Following their sea creature naming conference, iFixit has launched two new screwdriver kits: the Minnow and the Moray. You in all probability know iFixit for his or her teardowns of the newest devices, however a variety of Verge writers additionally swear by their screwdriver sets which include a lot of unique bits to open up electronics your self. These new sets are their smallest and most cost-effective but, with 16 and 32 bits respectively, and each are available underneath $20.
Both sets include the bits you want to take aside a few of the hottest shopper tech: you may open iPhones and Macbooks with the pentalobe bits, Nintendo Switches with the tri-wing bits, and a few PCs and older Apple computer systems with the Torx and Torx safety bits. Both sets additionally embody the primary Phillips and flatheads that you simply’d end up reaching for throughout on a regular basis family upkeep, in addition to the grippy deal with that the included bits magnetically slot into, and a lifetime guarantee. The deal with additionally hides a built-in SIM removing instrument, which might typically be handier than the stand-alone one which’s in all probability hiding in your drawer.
The Minnow driver equipment prices $14.99, and has a lot of what folks will want in the event that they’re simply engaged on newer tech units. For folks with older devices, nonetheless, the $19.99 Moray could also be a higher match. It justifies its $5 value enhance by including extra sizes of the bits present in the Minnow, in addition to obscure bits like triangle (usually present in toys and vacuum cleaners) and Gamebit (for older consoles corresponding to N64, NES and SNES, Sega programs, and so on.). It can also be the selection for individuals who do some work round the house, because it consists of a couple of metric hex bits which are utilized in every thing from bikes to build-it-yourself bar stools from Ikea.
While the sets are comparatively cheap, consumers who’re all the time fixing issues might want to take a look at a few of iFixit’s different kits, corresponding to the $25 Essential Electronics Toolkit, which comes with a lot of the similar bits, plus tweezers, spudgers, and different instruments which are helpful for taking aside at this time’s glued or clipped-together units. There’s additionally the Mako toolkit at $35, which incorporates a whopping 64 bits and has an aluminum driver deal with, as opposed to the plastic ones present in the Minnow, Moray, and Essential Toolkit.
That stated, having extra choices when it comes to repairing your units is a good factor, and the Minnow and Moray have enticing costs for individuals who will solely want to restore units now and again (or for folks on the lookout for a secondary equipment to preserve at the workplace or in a backpack). With the low value factors, these sets appear poised to be well-liked stocking stuffers, probably from relations hinting they have computer systems they need you to restore. I obtained my very own iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit from my mother a few Christmases again as a (profitable) bribe to improve her laptop computer’s onerous drive. Since then, I’ve used it to preserve all of my tech in good working order. And all of my mother’s tech. And my sister’s. And my spouse’s. You get the level.