Hello, I’m quite new to this but am slowly starting to gain an understandning.
What tools would you recommend me to get. I’m gonna try building a flashlight from a Convoy S2 host from fasttech. I need some tool to screw/unscrew the pill, a multimeter, a soldering iron, and some solder. Anything else? Anything in particular I should look out for/avoid?
The one tool that I never see listed that I use all the time for so many things is an ice pick. Another thing is simple electrical tape. No not in place of soldering wires but for all kinds of other things. Also a heavy duty small round file. Of course none of these things is needed for the mod you are doing. It’s just general info for anyone reading this thread.
In particular the ice pick is good for popping out drivers. But it’s also good for centering emitters. with the reflector on you can use the pick to move the emitter while the reflector is on and of course before the epoxy has set up.
Electrical tape can be used for centering reflectors and to put over your bare wires even on the emitters where they are wired if you don’t have anything else to use.
The file is used for enlarging the hole in reflectors and for making drivers that are slightly too big fit.
To be honest an ice pick is a must have tool for everyone’s tool box. You can get by without it I guess. However, once you have one you will find yourself using it all the time for so many things.
Actually, on the topic of vises I would actually recommend a small Besey vise as well, or in place of a Panavise. I use mine in conjunction with soft jaws to open all sorts of pills and lights without damaging them.