NEW PRODUCT – SMD Component Testing Tweezers – These tweezers are perfect for anyone who does a lot of work with SMD components (and hey, who isn’t these days?) Use these instead of squinting and trying to use clumsy multimeter probes to detect an LED’s color, polarity or resistor/cap value! The multimeter ‘probes’ are the two tips of a tweezer-shaped multimeter. Simply ‘grab’ a resistor, capacitor, diode or LED to test. It has a “scanning” mode where it will try to guess what type of component you have, or you can select the component type with the Function button and it will auto-range for you.
We find these ideal for checking unmarked-SMD values, and LED polarity/colors: there’s one on every production desk! Comes in a nice clear hard case with a CR2032 battery and an extra set of tips. These are a great investment for any E.E.
Max Dimensions: 32mm / 1.25″ x 175mm / 6.9″ x 20mm / 0.79″
Auto Scanning (detects component type), Auto ranging & Manual ranging
NEW PRODUCT – TV Microscope – 25x & 400x magnification / 8 LEDs – As electronics get smaller and smaller, you’ll need a hand examining PCBs and this little TV-output microscope is the perfect tool. It’s smaller and lighter than a large optical microscope but packs quite a bit of power in its little body. There’s a 1.3 megapixel sensor inside and an optical magnifier that can adjust to about 25x (for basic PCB inspection) or 400x (for detailed inspection). Eight white LEDs are angled right onto whatever you’re examining so you get enough lighting to see, and are smoothly adjustable via a dial on the side.
Compared to our popular USB microscope cameras, this one does not plug into a computer. Instead, there’s a composite video output. Connect it to any TV (including our lovely little displays) and the magnified output will appear in 4:3 aspect ratio. There’s a button on the side, when pressed, it will “freeze-frame” what is currently on the screen. Press again to release the freeze.
We tried a bunch of different AV microscopes and found this one to be the best combination of optical clarity, usability, and price. Because no computer is involved, it is near-instant responsive and much better for rework or soldering-while-inspecting. These microscopes are great for all electronics hacking, rework, SMT (de)soldering, inspection, and soon you’ll find yourself pulling it out to look at all sort of cool small stuff around your lab and home.
NEW PRODUCT – DSO Nano v3 – Pocket-size color digital oscilloscope. This cute pocket oscilloscope is a perfect companion to your tool box. For beginners, its a good starter scope – it is not as complicated as a benchtop scope so its easy to use. For advanced EE’s, its useful as a scope-on-the-go, for field-debugging, when you don’t want to drag your scope over, or when a floating-ground is needed (it will naturally do ‘differential’ measurements as long as its not plugged into a computer USB port). It’s not a terribly fast scope, best used for signals up to 100KHz, and it is only a single channel, but we still find uses for it all the time, especially with analog projects! The new version 3.0 has a nice fully-metal case for increased durability
Portable and lightweight, only 76 grams and 95mm x 62mm x 13mm
2.8″ 320×240 Color TFT display
Built in Lithium polymer battery, USB rechargeable
Waveform storage and playback to microSD card slot (microSD card is not included)
6 triggering modes
1 channel input, 200Khz Analog Bandwidth, 1 Mega-sample-per-second. Best for use on signals from DC to 100 KHz
Complete measurement markers and signal characteristic
Built-in Signal Generator
Comes complete with: 2 types of probes, one with hooks, one for plugging into a PCB, screwdriver, carrying bag, stand
A useful tool for covert and undercover operators, those that travel abroad in unstable countries, or anyone at risk of being held unlawfully.
The Titanium Escape Ring adds another tool to the operator’s E&E options for escaping captivity. It’s a simple but elegant-looking ring made of titanium, cut from solid barstock and polished to a mirror finish. But unlike all other rings, this one contains a saw and handcuff shim pick combination tool which is completely hidden from view when worn. Located on a finger, its always in the exact area needed to quickly access and deploy, even when handcuffed. The shim can be used to open single-locked handcuffs, while the saw can cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope, and other non-metallic materials. This stainless steel tool is 2″ x 1/8″ x 1/64″, and its unusual flexibility allows it to curve around and be seated in the ring’s interior.
NEW PRODUCT – WiFi Portable Microscope – Usable With Android/iPad/iPhone – As electronics get smaller and smaller, you’ll need a hand examining PCBs and this little USB microscope is the perfect tool. Its smaller and lighter than a large optical microscope but packs quite a bit of power in its little body. There’s a high quality 640×480 camera sensor inside and an optical magnifier that can adjust from 5x (for basic PCB inspection) to 200x (for detailed inspection). Eight mini white LEDs are angled right onto whatever you’re examining so you get enough lighting to see, and are smoothly adjustable via a dial on the side.
Unlike our USB microscopes, this ‘scope is WiFi based. This means that instead of having a cable or wireless-usb-dongle type connection, there’s a WiFi access point inside the camera enclosure. When you turn it on, it will create a new hotspot just for the camera, so that any tablet or smartphone (such as an iPad/iPhone/Android/etc) can connect to the camera and view the microscope’s video output. This isn’t possible with a USB microscope as many tablets and phones don’t have a USB port and even if they did, there wouldn’t necessarily be drivers available for the camera.
Comes with the microscope, charging cable, CD with software and manual. A stand is not included, the photo above shows it with our articulated aluminum stand (which works great). While this camera is more expensive than a wired-variety, there’s nothing like it for when you want to view the output on a smartphone or tablet!
NEW PRODUCT – Hakko Soldering Tip: T18-D24 Screwdriver – For Lead or Lead-Free – Upgrade your Hakko with a new tip, you’ll get better & faster solder joints and the whole process will be much more enjoyable. This tip fits the FX-888 analog and digital irons, and they’re fast to swap, takes only 30 seconds to change out. All the tips are good for either lead or lead free (simply set the iron to the temperature required for the solder you are using).
This is a wide “Screwdriver” tip, great for thru-hole soldering or big SMT parts, especially big stuff you need to heat up fast or that have a heat-sink attached. It’s 150% wider than the tip that comes by default on the FX-888.
NEW PRODUCT – Allen Wrench (Hex Key) – 2.5mm - To build all your fun CNC machines, you’ll need an Allen key! This one is 2.5mm in size and works with our M4 screws and will make assembling your extruded aluminum project a cinch.
NEW PRODUCT – Ratcheting Crimper Pliers – #18-28 AWG – Make cables and wiring harnesses with ease using smooth ratcheting crimpers. These precision machined crimpers will turn you into a pro, no more painful struggles with pliers and generic crimpers that smoosh your contacts so they wont fit properly. Once you’ve pressed enough, the ratchet releases, so you know when you’ve applied enough force.
This model will work best for smaller common connectors, from 0.1mm2-1.0mm2 / AWG #18-28 – all those frighteningly small contacts used in fine pitch connectors.
NEW PRODUCT – ESD-Safe PCB Cleaning Brush – Neat-freaks! Put down that toothbrush and pick up this nice ESD-safe cleaning brush! If you want to have a nice clean board (or maybe you’re doing some repair) you can use this stiff-bristled brush without worries. Some people like to drip a little rubbing alcohol on their PCBs after soldering and then scrubbing to remove rosin/flux. Finally, you have the right tool for the job.
About 7″ long from end to end, scrubby part is 1.5″ x 0.5″ with 0.5″ bristles