Best tools that Ive found for electronics
December 21, 2012 Leave a comment
You all knew this was coming eventually, but here is a post about the most useful tools that Ive found for electronics.
1. Large size breadboard, found on ebay for 34 dollars and well worth it.
2. AASaver, takes 2 dead AA batteries and turns them into clean 5v or 3v output. I used to go through 3-4 9v batteries a month, and ever since I started using this, Ive had the same pair of batteries that my digital camera said were dead in it for the last 9 months.
3. Large spool of single strand telephone wire, found this in someone’s trash, but you can cut little pieces of it off and use it in a breadboard or for wiring everything up.
4. XMEGA Xprotolab, it works as an oscilloscope, function generator, logic analyzer, and much more. It’s about the size of a large stamp, but the display is very clear and seems to work really well. Ive had mine for a few months now, and have only had one issue with it, everything Ive seen says it will only handle 3v inputs on logic analyzer function, so I just use a 3v zener diode and a 330 ohm resistor, just like in the raspberry pi GPIO pins post. No biggie 😛 Other than that, the thing works good, it’s fast can can handle up to Mhz speeds, which I just use it to see 38-40Khz for modulated IR, and seeing serial data to diagnose wireless connection issues.
as I think of the other things, Ill add them up to the list.