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Laptop Repair Tools

  • 2020-01-17

The following laptop repair tools will be very helpful if you decide to start a laptop repair business or just repair your own computer. I will talk about tools I am using myself and make some recommendation.

Don’t be cheap with tools because you will be using them on a daily basis. A good quality tool will make the whole repair process much easier and more enjoyable.

 

Screwdriver sets

A set of good quality precision screwdrivers is must have tools for any laptop repair technician.

Screwdriver sets

 

1. Phillips screwdrivers

A good Phillips screwdriver will be your main tool. For laptop repairs you will need three sizes: #1, #0, #00. You will not be using slotted screwdrivers a lot but you’ll need them once in a while.

 

2. Torx screwdrivers

The second set of screwdrivers you’ll be using very often is Torx. For laptops you’ll be using mostly T3, T4, T5 and T6 drivers.

 

3. Precision screwdriver set

If you prefer to have all most common screwdrivers in one box, you should consider a precision screwdriver set.

Precision screwdriver set

 

4. Apple MacBook Pro/Air screwdrivers

For Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air computers, in addition to Phillips and Torx mentioned earlier, you will need Pentalobe P5 and Try-Wing screwdrivers.

 

5. Screwdriver magnetizer

A properly magnetized screwdriver will make it much easier to remove tiny laptop screws found in PCs and Macs. Apple is notorious for using very small screws in their laptops.

 

Miscellaneous laptop repair tools

1. Case opening tools

When you disassemble a laptop, very often you have to separate plastic parts or open small connectors.

For example, when you replace the LCD screen, you have to separate the screen bezel from the display cover. When you disassemble the laptop base you have to separate the bottom case from top cover.

Never separate plastic parts with a screwdriver, you can and most likely will damage/scratch the plastic. Using right case opening tools should be a standard procedure.

I would suggest using cell phone case open pry tools. These tools are made of plastic and will not damage your computer case.

A good case opening set will have a few nylon pry tools, few different metal spudgers and set of tweezers.

 

2. Tweezers

I would like to mention the importance of good, strong needle nose tweezers. You will use them very often and they are very convenient for opening small motherboard cable connectors and fitting small cables into the connectors. These tweezers and very strong, very sharp and will last you for a long time.

 

3. Screw container and organizer

Being organized is very important while working with laptops. While taking apart an average laptop, it might be necessary to remove 20-30 different screws. Be organized, keep track of screws, make notes. It will make your life much easier during the reassembly process.

A good clear plastic container will be very useful. If you plan to work on multiple projects you will need a few of them.

 

Electronic measuring instruments

1. Digital Multimeter

A good digital multimeter will help you test AC adapters, troubleshoot failed DC power jack, etc.. Using a multimeter you can test a circuit board or wire for continuity.

 

2. Multimeter probes and adapters

For component level logic board repairs and troubleshooting you will need extended fine point tip adapter set for your multimeter. If you don’t like long fine point adapters, I recommend using these ultra-sharp multimeter tester needle point probes.

 

Soldering equipment

If you would like to do a simple failed DC jack repair or dive into more complicated component level logic board repair, you must have a good soldering station. It has to be powerful enough to melt solder without damaging the circuit board.

1. Soldering station

You will need a good soldering tip for this station. After hundreds hours of soldering I found one tip that fits all my needs and works well for DC jack repairs or component level logic board repairs.

 

2. Solder

Solder is all I use for repairs. 

 

3. Desoldering hand pump

A desoldering pump is another useful tool you must have for soldering/desoldering jobs, for example for DC jack removals. It will help you to remove large amounts of solder quickly and efficiently.

 

4. Desoldering wick braid

For removing small amounts of solder I use desoldering wick braid. It works very well for cleaning thermal pads during logic board component level repairs.

 

5. Solder flux

 

6. Bench top smoke absorber

 

7. Stationary fume extractor system

 

8. Hot air soldering station

A good quality hot air soldering station is an expensive but a very useful tool for many soldering applications. It saves you tons of time while replacing built-in DC power jacks. The hot air station makes it a breeze soldering and desoldering surface-mounted components. If you want to learn how to repair motherboards on component level, this tool is a must.

 

9. Kapton tape

A roll of high temperature tape is a must have item in your laptop repair toolbox. The tape is very useful for securing loose cables, covering internal connectors and masking heat sensitive internal components during soldering process. There are many different sizes available on the market.

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