Professional Package (Cost: $3,750)
The professional package contains just about everything that you’ll ever need to do microsoldering jobs, including recording high quality video. The equipment heats fast, they’re reliable, and they’re about as good as it gets. It’ll allow you to do all microsoldering jobs, like touch ic repairs, tristar repairs, BGA reballing, connectors…basically anything related to microsoldering.
In this package, we upgrade the microscope to one with an articulating arm. Obviously, you’ll need a little more room for this scope, but it’ll allow for maximum flexibility. You’ll probably want to buy your own camera though.
The microtweezers are upgraded to “nano” tweezers by JBC. Let me tell you, the difference is night and day between these two units, especially the JBC’s nano pencil. It actually works compared to the non-functional Hakko fm-2032 micro-pencil. You’ll want to get the c105-112 knife tip for this nano-pencil and two of the c105-103 tips for the nano-tweezers.
Don’t skimp on the fume extractor too. After a few weeks of inhaling smokey flux, you’ll wish that you had the best fume extractor out there.
Don’t forget about the essentials too!
Personal Note: This microscope has everything you need. Camera could be upgraded to an auto-focus and more megapixels though. 1080p would be ideal.
Personal Note: The Rolls Royce of microsoldering stations. This station is much better than the Hakko FM-2023/FM-2032 combo simply because it actually works. The tips heat fast and well.
Personal Note: Sure, you can spend more on the Hakko FR-801 or the Weller WHA900 or even the $1,500 JBC JT-1D, but the truth is, hot air is hot air. The Quick 861DW is the absolute best bang for the buck.
Personal Note: Don’t waste your money on the cheap charcoal filter ones because they don’t work very well. You’ll need a single arm fume extractor to get rid of the smoke from the burning flux.
Personal Note: You’ll need this arm kit for your fume extractor above.
Personal Note: I’m a big fan of the Uni-T multimeters.
This one comes with a basic oscilloscope for observing signals.
Personal Note: Need these eyepieces to match the camera with what you see through the lens.
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 attache your camera to the microscope photo port.
Personal Note: These are my preferred tips in both the nano tweezers and nano pencil. I’d consider getting three of these, then the knife tip (c105-112).
Personal Note: Get two of these tips for your nano-tweezers. These last a little longer than the 0.1mm tips. You’ll also want the c105-112 knife tip.