Thursday, August 19th 2021

EK Releases a Versatile Multi-Use Screwdriver Set

EK, is launching the EK-Loop Screwdriver Basic Set to provide its customers with the best tools for their liquid cooling adventure. This 49-bit kit comes with a magnetic screwdriver handle and 48 bits that will make any disassembly and maintenance a breeze. EK is dedicated to being a one-stop-shop for its users, making their loop-building experience easier and more accessible.

This driver kit includes standard, security, and specialty driver bits for a wide range of PC, liquid cooling, and exotic repairs. Standard bits like the Allen (Hex) will let you work with most water cooling products like CPU and GPU water blocks, fan and radiator screws, various pump/reservoir mounts, and much more. Whether you're a professional modder, a true water-cooling enthusiast, or a first-time builder, this bit kit has exactly what you need to disassemble and reassemble your liquid cooling parts. But not just that, also smartphones, game consoles, wearables, laptops, desktops, tablets, small appliances, and other devices. The durable frosted aluminium case guarantees protection and premium looks, while the push and pop-out plastic tray will keep all the included bits organized.
What you get in the box:
  • Durable frosted aluminium case
  • Push and pop-out plastic tray
  • aluminium alloy handle with a strong magnetic tip and a rotatable tail cap
  • Torx: T2; T3; T4;
  • Security Torx: T5H; T6H; T7H; T8H; T9H; T10H; T15H; T20H;
  • Philips: PH000; PH00; PH0; PH1; PH2
  • Pentagon: P2; P5; P6
  • Slotted: SL1.0; SL1.5; SL2.0; SL2.5; SL3.0; SL3.5; SL4.0
  • Y Tri-wing: Y0.6; Y2.0; Y 2.5
  • U-Type: U2.6; U3
  • Mainboard size: 2.5
  • SIM Eject Bit: 0.8
  • Square: SQ0; SQ1; SQ2
  • Triangle: 2.0; 2.3; 3.0
  • Hex: H0.7; H0.9; H1.3; H1.5; H2.0; H2.5; H3.0; H3.5; H4.0
Availability and Pricing

The EK-Loop Screwdriver Basic Set is available worldwide through a network of partners and resellers, as well as directly through the EK Online Store.
  • EK-Loop Screwdriver Basic Set (49 Pcs) | 19.90€
Source: EK
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24 Comments on EK Releases a Versatile Multi-Use Screwdriver Set

#1
lynx29
I'm not big into the custom water cooling world, but being EK I am going to assume a tool kit like this is meant exclusively for the hardcore water cooling people?
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#2
nguyen
I have a couple of these Xiaomi tool kit, so either EK copy and paste or it's rebranded?
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#3
Dammeron
nguyenI have a couple of these Xiaomi tool kit, so either EK copy and paste or it's rebranded?
Who said Xiaomi designed it? Most probably both just ordered some other company to manufacture those sets with their own branding...
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#4
Jill Christine Valentine
S.T.A.R.S.
Actually, doesn't look bad. I've been thinking of getting something like this, and this looks okay by its bits and pricing.
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#5
DeathtoGnomes
DammeronWho said Xiaomi designed it? Most probably both just ordered some other company to manufacture those sets with their own branding...
I remember the old advertisements: 100 pens for just $1, send name, address, and, money order!
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#6
nguyen
DammeronWho said Xiaomi designed it? Most probably both just ordered some other company to manufacture those sets with their own branding...
Well I paid 15usd for the Xiaomi stuff, build quality is superb, no one would think it's made from chinesium at all

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#7
goodeedidid
DammeronWho said Xiaomi designed it? Most probably both just ordered some other company to manufacture those sets with their own branding...
Of course and I would bet Xiaomi have much better product because I would imagine they would have better market intelligence in China, I mean it's Xiaomi afterall. I have powered screwdriver and a mini vacuum cleaner from Xiaomi and they fell real high quality and for very low prices. I don't know how they do it really.
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#8
Ferrum Master
Those are not Wiha btw but counterfeit.

Asking Wiha about this product, they don't acknowledge it... so it means it is counterfeit.

Also I've seen the Xiaomi kit , the bits chop off their ends pretty fast... terrible quality.
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#9
silentbogo
DammeronWho said Xiaomi designed it? Most probably both just ordered some other company to manufacture those sets with their own branding...
Wiha is the OEM for Xiaomi, not so sure about EK.
nguyenI have a couple of these Xiaomi tool kit, so either EK copy and paste or it's rebranded?
I have the same kit. As you can see, I use it daily and it has battle scars and trench dirt to prove it :D :D :D

I also have this weird label on the back:


goodeedididOf course and I would bet Xiaomi have much better product because I would imagine they would have better market intelligence in China
Wiha has more weight and reputation on hand tools market than both of these companies combined. Though, judging by shitty endcaps and cartoonish labels on EK, I'd say it's not Wiha at all. Probably one of knockoffs.

P.S. I found it.
www.aliexpress.com/item/33060423611.html
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#12
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Or you could support right to repair by buying a kit from ifixit
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#13
TheoneandonlyMrK
Ifixit 's mahli kit does me fine Ty plus no watercooling spanners etc?!.
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#14
ThrashZone
Hi,
Dime a dozen at home depot/.... no aluminum case or ek logo though.
I personally have not used any of these tips on a water loop "except one small hex tip for magnitude cpu water block" funny ek is selling this kit guess money is money and a sucker is born every minute lol
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#15
DeeJay1001
Jill ValentineThis EK set is ~20EUR
That iFixit set is ~70EUR

Spot the difference.
The EK screwdriver is a chinese alibaba product with EKs name slapped on it. The Ifixit product is and entire electronics repair toolkit with a lifetime warranty on everything.

Spot the difference.
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#16
dtoxic
Jill ValentineThis EK set is ~20EUR
That iFixit set is ~70EUR

Spot the difference.
Spot the difference: Quality
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#18
silentbogo
FreedomEclipseOr you could support right to repair by buying a kit from ifixit
A bit of a backwards logic here. If you want to support right to repair, you can donate to right to repair.
Just skip an overpriced $70 kit with all the wonderful things you don't need or already have... or buy a decent $15-20 practical kit instead. Throw the rest to Louis Rossmann and his cat.
I fix electronics for living, and all these years later I still can't justify spending $70 on screwdrivers and disposables. I have Wiha in a backpack on-the-go (just to impress my clients and friends with fancy clicky case), and el-cheapo $10 chinese precision kit with two broken handles mended by epoxy and electrical tape in my workshop (just to look tough and serious when I have rare unexpected visitors). Bought that one almost 10 years ago and all bits are still like new. Also got a decent 5-piece set of ESD-safe tweezers for $10 many moons ago and I don't think I'll ever need more(I only use 1 out of 5 on a daily basis). For dirty work I use my grandpa's soviet tweezers which are unkillable and made of damage-resistant unobtanium... will be passed onto my grandchildren someday. A stainless steel spatula kit cost me less than $4. Guitar picks - $5 for a 50-pack. Plastic prying tools - free with random orders of smartphone parts, which creates a big problem of how to get rid of them.
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#19
MentalAcetylide
Jill ValentineThis EK set is ~20EUR
That iFixit set is ~70EUR

Spot the difference.
Depending on how frequently one uses these tools, it might not be a good idea to cheap out on them; especially if you're frequently building/repairing systems. Having firsthand experience in the past with a few "made in China" tools, I avoid them like the plague. Years ago, I had the handle of a screw driver(tool made in China) literally break into bits when trying to tighten a screw, and the metal bent almost as easy as a copper wire with the same thickness...
My opinion may be a bit slanted, but from my own experience, I would rather spend a little more for stuff that isn't made in China whenever possible if it means greater dependability/durability.
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#20
Darksaber
Senior Editor & Case Reviewer
Wiha is a well-known, pretty high-quality German brand www.wiha.com/. So I assume that the Xiaomi bits are made by Wiha, but maybe not the actual tool itself. So considering that the housing for both the Xiaomi and the EK looks the same, I would assume that the bits are Wiha too.

If you don't own a tool kit, the EK one could be a nice starter kit for people just as the Xiaomi one could be. There is a difference in the number of bits between the two (24 vs. 48 bits), which to me makes the EK a bit more attractive IMHO.
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#21
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
silentbogoA bit of a backwards logic here. If you want to support right to repair, you can donate to right to repair.
Just skip an overpriced $70 kit with all the wonderful things you don't need or already have... or buy a decent $15-20 practical kit instead. Throw the rest to Louis Rossmann and his cat.
I fix electronics for living, and all these years later I still can't justify spending $70 on screwdrivers and disposables. I have Wiha in a backpack on-the-go (just to impress my clients and friends with fancy clicky case), and el-cheapo $10 chinese precision kit with two broken handles mended by epoxy and electrical tape in my workshop (just to look tough and serious when I have rare unexpected visitors). Bought that one almost 10 years ago and all bits are still like new. Also got a decent 5-piece set of ESD-safe tweezers for $10 many moons ago and I don't think I'll ever need more(I only use 1 out of 5 on a daily basis). For dirty work I use my grandpa's soviet tweezers which are unkillable and made of damage-resistant unobtanium... will be passed onto my grandchildren someday. A stainless steel spatula kit cost me less than $4. Guitar picks - $5 for a 50-pack. Plastic prying tools - free with random orders of smartphone parts, which creates a big problem of how to get rid of them.
yeah but if you just simply donated, you wouldnt get sent a tool kit.

By buying from ifixit you are getting a toolkit and also supporting a company that is supporting and campaigning a good cause although it might not be a charitable one such as curing poverty etc etc.
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#23
Totally
nguyenWell I paid 15usd for the Xiaomi stuff, build quality is superb, no one would think it's made from chinesium at all

15us? $6 dollars at harbor freight. Behold the power of branding.
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#24
ThrashZone
Totally15us? $6 dollars at harbor freight. Behold the power of branding.
Hi,
lol too freaking true forgot all about harbor freight
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