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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #91 on: May 27, 2022, 09:57:09 AM
Solid work. Looking for more. Keep going and Im sure to buy one...even though I don't  need it.

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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #92 on: May 27, 2022, 10:26:54 AM
Damned, when I started reading the review, I thought "cool! that grey and orange case would match nicely with my Juice(s) S2 and Fiskars tools" ...
Then I followed along, got to the conclusion and ... "okay, not for me then"  :dunno:
not all reviewed tools can be good  :cheers:

So am I ! (mostly for the Wera, and maybe that blue boxed one, that wouldn't match with above mentioned tools  :rant:)

Not much orange on it anyway.  :D
For an orange case, the Beta, Dewalt, or Gearwrench ones would be fine. That Beta box looks so nice. I wish it was readily available. I'd have reviewed it already. :drool:





The one with the blue case, wow. It has some nice things going for it. Very glad I found it able to be shipped to Australia.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #93 on: May 27, 2022, 10:02:06 PM
The Wera Zyklop switch is a tiny Wera Zyklop. :D



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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #94 on: May 28, 2022, 12:32:15 AM


Klein 65200 Ratchet

Weight: 76g
Length: 109mm
Head width: 20mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 35mm (adds 10mm)
Teeth count: 72
Minimum swing arc: 5°
Bit retention: spring detent and magnet
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: 24$ with 5 stubby bits
Bits: Phillips 1 and 2, Slotted 3/16" and 1/4", 1/4" square adapter
Features: 5/16" (8mm) nut driver, 7/8" (22mm) finger loop

Accessories
The Klein comes with four stubby bits, a square adapter for sockets, and a tiny bit holder with five slots. The bits are not easy to remove from the bit holder. They are extremely tight, and since they are stubby, they do not have enough material to be grabbed.



Dimensions
The Klein is definitely a little long as far as edc ratchets go, coming in at 110mm. It is also the second heaviest, at 76 grams, behind the Titan swivel-head at 78 grams. The back of the ratchet head has a 5/16" (8mm) nut driver. This makes the head a little thick. The finger loop at the other end also flares out significantly.



Teeth Count
The head has 72 teeth, which is quite high. The ratchet has a minimum swing arc of five degrees for the head to engage the next tooth.

Bit Retention
Unique to the Klein, the ratchet head has both a magnet and a spring to keep bits in place. Also, since the back of the head does not have a flush hole, bits can not be pushed from the back to aid removal.
Due to all this, bits are very difficult to remove. Stubby bits are impossible to remove with just fingers.

A way to solve this is a small screw inserted through the back. With a bit inserted, the screw will be pushed back a little, but still held in place by the magnet. To remove any bit easily, simply pushing the screw in will disengage the bit from the magnet and spring.
It is always frustrating to have bits stay in the fastener or drop out of the ratchet, but in this case, the retention is unnecessarily strong.

Bit compatibility
Double-ended bits do not engage and cannot be turned.
Leatherman bits do engage quite convincingly and can be used to great success. For best results, insert the bits so that the spring engages the bit's sides.



Switch action
The switch is very short and flat. It would be very difficult to have it accidentally bump against something and have the ratchet direction change. It has good retention, and it is very easy to operate.

Ease of use
The knurled finger wheel protrudes enough from the head and it is the easiest wheel to operate so far. The ratchet is long and provides excellent torque. The stem is flat compared to the cylindrical ones of most ratchets. This helps with grip and comfort. The finger loop allows for various grip configurations.
The extreme bit retention becomes tiresome rather quickly, but this can be eliminated with a small screw to act as a quick-release button.
The head is narrow and has a high teeth count.
Due to the 5/16" nut driver on the back of the head, the head is arguably taller than is needs to be. It adds 10mm to an inserted bit;s c;earance, which is the second worst, behind the Titan swivel-head ratchet, which adds 13mm. Stubby bits will aid the Klein in reaching fasteners in tight spots, but it only comes with four, and removing them from the ratchet head requires metallic assistance.



Construction Quality
The Klein mini ratchet is well-made. Its mirror finish is consistent. The ratchet mechanism has good fitment in the head, with very little wobble. All edges are nicely rounded off. The logos and numbers are crisply etched on the body.

Portability
Despite being a little long, and a little wide at one end, the Klein carries nicely, thanks to the finger loop. It can be stuffed in a pocket but retrieved easily. It can also accept the thickest of carabiners and cords to be hanged or even tethered to a belt or ring.

Because the head is so tall, it does not fit multi-tool pouch side-sleeves. It may fit in a pocket organizer if the webbing is wide enough for the ratchet's head to make it through.



Value
At $24, it is a little sad that the Klein comes with a small bit holder and only five stubby bits. It is definitely a high quality tool, with some nice features, and a few we have not seen before.

Conclusion
If nothing else, the Klein mini ratchet is interesting. It has both a magnet and a spring. It has a finger loop that is very useful. The head has a built-in 5/16" nut driver. It has a high teeth count and probably the best knurled finger wheel so far.

Having the bit retention be this strong is curious. This is the common spring that is found in high quality mini ratchets, like the Topeak, Prestacycle, Wera, etc. This spring is perfectly capable of keeping bits in place. The magnet only makes it harder.

The listings for this refer to it as a "slim profile ratchet" and mention its "low profile head". It will certainly reach fasteners in some tight spots, but the body is most definitely the least slim so far. The stem starts flaring out near the loop, and the loop itself flares out to 30mm. Also, because of the nut driver on the back of the head, and because the magnet itself is about 3mm thick, the head on its own is 20mm thick, and with a standard bit inserted the clearance is 35mm. This is probably why it comes with stubby bits, but even then, it comes with only four bits and a socket adapter. There are many other mini ratchets that have a much lower bit clearance.


Klein, Wera, Anex, Topeak, Mulwark

It would have been better if the Klein did not cost $24, or if it came with more accessories. The 5/16" (8mm) nut driver may be useful to some, but it increases the head's thickness and bit clearance significantly. Omitting it would have slimmed down the head, improving the bit clearance. It would have allowed the magnet to be flush with the back of the head, and add a magnetic pick up function.

The Klein ratchet is undoubtedly a high quality tool with a lot to offer. Not everyone needs some of its features. This is only recommended as long as the pros outweigh the cons for you.


Klein, Wera, Anex, Topeak, Mulwark

Pros
-Good quality.
-High teeth count.
-Excellent ergonomics.
-Finger loop allows various grips and tethering options.

Cons
-Head adds 10mm to bit clearance.
-With no bit inserted, the head is 20mm thick.
-Comes with only 5 bits.
-One end is very wide due to finger loop.
-Bit removal is not easy.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #95 on: May 29, 2022, 08:21:33 AM
Quite a nice one, but seems it was not meant for EDC but more for specific tasks with the nut driver side and such.

BUT put that awful Phillips screw down and use anything that is not a Phillips screw as a push button  :pok:

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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #96 on: May 30, 2022, 09:15:22 AM
Well, this was good timing. I guess that finger loop is even better than I thought. :cheers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4hsIF0KxXI


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #97 on: May 30, 2022, 11:47:30 AM


Wiha Mini Ratchet Go-Box Set

Weight: 70g
Set weight: 298g
Length: 90mm
Head width: 17mm
Case length: 107mm
Case width: 40mm
Case height: 30mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 30mm (adds 5mm)
Teeth count: 72
Minimum swing arc: 5°
Bit retention: magnet
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: S2 Steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: 40$ with 30 bits, locking extension, and metal case
Bits:
Phillips #1 x2, #2 x2, #3 x2
Pozidriv: 1, 2, 3
Robertson: 1, 2, 3
Allen: 1/8, 9/64, 5/32, 3/16, 7/32, 1/4
Allen: 3, 4, 5, 6
Torx: 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, 30, 40
1/4" square adapter

Accessories
The Wiha Go-Box set comes with the mini ratchet, 29 impact-rated S2 steel bits, a square adapter for sockets, a locking bit extension, and a metal case. The case has a hard rubber insert that holds everything securely. The case is tall enough to hold the bits upright. The extension fits into under the ratchet. Once closed, everything is rather silent. The contents will not rattle. Some wobbling is audible with extreme shaking, and the case will not open on accident. The bits are held in by friction, so they will survive the upside-down test, but the ratchet just sits in its spot, so it will fall out. Some basic care must be taken when opening the case.
The case is nicely made, with a long hinge pin engaging multiple places of the two case halves. The pin seems to want to pop out with multiple openings, so users may want to address this by slightly bending it or blocking the two hinge ends.
The main feature of the case is its size. For a case that holds a mini ratchet, an extension, and thirty bits, this is impressively compact. Nothing we have seen so far comes even close to how tiny the container is for how much it holds.



Dimensions
The Wiha mini ratchet is among the shortest so far, coming in at only 90mm. It is rather stocky though, at 70g, so definitely hefty. The head is 16mm wide, so quite slim. The head adds 5mm to an inserted bit, which may cause some issues with access.
The case is also worth mentioning. There is very little unused space, which has been common with the bit-set based ratchets. This case will fit comfortably in a pocket with room to spare, and will take very little real estate in a toolbag.



Teeth Count
The ratchet head has 72 teeth, which give a 5 degree minimum swing arc to engage the next tooth. This will help turn fasteners even if there is very little room to swing the ratchet.

Bit Retention
The bits are held in with a magnet. The magnet is right in the sweet spot; not too weak to have bits get stuck on fasteners, but not strong enough to make bit removal a hassle.

Bit compatibility
The ratchet cannot be used with double-ended bits. The head is too shallow for them to engage. Stubby bits are easy to remove thanks to the modest magnet and comparatively shallow slot.



Switch action
The Wiha has a rather large switch compared to other ratchets. It is a shorter version of the CyclingDeal ratchet switch, as the two ratchets share the same head. The shorter switch of the Wiha is a better approach. It is not as prone to bump onto things as its counterpart. It has a nice detent, and thank to its size, it is very easy to operate.

Ease of use
The Wiha mini ratchet has a stocky body, Fingers are guided intuitively to its thin, flat stem, with the bulbous stem acting as a stop. This arrangement locks the thumb against the back of the stem, providing excellent control and ergonomics. Of course, everything is chamfered nicely, and the ratchet feels wonderful in the hand.
There is a knurled wheel to aid with speed spinning for somewhat loose fasteners. This protrudes ever so slightly from the frame, making it very easy to grip and turn. The magnet holds bits securely, but removing them is very easy.

The included extension has a magnet, but is also locking. Bits are inserted normally. To remove a bit, pull the collar back. The bit will be disengaged from the lock, but still held in with the magnet. This is a nice addition and something we have not seen so far. A standard extension would have sufficed, but a locking one is even better.

The case is held closed securely, but opens easily with one hand. Everything can be accessed with no issues. No extra tools needed. The bits are arranged in two rows of fifteen. The bits are impact-rated and made out of S2 steel. The selection is comprehensive, and even includes both imperial and metric Allen bits. Of course, these are standard bits, and can be swapped with any standard bits, should the kit not include what users require.



Construction Quality
Wiha is among the most well-known tool brands, and it shows. Everything just exhibits quality and inspires confidence.
The ratchet, the extension, the bits, the case, everything has been finished professionally. Edges are precise, finishes are crisp and consistent. The bits provide excellent fitment in fasteners. There are no imperfections.

Portability
The ratchet short and with a streamlined body. Nothing really protrudes to make it unsuitable for edc pouches and the like. The hourglass body makes it fit nicely in multi-tool pouch side-sleeves. It is a bit heavy for its size, but definitely not a deal-breaker. It is also short enough to fit comfortably in an Altoids tin.

For once, the case is also tiny. This is a nice change of pace, considering some bulky, space-wasting cases we've seen. This will take little space in a pocket or bag. Of course, 298g (10.5oz) is not exactly lightweight, but this is the most comprehensive and compact kit so far.



Value
At $40, this may seem expensive. It certainly is more expensive than many other kits, but a quick look at the whole kit will make things clearer. The ratchet is nice and short, with a high teeth count, knurled finger wheel, and great ergonomics. The bit selection is extensive, and made of S2 steel. The extension is locking. The case is metallic, and just as large as it has to be, with no space wasted. This is above and beyond what other kits offer. Quality tools will always cost more than the no-name tools of questionable materials and wishful performance.
This kit has dipped down to $36, so even better.

Conclusion
It should be obvious that I recommend this. The ratchet has a high teeth count, knurled finger wheel, and great ergonomics. The extension is locking. The bits are impact-rated, S2 steel, and there are 29 of them, plus a socket adapter. The case is also wonderful, holding everything securely, while being all cute and tiny.

Compared to other sets, this may seem overpriced, but even then, the comparison is unfair. The Wiha set is among the best sets available. Every component is of high quality. No other set so far comes close to how comprehensive and compact this set is.

Certainly, this set is not perfect. This thread is exploring edc ratchets, so this may not be the absolute best choice. It is still a good choice, though. The case is small enough for a day bag, and if you do not feel like carrying the whole set, the ratchet is the third shortest so far. If you are just looking for a ratchet and a few bits to put in your edc pouch, this may be overqualified. Nevertheless, a good tool deserves a mention for those looking.


Pros
-High teeth count.
-High construction quality.
-Great ergonomics.
-Massive selection of impact-rated, S2 steel bits, which include both imperial and metric Allen.
-Case is metallic and extremely compact.

Cons
-Head adds 5mm to bit clearance.

Nitpicks
-The Torx could be Tamper-proof.
-The ratchet could have an in-line driver.
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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #98 on: June 12, 2022, 05:00:25 PM
Finally saw some new ratchets added on Amazon. :woohoo:


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #99 on: June 12, 2022, 05:11:20 PM


Rujoi Flex-head bit ratchet

Weights
Ratchet: 69g
Extension: 33g
Set: 265g

Length: 128mm (The Amazon listing says it is 100mm long. It is not. The seller reassured me it will be corrected).
Head width: 18mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 27mm (adds 2mm)
Teeth count: 60
Minimum swing arc: 6°
Bit retention: spring detent
In-line driver bit socket: yes
In-line driver socket bit retention: magnet
Bit material: S2 steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: 40$ with  12 bits, 1/4" square adapter, 3 sockets, extension, and case
Bits: Phillips 2, Torx 10/20/25/30, Allen 2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8, 1/4" square adapter
Sockets: 8mm, 9mm, 10mm
Flex-head positions: 15° increments

Accessories
The Rujoi Flex-head ratchet comes with twelve S2 steel bits, a square adapter for sockets, three sockets, a long extension, and a hard nylon case.
The case is clam-shell with a zipper. One side has a foam insert, which has cut-outs for the ratchet, bits, sockets, and socket adapter. The other side has an upright mesh pocket that houses the extension. The pocket runs about half the length of the case.



Dimensions
At 128mm, this is the longest ratchet yet. It may not fit a small edc pouch. This exact head can be found on shorter ratchets. The head is 18mm, which is narrow enough. The head adds 2mm to an inserted bit's clearance. Quite good.



Teeth Count
The ratchet has 60 teeth. This is on the higher side, and it means the ratchet has a minimum swing arc of only six degrees to engage the next tooth.

Bit Retention
The ratchet head has a retention spring, which is the same spring found on other high quality ratchets, like the Topeak, Prestacycle, Wera, etc.
The in-line driver has a magnet of above average strength.

Bit compatibility
The ratchet is a nigh-pass-through design, so it works with most double-ended bits. For Leatherman bits, the spring has to engage their retention notches, so the bits do not fall out. Stubby bits are easy to remove, thanks to the hole in the back of the ratchet head. Bits can be pushed out enough for them to disengage the spring.
The in-line driver and extension driver are too shallow for double-ended bits. Leatherman bits engage but barely, and have too much flop from side to side to be used effectively. Stubby bits do not sink in but they are not particularly easy to remove.



Switch action
The switch is short and flat. It rests on a completely flat surface and has excellent detent. It does not get in the way of the flex-head pivot or the knurled wheel.

Ease of use
As a flex-head ratchet, the Rujoi offers a clear advantage compared to fixed head ratchets. The flex-head is locking and moves in 15° increments. Thank to the various positions of the head, this ratchet can access fasteners in confined spaces that will not allow fixed head ratchets to move as much.

This ratchet happens to share its head with the Prestacycle T-handle ratchet. As such, the Rujoi can also accept the extension as a T-handle, and provide additional torque to the in-line driver.

As this is 128mm, users with large hands may find it easier to hold and use, compared to other much shorter ratchets, like the Ares, Topeak, or Wiha.

With 60 teeth, and a locking flex-head that is only 18mm wide, the Rujoi is very versatile and efficient.



Construction Quality
The Rujoi is a high quality tool. It is machined flawlessly. All surfaces and edges are crisp. The ratchet mechanism, the flex-head mechanism, the switch, the button, everything moves smoothly and precisely, with excellent tolerances. There are no imperfections, no pitting, no burrs, no unfinished spots. Construction quality is as high as it gets with these.

Portability
Compared to other ratchets we have seen so far, this is the longest, and it has the longest extension as well. This may interfere with edc pouches. The Rujoi will not fit in pouches and tins other ratchets will. If length is an issue, this may not be the best option.



It does come with a nice case, that is not extremely bulky. Of course, the foam insert that holds everything in place leaves a lot of unused space. This can be mitigated by simply making more holes in the insert to accommodate more bits, or just removing the insert completely.



Value
This set costs $40. Certainly a lot, but also worth it.
One of the best ratchet we have seen so far was the Prestacycle T-handle ratchet. It is interesting to compare that with the Rujoi, since they both offer the T-handle configuration, and cost the exact same amount.
The Rujoi is first and foremost a locking flex-head ratchet, so this is already a massive advantage.
The Rujoi comes with a more versatile case, that can hold much more, and can also be used for anything else. The Prestacycle case is much more restrictive.
The Rujoi comes with S2 steel bits. The selection is the same as the Prestacycle, but its bits are Chrome-Vanadium.
The Rujoi also comes with three sockets and a socket adapter. Not a big advantage, but the Prestacycle did not come with any.
And the main feature of the Prestacycle is not sacrificed. The Rujoi can also accept the long extension as a T-handle.
The Prestacycle is still one of the best value ratchets we have seen, so the Rujoi is also one by default.

Conclusion
Comparing the Rujoi to the Prestacycle was unavoidable. They share the same ratchet head, and they both accept long extensions for a T-handle configuration. And the Rujoi has the edge is pretty much all categories compared to the Prestacycle, except length.

Even when looking at the Rujoi by itself, it still comes out on top. It is very well-made, with a great bit selection. The bits are made out of S2 steel. It also has a socket adapter and three sockets. It also comes with a long extension and a handy case. It is also a locking flex-head ratchet. This comes in handy for fasteners in awkward places. The Rujoi can also be used with pretty much any double-ended bit. Bits can be removed easily thank to the hole in the back of the head. This is not a small deal, since we have seen many ratchets struggle with bit removal. The Rujoi adds only 2mm to a bit's clearance, and has a narrow head as well.

The Rujoi seems to cover all the bases as far as edc ratchets go. The features go on and on, and the only compromise is the increased length, and a seemingly high -but fair- price compared to others. This is nothing short of impressive. The Rujoi has no real disadvantages to speak of. It is one of the best deals around, putting other ratchets to shame. Highly recommended.



Pros
-Flex-head feature provides versatility.
-High quality.
-High number of teeth.
-T-handle configuration allows for additional torque.
-Nigh pass-though head works with all double-ended bits.
-Better grip for people with large hands.
-Excellent assortment of S2 steel bits.

Cons
-Possibly a little too long for edc.
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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #100 on: June 13, 2022, 01:39:54 AM
Thanks for doing this reviews. :hatsoff:

Is there a reason you haven't reviewed the Chapman's mini ratchet?

https://chapmanmfg.com/products/famous-midget-ratchet-cm-13

It's one of my favorites. Yes, the regular bits you have to keeep in place with your thumb you they don't pass threw, but their bits work great, and it's one of the most EDCable ratchets out there, very slimm but capable.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #101 on: June 13, 2022, 01:11:15 PM
Thanks!  :cheers:

I was thinking of getting the Chapman mini ratchet, and I may end up picking one up in the future.
The thing is, it only has 20 teeth, it is a pass-through design, and uses proprietary bits. :-\
Texas Tool Crib did a wonderful review on it on youtube, so I feel I know everything I need.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #102 on: June 17, 2022, 05:29:37 AM


Wera Mini Zyklop 1

Weight: 55g
Length: 87mm
Head width: 18mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 28mm (adds 3mm)
Teeth count: 60
Minimum swing arc: 6°
Bit retention: spring detent
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: $32 with a square socket drive bit
Bits: 1/4" square socket drive

Accessories
The Wera mini Zyklop comes with a 1/4" square socket drive.



Dimensions
The mini Zyklop is the third shortest ratchet so far, behind the Jackly key-chain ratchet at 60mm and the Ares at 85mm. It is about mid-range weight-wise, at 55 grams. Certainly a bit heavy for how short it is. The head is 18mm wide, and adds only 3mm to a bit's clearance.



Teeth Count
The head has 60 teeth, for a six degree minimum swing arc. This is above average. The head is essentially the same as the Rujoi flex-head and the Prestacycle T-Handle ratchets. The only difference head-wise is that those two have a nigh pass-through head. The mini Zyklop's back plate has a circular hole, so it cannot accommodate an extension for the T-handle configuration.

Bit Retention
The mini Zyklop has the common spring of high-quality ratchets, like the Prestacycle, Topeak, Giant, etc. It has excellent bit retention, as it engages a bit's notches. The head has a hole in the back to aid in removing bits.

Bit compatibility
The mini Zyklop is compatible with many double-ended bits, as long as one end can fit through the hole in the back of the head.
For Leatherman flat bits, the spring has to engage the bit notches, to prevent them from falling out.
Stubby bits can be removed easily by pushing them from the back with a thumb.



Switch action
The Wera mini Zyklop's switch is a tiny Wera Zyklop.
The switch is short and flat, sliding along contours on the handle. It has excellent detent and does not want to turn accidentally.



Ease of use
Featuring the kraftform™ design, the Wera mini Zyklop handle guides the fingers in a natural position. The chunky body reduces fatigue and the scallops provide additional traction. Due to the short length, this is a three finger grip. This may limit the torque that users can apply, and two hands may be required to do the job.

The Zyklop has 60 teeth, and thus a six degree minimum swing arc. The head is 18mm wide and adds 3mm to an inserted bit's clearance. The mini Zyklop ratchet is definitely capable for turning fasteners with restricted access.

There is also a knurled finger wheel to deal with loose fasteners.

The ratchet head has a hole in the back, so double-ended bits will work with this, and stubby bits can be pushed out through the back for easier removal.



Construction Quality
The Wera mini Zyklop is a high quality tool and it shows. The satin finish is crisp and consistent. There are no machining imperfections. The ratchet mechanism has very little wobble in the head. Tolerances are excellent. The logo and serial number are engraved flawlessly.

Portability
This is very short, and will fit comfortably in multi-tool pouch side-sleeves, with the wide body aiding in retention. It will also fit nicely in edc pouches. It may have trouble with thin pen slots. It is so short, it can even be attached to your keys. It will also replace many ratchets in their kits quite convincingly, which will most likely be a huge upgrade.



Value
At $32 with only a square drive socket adapter, this costs a fair amount. This is understandable to some degree. It is a premium tool, with excellent build quality, and nice features. The only other ratchet that came with less was the PK Tools mini ratchet, which had no accessories, but cost only $16.
The mini Zyklop does have a lifetime warranty, which cannot be said for most ratchets we have seen.

Conclusion
The high price is scaring a few people away, there is no way around that. The mini Zyklop ratchet costs $32 and comes with a square drive adapter and nothing else. We have seen ratchets that come in kits of various sizes for far less. Still, not all ratchets are comparable to this.

This is one of the most robust compact ratchets. The Topeak, PK Tools, Giant, etc come close to its size, but are not as resilient. The Zyklop has a higher teeth count, better ergonomics, and will endure more abuse. Comparing it to ratchets that share the same head is also not exactly easy. Certainly the Prestacycle and Rujoi flex-head offer more features and accessories, but those are the longest ratchets so far, whereas the mini Zyklop is very short.

It does seem a little overpriced considering that this is made by the same OEM that makes the Wiha, Prestacycle, Rujoi, Giant, CyclingDeal, and many other high end Taiwanese ratchets. Quality over quantity seems to be the Zyklop's motto. Does the short, chunky, kraftform™ handle justify the price? This is not easy to answer. Are you looking for an average ratchet with a bit set? Are you looking for a spare just in case? Are you looking for a good ratchet to supplement your edc pouch? If the Wera meets your requirements, then the asking price will likely not matter all that much. It would not make sense to say that I do not recommend this tiny, ergonomic, well-made ratchet, that also has a lifetime warranty.



Pros
-Excellent quality.
-High teeth count.
-Knurled finger wheel.
-Great ergonomics.
-Lifetime warranty.

Cons
-More expensive than most options.
-Possibly too short for people with large hands.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #103 on: June 30, 2022, 04:54:42 PM


Anex low profile ratchet

Weight: 57g
Length: 109mm
Head width: 16mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 26mm (adds 1mm)
Teeth count: 16
Minimum swing arc: 22.5°
Bit retention: magnet
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: $18 with bits
Bits: Slotted 6, Phillips 1/2/3, Allen 2.5/3/4/5/6

Accessories
The Anex comes with nine stubby bits, and a plastic bit holder with eight positions. The bit holder has a sticker with the bit specifications. Each position has a hole on the bottom, which makes removing bits easy. The bit holder has good bit retention.



Dimensions
The Anex is certainly on the longer side of edc ratchets, at 109mm. It is thin, with a 16mm wide head, and also very flat. At 57 grams, it is about average weight.



Teeth Count
The teeth count is the lowest it can be, tying with the Mulwark/Neiko ratchets at only 16 teeth. This means that the Anex has a minimum swing arc of 22.5 degrees to engage a tooth and get a fastener to turn. This is the most demanding when it comes to available clearance.

Bit Retention
The Anex has a magnet to hold bits in. This is the first ratchet that has an exposed magnet. The magnet sits almost flush with the back side of the head. It has excellent retention, and this can be increased further, by placing bits on the magnet.

Bit compatibility
Double-ended bits are too long to engage in the shallow ratcheting socket. Stubby bits can be removed easily.



Switch action
The switch protrudes through the back of the frame. Spring-loaded of course, it has good retention. No other switch sits this far away from the ratchet head so far. It is cone-shaped and rather small. This limits the chances of it being bumped accidentally and reversing. It is still very easy and intuitive to operate it.

Ease of use
This is advertised as a low profile ratchet, and rightly so. It only adds 1mm to a bit's clearance. It also comes with nine stubby bits. It also has a very narrow head, at 16mm. Of course, having only 16 teeth is not doing it any favors. If there is not enough room to swing the tool to engage the next tooth, it will not be able to turn any fasteners.

The ratchet gear is oversized and the teeth are exposed, so this acts as its own knurled finger wheel. No need to swing the tool if a fastener is loose. This helps the limits of the 22.5 degree minimum swing arc.

The ratchet is a little longer than the average edc ratchet, which provides a good grip and a decent amount of torque.
The switch is easy to use, and it is not prone to turn accidentally. Bits are easy to remove.



An interesting and so far unique feature is the exposed magnet. Thanks to this, the ratchet can be attached to ferrous surfaces, for quick access. This also allows bits to be temporarily kept on the ratchet, should the user require swapping between bits often. Adding a bit to the back of the ratchet increases the magnet's strength. For bits that have tight fitment and would perhaps remain in the fastener rather than the ratchet, simply placing a bit on the magnet will make the pull stronger and keep the bits in the ratchet. Of course, thanks to the magnet being exposed, the ratchet can be used as a pick-up tool, to promptly gather loose screws etc.



Construction Quality
The Anex is of the sandwich construction. Two metal plates riveted together, holding all the internals. The fit and finish is good and consistent. The satin finish is crisp. The logo and place of manufacture are engraved flawlessly. The rivets are perfectly centered and chamfered. The ratchet gear is expertly machined, with clearly defined teeth. The ratcheting mechanism has possibly the least amount of wobble in the frame, compared to all other ratchets we have seen. All edges are nicely rounded off, with no hot-spots. The tool is very tactile, with the exposed gear, oversized pawl, cone switch, and smooth satin finish.

Portability
The Anex ratchet is very narrow and thin. Granted, other ratchets have a much thinner, cylindrical stem. Still, the Anex fits very comfortably in multi-tool pouch side-sleeves and edc pouches. It will sit nicely in a pen slot. Thanks to the exposed magnet, it can also be stored on a ferrous surface, like a fridge, desk, or shelf, and be ready when needed.



Value
At the time of this review, the Anex cost $18. It came with nine stubby bits, and a bit holder. Rather average at first glance, but then again, not all ratchets can be amazing deals. Still, this is a better deal than it would seem.

Conclusion
First of all, the Anex does what it says on the box. It is a true low-profile ratchet. The head is narrow and flat, and it comes with nine stubby bits.
Also, the exposed gear works like a finger wheel. This is not advertised, though it probably should be. This helps make quick work of loose fasteners.
The switch is also a different approach. It is a tiny cone, far away from the head. This all but eliminates the chances of it hanging up on something and reversing, and yet it is arguably the easiest switch to operate so far.

The exposed magnet is also not advertised, and it adds a great amount of versatility to the ratchet. Other bits can be stored temporarily on the back. A bit on the back increases the inserted bit's retention. The ratchet can function as a magnetic pick-up tool. It can also be stored on ferrous surfaces for quick access. This little detail, probably accidental, adds functions that no other ratchet can readily emulate so far.

Lastly, the fit and finish are excellent. This shares construction elements with other sandwich ratchets, like the Mulwark ratchet. The difference in quality is obvious. The ratchet mechanism has the least amount of wobble than any other ratchet we have seen. Tolerances are precise. All edges are perfectly rounded for a comfortable grip. The rivets are perfectly peened and polished.

Considering everything it has to offer, the Anex low-profile ratchet is a good investment. It has capabilities other ratchets do not, it is well-made, it comes with a nice, stubby bit set. As far as edc is concerned, this is perfectly acceptable as well. It is thin and narrow, and will compliment your edc toolkit nicely. Recommended.



Pros
-Exposed magnet provides versatility.
-Good stubby bit selection.
-Low profile head.
-Excellent fit and finish.
-Exceptionally designed switch.

Cons
-Only 16 teeth.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #104 on: July 01, 2022, 06:47:40 AM
I just bought a 8€ set from Lidl : Parkside bit and ratchet set, not sure it's worth the 8€ I paid  :facepalm:
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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #105 on: July 01, 2022, 06:57:18 AM
No worries. I like ratchets.  :cheers:


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #106 on: July 01, 2022, 10:14:26 PM

Lidl Parkside HG05938

Weight: ?g
Length: 100mm
Head width: 19mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 33mm
Teeth count: 80 /!\
Minimum swing arc: 4.5° in theory regarding the teeth count... but, no, seriously, the head play is so bad it has like15°
Bit retention: magnet
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: 8€ with a square socket drive bit and square socket extension
Bits: 19 1/4" bits, 1 square socket drive bit, 7 sockets (6 to 12mm)

Accessories
19 1/4" bits,
1 square socket drive bit,
7 sockets (6 to 12mm)

Dimensions


Teeth Count
Quite high, but nearly useless thanks to the play in every joints in that ratchet.

Bit Retention
Very good retention with the magnet.

Bit compatibility
no compatibility with double head bits
Stubby bits can be removed with some persuasion.


Switch action
The switch is short but not flat, it has a correct detent and does not want to turn accidentally.


Ease of use
No knurled wheel for thumb action.

Construction Quality
As good as a 8€tool can be  :pok:
Horizontal/polar play around the teeth, vertical play on the joints (see pics)

Portability
The box could be much smaller/compact, but looks reasonably sturdy

Value
8€ is a really fair price for a tool like that : the tool is not of "good quality" as a Wera, Victorinox, or Facom tools can be, but it is "good enough" for time-to-time work.

Conclusion
The low price makes it attractive as a disposable tool : don't expect it for either heavy duty use or even regular use. It could very well fit as a tool that you'll use once in a while and can lend to friends without worrying of it being broken : it will eventually break, but no one will bother  :dunno:

Pros
-High teeth count.
-Many accessories
-Cheap
Cons
-Cheap
-Quality as low as the price
-No extension for use with standard hex bits.

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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #107 on: July 07, 2022, 03:23:18 PM
Well, for the money, that's a good enough set. I got a ratchet that looks a lot like that one. But mine is fine. Not impressive, but usable.

I've seen a few bit ratchet sets in my local shops, that are not available in Amazon etc. I might just pick up a couple. :cheers:


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #108 on: July 22, 2022, 10:53:07 AM
Thanks to your enabling great reviews I now own way more ratchets than I need. But do you have recommendations for bit storage? All I can find are hard plastic holders which make the bits difficult to retrieve until they wear... and then become too loose. There has to be a better solution (a softer material, a holder with magnets?) but everywhere I look it seems there's only one model available.



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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #109 on: July 22, 2022, 11:51:13 AM
Thanks to your enabling great reviews I now own way more ratchets than I need. But do you have recommendations for bit storage? All I can find are hard plastic holders which make the bits difficult to retrieve until they wear... and then become too loose. There has to be a better solution (a softer material, a holder with magnets?) but everywhere I look it seems there's only one model available.

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I have found a storage method that works perfectly for my edc. I'll take pictures and explain in detail tomorrow. :cheers:
I have a couple of ratchets -not yet reviewed but close- that have arguably the best bit holders of all. They're next to be reviewed. After the next one. :D


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #110 on: July 22, 2022, 12:13:24 PM


Penggong mini ratchet

Weights
Ratchet: 67g
Extension: 26g
Bits in holder: 75g
Entire kit: 201g

Length: 93mm
Head width: 18mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 32mm (adds 7mm)
Teeth count: 60
Minimum swing arc: 6°
Bit retention: magnet
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: $13 with 10 double-ended bits, spring-loaded bit holder, locking bit extension, and carrying case.
Bits:
1. Allen 2 - Tri-point 1
2. Allen 3 - Phillips 2
3. Allen 4 - Phillips 1
4. Allen 5 - Phillips 0
5. Allen 6 - Spanner 6
6. Allen 2.5 - Tamper-proof Torx 10
7. Triangle 2.3 - Tamper-proof Torx 15
8. Slotted 3 - Tamper-proof Torx 20
9. Slotted 5 - Tamper-proof Torx 25
10. Slotted 6 - Tamper-proof Torx 30


Accessories
The Penggong ratchet comes with 10 double-ended bits, a spring-loaded bit holder cartridge, locking bit extension, and carrying case.

The bits are double-ended, but they are the same length as standard bits.

The bit holder has ten slots, each with its own button and bit specifications. Pressing the button releases a bit and exposes one end. There is some rattling but the bits cannot simply fall out. The holder can hold standard bits as well. Stubby bits will sink in too deep and require tools to extract them.
The holder inserts in the carrying case and is held in place with a push-tab.

The extension is spring-loaded and locking. The collar has to be pulled back for both inserting and removing bits. This extension is made for standard bits. The double-ended bits the ratchet comes with have their retention notches in the middle. Most of these bits do not engage properly in the extension and do not lock. Standard bits engage and lock properly.

The carrying case has a belt clip that has stops at the horizontal and vertical positions. The ratchet and extension clip into it. The teeth that secure the ratchet and extension are not flexible, and they have developed white spots from stress. The bit holder cartridge inserts into its own pocket, and is held in place by a somewhat flexible tab.


Bottom right: Common double-ended bit, Leatherman bit, standard bit, Penggong bit, SK ratchet stubby bit (18mm), SK ratchet ultra stubby (12mm)

Dimensions
This is 93 mm long, which is mid-range. Long enough to provide a good grip and decent torque, and short enough for edc. At 67 grams, this is a bit on the heavy side. The head is 18mm wide, which is excellent.



Teeth Count
The Penggong ratchet has 60 teeth, which means it has a 6 degree minimum swing arc. This is quite high, certainly for a ratchet this inexpensive.

Bit Retention
The bits are held in by a magnet. It has good retention and holds on bits firmly.

Bit compatibility
The ratchet socket is rather deep, to accommodate the double-ended bits it comes with. Because of this the ratchet is compatible with common double-ended bits that are a little longer than an inch. Regular double-ended bits engage for about 1mm, but can be used. Leatherman bits engage much more and have about as much play as standard one-ended bits.
Stubby bits sink in a little too deep. The tip is exposed and they can be used, but they are difficult to remove.



Switch action
The switch is short and has good detent. It sits in its own scalloped area. As it is somewhat hidden, it is unlikely to get bumped accidentally and have it reverse the action.

Ease of use
With 60 teeth, the Penggong has a minimum swing arc of only six degrees. The head is 18mm wide, so this can come in handy for accessing fasteners in crammed locations. The head adds 7 mm to a bit's clearance. Stubby bits could help with this, but they are not easy to remove from the deep ratchet socket.

The handle shape is very reminiscent of the Wera Zyklop mini handle. Of course the Penggong lacks the scallops. The neck is longer. The flaring of its handle is also more pronounced. The Penggong is very comfortable to hold. The fingers are guided into a natural grip. Due to the length, this is a three-finger grip.

The ratchet has a knurled finger wheel. This is almost flush with the head. It is not hard to use, but requires a little finger pinching to get it to spin.

The bits are double-ended, but they are the same length as regular 1/4" bits. There are ten bits, so we have twenty drivers. Included are Philips, slotted, six metric Allen ends, five tamper-proof Torx, a triangle, a tri-wing, and a spanner end. Certainly a comprehensive set, that manages to be compact, thank to the bits being double-ended.

The bit holder is a stand-alone piece that can be removed from the holder and carried separately. Every bit has a push button to release it. The holder has bit sizes on the outside, to quickly identify the one needed. This can also hold standard, single-ended bits. Do not place stubby bits in this. They will sink in and removing them will not be easy.

The extension sits on the back of the holder. This adds a few steps to its removal, as the whole case must be removed from the belt in order to access the extension. It is a locking extension which also has a magnet. The collar has to be pulled back for both inserting and removing bits. This works perfectly with standard bits. The ball bearings that engage the retention notches are just the right height. The bits the ratchet came with do not lock in this extension, because the retention notches are at the very middle of the bit length. It is curious that this happens. A simple, deep extension would have been better. The bits can still be used in this extension, and standard bits will lock in it properly, so arguably nothing is lost.



Construction Quality
The case is made of hard plastic. This does not feel high-quality. There are stress marks on the parts that the ratchet and extension clip onto.
The extension is a common locking extension. The finish has a worn look to it.
The bits are crisp. They have a copper-like finish that has remained unaffected by use.
The ratchet's fit and finish are more than acceptable. The satin finish is consistent. Everything is nicely chamfered. The moving parts have good tolerances. The magnet has good bit retention. The switch has good detent and does not reverse the action accidentally. The ratchet has very little wobble in the ratchet head.

Portability
The case has a wide belt-clip, with indexing at right angles. The belt clip also has raised ridges to hook on the belt and keep it in place. The case holds everything firmly. It weighs 201 grams, which is quite good for a ratchet set. The ratchet and bit holder can be removed easily with the case on a belt. The extension is held on the back, so to access it and put it back, the whole case may have to be removed from the belt.

On its own, the ratchet is short enough to fit in an edc pouch or multi-tool pouch side-sleeves. The hourglass shape helps with retention.



Value
This is the second most inexpensive ratchet so far, costing only $13. The Jackly keychain ratchet cost $9. For its price, the Penggong ratchet has some nice features and it comes in a comprehensive kit.

Conclusion
The Penggong ratchet sure is interesting. It has excellent ergonomics, a high teeth count, a knurled finger wheel, and a narrow head. It comes with a locking bit extension, a bit holder cartridge, ten double-ended bits, and a case with a belt-clip. The ratchet is well-made, with a nice satin finish, great tolerances, and a clean, chamfered frame. The extension is locking, which is a nice addition for such an inexpensive kit. The double-ended bits offer an excellent variety of tips, including five Tamper-proof Torx and six metric Allen tips. They are also the same length as standard single-ended bits. The bit holder cartridge can be removed from the case and be carried separately. It can also store standard bits. The case is certainly not impressive, but it does a good job of holding everything. The ratchet and extension clip into place. The bit holder sits in its own pocket.

This is reminiscent of the Ovatt ratchet, which also has 60 teeth, comes with ten bits, an extension, and a plastic case with a belt clip. However, the Penggong wins in every category. The ratchet is of better quality and the knurled finger wheel much easier to operate. It costs almost half as much, the bits are double-ended, and the extension locks. The bit holder is removable and much more effective in keeping bits stored when you want them stored, and releasing them when you want them released.

Comparing the Penggong ratchet to others of well-known brands does not seem fair. Obviously the Wera, Wiha, Topeak, etc are going to be superior, be it in quality, durability, features, materials, etc. Still, this only cost $13. The ten double-ended bits in the bit holder cartridge alone could be $13 and it would not be a bad purchase. The locking extension is also worth a few dollars. The ratchet has some nice features and works as intended, and it is also edc-friendly. As far as the kit-to-price ratio, the Penggong ranks rather high.

It is hard not to recommend this. It works for edc, the bit selection is above average, it includes a nifty bit holder and an extension, and it will not break the bank.



Pros
-Ten double-ended bits of standard bit length.
-Versatile bit set (triangle, 6x Allen, 5x tamper-proof Torx, etc).
-Bit holder is separate and removable.
-Inexpensive.
-Good ergonomics.
-High teeth count.

Cons
-Double-ended bits work but do not lock in provided extension.
-Head adds 7mm to bit clearance.
-Knurled finger wheel is not the easiest to use.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #111 on: July 23, 2022, 09:23:31 AM
Thanks to your enabling great reviews I now own way more ratchets than I need. But do you have recommendations for bit storage? All I can find are hard plastic holders which make the bits difficult to retrieve until they wear... and then become too loose. There has to be a better solution (a softer material, a holder with magnets?) but everywhere I look it seems there's only one model available.

This is my solution to carrying a ton of bits.

I carry a cheap trifold wallet. I sewed two elasticated strap loops on it.
One loop holds my edc ratchet (Ares) with a Phillips #2 in the in-line driver.
The other loop holds my Deluxe Tinker in a Roxon knife pouch to keep lint out.
The change pocket holds a slide-top tin, and a bit extension with a #4 Allen bit.
Before the tin, I had the extension and the two Mulwark bit holders.


The tin is this one:
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Mini Skater 4Pcs 3.15"x1.97"x0.59"Mini Metal Slide Top Tin Containers, Sliding Cover Push-Pull Tin Box,Portable Slide Cover Storage Box for Wedding Jewelry Lip Balm Container Cosmetic Organizer(Black)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094JG4N1P?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

The tin fits two layers of 1/4" bits.
One layer is 12 standard bits, and 12 stubby bits.
The second layer is another 12 standard bits, a 4mm bit adapter, 10 4mm bits, two stubby bits and the stubby socket adapter that comes with the Klein ratchet, and three 2 dollar coins.

This may be overkill, so maybe an Altoids Smalls tin would be better for most people.

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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #112 on: July 23, 2022, 11:41:12 PM
Thanks for the trick, I've been looking at pill boxes but none of them fit this well.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #113 on: July 28, 2022, 09:43:03 AM


LaBear mini ratchet

Weight: 44g
Length: 99mm
Head width: 19mm
Head clearance with standard bit: 30mm (adds 5mm)
Teeth count: 12
Minimum swing arc: 30°
Bit retention: magnet
In-line driver bit socket: no
In-line driver socket bit retention: -
Bit material: S2 steel
Handle material: Chrome Vanadium steel
Price: $9 with 10 bits (listed as 11 but PH1 missing)
Bits: Phillips 2, Slotted 4 and 6, Torx 15 and 20, Allen 3, 4, 5, 6, 1/4" square adapter (and Phillips #1 bit listed but missing)

Accessories
The LaBear comes with ten 20mm long bits (but one bit was missing) and a 1/4" square adapter in a bit holder. The bits are very difficult to remove from the holder.

Also included is a plastic finger spinner that attaches to the ratcheting bit socket. The spinner's opening is quite a tight fit for bits, and it obstructs view of the bit socket, so it is not possible to align the bit properly and insert it. To change a bit, the bit has to be removed, then the spinner has to be removed, then a new bit is inserted, then the spinner again. Quite a lengthy process if working with multiple drivers.
The spinner is 20mm wide, so adding this to the ratchet increases the head width.



Dimensions
The LaBear ultra low-profile ratchet seems to be misnamed. With no bit inserted the head is 15mm tall. The ratchet adds 5mm to a bit's clearance.
It is 99mm long, which is respectable, and the head is 19mm wide.



Teeth Count
The teeth count is abysmal, at only twelve, which means that this has a minimum swing arc of thirty degrees. It does not get worse than this.

Bit Retention
The bits are held in place by a magnet. It is very strong, making bits with thin tips hard to extract.

Bit compatibility
Double-ended bits cannot be used in this. Stubby bits with thin tips are hard to remove.



Switch action
The LaBear ratchet has an oversized spring-loaded pawl which acts as its own switch. It has very poor detent and switches sides with the slightest touch.

Ease of use
Even though it is advertised as an ultra low profile ratchet, this has quite a tall head. The bit socket protrudes quite significantly. The head adds 5mm to an inserted bit's clearance, which is barely low profile, let alone ultra low profile.
The ratchet has only twelve teeth, so it will need more space than any other ratchet to be able to engage the next tooth and turn a fastener.
A finger spinner is included, which helps with somewhat loose fasteners. This attaches to the driving socket quite firmly, and also increases the bit retention. It also makes it hard to remove bits, and time-consuming to change bits around, as the spinner has to be removed and re-inserted along with the bits.
The action can be reversed accidentally, due to the pawl's poor detent.

The exposed magnet adds some versatility. The tool can attach to ferrous surfaces, and also act as a short magnetic pick-up tool.

The bits are difficult to remove from the bit holder. Some bits are very tight, and others require additional tools to aid extraction.



Construction Quality
The magnet was barely pressed in the socket. The product listing shows the magnet being flush with the back-plate.
The two halves of the frame leave gaps, as they are misaligned and do not sit flush against each other. There are burrs and imperfections along the edges.
The rivets are not properly chamfered and will grab fabric.
The ratcheting mechanism feels weak. The gear turns very easily, with very little resistance. The ratcheting clicks are anemic. The whole mechanism feels loose and janky.

Portability
The ratchet has a flat frame and is not overly wide. It fits in multi-tool pouch side-sleeves and edc pouches. The (extremely) exposed magnet allows the tool to be stored on a ferrous surface.



Value
At only $9, this is the least expensive ratchet so far. No surprises there. It is quite obvious that several corners were cut to achieve this.

Conclusion
This costs only $9 and it shows. The ratchet is functional, although that is a given. The bit set would arguably be worth the asking price. The bits are S2 steel, and there is also a 1/4" square adapter included. Alas, a bit was missing, and this seems to be the norm with this ratchet.

The ratchet has the fewer teeth so far, at a mere dozen. It also has a decisively not ultra low profile head. The action is weak, and can be reversed easily by accident. As if these were not enough, the ratchet is riddled with flaws. The magnet was barely pressed in. The frame has gaps and imperfections. The rivets are rough and will catch on skin and fabric.

This is a new low. There is no way around this and no reason to recommend it. There are much better options for a few dollars more.


Pros
-Exposed magnet adds versatility.
-S2 stubby bits.


Cons
-Arriving with missing bit is common occurrence.
-Only 12 teeth.
-Head is 15mm tall with no bit.
-Head adds 5mm to bit clearance.
-Poor build quality.
-Bits are extremely tight in holder.
-Spinner increases head width and makes changing bits tiresome.


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #114 on: July 29, 2022, 08:41:06 PM
Looks like 8€ Lidl one is far better than that one!
(Btw, I've just ordered Facom R1-pico  in the yellow cycling limited edition variant, just because it was yellow and ... A limited edition. :facepalm:)
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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #115 on: July 30, 2022, 07:51:14 AM
I used a Knipex pliers wrench to press the LaBear's magnet in the socket. :D

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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #116 on: July 30, 2022, 07:53:23 AM
Looks like 8€ Lidl one is far better than that one!
(Btw, I've just ordered Facom R1-pico  in the yellow cycling limited edition variant, just because it was yellow and ... A limited edition. :facepalm:)

I'd take the Lidl one over the LBear any day of the week.

And that yellow box looks great. That's a fantastic shade of yellow. :drool:


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #117 on: August 05, 2022, 01:13:15 AM
Lots of great in depth reviewing, RP :o :ahhh :like: :like:


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Re: EDC Bit Ratchets
Reply #119 on: August 09, 2022, 09:44:23 AM
I keep seeing tools in Amazon that are out of stock... :think:
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