I have used Vessel Impact Ball torsion screwdriver bits for a while now, and they seem to deliver premium performance.
Vessel Impact Ball bits are advertised as being shock-absorbing, and I also tend to use them with cordless screwdrivers, drills, and hand tools.
Their geometry is definitely different compared to most others on the market today, with a shock-absorbing ball positioned right in the middle of the torsion zone.
I like this type of screwdriver bit for 2 reasons – the insert bits are a little taller than standard insert-style bits while still being much shorter than power bits, and I love the compact cases they come with.
Plus, if I’m being honest, there’s a novelty factor – they’re different, and that sometimes makes mundane tasks just a little more enjoyable.
I have been using the sets and assortments featured below, and would buy them all again.
Vessel 5pc Phillips #2 Bit Set with MAG Charge Holder
This could be a good “try me” starter pack. It comes with a compact holder, 5 Ph #2 bits, and its holder doubles as a magnetizer and demagnetizer, which has value in itself.
Vessel 10pc Bit Assortment + Bit Holder in Pop-Up Case
If you’re looking for a more functional assortment, this 10+1 set comes with a range of sizes plus a bit holder in a neat compact case.
Vessel 30pc Bit Set + Bit Holder in Slide Case
This is a larger assortment in a compact case. The second row slides out when the lid opens, for easier retrieval.
Vessel 5pc Impact Ball Torsion Power Bit Set with MAG Charge Holder
I also like Vessel’s power-style screwdriver bits, although I don’t have many yet, just this small 5pc set.
It comes with Phillips #2 (2x), Square #2, Torx T20, and Torx T25 bit styles.
The bits are made in Japan, and the bit holders in China.
In my experiences thus far, the fastener fitment has been great, and the bits seem very durable. I would absolutely buy them again!
The insert and power bits are available in other assortments and also in bulk packaging, although selection can be limited and hard to decipher.
For instance, you can get a 15-pack of Phillips #2 power-style bits for ~$22. Other sizes and styles are available if you’re willing to search a bit, such as a 25-pack of Torx T20 bits, which are priced at ~$44.
Note: Be careful with imported Vessel bits purchased from overseas sellers, as they have a slightly different hex standard that doesn’t work well with USA-standard impact drivers.
I haven’t looked into the exact standards, but have learned by mistake that 1/4″ hex power bits imported from Japan have different locking end dimensions than USA and EU-standard bits. As such, they can be used with cordless drills and certain hex bit holders, but won’t lock into [most?] impact driver chucks.