Like so many other hobbyists, assemblers, solderers, and do-it- yourselfers I often find myself lacking the number of appendages needed to efficiently solder connections. Too many times I’ve found myself without a helping hand and am forced to jimmy-rig some sort of apparatus designed to aid me in my soldering abilities (or lack thereof). This was no different in the case of an LED cube design I recently worked on.
I found myself needing many more hands than the two I came preassembled with. Well, what do you do when you’re working alone and don’t have a “team,” assistant, or small child (probably not recommended for soldering assistance) to help hold your joints together as you try to solder numerous tiny connections? Here at Circuit Specialists we have a solution for you!
We offer many different types of helping hands to aid you in your soldering endeavors. We offer small ones that consist of just alligator clips, ones with magnifying lenses for those tiny connections and parts, and even models with built-in soldering handle holders.
Today I’d like to introduce you to our most affordable, well-rounded helping hands unit yet, the ZD10Y. This multi-purpose tool offers an excellent all-around solution, ideal for working on small PCBs, components, and soldering connections that require more than what our limited physical capabilities are prepared to manage. This station comes with a 16 LED light affixed to a 90mm 3x magnifying glass perfect for illuminating small components while simultaneously enlarging them in order to make them easier to work with.
It also comes with a soldering iron stand with solder spool holder, sponge, rosin flux, and a cleaning ball to help you solder. In addition to all these necessities, the unit includes three alligator clips, all of which make this unit perfect for those times when you need an extra hand — and it retails for only $18.99.
After trying to solder 64 LEDs together in 4 layers of a 4×4 grid with only my two hands I can attest to just how important a unit like the ZD10Y really is. At first I thought my project was going to be a nightmare, but after using our newest helping hands unit I realized I was making it harder on myself by not using the right tools for the job.
So let me leave you with this: don’t waste your time, money, and resources trying to do a job the hard way, without the right tools. It will lead to nothing but longer work hours and unnecessary frustration. Circuit Specialists is here for all your electronic assembly and prototyping needs, so why not let us be your helping hand?
Stay tuned for my upcoming post on my Arduino LED project.