher too big, blunt, or have fish guts in them lol. So some smaller more intricket things were necessary. Thanks again.

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PKM

8 years ago

If you don't have a multimeter, you should get one, they are invaluable for finding out what's going on with a circuit. They will tell you where breaks are, what voltages and currents you are dealing with, and all the things you want to know when finding out what a circuit does (or why it doesn't do it).

I tend to get parts, other than simple stuff like resistors, as and when I need them but there are some which are useful to have around, though it depends what sort of circuits you are making. Digital-style hacking will often make use of shift registers and the like, whereas mechanics hackers should have servo motors and position sensors to hand. Think back over the things you've made and if you commonly think "This would be so much easier if I had something that would ____ in response to _____", there's probably a part that does it.

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Kiteman

8 years ago

Go for a quality soldering station first, with a set of helping hands and a desolderer as well.