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Review: Lutro0 Customs Teleios sleeve and ATX pin removal tool.

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Lutro0 Customs Teleios sleeve and ATX pin removal tool

By way of introduction, I am buzznut and I am a hardware nut, PC enthusiast, gamer, overclocker and modder. I have not been very active on OCN, but I hope to change that now.

I have been doing computer upgrades and builds since 2000. Previously I was a radar technician in the US Navy from 86-91.
I have been a member of Toms Hardware forums for the last 8 years. I have also had much experience doing reviews for Newegg and other companies.

This is my first review posted to OCN, please feel free to leave comments and questions.

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The first thing I want to look at is the new LC ATX pin removal tool.
I have used almost every kind of pin removal tool that is available, including some that I don't think one can find anymore. The tools themselves can range from $5 to $30 or more depending on if you buy a set or just the ATX pin out tool.

I have a set of Sunbeam tools of which all remain but the ATX pin tool. Think I'll just refer to that as ATX for now.

The ATX tools are fragile because of the nature of the tool, you have the two small prongs that need to be thin enough to squeeze between the pin and the housing to bend the pin locks inward and safely remove the pin. This is the only way to individually sleeve ATX style connectors such as the 24 pin ATX power, PCI-express power, and 12V ATX P4 power.

According to Lutro0 Customs, these tools have been ground to very specific specifications in order to produce the easiest pin out tool, and yet remain durable to last for awhile.

In my experience, most of these tools have a rather short life span depending on how much sleeving you do. I believe the record for me would be 6 months. Which isn't great considering it was a $23 tool.
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The first thing I did was a slight customization which I do with any ATX tool. It helps for gripping of course, but it is mostly for my old, tired hands. Its a piece of heatshrink which I melt onto the tool and it does the job. Helps my hands from getting too bunged up while working for hours.

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Initially I found the tool to be quite easy to use, I tested it on a PCI express cable. The tool slides in easily enough and applies gentle force to the pin locks.
I have used some ATX tools that if you apply enough pressure, the prongs will actually split outward and slice right into the housing. Thus bypassing the pin locks altogether. No danger of that here, the tool is durable enough to continue sliding down the pin to push in the locks correctly.

I noticed right away that the experience is most like using the Molex mini-fit ATX tool, which is a very good thing.

When pushing the tool into the housing, you can feel a resistance when the tool meets the lock, and feel a satisfying click when the tool has done its job. I was amazed at the resilience of the ATX tool, I tried it on some easier cables and some harder ones as well, including Corsair, Antec, and NZXT power supply cables, and some no name ones as well.

Many times when using an ATX tool with harder to pin out cables, it can take several tries to get them loose. I have occasionally struggled with a particularly nasty pin that took over a dozen times of using a different tool to get the pin to come out.

I have found with the LC tool that usually stubborn cables only need a second try to get the pins out. I did have one bugger that took six tries!
But for the most part the tool has yet to fail me.
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Here is the tool after a month of steady use. During that time I have used it every week, if not every day and it has remained an effective and durable tool. I have used it on several different power supplies, including an NZXT Hale 90 750W gold and a Corsair 430W unit.

As you can see from photos I took five minutes ago, it has retained it's shape and functionality. I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the LC ATX tool, seeing that the prongs bent outward the way they do, but unlike any other ATX tool I've used these did not bend out of place or have any difficulty tackling any pin I threw at it.

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very, very nice review. rep+
welcome to OCN
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To summarize:

The Lutro0 Customs ATX pin extraction tool performed beautifully. Without comparison to competing models, I found the tool to be durable, easy to use, comfortable in the hand and able to tackle some of the toughest pins.
Amazingly the tool looks almost exactly like it did when I received it over a month ago. Initial doubts about its longevity are no longer a concern. I put it through its paces thoroughly and it still does the job effectively. The metal is thick enough to retain its shape over time yet it is slim enough to easily take on ATX power supplies, even stubborn units from Corsair and Antec. Also is easy enough to use for tired, crippled old hands.

The only other tool I have found that works almost as well is the original Molex mini-fit Jr. tool. If I had to guess I'd think this is a modified version of that tool, but the quality is top notch. Easily BETTER than the mini-fit!
I can highly recommend this tool and I doubt that I will be buying any other ATX tool elsewhere. Unless it is part of a package, which still will likely have an ATX tool that will break.

Probably the best news is that this tool can be had for significantly less than the mini fit, which I have found for $22-35 plus shipping. The ATX tool is currently listed on LC customs website for $15!

Pros: Easy to use. Durable. Can remove stubborn pins. Great value!

Cons: Could use a comfortable grip? Really I'd rather use my own so there's nothing to complain about here.

One suggestion: perhaps offer this with some other LC tools as a package discount, like the Paracord threader, the LC sleeving tool, and the 4 pin extractor.

Edited by buzznut - 3/5/14 at 9:04pm
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Thank you!
More to come with Teleios sleeve

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Lutro0 Customs Teleios sleeve

Most folks modding today know Mike Landenberger and the Lutro0 Customs shop. Mike has gone to great lengths to get the best sleeving material available. For a while he was using a product called stiffline, a plastic type sleeving material that had a superior stiffness and ability to hold shape.
He has for some time now been working to stock a plastic sleeve that would be universally good for both heatshrinkless and heat shrink style sleeving projects. At the same time, it is desirable to accommodate folks that prefer 16 gauge wire as opposed to standard 18 gauge that most power supplies use.

I am familiar with many of the sleeving products on the market currently, and have used most of them. Over the last 6 months I have used MDPC-X, Kobra Cables High Density, ModBunker Conduit, Shak Mods matte sleeve, and other generic and cheaper sleeving products. I've done a number of projects with different paracord products with varying degrees of success.

Today I'll cover my experience with the Teleios sleeve that I've been working with over the past 6 weeks.

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This is the package that was sent to me. I was quite impressed, most of the product review packages I have recieved have consisted of just a few feet of sleeve. If I used it all I could almost halfway sleeve a PSU, there is certainly enough product to test thoroughly.

A couple of initial observations, the sleeve is bright and the colors are brilliant. This is definitely a shiny sleeve, and it has a quality feel to it. Of course I knew it would be a quality product, yet I am still impressed right off the bat. It is smexy.

I was glad to see a couple o' new products, the red and green fusion Teleios.
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