Klein has come out with new glow in the dark pliers that are designed to be easier to find in dark or dimly lit areas. The glow in the dark handles charge up in artificial or natural lighting and glow for up to 30 minutes.
Currently only 3 tools are available with the new handle coating: 9″ side-cutting pliers, 8″ high leverage diagonal pliers, and standard Klein Kurve wire strippers (8-16 AWG solid, 10-18 AWG stranded).
Buy Now: Side-Cutting Pliers, Diagonal Cutters, Wire Strippers (via Amazon)
The glow-handle pliers, cutters, and stripper are only a few dollars more expensive than the non-glow versions.
Model Numbers (Tool/Non-Glow/Glow)
- Side-cutting pliers, D2000-9NE, D2000-9NEGLW
- Diagonal cutters, D2000-28, D2000-28GLW
- Wire strippers, 11054, 11054GLW
While the idea is reasonable, and I really don’t want to jump on Klein for trying something new, a few hesitations keep me from glowing with optimism.
The phosphorescent handles will glow brighter and longer when charged in brighter light. But if you are using the tools for a few minutes in a dimly lit area and then drop them, the glow intensity will probably be quite dim.
The tools will require occasional cleaning, as the phosphorescent glow in the dark handles won’t charge up or glow if covered in a layer of grime.
If you have a habit of losing your basic electrical tools in the dark but don’t want to replace them with Klein’s glow-handled pliers just yet, here are some things you can do in the meantime:
Carry a flashlight or headlamp. (You really should be doing this anyways.)
Buy some glow in the dark duct tape ($6/roll via Amazon)?
You could potentially also drill a hole through the handle and add a small knot or key fob made from glow in the dark paracord (via Amazon). This won’t be very effective, but might be better than nothing.