EEVblog #954 – How To Setup An Electronics Lab For $300

Dave shows you how you can set up an electronics lab for only a few hundred bucks.
Multimeter, oscilloscope, power supply, function generator, soldering station, solder, wire, tools, microscope and magnifier, and components.
The prevous video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_PbjbRaO2E
Forum: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/eevblog-954-how-to-setup-an-electronics-lab-for-$300/
Links:
UT136B: http://amzn.to/2hjEmF5
OWON VDS1022I USB Oscilloscope: http://amzn.to/2hguCer
YiHUA 936 Soldering Station: http://amzn.to/2hjHkcV
Hakko Tips: http://amzn.to/2gnhcvm
Lab PSU: http://amzn.to/2gN3AuD
USB Microscope: http://amzn.to/2hjFdpn
Head Magnifier: http://amzn.to/2gN4uqS
Flux Pen: http://amzn.to/2gnf8Ub
0.3mm solder: http://amzn.to/2hjIwx0
Lead Free solder: http://amzn.to/2hjMF45
If your budget allows: Rigol DS1054Z: http://amzn.to/2gN7JPg

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50 Comments

  1. Reed Brousseau on December 16, 2019 at 11:17 am

    @EEVblog would one of those inexpensive clip-on microscope lenses for cellphones, and a decent older camera phone be a good alternative to the USB microscope for SMD soldering? Perhaps mounted on the base of my helping hands using a cellphone car mount?

    Edit: got this mount https://www.wish.com/share/4130hbrqgx and this microscope lens https://www.wish.com/share/3363hbrqot and fitted it onto my iPhone 4S. The instructions direct you to an accompanying app called TinyScope that allows you to use the flashlight function and the camera at the same time, make measurements (once calibrated), take photos and shoot videos.

    Assuming that you are using an old phone, you can breathe new life into an old device, and get the functionality of one of the soldering microscope devices with a built-in screen, for the price of the USB microscope (probably with a better camera).

  2. Cory Goodman on December 16, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Sciplus.com (store is called science and American surplus) if you want to get those magnifying goggles, telescopes, and a cheap multimeter for extremely low prices

    They also have a ton of other stuff. Electronics stuff, motors, random knick knacks, a bunch of cool/random stuff. It is a science surplus store after all. Got a 200+ Dremel accessory kit for like 12 bucks. The prices are awesome and I love browsing the site just for random crap.

    With that said, I wouldn’t recommend their soldering iron or kit. You may want to spend a little more on that lol. (I still went cheap chinese with a 852d+ hot air/soldering station, but that still cost me about 10x what the surplus was)

  3. Ora nge on December 16, 2019 at 11:17 am

    A swiss army knife is a good idea. Can use to cut tubing, component legs ect

  4. Florian E on December 16, 2019 at 11:18 am

    For the 3/4 years I’ve been working with electronics and doing repairs I’ve never needed an oscilloscope. I guess it depends on what type of electronics you work with

  5. Noble j on December 16, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Check old community colleges sometime they throw away top notch equipment that has a few years on it, also keep eyes open at your scrapyards I have found lab bench power supply units, ect

  6. Gospodin Jean on December 16, 2019 at 11:20 am

    which is the better? (between the presented osciloscopes for computer) Hantek or Owon?

  7. Elijah Glenn on December 16, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Can send you my money to sent me the same set Sir?… I am Liberia, west Africa.

  8. Frank Durham on December 16, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Hmmm. I’d suspect for the SAME price or LESS you can built most of the parts yourself with other videos on youtube showing you how to make an Osciliscope, or meter etc. I mean sure you can buy these , but it’s suppose to be a setup for an Electronic LAB . so . why not build/make those parts yourself? take parts off of old junk things. etc.

  9. Elijah Glenn on December 16, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Can send you my money to sent me the same set Sir?… I am Liberia, west Africa.

  10. Marceli Ryszkowski on December 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I think the best soldering station for around $50 is WEP 937+.

  11. M W on December 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I still own (and use) the Owon 1022i. it’s not amazing but it’s isolated. Probably saved my laptop, PC and me a couple of times.
    I recommend making a simple MIDI / USB console for it. Saves a lot of desk space not having to move a mouse.

  12. NerdyPi on December 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    This video seems a little roughshot / a shotgun approach. Just throwing ideas at the wall without having tested all the equipment listed. I wish you’d do a video series on working your way up from low end to high end.

    Start with low end gear that you actually test and works reasonably well and that people could learn on before dumping big bucks into electronics.

    Move up tho medium and then high end gear, suggesting an upgrade path and reasonable stepping stones.

    Not every chinese kit is going to be good enough for even a low end setup and sometimes they might have a medium grade piece of kit that people could upgrade through reasonably well. When you get to the higher end stuff, you can start listing the big brands people should know and focus on buying from.

  13. Dale Marcell on December 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Why are you rushing through this review? Are you limited in time or something? Are you aware that a lot of people have a hard time following your your hi speed dialogue?

    I really think you have some good material and your knowledge is great.

    But without getting to personal, I will get to the point! Slow down. This is not a info commercial. Or is it?

  14. rm709 on December 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

    We’re not worried about safety? You lost me 2 min in… regardless of how “cheap” you want to get a decent multimeter and there are plenty under $30. This is a joke.

  15. Rotten Brainz on December 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

    dems expensive sweets if u get enough. better off buying the tv, than the components, but in the end you lazy kids ought to be making your own components from scratch.

  16. Vincent Fischer on December 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Today you wouldn’t leave aliexpress and pay only half of what dave did

  17. Simon Hopkins on December 16, 2019 at 11:29 am

    If you want to try electronics as a hobby you can start of with an iron, solder, multimeter, battery packs- boost converter as power supply and a selection of diy kits.
    But first watch many hours of youtube videos. Find out as much as you can about components.

  18. Ted Mosby on December 16, 2019 at 11:31 am

    dont buy that nano dso save you money and wait to buy a proper 1 ,,, my biggest mistake like he said fiddly and crap i would not complain if it would out put to my pc/lappy pluse its like 90 gbp pulse shipping and vat it cost me half rigol oscilloscope , not happy

  19. David Martin on December 16, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Be aware that some of the cheap solders available on eBay and AliExpress are not the alloy composition they state. You can find a number of comparison videos on YouTube of the cheap solders Vs known brand solders, the cheap solders not always melting at the expected temperatures and being 100°C off. Not all cheap solders is crap. Just test the melting point when you get it.

  20. Noble j on December 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Can anyone recommend a reasonable priced. All in one(not USB) dedicated oscilloscope that they have personally had good experience with. I only want to buy one, I won’t need the best but I hate junk that poses as legitimate equipment

  21. charlie brownau on December 16, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Please upload this video to BITCHUTE, its very informative

  22. David Brewer on December 16, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Spend more on the meter….save on the scope by buying an old school used scope. A "good in it’s day" Tek, Kikusiu or Hitachi will cost you less than $100.

  23. Alan D1 on December 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Most everything nowadays is RoHS compliant which means the soldering tips should be able to melt RoHS solder which is hotter than simple tin/lead solder.

  24. Curt Stacy on December 16, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This one is pretty good for the price and lots of functions for the beginner. I have one for a second meter.
    https://www.harborfreight.com/11-function-digital-multimeter-with-audible-continuity-61593.html

  25. mcasual on December 16, 2019 at 11:42 am

    cheap resistors you have to be sure the leads are not super fine like under half a millemeter

  26. Jericho Snaxxx on December 16, 2019 at 11:45 am

    $20 DSO is perfect

  27. Crazy Horse on December 16, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Great Owon usb oscilloscope good job i checked no good for Apple

  28. T J on December 16, 2019 at 11:50 am

    For years I got away with a converted AT (yes AT, not ATX) power supply…still have it, still use it for fixed voltages and portability. Just build an LM317 circuit for adjustable voltages. Also, I did without a scope for basic stuff for years too. And when you decide you do need a scope, look for second hand ones, my 40mhz hitachi was $20

  29. Rowland Straylight on December 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I’ve got a syscomp CGM-101. It has a built in bode plotter and exports data as csv, it’s incredibly useful for audio work, probably not so useful in radio frequency range. Signal generator and logic analyser is also win.

  30. Alan D1 on December 16, 2019 at 11:53 am

    One important PSU you left out of that list is an AC source. Not sure if that PSU you showed has AC output but I doubt it. Those are typically variable DC output only.

  31. uzie mac on December 16, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Making a 2018 version of this video?

  32. Peter Schmidt on December 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

    A few other things that are handy
    – LEADS – plenty of test leads: alligator, test hooks, banana, bnc. All handy. You can buy longer leads off ebay and cut them in half or quarters and put whatever end you like on them. However, it’s nice to have flexible leads so search for silicon wire (various colours) and buy a few metres of each. You can buy bags of alligator, banana and test hooks off ebay. Make sure you solder them and not just crimp.
    – Quite regularly I’ll buy the 240vac to 12Vdc 450ma modules for about $2ea. Great for all sorts of projects but even better for powering and isolating different circuits power requirements (like powering an LED voltage display separate from the power it’s measuring). The displays only power up from 4.5V so no good if the power you’re measuring is sitting at 1V!
    – Second hand scope – $20!
    – PBC stand off’s. Buy a kit of various M3’s.
    – Build a transistor tester – saves time identifying leads, types and various (not 100%, but pretty good and also does diodes and bonus wave generator).
    – male/female header pin kit
    – heatshrink kit (buy a medium clear case, various lengths/colours/sizes and make yourself)

  33. Tony Nameless on December 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

    You dont need half of that crap.
    All you need is soldering station for $65 with hot air gun, microscope for $100 and oscilloscope for $30
    Rest is supplies on demand.

  34. Ralph Lundvall on December 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Some tips on arranging all this on a table?

  35. TeddtheTiger on December 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    7:26 I’ve heard no complaints about the size of my breadboard.

  36. Fleder on December 16, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Hey guys, just a friendly tip. If you are looing for cheap and decent components like resistors and such, try Taydaelectronics.com. Really great shipping time for an asian shop.

  37. M S on December 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Would also recommend a phased plasma rifle in the 40W range

  38. robert w on December 16, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    About right, just gotta get started! I’d recommend a vice of some type to help holding stuff while you solder, I use a panavise, well worth the stupidly high price as you get what you pay for, but any old small table top vise will do. Also a cheap ESD mat kit, not so much for ESD, but it’ll keep your mom or the wifey from goin off when you burn the table!

  39. dave_yeg on December 16, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    How much for a Big Ass knife?

  40. Krasimir Ivanov on December 16, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    You can Dave is kinda of queasy… with that budget. We all started with a $10 DMM and a 30+ year old giveaway scope. Imagine if you buy the The Art of Electronic new. It will blow almost half of your $300 budget

  41. Ronnie Pirtle Jr on December 16, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Alligator clip arms for assisting you while you solder.

  42. Laby 70 on December 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Im no pro at all. But my lab is currently at about $400 pushing $500.
    Fluke multimeter, Weller soldering station ,Hot air station, magafying lamp & Andonstar electron scope. Large Starter kit with a ton of compnents bread board stuff. For the main items.
    The rest such as cutters, screwdrivers, glue gun etc etc I already own.
    Not sure oselescope or however you spell it is worth owning. Since im just a novice and learning as a hobby diy fix it.

  43. clive lambert on December 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    neeeahhh

  44. Gary Norris on December 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    What a buffon

  45. J J on December 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    MMmmm, I spent $300 just on my 3d printer. $400 on my O-scope… . Why a 3d printer? From transducer holders to IR sensor housing, from enclosures for Arduino to jigs… .

  46. Sigifredo Cruz Rojas on December 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    that solder wire DOES NOT WORK

  47. Bastian Springer on December 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Great video! I like that you are not trying to mislead us by including crazy discounts that are available just once a year
    One suggestion though: you didn’t mention banggood or AliExpress. These are mostly cheaper than eBay for small electronics

  48. Dave Roche on December 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you – excellent, as ever. The one thing I ALWAYS think of when following the ABC rule (Always Be Careful) is my trusty phase tester/screwdriver – and yes, it has indeed saved me from injury. "Cheap as chips" and seriously indispensable!

  49. Stefan Majonez on December 16, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Soldering iron suggestion: I bought a similar one to what Dave proposed, and it worked fine, but heated the tip very slowly – usually could start soldering after 30 seconds, and it didn’t go to the desired temperature until 45-50 seconds passed.. After two years of usage it gave up the ghost so I researched the topic and bought a T12 soldering iron for ~30 bucks on aliexpress – the tip itself has the heating element inside of it which means it heats up to operating temperature in literally 5 to 7 seconds. It’s absolutely great.

    EDIT: Flux pen? Nah. Flux syringe. Just slather everything in a thick layer of flux paste, Louis Rossmann style.

  50. Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa on December 16, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    In France the soldering tin starts at 10 euro. In the electronics shop and both Amazon it’s 12-13 euro for 100 grams Oo

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