Tools & Supplies

For this project you will need:
Any entry level 'all-in-one' soldering iron that you might find at your local hardware store should work. As with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
Upgrading to a higher end soldering iron setup, like the Hakko FX-888 that we stock in our store, will make soldering fun and easy.

Do not use a "ColdHeat" soldering iron
! They are not suitable for delicate electronics work and can damage the boards (see here).

Click here to buy our entry level adjustable 30W 110V soldering iron.

Click here to upgrade to a Genuine Hakko FX-888 adjustable temperature soldering iron.

Learn how to solder with tons of tutorials!
You will want rosin core, 60/40 solder. Good solder is a good thing. Bad solder leads to bridging and cold solder joints which can be tough to find.

Click here to buy a spool of leaded solder (recommended for beginners).

Click here to buy a spool of lead-free solder.
Sharp scissors are a must!
Don't forget your wire strippers, pliers, and flush snips! Tweezers can help manipulate the wires connecting components in your circuit.
A helping third hand tool really makes this project a joy to build.

Click here to buy a helping third hand tool.

E6000 craft adhesive dries clear and flexible with a very strong bond. We prefer the small tubes over a single large one, which tends to get gummed up over time. It should be used in a well ventilated area and takes 24 hours to fully cure.

If you've never used this stuff before, let me put it this way: if E6000 were a new truck, hot glue would be a beat up station wagon with no muffler. Trust me, use the good stuff, you won't regret it!

This guide was first published on Sep 25, 2013. It was last updated on Sep 25, 2013. This page (Tools & Supplies) was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.