If you love getting technical and are looking for a new hobby or career, have you ever considered getting into electronics? The pastime is a great way to learn new skills while tinkering away on fun and interesting projects, and according to Trades Skills 4U, the electrotechnical industry may soon experience a skills shortage, making now a great time to start working in the field.
Whatever the reason you want to get into electronics, there are some tools you’re almost certain to need when starting out. Here are five essentials.
Electronics is a hobby that requires the use of lots of different components. You’ll need breadboards, resistors, diodes, capacitors, LEDs, wires, and sensors of all types, so instead of buying these individually, it makes sense for you to get hold of a one-stop beginner’s electronic kit.
As well as taking the hassle out of ordering everything individually (and potentially omitting something that later proves crucial), these kits often come with helpful starter projects that ease you in and teach you the basics.
When creating even basic electronic circuits, problems can occur that stop the circuit from operating effectively, such as poor connections or broken components.
A multimeter helps solve these issues, allowing you to diagnose where in the circuit a problem is occurring by measuring voltage, resistance, and current. To use one, just attach the probes connected to the multimeter a section of the circuit and compare the power that should be running through the circuit to the meter reading – easy!
An open-source hardware platform, Arduino lets users learn the basics of creating computer hardware applications. Simple to use, the platform guides users through the process of creating electronics prototypes that work alongside simply programmed software applications made through Arduino’s coding tool, IDE. If you want to get into robotics, build circuits, or play around with sensors, Arduino’s simple, solder-free design makes learning easy.
If you want to build permanent circuits with components that aren’t plugged into a breadboard or a kit like Arduino, a soldering kit is a necessity, allowing you to securely attach components and wires to one another. When choosing one, a high wattage and adjustable temperature are very useful, allowing you to ease yourself into soldering and learn the skill, then capably tackle varied projects.
Electronics bench cover
While you might feel content exploring electronics in your shed or dining room, you should first invest in a mat that drains static charge from components and is resistant to the heat of a soldering iron. Static can damage some electronics parts, so with a mat in play, you can be sure that your parts are safe, as well as your dining table!
Do you enjoy electronics as a hobby or career? Let us know your experiences and tips for other newbies in the comments section.