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20 thoughts on “EEVblog #168 – How To Set Up An Electronics Lab

  1. 2:48 the worst I ever been shocked was right after using a tick tester. Checked inside a box working high voltage 3 phase and tester did not detect neutral …could taste copper for about half the day….

  2. I kind ah pay for things and then I don't…. O-scope $400, Solidworks $0, 3d Printer $500, Multisim $0, Power Supply and DMM $100, LabView $0, etc. you'll discover things you'll need relative to projects….digital calipers, grommets, dremel, Arduino, Matlab, etc.

  3. "Swiss Lindstrom" Really! Confusing Sweden with Switzerland! You Kiwis obviously don't know geography! 😉

  4. The only tool you’ll need to start with is: a knife. No? More complex? Okay, a soldering iron, maybe add an inexpensive multimeter. To get started. You absolutely don’t need the $1550 worth of kit to get going. Make a start. Every EE will have a different kit to work from. When you want to do more, you can step into it.

  5. I took a high reliability soldering course in the RCAF and we were told to use 63/37 solder as it has no plastic state. It helps prevent cold solder joints because it goes from liquid to solid immediately. With other solders, if there is any movement or vibration during it’s plastic state the joint will probably end up as a cold solder joint.

  6. Glad you included the Fire Extinguisher. I had a work buddy that was working on high current SCRs. He would go into the lab, grab the extinguisher off of the wall, and set it beside him before turning power onto his projects. There were several times when he blew flames out the side of the SCRs. [By the way, this was by design as he was pushing the device limits. I learned a valuable lesson on how powerful electricity can be in high current applications.]

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