You can pick your friends and you can pick your components, but you can’t pick your friend’s components. Unless you have the new digital tweezers from Spark Fun Electronics.
Actually, these tweezers are a full-function multimeter that has been specially packaged for measuring those hard-to-see surface mount components. Got a micro SMD resistor that you can’t ID; no problem, just pinch it with these digital tweezers and you’ll know it’s value from .1 to 5M ohms. Likewise, you can measure capacitors, inductors, voltage, frequency, and continuity with just a teensy pinch. Dubbed “Smart Tweezers” this versatile multimeter is manufactured by Siborg. The Smart Tweezers are priced at $299.95. —Dave Prochnow