SparkFun Beginner Tool Kit

This assortment of tools has everything you need to get started tinkering with Sparkfun products and beyond! The kit specifically caters to those of you who are new to soldering. We’ve found our favorite, low-cost and easy to transport tools, and created a kit that we would give to our local hacker friends. While these tools might not be enough for more difficult, surface-mount type assembly, they should be just what you need for through-hole soldering.

In this version of the kit, we’ve added a silicone soldering mat, a 2oz liquid bottle, and some upgraded wire strippers. Go hack something!

SparkFun Beginner Tool Kit Product Help and Resources

How to Solder: Through-Hole Soldering

September 19, 2013

This tutorial covers everything you need to know about through-hole soldering.

Working with Wire

February 8, 2013

How to strip, crimp, and work with wire.

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

1 Soldering

Skill Level: Noob - Some basic soldering is required, but it is limited to a just a few pins, basic through-hole soldering, and couple (if any) polarized components. A basic soldering iron is all you should need.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.

2 DIY

Skill Level: Rookie - Basic hand tools are required and instructions will allow more freedom. You may need to make your own decisions on design. If sewing is required, it will be free-form.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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