When tearing down a target for the first time, you first want to locate and document all of the part numbers. Part numbers and PCB markings can sometimes be challenging to see with the naked eye, so having a cheap benchtop microscope or hand held loupe is never a bad idea. These will also come in handy when removing or modifying small components. Hand held loupes are great for quick identification of components.
|Handheld Jewellers Loupes||$15.00||Link||Small handheld jewellers loupes, various magnification, useful for part identification|
|Plugable USB Microscope||$37.74||Link||Small USB compatible microscope, useful for some soldering and part identification, compatible with most desktop operating systems (in my experience)|
|AMScope USB Microscope||$78.99||Link||Small USB compatible microscope, useful for some soldering and part identification|
|MisVision Trinocular Microscope||$78.99||Link||Benchtop microscope 7-45x zoom, check out the review here|
|Aven Desktop Microscope||$697.91||Link||8-25x microscope with a built-in screen, helpful for soldering to small packages and doing BGA rework|
|MANTIS Serices MCH-001 Microscope||$1,310.00||Link||High-powered microscope with interchangeable lenses, mounting arm, and lenses are sold separately|