I value good tools and appreciate when others share what gear they use. This page has tools that I use and would recommend. Some similar webpages that inspired this page include:


Soldering station

A nice large surface to work on. It can easily be cleaned, won't melt or burn, and provides some handy sections/pockets for organizing small components.

This is a significant improvement over the typical open fan with charcoal filter. The flexible neck allows you to position the suction close to the fumes, and you can use a compatible HEPA filter.

In the past I bounced around between using helping hands, a stick-vise, and small PanaVise for holding PCBs. Now I primarily use an Omnivise. It is hefty/sturdy and doesn't move around when you don't want it to, it can quickly be opened and closed for inserting or repositioning the board, and is small enough where you can easily rotate and maneuver it to access different parts of the clamped PCB from different angles. I've not made one myself, but a 3D printed version weighed down with sand or BBs could potentially be a good, less expensive, alternative.

Sooo much better than standard cheap sucker, well worth the expense. Occasionally you need to replace the silicone tip as well as empty/clean out the inside and relubricate the o-ring with silicone grease.

You'd think that all solder wicks are pretty much the same, but I found that getting higher quality wick makes a big difference.

Clipping leads often results in tiny pieces of metal launching across the room or potentially into your face. These flush cutters have a retaining clip that pinches down on the would be projectile.

Sometimes it is necessary (for probing or adding bodge wires) to gain access to copper that is covered by a PCB's soldermask. Instead of haphazardly scraping away with a razor blade or knife, this tool gives you finer control for removing just enough mask where you need to.


It can provide 5V USB power or sit in between your battery and the circuit. The plotting software provides a nice visualization of the current over time, and periods can be highlighted/selected to measure average current and power consumption.

I've used it as an oscilloscope and a waveform generator, but it packs a lot of features.


I use these boxes to organize all of my small components. They come in various sizes and can be slotted together to create project specific storage grids.