Of course, many of us have a deep-seated belief that you can never have enough tools.
I frequenly will have two or more of the same type of tool. I was recently asked if I had a staple gun and when I replied that I had two (a manual and electric), my non technical friend just cracked up laughing. I didn't see the humour.
A lot of my projects use development boards that have 25 mil square wire-wrap pins on a 0.1" grid. I like to insert these into a perf board and then use good-old 20th Century wire-wrap to connect them up. It's quick, easy to fix errors, and easy to dismantle to re-use the boards in other projects.
Solderless breadboards are also great for quick projects, but don't expect them to stay intact if you have cats :-)
If you solder parts on a circuit board, sooner or later you will have remove one because you installed the wrong part, need to change the value to get the circuit to work, or you make a mistake and let the magic smoke out. To minimize the chance of damaging the board you need something to help remove the solder.
I prefer the larger spring loaded solder suckers. I never found a small one that works well. Solder braid is another option, but you have to buy more as you finish a roll. It also does not work as well at getting the solder out of plated through holes.
@Betajet: Solderless breadboards are also great for quick projects, but don't expect them to stay intact if you have cats :-)
My wife just got a new cat (her last one passed away age 17 a couple of months ago). This new one is a very energetic kitten. I heard a disturbing sound yesterday evening -- when I looked up it was strolling across our breakfast table, upon which was my current Arduinoi project with a rats nest (no pun intended) of wires. I don;t think I need to describe the end result (sad face)
@GarySTX: To minimize the chance of damaging the board you need something to help remove the solder.
I've used both the braid and the solder sucker -- each works best in different cases. Recently I read about someone who used a "blower" rather than a sucker -- but I don't remember much about it -- do you know anything about this technique?
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.