Tarek's Workbench - The Cyclone FPV Repair Center Tools
Let's just get down to it. My workbench is my sacred place. No one touches it and even though it looks like it is in chaos, the fact is that to me, it is controlled chaos and I love it. I have everything sorted the way I want it sorted. Not the way you want it, or she wants it, or he wants it, but the way I want it. So, without further delay, here is what I use:
- 63/37 .8mm 1.8-2% Solder:
- Do we make it? No. Is our name on it? Yes. Why? Because when I place my name on a product, it means that I believe in the product and I stand by the product. This is step one!
- Soldering Pad:
- You must use a good quality soldering pad if you want to protect your bench, your tools, and your components. Our soldering pads are top of the line and will last you throughout your drone repair days.
- Flux Paste:
- I use this paste for all tinning work. Simply remove the silicone sheathing from your wire, twist the strands, dip them in this flux paste, and then solder the ends for a perfect tin. This is the best way to tin wire, and this paste is perfect for the job.
- Soldering Station:
- If you can afford a station, this is a great one to start with. For those of you who watched me solder from the beginning, you know that my first station was over $300.00. Now, as I try to more affordable ways to help others, this new station does the job perfectly. The iron heats fast and the hot air gun is perfect for shrink tubing!
- Flux Pen:
- Similar to the flux past, the flux pen is what I use to prepare the pads before I solder to them. This is a must for all of you. If you want to solder the pads on your flight controller without damaging other items, The Fluc Pen is a great way to start.
- Another must when soldering is to have a set of tweezers that work perfectly together. Often you will need to grab a wire and place it in a tight spot where your fingers won't reach. Accurate tweezers are a must when it comes to smalls pad and small wire soldering.
- Tip Cleaning Rosin:
- Ironically, this was not my method for keeping the tip of my iron clean. However, it was recommended and I tried it. Now, I won't solder without it. This is a must and should be used each time you begin and end soldering sessions.
- Tip Cleaning Metal Brush:
- This becomes so necessary that I would not attempt to solder any components without it. This is the way to keep your iron clean, along with the Tip Cleaning Rosin. Together these work in harmony and your soldering iron will last a long long time to come.
- Solder Spool Holder:
- Well, if you want to make sure that your solder spool remains solid, without kinks, and ready to go as you need it, this is the best option. A very simple and inexpensive spool holder that you can use.
- Circuit Board Holder (Large):
- This is a must for anyone looking to solder large pieces or looking to solder pieces that require access to the top and bottom areas of the circuit board. I recently used this device to hold a DJI controller board while I soldered a new USB Port. I needed to be able to turn the board around to work on both sides.
- Circuit Board Holder (Small):
- This is a perfect addition to have on your bench when you are looking to hold flight controllers, escs, receives, or virtually anything else you need to secure while you solder wires to it. I use this in most of my videos when I am adding wires to my receivers or adding motor wires to my esc.
Wiring and Electrical and Power:
- Wire Cutters and Snips:
- While many people use one, I use all four options that I am offering via our website. They are all great to use and depending on the application, each one will provide you with a specific use understanding.
- Multi-Meter #1:
- I can tell you without a doubt that the multi-meter I use is excellent for the job. It is very inexpensive and handles all the abuse that I put it through. From voltage readings to continuity testing, this is the way to go.
- Mutli-Meter #2:
- This multi-meter is super thin and comes with some super thing testing prongs that allow me to get into really small spaces. I will go back and forth between the two multi-meters that I use depending on the work being done.
- Charger, Checker, and Tester:
- The ToolKitRC M6 is what you see me use all the time when I am testing batteries, testing receivers, and testing servos. This multi-function device is perfect and a must-have on my bench.
- 24V 400W AC to DC:
- This is the best way to get your power the way you want it for testing. Taking the 24V AC to DC Converter, you can test all your components and even drop the power down to 12V and 5V using a step-down module.
- Smoke Stopper:
- Inevitably, almost all of us are going to find ourselves cooking a component from a short that might have been able to be prevented if we had only used our smoke stopper. Offering XT30 ant XT60 Inputs and Outputs, there is no reason why everyone should not have one of these.
In addition to the items listed above, here are some of the things you will see on my bench during a video:
- Hex Tool Set
- Phillips Tool Set
- Flathead Tool Set
- Socket Tool Set
- All Screws, Standoffs, and Fasteners
- Heat Shrink
- Hot Glue Gun
- Nylon Spacers