The 10 Best Circuit Board Holders

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in March of 2020. Whether you're a professional or a hobbyist, everyone who works on electronics needs a helping hand next to their workbench. These devices not only keep your PCB in place, but can also provide light and magnification, or even hold wires in place, so you don't have to worry about tricky hand positioning while soldering. Always take proper safety precautions while working with powered devices. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. QuadHands Helping Hand

2. Fancii Soldering Station

3. Panavise 333

Editor's Notes

May 26, 2020:

The QuadHands Helping Hand is an excellent choice in most situations because of its versatility and affordable pricepoint. However, while this option will work for a huge range of projects, you may want to go with a different one if you have special requirements.

For instance, if you are often working with large PCBs, you'll want to consider the Panavise 333 or the Quadhands Jumbo Workbench. The Panavise can securely hold boards up to 12 inches wide, and the Quadhands size range is hard to even quantify because of its flexible gooseneck components. Its base is 11 by 17 inches, so it would probably be best to keep to sizes smaller than that. While some may prefer the Quadhand's ability to also hold wires or other components while soldering, the Panavise's vice-style grip is ever so slightly more secure.

If you're looking for something more affordable, the Neiko 01902 and Aven 17010 are selections worth considering. They lack features like gooseneck-mounted alligator clips or lights, but they are still very effective for all sorts of smaller projects. Whether you're a beginner trying to save money or someone who just occasionally repairs electronics, these are both perfectly adequate choices.

If you would rather purchase an all in one package and don't want to deal with separate lights or magnifying glasses, then the Newacalox SN6AR, Kotto Third Hand, and Fancii Soldering Station are your best options. While these selections don't have the raw durability of some other models, it's hard to deny how helpful their combination light and magnification units are. Even if your workspace is well lit, a good light can often make soldering with small components or identifying problems on a board much easier.

No matter which option you choose, always remember to take proper safety precautions when you're dealing with dangerously hot soldering irons or high electric currents and voltages.

In addition to PCB holders, we've got helpful articles on items like soldering stations, fume extractors, and solder suckers as well.

4. Quadhands Jumbo Workbench

5. Kotto Third Hand

6. Newacalox SN6AR

7. Aven 17010

8. Neiko 01902

9. Vastar Holder

10. Toolour PCB Holder


Brendon Hannaford
Last updated on May 28, 2020 by Brendon Hannaford

After graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2019 with a bachelors in Literature and Creative Writing, Brendon Hannaford moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy and television. Beyond writing, he’s always had a passionate interest in the clever engineering found in consumer electronics and machinery, with an eclectic interest that spans diverse categories such as photography equipment, musical instruments, and automotive technology. When not writing and researching for Ezvid Wiki, Brendon spends his time performing sketch comedy and tinkering with his motorcycle.


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