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Hello, my first post here, and glad to see nice communauties like this one sharing crutial informations to all.
My first question is not about techniques or repairs, but more about inventory management and software you use to track it.
What do you use to track your chips, orders, stock, price you paid, and related things ?
So far i'm not using any, but i'm feeling it would be a nice resolution for this new year to start professionally follow my parts in inventory and better get track of what I order and missing.
Not all of my ideas are listed, but let's start with what I think would be nice:
chips&smd devices: stock, previous vendors, price paid, platform used (amazon, aliexpress, mouser, digikey... and possibly vendor name (to blacklist bad sellers), (possibly where it is in inventory), maybe the compatible parts names (when there are several revisions of chips, so we can use this one on only iphone6 while the other can fit all iphones).
usable things: solder, flux, isopropanol alchool, with same infos: tracking, stock, price ...
That's what I'm thinking I would need, so I'm asking around how do you sort my need yourself ?
You are right, purpose is to save a couple dollars, and keep stock on "surveillance", to re-buy what is good to have in stock when it's too low.
I tend to think that when the tools are designed by the people using it, they are really efficient, which is not the case 90% of the time because the people doing the software never entered a repair shop or a parts reseller store..
If some people are willing to pay xyz for their boards, why not for their supplies ? seriously, how are you dealing when you are out of 1uF cap ? digikey ? how much they charge for shipping ? (same for mouser, with the 50€ free shipping, that's tons of caps).
I need to think a bit more, and look around what exists, but I really think that with the number of shops all around on earth, there can be a solution where everybody is happy, why not with a free "online tool", paid by adds, or with a ridiculous subscription.
Most of your repairs are going to fall into the following categories: no touch, no power, no display, no audio, and connector repairs. Get a few donor boards just in case you need some odd components. You just need to stock up on the most common ics, caps, filters and connector. I've tried to highlight the ones that are the most common in red on this page: https://www.microsoldering.com/common-components-connectors-ics/