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In addition to all those Arduino goodies, I’ve got some tool recommendations. Because you can never have too many.

Good soldering irons are expensive, but this variable temperature soldering station is a great value for the money, $19.99.

I spotted this 26-piece bit driver kit, $19.95, at my first visit to Maker Faire and I couldn’t resist. It’s a quality tool
that I use every day.

A vice is indispensable for holding circuit boards and this Panavice Jr. Model 201, on sale for $25, has grooved jaws and a
tilt/swivel control knob that is just right for small PCBs.

Building circuits without a multimeter is working blind. The RadioShack 29-Range Digital Multmeter, $37.99, is the day-to-day meter that I have used for years.

Michael Margolis

Author of the Arduino Cookbook and Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot

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