Up Close & Personal

As an electronics enthusiast with a bent towards construction, you can get by with a handful of tools. A good soldering iron, diagonal cutters, needlenose pliers, DMM, and a set of screwdrivers will get you through most projects. However, certain luxuries can make building and debugging hardware a joy. I'm talking about magnification tools, from the Luxo illuminated 3X magnification desk lamp to the palm-sized electronic magnifiers with 10x to 100x magnification that can enable you to read the values printed on SMT resistors.

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