COAST Product Super Bowl Match-Ups: LED Pocket Pliers Multi Tool vs. Micro Tool Box Multi Tool

Pocket Pliers vs. Micro Tool Box Multi ToolsWho will win today’s Coast Super Bowl matchup between our top multi-tools, beloved by hikers and handymen everywhere? On one end of the field, we have the ever-reliable LED Pocket Pliers Multi Tool; at the other end we have the versatile Micro Tool Box Multi Tool. Both of these multi-tools are loaded with various gadgets, and each is constructed from 400 series stainless steel.

Purchasing a multi-tool can be confusing, as consumers can easily become overwhelmed by all of the bells in whistles available on some of today’s models. The important thing when selecting a multi-tool is to identify which features are most important for your intended use. The touchstones of any quality multi-tool are utility and efficiency. The more gadgets a tool has, the heavier and bulkier it is – which means more isn’t always better.

We’ll start today’s match by comparing the main tools, such as wrenches and pliers, before getting into the less important, such as files and nail picks:

Pocket Pliers
Micro Tool Box
Knife Blade
*
*
Pliers
*
*
Saw Blade
*
*
Screwdrivers 
*
*
Wire Stripper
*
Wire Cutter
*
Wrenches
*

The Pocket Pliers multi-tool has a slight advantage when it comes to the major tools. Wire cutters can be surprisingly useful in a variety of situations, and wire strippers are also a must for handymen and tech-heads. Furthermore, the Pocket Pliers has four different screwdrivers, versus the Micro Tool Box’s three. However, the latter does have two wrenches included, so if a wrench is more useful to you than wire cutters, then the Micro Tool Box might be a better choice. Nevertheless, this contest remains neck-and-neck, with both products offering a nice mix of major tools.

Halftime Score: Pocket Pliers (14) – Micro Tool Box (7)

To begin the second half, we’ll look at the minor tools and extra gadgets each multi-tool offers. Generally, multi-tools are known for having interesting smaller, more practical tools; for instance, a bottle or can opener. Here’s how the two sides break down when it comes to the secondary equipment:

Pocket Pliers
Micro Tool Box
Awl
*
Bottle Opener
*
Can Opener
*
LED Light
*
Nail File
*
*
Nail Pick
*
Ruler
*
Scissors
*
*

The second half goes to the Micro Tool Box multi-tool, which has slightly better scissors (spring loaded) than the Pocket Pliers. If you are a beer drinker, then you should clearly opt for the Micro Tool Box. But when it comes down to the wire, the Pocket Pliers wins on a field goal, due to its nifty built-in LED light.

Final Score: Pocket Pliers (38) – Micro Tool Box (35)

In conclusion, either of these quality multi-tools is a good choice, and it would be hard to say one is better than the other. If you can’t decide, go with the Pocket Pliers because of its flashlight capabilities.

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