iPad LCD magnifier or microscope for SMD soldering or other close work


If you’re a casual electronics hobbyist like me, the idea of using a LCD magnifier or microscope may seem attractive. For example this music spectrum display kit requires soldering 240 SMD LEDs, with each LED less than 1mm x 2mm in size. (It’s ridiculous yes but it’s no worse than doing jigsaws).

A fancy magnifier can be replaced with a phone or iPad as below. Need I say more?

LED Music Spectrum Clock from Banggood

240 tiny spaces to solder an LED on each one.
An iPad camera shows the negative pad is the octagonal one on the right.

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