Sometimes I get asked about some of the equipment I use, so I thought I’d capture what I have and update periodically as things evolve. Which I’d like to think they will continue to do. Sadly there are a few bits of equipment I’ve owned in the past, that I no longer have and wish I still did. You’ll also see I’m working with a hobby fund budget, so this is certainly nothing like an EEVBlog Lab Setup.
Equipment as of December 2021
I’ll try and add some notes as to when I purchased some of the items and perhaps the rationale for their acquisition (assuming I can remember). Where I include links, if they are to Amazon they are affiliate links, that help support this site.
My workbench is currently a shared environment with the IT equipment I need for my day job, and a few smaller pieces of electronics hardware. Most other items are kept in storage boxes, brought out when needed.
- Bench Power Supply: Toolkit RC P200 (May 2021)
- Lacking a lot of functionality to be considered a bench power supply but handy for 1-30V DC, with current limiting from 500mA to 10A.
- Would prefer lower current limits and easier to control specific voltages, and lower capacitance outputs, but handy to have and better than hunting round of various power adapters.
- Tiny form factor allows this to be kept on my desk.
- USB-C with PD3.0 support (and more) which allows it to power by soldering iron.
- Soldering Iron: TS80P Portable USB Soldering Iron (May 2021)
- Silicone USB lead is super flexible and doesn’t get in the way. Watch out, many TS80P are sold using a standard USB cable, not silicone.
- Being powered from the USB-C connection on my P200 power supply means the soldering iron doesn’t take up another power socket
- Heats up really quickly, a lot more quickly than my old Antex CS 18W mains powered soldering iron.
- Still using a very old roll of Rapid Electronics 64/40 Tin/Lead alloy solder
- Also purchsed a wider TS-D25 soldering iron tip
- Solding Iron stand: T12 Soldering Iron Station (July 2021)
- This is a strdy stand with a good weight, so it doesn’t move around on the desk.
- I might drill out some of the rear holes to make it easier to hold spare tips (TBD)
- Digital Microscope: Andonstar AD206 (July 2021)
- Starting to look more closely at circuit board and planning on some more advanced probing, I realised I’d needed something to help better see what I’m doing.
- 7″ 1240×600 display appears to be large enough to get a good view of the subject under the microscope
- LCR / Component Tester / Component Identifier: LCR-TC1 (April 2021)
- Purchased to aid troubleshooting suspected faulty capacitors during DAB radio repair
- USB Testers:
- USB Load Modules:
- 0.1-4.5A Adjustable Load with LCD (October 2018)
- LCD display shows current voltage and current levels.
- Large controls for easy adjustment of load level, with seperate fine control.
- Various USB connector sizes,
- 0.15A-3A Adjustable Constant Current Load (May 2021)
- USB Type-A only
- 0.1-4.5A Adjustable Load with LCD (October 2018)
- Digital Thermometer: Uni-T UT325 (June 2021)
- Purchased to assist with investigations into thermal properties of Raspberry Pi PoE+ HAT
- Supports 2 thermocouples.
- Supports data logging via USB, probe 1 or probe 2 or temperate delta between the two probes.
- Digital Multimeter: Maplin Precision Gold Academy PG017 (~1992)
- Had this since I worked Saturdays at Maplin Electronics in Gateshead in 1992-1994
- Not the most advanced meter, but still working.
- PC Oscilloscope: OWON VDS1022I (September 2018)
- Purchashed to assist with investigations into the power problems with the original Raspberry Pi PoE HAT.
- Dual channel 25MHz PC scope, limited functionality, but USB isolation/protection
- Software not great, but good enough for basic needs.
MCU Programmers & Debuggers
- STMicro ST-LINK/V2 (February 2021)
- Programmer and debugger for STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers
- ESP-PROG (February 2021)
- Programmer and debugger for ESP32 and to some extent ESP8266 microcontrollers
- 3D Printer: Prusa Mini+ 3D Printer (Aug 2021)
- Prusa Satin Sheet on to which you can print nearly anything without extra glue sticks etc. I bought this sheet in addition to the smooth and textured sheet I purchased with the printer. Since using the satin sheet I’m yet to switch back.
- Filament Sensor to detect running out of filament mid print and allow more filament to be added. (Always have an extra spool on hand)
- Filament Storage: For storage of individual spools in moisture controlled containers.
- Digital Vernier Calipers: 150mm 0.01mm accuracy calipers (Sept 2021)
- Electronics Diagonal Cutters: Knipex 77 02 115 ESD (July 2021)
- Electronics Super-Knips: Knipex 78 13 125 ESD (July 2021)
- Hole Reamer: Nuofan Body Reamer 0-14mm Hole Puncher – To clean up or enlargen holes in 3D prints (Aug2021)
- Magnifiying Eye Glasses: Head magnifier with headband and LED work lights ( Jan 2019)
- Having been working to solder some small components, I came to realise It would be easier if I could magnify the image. These come with lenses for 1x to 3.5x magnification and worked just great.
- The new microscope may take the place of this head worn solution.