Advanced Package (Cost: $1,900)
The advanced package includes good professional equipment for about 95% of all microsoldering jobs, but I’d still prefer JBC nano tweezers versus the Hakko stuff below. The cost is exponential going to the professional level package though, so the equipment below is about as good as it gets without breaking the bank.
We’re adding the micro tweezers to this package versus the basic and intermediate packages. This will allow you to do connector repairs and handle really tiny components like 01005 packages. In my opinion, the micro tweezers are essential for microsoldering. You can get away with a micro pencil (hakko fm-2032), but the FM-2023 works so much better with the dual tips.
This package also includes the simul-focal trinocular head for recording video through the microscope without closing off one eyepiece. Honestly, I don’t even know why they sell a microscope head that closes off one eyepiece when the trinocular port is in use (non simul-focal). You’ll want a decent c-mount camera to go along with this scope.
You can buy all of the Hakko stuff directly from Hakkousa.com. They offer good pricing and free shipping on most stuff.
Don’t forget about the essentials too!
Personal Note: This is the microscope that I use. It comes with a simultaneous focus head and a 0.5x barlow lens.
Personal Note: The FM-202 is a lot cheaper, but it’s hard to find these days.
Personal Note: Must use with FM-202 or FM-203
Personal Note: Best hot air rework station that I’ve owned.
Personal Note: Best multimeter for the price
Personal Note: This will do the job in the short term. I’d recommend upgrading to one of the hepa filter units when you are willing to spend more.
Personal Note: This is the only tip that I use for my FM-2027 and probably the only one that you’ll need.
Personal Note: You’ll need a ring light for the scope above.
by 14MP HDMI 720P HD USB Digital Industry Video Inspection Microscope Camera Set TF Card Video Recorder
Personal Note: Most people use this microscope for recording video over USB. I’ve played around with many different cameras and this is the best quality and easiest to use over USB.
Personal Note: Need this adapter to attach your camera to the microscope photo port.