Meet the tools!

In this chapter, we'll explain what tools you'll need to assemble your CircuitPet.


If you have your CircuitMess Tools pack in front of you, you should be all set!

In case you got the CircuitPet kit without the Tools pack, this is a good time to
borrow some of the tools or purchase them.

The tools required are essential whenever you assemble, fix, or modify electronic devices and are the tools of the trade for every maker/hardware hacker/modder/electrician.



1. Glasses
2. Cutter pliers
3. Small screwdriver
4. Replacement soldering tips
5. Lead-free solder
6. Soldering stand
7. Sponge
8. Soldering iron


Soldering iron

This is the most important tool in a maker’s arsenal.

For CircuitPet's assembly, any entry-level soldering iron will suffice.

If you plan to dive into the world of DIY projects, you should consider getting a more expensive one with more features. Many soldering irons with interchangeable tips can be particularly useful when working with much smaller components.

In the next chapter, you'll find the instructions on how to properly solder and take care of your soldering iron.



You’ll also need a soldering iron stand and a small reel of rosin-cored solder.

Soldering sponge

Make sure your soldering toolkit has a sponge that can be used for wiping your soldering iron clean. Make sure that the sponge isn't dripping wet or bone dry - it should be damp.

Diagonal cutter pliers

We prefer this type shown in the picture (Plato, model 170), but any other type will do.

Standard cross screwdriver

You’ll need this cross (Phillips) screwdriver to assemble the casing.

A standard 2.0mm cross screwdriver should do the trick.

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