From iPods to Fitbits, gizmos keep getting smaller. So, we’re introducing a new toolkit to better handle modern devices. Armed with data from thousands of teardowns and repair guides, our engineers designed our most precise toolkit yet. We’re calling it the MicroTech Toolkit.
“Tools are your good friends. Why? Because they make it possible for you to do hundreds of jobs that you couldn’t with your own hands. They are extra hands—and eyes—which give you countless new skills. If you treat the tools you use as friends, they’ll always be ready to help you when you need them most.”
If you want to start mastering the basics, look no further than our ongoing YouTube series on repair skills. In our most recent installment, iFixit’s resident tinkerer—Gwendolyn Gay—teaches you how to use a multimeter, which has a million uses for testing electronics and circuits (seriously, keep one in your work bag at all times). Here’s Gwendolyn’s multimeter 101 lesson—which goes over testing continuity, voltage, and resistance.
If you’re one of the millions of people who use a hoverboard daily, you know a thing or two about looking hot. Literally hot. Like, spontaneously bursting into flame—again. We get it—hoverboard fires can be frustrating. That’s why iFixit is proud to introduce the Smother Bag—your on-the-go solution to everyday hoverboard fires.
The air is crisp, the evergreen bedecked, and we’re all blissfully shoveling sweets into our mouths unchecked. It’s Christmas time! But we know the holiday season can also be the most stressful times of the year. All those pounds to gain! All those decorations to hang! All those gifts to find! We can’t help you with those first two—but we’ve got your gift quandary covered. We’re celebrating Fix-mas! We’ve got plenty of gifts that no fixer, hacker, or crafter on your list will be able to resist.
When we visited the Oakland technology project space Tech Liminal after MacWorld | iWorld in January, some Fixit Clinic folks there let us dig around in their tool kits. Steve Berl’s bag has two important repair staples—WD-40 for things that don’t move when they should, and duct tape for things that move when they shouldn’t. He’s carrying some iFixit gear, too: a 54-bit driver kit and helping hands. The FasTrak toll tag and Maker Faire badge add a dash of Bay Area local flavor.
I wouldn’t have thought that the powerful Allied forces could have been stalled by a lack of wrenches and hammers—just as I wouldn’t have expected that American soldiers in Iraq would have to make their own Humvee armor. But in both America and Britain, during WWII, basic hand tool shortages regularly slowed down troops.
Our most-recent iMac 21.5″ teardown revealed an interesting tidbit: unused mounting points that were curiously in the shape of a 2.5″ hard drive. After a bit of investigating, we found that all Mid 2011 21.5″ and 27″ iMacs can accept an additional hard drive, regardless of whether or not Apple will let you outfit your machine with a second drive. So we created the 21.5″ and 27″ iMac dual hard drive kits to help you put a second drive into your iMac!
At the Lajpat Rai electronics market in Delhi, secondhand tools wait for customers. The drills are so artfully displayed—I wonder how much packaging material it would save if Home Depot took a cue from Lajpat Rai and set up displays like this (though if I pulled out that bottom drill, they might all come tumbling down).
In a new take on the hand wrench, designer Paul Julius Martus developed this cool cast bronze sculpture a couple years ago. The sculpture reminded me of our hand and wrench logo, which, for us, means solidarity, empowerment, and dedication to repair. If your hand looks like the sculpture, however, you might be taking dedication to repair a little bit too far. Your skin isn’t actually supposed to grow into your wrench (you should be putting it down to eat and sleep and stuff).