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DeviceMake and ModelPrice (USD)Notes
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Decent MultimeterFluke 117$149.99If you're really strapped for cash, get an Extech EX330 for $50
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Logic AnalyzerSaleae Logic 8$219.00
Buy the Pro models from Saleae, however there are clones of the regular ones
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Universal DebuggerDangerous Prototypes Bus Pirate$39.50
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Cheap breadboardBreadboard ~1660 Points$19.95
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Jumper Wires
Male <-> Female, Female <-> Female, Male <-> Male
$6.99
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Resistor Kit/SetAssorted 1/4 W Resistor Kit$7.95
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Capacitor Kit/SetAssorted Caps including 1uF, 10uF and 47uF$13.68
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Cheap 1 Channel DC Supply
For Example, KKmoon Power Supply Module 32V 3A
$33.45There are a bunch of different vendors. They're whitelabeled in China
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USB-C Powered Soldering Iron w/tipsTS80$100.00You can get them cheaper on AliExpress if you're willing to wait
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Good JTAG ProgrammerSegger J-Link EDU$84.99The EDU is identical to the black, EDU is non-commercial use
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High quality helping handsQuadhands Jumbo Workbench$79.95
Size-wise I don't think it makes sense to get anything smaller, nice mix of arms
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Good MultimeterFluke 87V$386.99Eventually you'll want a good 20000 count multimeter
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Digital OscilloscopeRigol DS2072A$798.80I recommend this will get you 350MHz which is the limit of passive probes
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Logic AnalyzerSaleae Logic Pro 16$599.00
I would recommend this in conjunction with the DS2072A over a 4-channel scope
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Good Breadboard3M Breadboard$79.64Get ONE expensive breadboard and never look back
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FPGA Dev BoardDigilent Arty$99.00This is what we use for our trainings
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Cheap 3 Channel SupplyDr.meter HY3005F-3 Channel Power Supply$199.99
If you're in the market for an adjustable linear power supply, get at least 3 channels
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Total:$2,918.87
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Want to learn how to properly use all of this lab equipment?
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Take one of our trainings.
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Items are loosely ordered by priority.
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Common question: Why do things repeat or why is the minimal set a subset of the recommended? Honestly, IMHO, if you're doing serious work you should eventually have the cheap versions as well.
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I created a seperate page just for soldering equipment because it's such a big category. If you just need a simple iron to ocassionally solder a wire or two, get the TS80 listed above.
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