Last year I backed the Tool Pen on Kickstarter and was pretty impressed with the quality of the Tool Pen and how the project was ran.
The Tool Pen mini is aimed at smaller stuff like small electronics, game console, laptop, tablet PC, mobile phone, toys, Meccano, music equipment, glasses, wristwatch, appliances, remote controller, as well as many household gadgets and personal ornaments.
I personally find the Tool Pen mini useful for travelling. It even has a SIM Eject Tool bit included.
Instead of holding 6 bits like the Tool Pen, the Tool Pen mini now holds 5 bits. The material of the bits has also been upgraded to S2 Tool Steel which makes it harder, stronger, and super durable for frequent use, according to mininch.
I pledged US$60 (S$86) for the Tool Pen mini Aplus Edition Gunmetal reward which consists of the Gunmetal mini Pen with 21 bits (SL1.5, SL2, SL2.5, PH00, PH0, H0.9, H1.3, H1.5, T6, T7, TR8, TR9, SIM Eject 0.8, and extra SL3, PH1, H2, TR10, S1, P2, P5, P6). Shipping is free.
The project was funded on 22nd May 2015 after raising US$350,119 out of their initial goal of US$15,000 from 4,644 backers.
The estimated delivery date is September 2015. Shipping started on 26th September 2015 and I received my Tool Pen mini two weeks later on 6th October 2015.
mininch is the only company I know on Kickstarter (out of the 32 projects I backed) that always meets the delivery date.
- Material: 6061 aluminum, sand-blasting finish
- Length: 133.5mm
- Diameter: 12.8mm
- Weight: 46g (with 5 bits inside)
- Color Edition: Snow Silver, Gunmetal, Champagne Gold
- Material: S2 Tool Steel
- Length: 35.6mm
- Diameter: 7.1mm
- Weight: 4.5g
- No. of types: 21 types for Tool Pen supported
- Slotted Bits (Flat): SL1.5, SL2, SL2.5, SL3
- Phillips Bits: PH00, PH0, PH1
- Hexagon Bits (Hex): H0.9, H1.3, H1.5, H2
- Torx Bits (Star): T6, T7
- Torx Security Bits: TR8, TR9, TR10
- Square Bits: S1
- SIM Eject Tool: 0.8
- Pentalobe Bits: P2, P5, P6
Because I backed the Tool Pen before, I have an additional limited edition gift which is the Bits Case for Tool Pen.