Tools I Use

Here’s a list of the various tools I currently use for electronics diagnosis and repair work.


Scientific America ESD Anti-Static Table Mat
AmScope SE400-Z Microsope
Hakko FX-951 Soldering Station
Hakko FR-301 Desoldering Tool
Hakko FA-400 Fume Extractor
F2C 858D SMD Rework Hot Air Station
Etepon 959T Soldering Flux
SRA Rosin Paste Flux
Kester 44″ Rosin Core #66/44 0.8mm Solder
Flush cutters, tweezers, wire strippers
Isopropyl alcohol (for cleaning), white vinegar (for acid neutraliziation) Toothbrushes
Makeup cotton swabs (makeup cotton swabs fray less than standard ones)


Brymen BM235 Multimeter
Rigol DS1054Z Oscilloscope
Elenco Electronics LP-560 Logic Probe
BK Precision 560 IC Tester
HP Agilent 16702 Logic Analyzer
HP 10529A Logic Comparator
Diligent Digital Discovery Logic Analyzer
SLICE by Andrew Littlement
Eventek KPS3010D DC Power Supply
Mitsurugi-X Audio Probe

EPROM and Flash Programming

Dataman 48ProC2 Universal Programmer (also an excellent IC tester)
Wellon VP-390 Universal Programmer
FlashcatUSB XPort Programmer
Proman TL86_Plus Programmer
Generic UV EPROM Eraser (search eBay or Aliexpress and you’ll find a bunch of them)


Anti-static wrist strap – this is important so you don’t accidentally zap your electronics with static electricity.
DeOxIt – for electrical contact cleaning. Works great on JAMMA and cartridge edges.
3M Heavy Duty Mounting Tape – for attaching mod boards and holding down wires. Holds firm over time but easy to peel up and remove later if necessary.
Menda Disappative Bottle – perfect for dispersing isopropyl alcohol and vinegar.

Sorry about the clutter! This is how things get when I’m “in the zone” on a repair. You can see most of the tools I use though!