Tool Kit - Beginner

Replacement:TOL-11807. We've added our SparkFun Safety glasses to this tool kit, go check it out! This page is for reference only.

This assortment of tools is great for those of you who are new to soldering. We've found our favorite, low-cost tools, and created a kit that we would give to our 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.

This time around we've kitted all the tools together in our spiffy new SparkFun branded packaging. We've also replaced the leaded solder with the safer and generally more compliant lead-free solder. Go hack something!


Tool Kit - Beginner Product Help and Resources

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.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Looking for answers to technical questions?

We welcome your comments and suggestions below. However, if you are looking for solutions to technical questions please see our Technical Assistance page.

  • Ookseer / about 12 years ago / 2

    Any chance of a BYO solder or a lead (63/37) solder version? These are just about right for workshops, but we've found lead-free solder very frustrating for beginners and the lead solder, while not RoHS compliant, isn't particularly hazardous to solder with.

  • RobotChicken / about 11 years ago * / 1

    Just got this in the mail, got all set up to learn to solder with the kit, but the iron isn't hot enough to transfer heat through the 22 AWG wire to the lead-free solder on the opposite site and melt it. It even takes two to three seconds or so to melt the lead-free solder when directly touching the solder. I've had it on for about 20 minutes heating before attempting to solder. How long is it supposed to take to heat all the way up? (Also, the included stand doesn't quite fit right so the tip of the iron contacts the stand which acts as a heat sink, slowing heat-up time.)

    • ctdahle / about 11 years ago / 1

      When you are first learning, (and I bet you've already figured this out) a "dab" of solder on the tip of your iron helps improve the heat transfer to the lead/wire/pcb trace. I've got six of these irons and have found that they work really well for 11-13 year-olds once they learn proper technique, even with the lead free solder. I plug all six irons into a power strip which I don't plug in until about five minutes before the "book learning" part of my little "learn to solder" class is done. They heat up to working temperature in about 8 minutes.

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