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I'm a huge fan of good old buttons, switches, and knobs.  🙂

Most of these USB scopes are relativity cheap becasue just about everything is done in software on your computer. No buffer memory, no hardware triggering, etc. The "scope" literally just captures the data and sends it to the software for absolutely everything else if I'm not mistaken. So they are obviously not as good as a "real" scope, but they get the job done, and are easy on the wallet. For my needs, its more than good enough, even with it's limitations, and  it fits my limited workspace!

This is the video that got me to finally buy one...

 

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I have two oscillicopes from Keysight (their cheapest series); one 2 ch 200 MHz scope and one 4 ch 70 MHz scope. Both have build in AWG which I like and think is very useful.

InfiniiVision 1000 X‑Series Oscilloscopes | Keysight

For DMM I have several Fluke hand helds (industry standard) and Brymen (just as good as Fluke, but for 1/3 of the price). I also have a current clamp from Fluke and one from Appa.

Brymen – BRYMEN Technology Corporation

For small portable pocket DMM I have a Sanwa PM300 and a Kyoritsu KEW 1019R. Love them both! 💕

For soldering I have an old Ersa and an even old Pace solder station, but they will soon be complemented with a new JBC CDEB.

CDEB - Soldering-Assistant Station (jbctools.com)

 

 

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On 5/1/2022 at 3:51 AM, Cyber said:

Did you received it? Do you have a review?

Sorry for the late reply, I completely missed it. 🙂

Yes I did, but no review. I'll just be adding it to my list of tools on my blog.

The "Velleman" one I originally ordered arrived damaged, they replaced it. Arrived broken again, this time I did a refund and went with a different one. Not sure if if was defects, packing, shipping, but twice in a row is a sign telling me to try something different. lol

I ended up with this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE/

So far, it's holding up fine, I've used it about 6 or 7 times. The base is weighted metal, the arms and grippers are plastic, but as long as you don't wrench on it like a madman it should last. I like it, much easier than helping hands for a lot of things.

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On 8/23/2022 at 7:08 PM, Strider said:

So far, it's holding up fine, I've used it about 6 or 7 times. The base is weighted metal, the arms and grippers are plastic, but as long as you don't wrench on it like a madman it should last. I like it, much easier than helping hands for a lot of things.

Thanks for feedback. Pretty much same experience here. )

I agree that this tool is not universal, because it can't hold some boards with awkward shapes. But for the most boards I found it very convenient. And I felt like it's not popular enough. I wondered that I did not see it in any repair video I watched.

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On 8/24/2022 at 12:43 AM, Cyber said:

I agree that this tool is not universal, because it can't hold some boards with awkward shapes. But for the most boards I found it very convenient. And I felt like it's not popular enough. I wondered that I did not see it in any repair video I watched.

Just speculating, but I wonder whether the repair videos benefit to a greater extent from the flexibility of helping hands placement, in terms of getting the board in a position where the camera can see it, it is well lit, and also it's possible to work on it comfortably.

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On 11/6/2022 at 8:37 AM, BruceMcF said:

Just speculating, but I wonder whether the repair videos benefit to a greater extent from the flexibility of helping hands placement, in terms of getting the board in a position where the camera can see it, it is well lit, and also it's possible to work on it comfortably.

I find myself using both the helping hands and PCB holder, it depends on what I'm working on. Helping hands are great for soldering on a wide variety of board shapes, wires, connectors, etc., but they can be finicky and unstable at times. The PCB holder is excellent for stability, but is limited in what it can hold. Personally, I really like having both.

Also, it finally arrived! Just need to order a TS-BC2 tip and I'm set.

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