Electronics and PC repair tools [Gift Guide 2012]

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.

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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

Topic: Hardware

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  • Here is your Windows repair tool

    http://www.amazon.com/Truper-30929-8-Pound-36-Inch-Fiberglass/dp/B000KL6LX4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354138386&sr=8-3&keywords=sledge+hammer
    Alan Smithie
  • Should have iFixit coupon for added value

    Thanks. I just placed an order with iFixit for a tool I needed at home. Since iFixit is listed as the supplier for most of these tools, it would have a great additional value if you have an iFixit coupon to save a few bucks.
    out-of-luck