Know somebody that gets stuck upgrading PCs, or fixing them when they're broken?
There are lots of "computer" tool kits out there. Most of these kits offer tools of dubious quality. And many of them have a lot of useless things included. (How many of us really need a soldering iron in our kit?) So unless you decide to spring for something from a company like Jensen, you're pretty much stuck with consumer grade junk.
Fortunately, there is an inexpensive kit that offers a useful selection of decent quality tools. It's called the Kronus™ 25-Piece Mini Tool Set
, and it's available from RadioShack. It's currently on sale for $11.99 USD through 12/25/2008. Regular price is $16.99 USD.
These tools will never be mistaken for something from a company like Xcelite or Jensen. Still, the quality of this set is way above what you would expect at this price point. And the nifty little storage box it comes in is a definite plus. I've seen $50 sets that weren't as nice.
I bought a bunch of these to leave at various client sites for those times when I needed to do something quick, but didn't feel like lugging my full "Go Box" inside. This tool selection easily handles about 90% of what I need to do. If it included a small LED flashlight and a small "retrieval" tool it would handle almost everything.
Kronus™ 25-Piece Mini Tool Set
This Kronus™ 25-piece mini tool kit features pliers, cutters, tweezers, a bit-driver, sockets, screwdrivers and more, packed in a convenient, latched carrying case. Chrome-vanadium steel construction provides durability and rust resistance on select tools. Kronus™ tools by RadioShack compare with the best in the industry. Precision-crafted and ruggedly constructed of durable materials, they're built to last. And Kronus tools are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Plus, they're engineered to help you get the job done right, with comfort, convenience and ease. So, whether you're working on precision electronics projects, hobbies or household wiring needs, you'll know your Kronus tools are the only ones you'll ever need.
* Chrome-vanadium steel construction provides durability and rust resistance on select tools (with †)
* Comfortable, cushion-grip handles on pliers and cutters
What's in the box
* 1 x 5" Mini Long-nose Plier
* 1 x 4-1/2" Mini Diagonal Plier
* 1 x Stainless Steel Tweezer
* 1 x 1/4" Drive x 3" Extension Bar
* 4 x 1/4" Drive Sockets (5, 6, 8 and 10mm)
* 3 x Philips Bit Set (#1, #2, and #3)
* 3 x Slotted Bit Set (5/32", 3/16", and 1/4")
* 3 x Torx Bit Set (T-10, T-15 and T-20)
* 1 x 1/4" Socket Adapter
* 4 x Slotted Screwdrivers (1.2, 1.8, 2.4 and 3.0)
* 2 x Philips Screwdrivers (#0 and #1)
* 1 x Trifold Bolow Mold Case
BTW: To "complete" your tool kit, add these in and you'll be all set, and still be at or under $25.Hobbs Innovation
retrieval tool. Hobbs makes 3 different retrieval tools. They cost between $3 and $4 dollars depending on which you want.
Add in a Hampton 29432 LED Telescoping Flashlight w/Magnetic Tip
(about $9 USD).
You can get both of these at Cyberguys or from your favorite tech supplier. Here's the links if you want to get a closer look:http://www.cyberguys...l.asp?productID=3359http://www.cyberguys...=28538&curpage=2