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Rigol DS1054Z Digital Oscilloscope

Rigol DS1054Z Digital Oscilloscope

$399

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If you’re doing any reverse engineering or troubleshooting of complex circuits, you’ll definitely want an oscilloscope. The Rigol DS1054Z is a 50MHz digital scope that captures up to a gigasample per second, and is the most affordable 4-channel scope available. If you’re investing in an oscilloscope, this one will do just about everything the average hobbyist needs.

USB Portable Soldering Iron

USB Portable Soldering Iron

$20

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This soldering iron is a good portable option for conferences and impromptu hack sessions, since it plugs right into your laptop’s USB port. While it won’t replace your benchtop soldering station, it reaches full heat in about 15 seconds, and can also be powered by a USB battery pack or a 9V battery.

Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station

Hakko FX-888D Soldering Station

$107

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The FX-888D is a good general purpose soldering station that doesn’t break the bank. It can handle almost anything you’ll throw at it, and Hakko has many different affordable tips available for specialty work. The station also comes with multiple preset temperatures for quick adjustment. Bundle option includes wire cutter.

Hakko CHP-170 Flush Cutters

Hakko CHP-170 Flush Cutters

$5

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Whether you're cutting small wires or trimming leads from through-hole components, a good pair of flush-cutters is essential. These cutters have comfortable non-slip handles that feel great in your hand and hardened steel jaws that resist nicks and bending. Also, at just $5, they make a great stocking stuffer.

Getting Started with Arduino Kit v3.0

Getting Started with Arduino Kit v3.0

$75

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For anyone getting started in the world of microcontrollers, look no further than the Make: Getting Started with Arduino kit. It includes an Arduino UNO, breadboard, jumper wires, LEDs, resistors, photoresistors, buttons, and associated cables to get you up and running as quickly as possible. It’s a great kit for beginners, and a great way to get into electronics.

MG Chemicals 400-NS Series #3 Super Wick

MG Chemicals 400-NS Series #3 Super Wick

$5

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Desoldering wick is the unsung hero of board repair. This wick contains flux to help solder flow into it, and any residue left behind is nonconductive and noncorrosive. It’s a must-have for anyone doing circuit board repair or rework.

Engineer SS-02 Solder Sucker

Engineer SS-02 Solder Sucker

$23

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This compact solder sucker easily fits in a portable kit, and it outperforms any other solder sucker I’ve used. Rather than rigid teflon like most other suckers, its tip is made from flexible, heat-resistant silicone tubing. This lets you push directly on top of the soldering iron tip for maximum desoldering suction.

SOG Kilowatt Knife

SOG Kilowatt Knife

$68

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This knife is seriously cool. It has a built-in blade for stripping wire from 10-22 gauge, an adjustable spring-loaded wire stripper on the back, and three hole strippers that use the blade itself for removing sheathing from cables. It’s also stylishly decorated with schematic symbols, and has a clip for your pocket.

Kester 951 Soldering Flux Pen

Kester 951 Soldering Flux Pen

$7

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Flux paste can be messy, but a flux pen lets you put flux exactly where you want it. The Kester #951 also leaves very little residue behind, which means less cleanup.