Things you're gonna need for your basic electronics lab

I have been slowly gathering basic tools and components for my electronics lab and I thought that maybe sharing the list would be helpful to someone else!

What you're gonna need

Tools

Electrical Tools
  • A multimeter: 50$ minimum. No more than 100$. You might want to get two, because sometimes you need to read both volts and amps at the same time.
  • An oscilloscope: You can get an old CRT one for cheap. If you get a newer USB model, make sure it has proper USB isolation.
  • A power supply: Consider making this one yourself as one of your first electronics project.
  • A function generator: Generate waveforms, provide test signals.
  • A soldering iron: Get one that has a temperature-controlled station.
  • A Fume extractor: At the very least, get the fumes out of your face.
  • A Glue gun: 'nuff said.
  • Microscope: You can get a digital (USB) microscope for pretty cheap.
Hand tools
  • Breadboards: You test circuits with these.
  • Magnifier: Get a self-standing one with clips.
  • Tweezers
  • Cable Cutters
  • Pliers

Hardware

Items

  • Tip cleaner: For cleaning you soldering iron as you go.
  • Solder: You probably want 0.4 mm.
  • Glue sticks: For the glue gun.
  • Flux pen: (As opposed to flux paste or liquid flux with a syringe). More convenient for beginners, requires less maintenance, and is easier to store.
  • Jumper wire: For the breadboard.
  • Hook-up wire: For the perboards.
  • Wire wrap: Electrical tape can do the job but this is more convenient!
  • Perfboards (DOT PCB): You build permanent circuits on these.

Components

You can get all of these in kits for pretty cheap.

  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Inductors
  • Transistors
  • Diodes
  • LEDs
  • Buck converters

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