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Electronics and Robotics equipment wish list

Item Link(s) Rationale Est. cost Priority/Status
book case [ikea, donation, target, walmart] A place to keep Electronics books, reference materials, and equipment manuals $100-150 high
metcal tip - 1.8mm chisel Ebay General-purpose through-hole and SMT tip for the Metcal soldering system $13.99 ordered, DF, 3/1/13
metcal tip - 2.5mm chisel Ebay high-heat capacity through-hole tip for the Metcal soldering system $13.99 Ordered, DF 3/1/13
Hakko tip - 1.6mm chisel mouser All purpose through-hole and SMT tip for the hakko clones $5.09 high
Hakko tip - 2.4mm chisel mouser high-heat capacity through-hole tip for the Hakko soldering system $5.09 high
(qty 2) squeeze bottles Amazon Allow convenient application of deionized water to dampen soldering station sponges $5-10 high
flux pens, No clean general soldeing use, esp. surface mount $5-10 medium
Deionized water for the soldering sponges dampen soldering station sponges $1-2 high
(qty 2) x-acto knives General cutting, circuit and materials mods at the bench $4-6 high
Desoldering pump (spring type) Amazon For through-hole desoldering $18-25 reference
solder sucker (soldapult) Desoldering $10-15 high
Tweezers Surface mount work, handling small parts and assemblies $5-10 high
painters tape holding parts in place while soldering $1-6 medium
IR preheater Amazon Surface mount desoldering/rework $100-$120 medium
Lots of banana plug cables, (red, black, other colors) hooking stuff up, esp. test equipment $1-2 each medium
Lots of alligator clip cables hooking up to equipment under test $1-2 each medium
BNC cables hooking up test equipment, RF connections, etc. $5-20 each medium
Various plug adapters (bnc/banana/alligator) and BNC tees. Hooking up equipment with different jacks $2-10 medium
head-mount magnifiers National Jewelers Amazon Visualizing surface mount and fine detail work. The model linked is a bit pricier than others, but it's solid and really comfortable and pleasant to use. The nice thing about it is you can keep it on, and look around it with peripheral vision to get to tools and stuff, without contantly flipping it up and down. I've tried a few of the $30 ones, and they all have some flaw: they either wear out, and start falling down on your nose after a while; don't fit quite right; or are very bulky. $70 medium
Magnifying glass or lamps (not counting the microscope) Visualizing assembly work and small assemblies $20-100 low
(qty 2) squeeze bottles Amazon Allow convenient application of deionized water to dampen soldering station sponges $5-10 consumable
18 AWG stranded hookup wire, 100 ft: Black, Red, White Tanners 18 AWG is good for high current power connections. $15 consumable
20 AWG stranded hookup wire, 100 ft: Black, Red, White Tanners 20 AWG is good for power connectors, switches, fuses, batteries. $10 consumable
22 AWG stranded hookup wire, 100 ft: Black, Red, White, Yellow Tanners General purpose hookup wire. Good current carrying capacity $8 consumable
24 AWG stranded hookup wire, 100 ft: Black, White, Red, Yellow Tanners General purpose hookup wire. Good for small circuits, flexible. Frequently used wire gauge. $6 consumable
30 awg blue wire-wrap wire Mouser point-to-point prototyping, repairs $12.35 consumable
22 AWG solid hookup wire, 100 ft: Black, Red, White, Yellow Tanners General purpose hookup wire. For Breadboarding $8 consumable

Purchases and Donations

Item Link(s) Rationale Est. cost Status
LogicPort LA1034 USB logic analyzer Intronix This is a really nice USB-based logic analyzer. This analyzer is a little more expensive than the 16-bit Salae analyzer, (which is $299), and stands out from the other analyzers in the price range such as the Salae units in several respects: (1) Has 36 channels (2) Samples upto 500 MHz (3) Adjustable logic levels (4) complete set of protocol decoders. $389 (Purchased 3/18/12 by DF)
(Qty 2) 2x4, 3x4, or 3x6 ESD mats, perhaps a third for the middle bench. Good quality 2-layer rubber mats Ebay Protection of the work surface, ESD protection, good parts visibility. We are looking for the kind of mat with the self-healing heat-resistant blue or green silicone static dissipative top layer, and conductive black bottom layer. $150 for 2 (Purchased 2/7/13 by DF)
Panavise 381 - vacuum base Amazon The vacuum base is important for positioning the vise anywhere on the bench during assembly. While the clamp-side vises can be helpful, they are limited for Electronics assembly, since they are limited to the perhiphery of the bench. The Vacuum base is the one we need. (Donated) (Donated by ????)
sponges for soldering stations, metcal brand Amazon These must be dedicated soldering station sponges, which contain fewer ions, acids, and oxidizing agents than regular sponges. Critical for long tip life. $41.00 (purchased Feb 2013 by DF.)
Metcal Talon tweezers OKI International Crucial for surface mount rework. For the metcal system. This one was on Ebay, and I picked it up for a great price. $50 (purchased Feb 2013 by DF)
HP 8505a vector network analyzer Yahoo Groups For characterizing all sorts of RF circuits and devices up to 1.3 MHz. (donated) (Donated by DF)