Penta-What? Pentalobe!

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.

Pents up close 2.jpgThe 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 »

Wiha 51 Piece Master Technician’s Precision Set

It is amazing what electronic devices people are repairing now that they used to just throw away and replace. Everything from mobile phones, to roku boxes, to playstations, to PCs. Electronics used to be disposable… now they are repairable. The rise of YouTube has been a boon to the education of the masses (your’s truly included).   The collective knowledge of people plus the internet is a powerful tool.  Want to see how to fix a broken iPhone screen, or change the lifters in your 2005 Dodge Caravan, or do a hard drive replacement on your mom’s 2012 iMac? Chances are someone has posted on Youtube a step by step video guide to walk you through almost any repair.

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Wiha PicoFinish Pentalobe Precision Screwdrivers

New & In-Stock: Wiha PicoFinish Pentalobe Precision Screwdrivers in sizes P1 PL1 P2 PL2 P3 PL3 P4 PL4 P5 PL5 P6 PL6 iphone
New & In-Stock: Wiha PicoFinish Pentalobe Precision Screwdrivers in sizes PL1-PL6 (P1-P6) – November 2015

Wiha (Germany) recently announced their new Pentalobe lineup of PicoFinish screwdrivers. KC Tool is happy to be the first in North America to have them available for sale (link). Wiha’s PicoFinish is the top of the line finish available in their precision screwdriver selection. The smooth spinning caps on PicoFinish screwdrivers are labeled with the tip size and style for easy reference. The handle is slightly tapered for a comfortable, ergonomic grip with the ability for rapid rotation.

ToolGuyd listed the Wiha PicoFinish series on its list of Best Precision Screwdrivers.

The Pentalobe screw was developed by Apple as a proprietary security fastener (side note: anyone else catch the Apple reference in the recent film, Steve Jobs?). It’s similar in profile to the Torx screw but with one less lobe (total 5, “penta”).

There has been some confusion over what size Pentalobe screws are found in Apple devices. Wiha currently makes six sizes from P1 (smallest) through P6 (largest). We have not confirmed any uses for the P3 or P6 but would love to get your feedback in the comments.

Pentalobe Sizing Guide:

  • P1: iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus (Wera equivalent IPR1 screwdriver)
  • P2: Apple Watch Band
  • P3: None
  • P4: MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina Display
  • P5: 2009 MacBook Pro Battery – 15” Only
  • P6: None

Looking for a Wiha Pentalobe Screwdriver for iPhone Repair?

Updated post here:

You are not the only one.  Since Wiha makes the best precision screwdrivers it’s only natural that you see the Apple repair technicians using them to repair your Apple computer.  Because of this, many people assume Wiha makes a pentalobe screwdriver for iPhone repair but that’s not true or wasn’t true.

The good news is, Wiha has begun production of 6 sizes of pentalobe screwdrivers including the 3 sizes most commonly used in Apple’s iPhone and MacBook Air.

Wiha USA is not sure exactly when they will be available but they are coming soon. Follow our blog or like us on facebook if you want to be the first to know when you can buy a Wiha Pentalobe Screwdriver. As the nations premier Wiha distributor you can count on us to have them as soon as they are available.

Wiha Pentalobe screwdriver for Apple iPhone.