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Tools and equipment

Some of the tools and equipment that I use on a daily basis. Those are the industry standard tools that allow me to work efficiently, make the diagnosis and repairs quickly and up to industry standards.


JBC Soldering station CDS with T210 precision handle
With micro soldering tips this soldering iron is used for micro soldering under a microscope.
I use different types of tips, depending on the current task,  most of the tips  are between 0.1 and 0.3 mm in diameter on the contact point 

This is how I am able to work on components that are as thin as a fingerprint line

Atten ST-862D Hot air station

This is a hot air station, it blows out a hot air that can reach temperatures as high as 500C

This is the only way to take off and replace BGA chips, those are type of a IC(integrated circuit)that make contact with the logic board via an array of tiny solder balls located on the bottom of the chip.

Most of the repairs only need temperatures between 260 and 400C. The temperature depends on the type of the device being worked on, thermal capacity of a component, type of a chip


Seek compact Pro - portable thermal camera

Thermal imaging provides useful insight into the detection of energy loss and electrical hazards in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities.

I use it mainly for detecting shorts on the logic boards, without the need to measure every single component in a particular circuit.

Ultrasonic cleaner

The ultrasonic cleaner is used to clean the logic boards after repairs, it helps to get rid of the flux and other leftover residue.
It also helps to clean some of the very dirty logic boards, liquids containing sugar cannot be cleaned with using only the 99% isopropyl alcohol.
alkaline detergent solution that is used during the ultrasonic cleaning helps to get rid of everything, also gets rid of the stuff that's under the BGA chips

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