Electronics and PC repair tools [Gift Guide 2012]

Summary:Six great gifts for those whose job it is to keep computers to electronic devices running, or for those who like to tinker with such things.

With the annual gift-giving season almost upon us, time to take a look at some gift ideas for those whose job it is to keep computers to electronic devices running, or for those who like to tinker with such things.

Head magnifier

I know my eyes aren't what they used to be; a little help from a head magnifier comes in very handy, especially when I'm soldering or examining small parts for damage. A head magnifier is far better than a magnifying glass because it keeps both hands free to do other stuff.

This superb head magnifier from iFixit features a two bi-lenses (the second lens flips down from inside) and one loupe, allowing for 4 levels of magnification from 1.5x to 10.5x. It also had built-in LED lighting.

Price: $24.95.

Image source: iFixit.

54-piece bit driver kit

Tackle almost every fastener used on electronics device that you're likely to come across with this handy 54-piece bit driver kit.

This kit contains bits for pentalobe screws found on the iPhone, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Torx, Torx security, triangle, and tri-wing fasteners, as well as regular slotted and Phillips screws.

Price: $24.95.

Image source: iFixit.

Dr. Power II power supply tester

When I come across a dead PC, the first thing that I check after confirming that there's power going into it is the power supply unit (PSU). To do this, I use a simple power supply tester. It may not be as good as an oscilloscope, but this is something that I can throw into a pocket.

The Thermaltake Dr. Power II supports every ATX power supply available today up to ATX12V v2.3.

Price: $39.99.

Image source: Thermaltake

Topics: Hardware


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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