A magnetic wrist strap is one of those gadgets that initially drew my attention as a, “I must have it”, to feed my tool obsession. The reality is I need to remind myself to actually use the thing, and for the most part, just takes up tool drawer space.
This is one of those tools that could have used a little more thinking along the lines of, “what can I truly use this for and how often”. For a professional that is carrying around a lot of hardware, you may find that a tool belt is still your primary and best choice. For a homeowner, how many odd projects are you doing to truly put this to use?
I can say my only project where I saw usefulness, is holding a handful of electrical staples as I was securing a relatively short section of coax cable. If I’m hanging a picture, I don’t need to carry enough hardware to worrying about a device like this.
Most other projects: I am either using a workbench or floor where I just have the box of hardware in front of me. Again, for the bigger projects I still prefer my tool belt, where I can hold a variety of tools and hardware.
My first purchase of a magnetic wrist strap was on sale at my local Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Superstore, and seemed cheap enough to try out. From there my curiosity was peaked, and I figured why not do a little research to see what else exists on the market.
In the end, I’m not sure I am infatuated by this type of product anymore. It seemed like a good idea initially, but I’d rather spend the money elsewhere. I purchased the Fastcap for $10 on sale, and then purchased the Magnogrip on Ebay for $12 with shipping. For those prices I’m not losing any sleep, but I wouldn’t recommend paying anymore for a simple device like these.
FastCap Pro Hold
- Velcro strap and fastener seem to be durable enough.
- Utilizes Neodymium N42 magnets.
- Adequate surface area (2.25″ x 2.1875″).
- Lightweight at .1580 lbs (2.53 oz).
- Comfortable rubberized magnet holder that contours to your wrist.
- The velcro strap is very limited in how much it adjusts but should fit most, if not all wrists.
- Replacement velcro straps can be found at Ace Hardware or possibly other local hardware stores.
* No longer in business from my understanding.
- In comparing to the other 2 brands, I don’t truly see one.
- No real consistency in the straps length or brand between the 3 products I received (two standard and one large version). The straps lengths varied by several inches from one product to the next, as well as different types/brands of straps being used. See image below.
- False advertising on the dimensions. The 3″ version is only 2 5/8″ in diameter. That’s significant enough to mention in my opinion.
- A generic donut shaped magnet which can be similarly found at a local Ace Hardware as shown.
- I’m not sure how accurate the “made in USA” tag is. I think it’s a fair assumption that most if not all the parts are made elsewhere, and it’s only assembled in the USA.
- The smallest version (2″) has a weaker magnetic pull then the other two brands, yet costs just as much. For example, If you were to cover the Mr .Magnet with screws, you could then take either of the other brands and place their magnets over those screws and pull them from the Mr. Magnet wrist strap.
- The heaviest of the brands. The 2″ model is .193 lbs (3.09 oz.) and 3″ model is .385 lbs (6.16 oz.)
Magnogrip Magnetic Tool Wristband
- Quality of wristband itself seems to be very good. All sewn edges with a breathable mesh liner for your wrist.
- A lot of material in this wristband that triggers your initial thought of, “I am getting my moneys worth”.
- A wide range of adjustment(via velcro) to fit many sizes of wrists.
- Overall size of wristband is 14.5″ L x 3.375″ W, yet lighter than the other brands at only .121 lbs (1.936 oz.)
- The wrist strap is on the large side which may help reduce getting injured by the fasteners attached to your wrist.
- Not a true negative overall, but In my opinion, I feel that there is too much material and on the cumbersome side.
- There is a lot of wristband material compared to actual magnetic area. Magnetic area is 2.5″ x 3.75″ opposed to the overall dimensions listed above.
- There are only 6 small magnets present compared to the 9 in the FastCap model but they still perform well for securing a handful of hardware.