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Electronics / Computer Repair and or Tool Kit?

MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNARochester, MNRegistered User regular
Does anyone have any suggestions for a starter Electronic / Computer kit for repairs and various tools? I've been looking around Amazon and some repair forums and it seems like most are cheap with only one or two quality components?

I was hoping someone had some experience with some of these premade kits or had suggestions of where to get started?

I am in the business of saving lives.


  • MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    I know iFixit had their own sets, don't have any experience with them, though.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    What all are you looking for in your kit?
    Big premade kits are mostly terrible, like you've seen. A lot of them come with stuff you don't need, and the stuff you do need tends to be low quality. The ones I've had worked, but they wire out quickly. Especially the Phillips head bits would just get destroyed by really tight (or cross threaded) screws. The bigger the kit, the more likely there's stuff you don't need there.

    I've got one of these for work:,aps,170&crid=19JHH86G7YV5I
    And it's got pretty much any kind of bit I could need for stripping down or building a computer and does the job well. The handle is a bit slimmer than I would prefer though, so a larger driver handle helps if you have some screws that are really socked down.

    We've also got one of these:
    Which I don't tend to use as often. It's got the bits in a slightly different order that throws me off. I'm a creature of habit though, so if I started with this one I'd be flogging it first.

    Either one of those should be enough variety of drivers to get you going with building or stripping down most computers, but won't get you far if you're working on tablets or cell phones.

    Add in a static grounding band to protect the components, because every nerd should have a nerd leash.

    If you're doing a physical network and building your own cable (this is a pain in the ass and I don't recommend it) then you'll need a crimper tool, probably want a tester too. You can get both together:
    I don't know the quality of that one, I have a different brand that I use (if I absolutely positively have to, and can't just go to an electronics store and buy a cable).

    If you're trying to recover data off a system, maybe a USB/ SATA Drive Reader?,aps,177&crid=23FG5G8BXZ038
    But that may be getting more specialized than you're looking for.

    Having a handful of USB drives on hand is good, at least one of them should have a full installation of your OS of choice so you can boot to it.
    You might find a pair of needle nose pliers or hemostats handy to help you pull and place jumpers if needed.

    I'm trying to remember what it was called, but I'm drawing a blank. We used to have a black plastic tool, about 6 inches long, that looked like a stylus, but came to a wedge at the end instead of a point that was really useful for opening cases. You could use a flat blade screw driver for the same effect, but those tend to mark up or scratch surfaces.

    As an improvised tool, a section of egg crate foam is great to have on hand to store screws in. The individual cups allow you to divide your screws up by type, or by step (these are the screws I need to install X, these are the ones that hold the cover in place, etc...), or whatever way makes sense to you.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy I don't wanna be that guy Registered User regular
    MichaelLC wrote: »
    I know iFixit had their own sets, don't have any experience with them, though.

    I can't say enough good things about the Pro Tech Toolkit. If you are working on small electronics it's absolutely the way to go. If you're working on larger stuff, I really like autoloader screwdrivers. Every once in a while I run across something that need a long thin shaft and for that I have a set of jewelers screwdrivers stashed away somewhere.

  • AridholAridhol Daddliest Catch Registered User regular
    iFixIt sounds like a shoddy scam company and the advertise literally everywhere but they are no joke amazing kits.

  • nexuscrawlernexuscrawler Registered User regular
    Their pro kit even has all the weirdo screws Apple uses

  • MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    Thanks for all of the tips guys, I really appreciate it. Especially thank you to @see317 for all the details.

    I am in the business of saving lives.
  • ShadowfireShadowfire Vermont, in the middle of nowhereRegistered User regular
    I have an older ifixit kit that doesn't have some of the spudgers and things and it's served me well for everything but TV casing. If you're doing computer work, the pro kits are amazing.

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  • MugsleyMugsley Registered User regular
    @see317 as hinted above, the stylus tool is a spudger.

    Also a <$20 multimeter is nice to have around.

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