The Pocket Troubleshooter – Product Review iFixit Toolkit

I will be the first to admit that I love my tools. One can never have enough tools. The trick is having the right tools. It seems like more and more devices like to use their own “special” screws or ones that are not used frequently enough to have a tool that can be found in your local hardware store or electronics supply house.
iFixit is a name I first heard when they advertised on Leo Laporte’s podcast network. I saw the potential of what their tools could do but I didnt see a need for them personally at that point. Little did I know that a few years later I would. The frustration began slowly where I started running into more and more situations where I didn’t have the right tool to work on a device and wasn’t able to find the tool easily.
As the screws got smaller, keeping them together when they were removed. This is where the one of the features of the iFixit Toolkit saved me from loosing some screws that would have been very difficult to replace. The lid that covers the assortment of 64 bits had a series of grids or pockets inside the underside of the lid. The grid can be used in a variety of ways. You can keep each type of screw in its own pocket or you can use a pocket for each area of the device that you are working on.
The quality of the metal used in the different bits was the first thing that got my attention. My biggest complaint with other tools that I have had is that I started getting metal shaving appearing shortly after using one or more of the bits. These bits didn’t show that same problem. As I understand it, these tools were designed by the folks at iFixit for their own use and then realized there would be a market for this tool (and others that would follow later).
If the device that you are working on has some small metal pieces that you need to keep track of while working on it, the iFixit toolkit has you covered. The driver kit is attached to the tool roll by a large magnet sheet. You can easily detach the bit kit and use that magnet to keep those pesky little metal pieces from getting scattered when you move your hand without touched anything.
There are a host of tools in this toolkit. You may never use some of them or not use them frequently. There are a variety of tools that may not seem like there is any use for. Watching some of the teardown guides can help you see how to use some of the tools, potentially in ways that you might not have thought about. I had to work on a laptop recently and ran into a challenge where I had removed the screws from the chassis but couldn’t remove the lower cover. The “Jimmy” tool helped in the process of separating the lower cover from the rest of the housing.
One of the tools that is included is something that I should be using more than I do. The Anti-Static Wrist Strap is something that is important to use when working on electronics. It helps to avoid sudden static charge that depending on the design of the device you are working on could prove fatal to the device. The tweezers can prove helpful in retrieving a screw or other small part from an area that isn’t friendly to having your fingers trying to do that job. There are a several different tweezers included in the kit that should let you get just about anything out of a small area.

To see first hand what this troubleshooting tool can do, I have created a special playlist on my TechBytes with Ron Nutter YouTube channel. Please click on the icon on the left to see that video. Future videos on for this book will be placed in this same playlist. When the book is released, the links will be in there as well so they will be close by.

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