What is a pentalobe screw and why would you need a pentalobe screwdriver? Let’s examine a brief history of this little beast.
Firstly, like a Pentagon (shape with five sides) a Pentalobe is a screw or screwdriver with five points. They come in six sizes from 1 to 6. The nomenclature of this can be confusing though, as different companies have different ways of naming their pentalobe sizes. You will see TS1, which can easily be mistaken for Torx size. You will also see variations on the letter P (P1, P2, Etc..) and PL (PL1, PL2…). There even some who make it as clear as possible and call it Five Lobe.
The confusion doesn’t stop there, though. In 2009 Apple launched the pentalobe screw, and that’s about all they did. There was no regulatory sizing so the brains at iFixit reverse engineered the screw and made a driver to work with it. Since it was similar in size to a Torx T2, the called it a P2. After they did this, Apple released sizing information and revealed that iFixit’s P2 was actually a size 1. It was after all this commotion that WIha released their set of pentalobes (to Apple Standards), so their PL1 is actually the same size as iFixit’s P2. Did you get all that? To keep things simple (and since this is the GERMAN tool blog) we will use Wiha’s sizing standard, PL1-PL6.Read More »