Whether you are a professional or a hobbyist, you need specific tools to work on your DIY electronics project. You might have acquired some of the required tools from your dad’s garage or sneak some out from your elder brother’s room, but if you are serious about your project those tools are not going to cut it.
The days of simply having a soldering iron and a pair of wire cutters are gone—it is time to get serious. This article takes you through tool kits that are aimed at both bench and field technicians. You could either get a complete kit or a couple of smaller kits that can be bundled up.
Jameco Benchpro-2G Telecom Installer Kit
This kit is designed to get you started on telecom installations. It comes with a wide variety of screwdrivers, probes, alignment tool, utility knife, 12.7cm (5-inch) scissors, splicer, multiple pliers, crimping/stripper tool, digital multimeter, adjustable wrench, tone generator and amplifier probe, impact punch-down tool and a hex double-end plastic handle—all bundled in a lightweight carrying tool bag. The differentiating tools for this kit are obviously the lineman’s test set, tone generator and amplifier probe, impact punch-down tool, precision trimmer set, hexagon set, antistatic stud and fibreglass pencil.
Duratool 9 Electronic Toolkit
This toolkit is aimed at general-purpose electronics tinkering rather than something as focused as telecom installation. It consists of a meagre 30W soldering iron, desoldering pump, solder, wrench, multiple pliers, digital multimeter and screwdrivers, and comes in a padded, zipper carry case. The padded case provides a convenient means for carrying and storing the tools. Soft cases tend to swing a lot, and you won’t want the case swinging onto your knee with the wrench as the point-of-contact. This kit is recommended for all electronics project amateurs as it contains everything they need to get started. However, for professional-quality, you might want to check out the PROSKIT model.
FACOM 15-Piece Tool Set
This comprehensive, portable tool kit is designed for IT/office equipment maintenance. It contains 15 precision tools in a small case with elastic support to secure the tools. Sized as a 23x30cm2 box, it contains the usual list of screwdrivers, pliers, mirror, tweezers, blade set and adjustable wrench. The kit can be easily carried around.
AdvanceTech Japan Tool Kit
Contents of this kit include wick, solder assist, reamer, fork and remover, and solder tip cleaner. It also features a CA-40 soldering iron, which is easy to carry and has the facility to convert into a gun shape. The solder assist that comes with the kit features a reamer, fork and remover.
PROSKIT Electronics Tool Kit
A comprehensive tool kit designed for the mobile service engineer. It comes in a robust, aluminium case with two removable tool pallets, key locks and corner guards. Apart from the usual tools, this kit also features a mini vacuum cleaner, miniature torch, soldering iron stand, desoldering pump, insulated IC extractor and antistatic wrist strap. With almost 40 pieces included, it contains almost everything you need to get down to work on your project. In short, it is pretty good ‘value for money’ option.
Sumitron Deluxe Telecom Installers Kit
The Sumitron telecom kit has most of the tools that technicians need to install communication systems in the field. It has tools to access, prep the wires, terminate and finally dress cabling. The outside pockets of the kit are designed to hold equipment and documents as required. Required modular plugs like RJ-11 and RJ-45 are also bundled along with the kit. Additional features include a punch-down tool with block blade, reversible ratchet, sockets and extensions, probe pick and a 15.2cm (6-inch) straight hemostat.
Inde Electronics Maintenance & Field Repair Deluxe Kit
This is the grand daddy of all tool kits. Coming in a lockable aluminium hard case, it has almost every foreseeable tool that an electronics engineer would use.