Unfortunately due to high costs we do not supply tools ourselves, but we have compiled a list of tools we recommend either because we've heard great things or we use them ourselves in our daily lives. These links will take you to pages with the best possible price. These links are affiliate links so we will earn a little commission based on these recommendations. Your price won't be affected but it does help support us...

Thermal Camera:

The best thermal camera we've found at a reasonable price is the Infiray P2 Pro. This thermal camera is small, responsive and high quality and comes in at £210 (GBP) from AliExpress. This is a much better thermal camera than the Flir One USB-C and also works on PC. You can also get an iPhone version too

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DE9oktR

Soldering Iron:

We have two soldering irons we can recommend, depending on your budget. At the higher end, and the one we use, is the Hakko FX-951. This is a professional level soldering iron at a reasonable price. The only downfall is that the official tips are pretty expensive.

Link: https://amzn.to/3qwX8R5

The second iron we recommend is a little cheaper, coming in at around £80 - £120 GBP depending on which kit you go for. This is the Aixun T Series. These soldering irons are very well built and perform very well for the price.

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DnKNVJR

Hot Air Station:

By far the best hot air station we've found is the Atten ST-862D. This hot air station has been our daily driver for over three years and performs on par with the Quick 861DW at a much more reasonable price. This hot air station is quickly becoming the go-to station for all professional repair technicians and is at a very reasonable £110 GBP

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_Ddgm2df

Microscope Kit:

We highly recommend buying an optical microscope, but this really does depend on your own individual needs, so we have a couple of recommendations for you. For an optical microscope, we recommend the 7x-45x simul focal kit with all attachments included and a swinging boom arm for extra flexibility. This kit comes in at around £350 GBP.

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DEb0lEl

For a digital microscope, we recommend the Andonstar AD407 Pro. This is a great high quality, high resolution digital microscope with an included 7inch screen and 12.5inch stand included. The AD407 Pro comes in at around £200 GBP.

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DEyDfd3

For an added bonus, here's the 4K microscope we use. It's a Hayear 4K30/1080p60 camera and works great. This camera comes in at around £95 for the Eakins branded camera (it's just a rebranded Hayear though).

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DkUF8tJ

Power Supply:

No workshop is complete without a decent bench top power supply. We recommend getting at least a 30v, 5a power supply. The Longwei LW series makes for a great bench top PSU. These power supplies will set you back around £80 GBP (ish).

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DCQlEUd


We all know it... There aren't many devices that can be fixed without a multimeter. We personally use the OWON XDM1041 multimeter. They're fast, accurate and reasonably priced coming in at around the £120 GBP mark.

Link: https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/_DE8Z9A9

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