Everyone needs a pocket screwdriver, technician’s screwdriver, or mini bit screwdriver of some kind. Whatever you want to call them, these screwdrivers are convenient for opening battery compartments and for gentle prying tasks.
Prying? My wife’s car key fob needs a new battery, and you have to pry it apart to get to the battery. One of my mini slotted screwdrivers is the only tool that can do this. So while screwdrivers being treated like pry bars is usually a big no-no, sometimes it’s the only way to get something done.
You have lots of options when it comes to convenient technician-type screwdrivers.
The Stanley 4-in-1 screwdriver that’s shown above is a great tool, but can be hard to find. Over at Amazon, you can only get decent pricing if you buy a 5-pack for $15 and change.
General Tools makes something similar, and you can get it for under $4 at Amazon. If you can find it locally, it’ll likely be $1 cheaper.
Klein has a new pocket screwdriver that’s really neat. It has an asymmetrical bit holder, and so you can set the driver to have a short or long shaft.
The $15 price (via Amazon) is a little high if the screwdriver will live in a junk drawer or kitchen cabinet most of the time, but this is a good screwdriver if you can find use for it.
There’s also a slightly less featured model for $10 via Amazon.
I would also maybe bring up the Picquic Teeny Turner. One thing to be aware of is that the Teeny Turner has very small bit shaft lengths. Picquic also has a 3-tool pack that comes with a mix of their screwdriver sizes, and I’d consider that if I couldn’t find a Teeny Turner locally. The set is also available in orange.
Shown here is the aforementioned General Tools 4-in-1 screwdriver next to a PB Swiss technician screwdriver. Both were discussed in my post about the next precision screwdrivers.
I use the PB Swiss screwdriver quite a bit, and one lives in the kitchen for use on battery-powered toys and similar needs.
The PB Swiss screwdriver is actually quite affordable at just under $10 via Count On Tools, and is priced even better during their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal every year. However, shipping fees usually make small orders costlier than expected.
One PB Swiss screwdriver (in red) has a Phillips #0 and medium slotted bit, and the others (available in red and many other colors) have a #00 Phillips bit and smaller slotted bit. The slotted bit from my #0 screwdriver measures ~3/32″, and so I’d guess the #00 slotted is ~1/16″. I have one in that size too, but cannot find it at the moment.
I’ve found Phillips #0 to be versatile enough for around-the-house battery compartment-type tasks, but I also have other mini screwdrivers available. I might recommend a 4-in-1 screwdriver over this 2-in-1, as there are times when you might need #0 or #00 over the other. On the other hand, a lot of 4-in-1 pocket screwdrivers, such as the Stanley, don’t have #00 bit sizes either. The Stanley has Phillips #1 and #0 bits, and slotted 5/32″ and 1/8″.
Regardless of the model, everyone needs some form of mini screwdriver in their kit.
A small set of precision or jewelers screwdrivers might be a good alternative, but you need to be more careful about product selection and quality. A $4 mini screwdriver set seems like a good idea until the shafts start free-spinning in their handles.
Precision bit sets are another option, but I’ve found it to be far easier to keep a simple 2- or 4-bit pocket screwdriver for shared use.
What mini screwdrivers do you use around the house or workshop?