My gaming toolkit for tear downs and repairs

I had some free time over the long weekend to read through some of my older blog posts. Doing this made me realize that something I have never done a post about is my gaming toolkit. The toolkit I use when I’m taking apart gaming consoles, controllers and doing repairs.

Gaming toolkit

When I first started taking apart controllers and games consoles I built an initial gaming toolkit. It contained the bare essentials for carrying out the tasks I wanted to do. For example like cleaning old PS2 controllers or tearing down old Xbox controllers.

Over the last number of months, as the types of projects I am working on have become more involved, my gaming toolkit has become more comprehensive. That’s why in this post I am really looking forward to sharing with you what is in my gaming toolkit

My gaming toolkit is stored in a few boxes on a bookshelf in the study

Building my gaming toolkit

When I first started building my gaming toolkit, I wasn’t doing projects that were very involved. The idea of doing any soldering at that point scared me! I mainly wanted to take apart and clean stuff.

With this in mind I noted what others were using on the YouTube tear down videos I was watching. I jotted down items that would work well and set about putting my own toolkit together.

Microfiber cloths, cotton buds and screwdriver bit sets were common enough and easy to pick up. Isopropyl alcohol on the other hand proved the most challenging to acquire initially. FYI the pharmacy was the place I got mine from.

With my initial kit prepared I bought a storage box in Mr. Price to store everything and I was ready to get started.

After this, as I began working on projects I noticed there were some things I was missing. So, I simply added it to a list and bought it when I could.

As the projects that I worked on became more complex, I had to add more to the toolkit. I eventually caved and tried out some soldering out of necessity. I gradually added a soldering kit, sticker remover, better screwdriver bits and Mr. Sheen to the toolkit.

All of this experience has resulted in the gaming toolkit that I use today. Now I can’t wait for items that I ordered from Ebay to arrive so I can start work on them.

What’s in my gaming toolkit today

For Cleaning

  • Microfiber cloth – very useful for catching dust etc. I have a set of these because I use them so frequently.
  • Glasses wipes – used for cleaning my glasses. I also sometimes use it for cleaning various glass etc.
  • Antibacterial wipes – I use these when I first acquire a console or controller. You don’t actually know where it’s been!
  • Sticker cleaner – I mainly use this for cleaning up video game boxes that have stubborn stickers that can’t easily be removed.
  • Isopropyl alcohol – I use this a lot for cleaning circuit boards that contain corrosion or other dirt. Definitely a staple of the toolkit.
  • Cotton buds – Another staple of the toolkit, I use this in conjunction with the Isopropyl to get at specific components.
  • Mr Sheen (plastic friendly furniture polish) – I use this at the end of the teardown / repair process to give a nice shine to the console or controller.
  • Windolene – I don’t use this very often honestly but from videos I have watched it can be used to gently clean the lense on certain consoles.
  • Compressed air – A very useful item for clearing out dust from hard to reach crevices.
  • Kitchen paper and cloth – very useful for keeping things clean.

For Teardowns

  • Screwdriver sets – I picked one of mine (the one on the right) up from Mr. Price and it contains most bits that you need for the majority of projects. The other set belongs to my boyfriend but I use this one quite often as well.
    • Tri-wing screw driver bit – this was something that can come with most screwdriver sets but for DS Lites a very small one is needed. My one that I use came with a case replacement I ordered online.
    • Game-bit screw driver bit – this is used for taking apart N64 consoles and presumably other Nintendo related stuff.
  • Spudger set – I use these all the time now to avoid damaging the plastic on consoles or controllers. I actually need to buy more as they tend to wear down over time.
  • Stanley knife – I am reluctant to use this I’ll be honest but it can come in useful on occasion.
  • Various tweezers – Very useful for small, precise tasks that you cannot just use your fingers for.
  • Various pliers – useful for less fragile work.

Soldering kit

  • Soldering kit – OK I’ll be honest here, the soldering kit I use isn’t actually mine, it belongs to my boyfriend. With that said, this kit does the job for any basic soldering tasks that I have to do.
  • Multi-meter – Super useful for checking continuity and to ensure components are working properly.
  • Battery testers – I have a few of these lying around which is super handy. We have a ton of batteries around the house so its useful to make sure they are not empty.
  • Helping hands soldering stand – comes complete with magnifying glass and clips for holding components in place.

Gaming Toolkit Gallery

Below you’ll find some photos of each item described above in my toolkit:

Conclusion

So that concludes this post. I hope you enjoyed the content that we’ve talked about.

I would love to hear from you:

Do you have a similar toolkit? Are there things on this list that you always use? Are there things you think are missing from this kit?

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