You can do some small jobs with the tools below, but you’ll definitely need to be creative. You can probably get through a lot of things with just the hot air rework station, but it’s going to be very challenging trying to get into the tight spaces. I don’t see why you couldn’t do a touch IC job with these tools. For the absolute beginner on a budget though.

Don’t forget the essentials too!


AstroAI Digital Multimeter with Ohm Volt Amp and Diode Voltage Tester Meter (Dual Fused for Anti-Burn)

Personal Note: Diode mode, continuity testing and measuring voltages — that’s all you need for troubleshooting. This cheap multimeter does the job.
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