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David Ashton
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David Ashton   8/1/2014 9:06:50 PM
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@Antedeluvian - good idea.  In travelling toolkits I try to include an analogue multimeter (with a meter and a needle - remember them?) because they don't need a battery to measure volts and amps and it's easy enough to incude a spare AA battery in the pack in case the ohms battery does run down.   They are pretty rare these days though.  

But one of my suppliers had some dinky little DMMs - about 3 x 1-3/4 inches - for $5 some time ago, and it would be ideal for a travelling kit (as long as you remember to switch it off before putting it back in the kit.  Also for mounting next to your breadboard.  Not top-notch by any means, but neat and adequate for these uses.  No pic I'm afraid, if I can find one I'll post it.  You also get the larger, but thinner, wallet type DMMs which are also good for toolkits.

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 1:22:29 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: I don't know. Haven;t been there in years. It was all so shocking.

Arrgghhh ROFG (rolling on the floor groaning :-)

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MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 1:18:05 PM
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@Max, I don't know. Haven;t been there in years. It was all so shocking.

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antedeluvian   8/1/2014 11:52:20 AM
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elizabeth

The other thing that all of these are missing is a small multimeter...

This could be realized with iPad/iPhone attachments like iMultimeter or the Oscium 'scope

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 11:32:19 AM
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@Elizabeth: I was just having a look around the iFixit site and saw this one

https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Essential-Electronics-Toolkit/IF145-047

 

That's pretty cool -- it looks like the main difference between this and the other one (apart from the much lower price) is that thsi doesn't include the Apple-specific screwdriver bits, and I couldn't care less about those :-)

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elizabethsimon   8/1/2014 11:24:47 AM
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I was just having a look around the iFixit site and saw this one

https://www.ifixit.com/Store/Tools/Essential-Electronics-Toolkit/IF145-047

which also looks nice and appears to be even more compact. It's still missing the pliers and cutters but you might be able to fit some in the pouch.

The other thing that all of these are missing is a small multimeter...

 

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 10:14:16 AM
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@MeasurementBlues: Never travel without an ESD wrist strap, especially to the ESD Symposium.

That's the one where everyone walks around with goofy Einsteinian haircuts -- right?

 

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 10:12:58 AM
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@Elizabeth: I think that I'd go for the Duratool one because it has pliers and cutters...

I'm actually thinking of going with the other one and adding the pliers and cutters...

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Max The Magnificent   8/1/2014 10:11:52 AM
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@David: ...I said "I only need to cut one wire" and took the $1 ones.  But when I tried to cut the wire, one jaw broke off.  I was so embarrassed...

On the other hand, you received a very useful lesson and it only cost you $1 LOL

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MeasurementBlues   8/1/2014 9:14:57 AM
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Never travel without an ESD wrist strap, especially to the ESD Symposium.

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