Best Tools for PlayStation and Xbox Repair
Here is a run down of the best tools for PlayStation and Xbox Repair that we use at Console Therapy.
A question we get asked a lot is “what tools do you use to repair the games consoles on your YouTube videos?”
In this article, we share a list for beginner, intermediate and pro tools that you can buy if you are thinking of starting your own PlayStation or Xbox repairs.
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What tools do I really need?
The million dollar question. This really depends on what repair job you are attempting.
If you are attempting a basic repair, for example changing your internal hard drive, you will only need a good quality Torx and Philips screw driver set.
However, if you are going to swap the internal optical drive in an Xbox One S or X, you will need a good quality Torx and Philips screw driver set as well as a soldering iron, and a quantity of low melt solder.
The more advance your repair is you should also consider a hot air soldering station (also called a heat gun) and list can grow from there.
Not just tools
One are to keep in mind, is for repair jobs that involve any type of soldering, you will also need supplies of solder flux, leaded low melt solder and IPA (also called isopropyl alcohol) to clean up any unused flux that remains on the board or component you have just replaced.
If soldering regularly, you should seriously consider in investing in a good quality air extraction device – these take the nasty toxic fumes away instead of you breathing them in.
So let’s jump in to the list and find out our recommended best tools for PlayStation and Xbox repair
Let’s get into it. Below we dedicate each section to our recommended screwdrivers, soldering irons and hot air solder stations, broken into beginner, intermediate and professional.
We also include a list of other items you will need on your journey to become the next Louis Rossman.
Screw Driver Sets
Our best for professional screw driver set winner is
iFixit Toolkit - Electronics, Smartphone, Xbox, PlayStation Repair Kit
This is the famous and ultimate DIY kit includes essential electronic device repair tools, like the iFixit Jimmy, opening tools, picks, prying spudgers, a screen removal suction cup, anti-static wristband, tweezers and our Mako Precision Bit Driver Set.
Our best for professional soldering iron winner is
Hot Air Soldering Stations (Heat Gun)
Our best for professional hot air soldering station (Heat Gun) winner is
Aoyue 738H High Performance SMD Digital Hot Air Rework Station
The Aoyue 738H hot air rework station quickly heats up to the specified temperature within 5 seconds and comes with quick-change nozzle bracket. When you put down the handle it will automatically enter the dormant state, prolonging the life span.
Flux, Solder and more
We hope this guide is useful and it has helped you choose the best tools for PlayStation and Xbox repair.
One final piece of advice, if you are just going to be fixing a one off issue, for example if your Xbox One is running slow, then it is probably only worth buying the beginners tools that we list in this guide.
If however you are thinking of starting PlayStation and Xbox repairs as a hobby, it is worth investing a little more and purchasing either the intermediate or professional tools in this guide – basically, the more you pay, the better quality and longer lasting the tools will be.
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