What tools and supplies does it take to build your own Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery for ham radio? This is the start of a small series I plan to write for the DIY battery and offgrid community.

Here I will try to list some tools that I find essential, and later, nice to have, for a person who wants to work on small pack and large battery making.

Here’s the list (links below may contain affiliate links that pay me a small commission at no additional cost to you):

Essential tools

Essential battery making supplies

Nice-to-have tools

Nice to have supplies

* = AD6DM favorite item.

As you can see, many of these things are very specific to battery building (such as the spot welder or cell holders) but many of these things are great to have as a DIY engineer working on electronics in general. If you are serious about building a battery of your own, but not going to do it a lot, stick with the essentials. If you think you’ll be making more than a few, you can make life a lot easier by getting all the nice-to-haves.

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