UPDATE 3/4/19: It has been 6 years since I stopped running Teeces lighting kits to concentrate on Teeces V4 droid lighting (now called the Logic Engine). The Teeces V3 system is still very popular, and a nice intro to the world of soldering, but I won't be supplying any more Teeces parts. All Teeces components can be sourced online from various vendors, and are detailed on the wiki page here, a full system should cost under $150 to put together.
Going forward I am concentrating on the vastly superior Logic Engine runs, which are detailed (here).
Teeces Cheat Sheet PDFs:
Recommended Tools Here's some Amazon affiliate links to some useful tools used to assemble the kits. If you buy anything using these links I get a few pennies in return!
- Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station
This is the soldering iron that I use and it's pretty popular among other builders too. It's temperature is adjustable, but you'll probably be using it at it's highest setting all the time.
- Weller ST7 Conical Tip
The standard tip that comes with the Weller soldering irons is too big to work with. This one is perfect for what we need.
- Xuron 170-II Micro-Shear Flush Cutters
These cutters are great for clipping LED legs, snapping pin headers apart, and anything else that needs a close snip.
- PanaVise Model 201 \"Junior\" Miniature Vise
This is a very popular vise for holding small PCBs in place while you work on them.
- Helping Hands
I don't have a PanaVise, so I use an old Helping Hands that i got at Radioshack years ago. This one looks very similar.
- Rosin-Core Solder
I use a .032 diameter (1mm) rosin-core solder like this one and it works great for soldering tight spots (like all the logic LEDs). I got mine at Radioshack (part #64-005). I think this is about as thin as rosin-core solder gets.
- Basic Multimeter
Every R2 builder should already have a multimeter for testing voltages and continuity in every corner of your droids electronics. This is a very basic one, but should suit our purposes well.