IFIXIT Precision Tweezers Review
Channel your inner Hephaestus, the Greek God blacksmiths/craftsmanship, with the Precision Tweezer set from IFIXIT. Enjoy a tinkerers-dream trio of tweezers with sharp straight, curved sharp, and blunt straight tweezers. Machined for accurate grip and designed with toughness in mind, the IFIXIT set is a perfect add-on for your DIY toolkit.
- Ease of Use
Precision tweezers ensure you have the right tools to get the job done.
I refuse to throw out old tech; instead, I opt to fix or recycle as many devices as possible. Do you feel frustrated when we are encouraged to buy a new appliance instead of repairing an older one? A quick internet search will yield several jokes about this very phenomenon, and they have been immortalized in memes.
My favorite of the tech memes is the one with an old yellow refrigerator and the quote: “2021 Appliances: *Break within 2 years. 1980 Refrigerator: I will Outlive you & everyone you love. I am eternal. I am time itself!”
I have learned a great deal about tech repair while watching several fix-it videos by TronicsFix on Facebook. However, I have also realized a significant learning curve to the builds/repairs that he makes look easy. From PlayStation’s to XBox’s to Nintendo Switch consoles to Joycons to Roombas and other tech, I do not tire of hearing about the proper amount of thermal paste. After watching several of these videos and looking into the comment sections, I learned more about IFIXIT gear and purchased the Pro-Tech toolkit and the Precision Tweezers Set.
The IFIXIT Precision Tweezers Set arrived in a 4 inches wide by 8 inches tall plastic bag with a white cardboard hanging-style topper. The IFIXIT name/logo was displayed across the top left, while ESD Safe was shown at the top right. The “Precision Tweezers Set” title was proudly displayed along the middle of the section in prominent bold black font.
You will find a quaint sentence beneath the title: “ Perfect for all holding, pulling, and picking-up jobs.” The rear side of the cardboard topper provided information about the three different tips: pointed for ultimate precision, angled for ergonomic accuracy, and blunt for heavy lifting. Additionally, you will find a link to the iFixit.com website for free repair guides, an SKU barcode, recycle logo, copyright information, and a deferred liability statement.
I removed the staples that connected the cardboard to the clear bag, opened the bag, and slid out the nylon bag. The black nylon holster weighed 2.1-ounces and measured 3 1/4 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches tall, and contained three 0.5-ounce tweezers. The nylon carry sheath had three stitched channels that measured 3/4 inches wide, 1 inch wide, and 3/4 inches wide, each by 3 5/8 inches tall. Stitched into the upper segment of the middle pocket, you will find a 3/4 inches wide by 7/8 inches tall loop section.
To correctly display the included tweezers, the company shipped the IFIXIT nylon carry case with the top folded backward. The inner surface of the top flap had the 3/4 inches wide by 7/8 inches tall hook segment. You can bend the top section over, align the Velcro segment, and store the precision tweezers in a backpack or within another tool kit/setup. You will find an attractive IFIX name/logo along the lower front flap segment. I enjoyed the visually appealing nature, the convenient storage, and the functional compartmentalized design. The stitching appeared to be primarily uniform but the lower-left corner of the case was not routed and was a tad bit unfinished.
I removed the velcro connection, opened the flap, and removed each of the 0.5-ounce IFIXIT Precision Tweezers. Each device had a semi-translucent rubberized cap. The sharp-straight tweezers measured 4 13/16 inches long by 3/8 inches wide, and had a white IFIXIT logo near the back and “ESD Safe” distally where the neck tapers. The pointed tips were rather sharp and had a gritty substance along the inner metallic surface.
When I opened/closed the tweezers, the points connected with reassuring precision. Thanks to the narrow/sharp design, it did not take much effort to pick up smaller items. They worked perfectly for small screws and holding/picking up smaller objects. When finished, I replaced the cap and slid the straight tweezers back into one of the slots. Thanks to the size/design of the tweezers, you can put any device into any one of the compartments.
The second 0.5-ounce tweezer had a blunted metallic end and had rows carved into the underside of the tips for added grip. The 4 3/4 inches long by 3/8 inches wide-based tweezer tapered a bit more abruptly than the subtle taper of the straight-sharp tweezers. The tips aligned quite well and worked great for picking up slightly more robust screws and other items. Like with the long-straight tweezers, I could reattach the plastic cover guide and place the tweezers back into the case.
The last pair of precision tweezers measured 4 7/8 inches long by 3/8 inches wide and had a taper similar to the long-straight tweezers. The metallic tip of the angled tweezers bent downward at a 45-degree angle and ended in a sharp point. This pair of tweezers worked well for removing/reinserting screws. I reattached the curved protector-tip, inserted the devices back into the bag, and folded the top down.
One of the quickest ways to turn an easy, reasonable job into a downward spiral is to use the wrong tools. The IFIXIT tweezers proved to be well machined and had an exact tip grip. The outer black material was smooth and pleasing to the fingers and lacked tackiness or excessive grip. I liked the thin clear plastic tweezer caps, but would have preferred them to be the blue color of their logo.
The clear coloration of the tip blended into the surface of my placemat and made finding the cap slightly more complicated. I was able to add/remove a screw from my Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Generation 6 case and several smaller screws for a few kids’ toys.
I loved the design of the carry holster and the precision tweezers kit. The flexible compartments allowed the bag to bend and easily slide into my backpack’s pocket. Each of the tips felt hard robust and terminated in a well-matched partner. The kit proved to be resilient and precise. Lastly, the tools allowed me to complete the repair process. It’s a great EDC item to have for quick repairs.