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  • Lightweight and durable 6061 T6 aluminum alloy handles; pliers redesigned to withstand 133% more squeezing load
  • Lock 50% stronger than original Leatherman tools; bronze bushings for easy opening
  • 154CM stainless steel blade holds edge three times longer than lower grade stainless steel
  • Cutting hook slices through seat belts and linoleum just as easily as leather or canvas; multiple bit drivers for customizing bit selection
  • 25-year warranty
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Part Number 830678
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions10 x 2 x 8 inches
Item model number830678
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Warranty Description26 YEAR WARRANTY
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Best Sellers Rank #53,969 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableJuly 2, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

Leatherman Tool Group Charge ALX Multi-tool with Leather Shealth 830678 Networking Hand Tools


Charge's pliers have been redesigned to handle
133% more squeezing load.

Charge locks are 50% stronger than
Leatherman's original tools.

Bronze bushings make the interior tools smooth
and quick to open.

Each Charge tool has multiple bit drivers, and the
Charge sheath allows you to carry the additional bits
anywhere you go.

The Charge ALX and TTi are the first multitools with a
cutting hook that slices through seat belts and linoleum
just as easily as leather or canvas
When it comes to multitools, there’s one brand that stands out from the rest: Leatherman. The name is synonymous with quality and innovation, and each successive generation of Leatherman tools improves upon the last. Sticking with its tradition of pushing the design envelope, Leatherman introduces the Charge ALX, a high-end, ultra-compact multitool featuring aerospace aluminum handles. If you’re looking to carry the best of what Leatherman has to offer, the ALX could be for you.

The Charge Family
The Charge ALX is part of a broader line of Leatherman multitools bearing the Charge name. Originally, the Charge line consisted of the Ti and the XTi, two high-end tools whose major distinguishing characteristic was having handles made from titanium. For 2007, Leatherman has added three new members to the Charge family: the TTi, the ALX, and the AL. As you might expect, the TTi is an upgraded version of the Ti and XTi. The AL and ALX, meanwhile, come with handles made from 6061 T6 aluminum, an ultra-light and super-strong material used in aircraft construction. There are also minor variations among the tools included in each unit. We’ll discuss those shortly.

Leatherman has added several key design elements to all of these gorgeous new Charge tools. For instance, the knife blades are bigger and wider to give you more cutting edge. The pliers can withstand 133% higher squeezing load than Leatherman’s original tools, enabling a tighter hold for tough jobs. You’ll never have to worry about the Charge coming unhinged, either, thanks to a 50% increase in lock strength. Multiple bit drivers also are a standard feature, and each tool has bronze bushings at the hinges to make opening components a snap.

Titanium vs. Aluminum
You may be asking whether you want to buy titanium, or if you’d be better off with aluminum. Although both offer superior durability and strength, titanium has an edge in both departments. Titanium is also slightly lighter than aluminum, so it would be a good choice if weight is a major concern. However, titanium also costs more, which is something to factor in if saving .2 ounces doesn’t matter.

The Charge ALX
In the Charge food chain, the ALX ranks a tiny notch below the TTi. One reason for this is the TTi’s S30V stainless steel knife, which the best blade Leatherman offers. The ALX’s blade is made from 154CM stainless steel, a slightly less sophisticated grade of steel (note: 154CM was Leatherman’s premium choice until S30V came along). Although most users won’t notice much of difference, the S30V might offer better performance over the long haul. The other reason is the TTi’s titanium handles. They make a small difference in terms of weight – the TTi weighs 8.2 ounces and the aluminum ALX weighs 8.3 ounces – and they're also stronger.

Like the TTi, the ALX has a crimper and a cutting hook. The crimper is an ideal accessory for anyone working with electrical wires or metals, while the hook is a fantastic addition for those who need to be ready for emergency situations. What the ALX has that the TTi doesn’t is two large drill bit drivers (the TTi has only one), so the ALX would be a good choice if your screw driving needs go above and beyond the norm.

If you’re looking at the ALX you’re probably looking at the AL, too. The AL is very similar to the ALX but it has scissors instead of a cutting hook. The AL also lacks a crimper and is the heaviest of the three at 8.4 ounces.

To sum up, the ALX is definitely a good choice for demanding users who don’t feel like they need titanium. Hunters, public safety professionals and military personnel will love it. Full product specs:

  • Hard-anodized aluminum handles
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Hard-wire cutters
  • Clip-point knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Wood/metal file
  • Diamond-coated file
  • 2 large bit drivers
  • Small bit driver
  • 9 double-end bits
  • Ruler (8 inch)
  • Bottle/can opener
  • wire stripper
  • fixed lanyard ring
  • Quick-release lanyard ring
  • Removable pocket clip

Leather or Nylon Carrying Case
All three Charge iterations come with a premium leather or nylon sheath. Both versions will carry the tools in their open or closed position and two side pockets hold your extra necessities—even a mini-flashlight. An inside back pocket holds Charge's included bits and has room for a full Bit Kit (sold separately) giving you up to 42 bits to choose from. Don't want to wear a sheath? Then clip your Charge to your jacket, backpack or car's visor with the removable pocket clip. Or, choose the quick-release lanyard ring. With it, you're able to safely keep the tool on any lanyard and detach it quickly when you need it.

What's in the Box
Leatherman Charge ALX multitool, leather carrying case, 9 drill bits, removable pocket clip, quick-release lanyard ring.

The Leatherman Story
The Leatherman phenomenon began in 1975 when founder Tim Leatherman embarked on a trip across Europe and the Middle East in a cranky Fiat. Leatherman, an engineer by training, became so fed up with breakdowns and other hassles that he fashioned a prototype of what he called a Pocket Survival Tool out of cardboard. Two years later the first PST was born in his basement, and the rest is history. Today the Leatherman company produces dozens of different multitools, knives, pruners, and accessories, and is recognized across the world for its cutting edge designs and superior quality.

Customer Reviews

And this tool is light for its size.
Awesome Bill from Dawsonville
Out of all those multitools my favorite is without a doubt the Charge ALX.
I am impressed with the overall quality and functionality of the product.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. Tsze on September 7, 2008
A beautifully crafted tool with great functionality and durability. However, there were only two issues I wanted to address for potential buyers:

1. From a functional point of view, the Wave is absolutely comparable (check the Leatherman website where you can do side-by-side comparisons of different tools), and significantly cheaper. You may want to look into this.

2. Although aesthetically pleasing, the black handles actually feel rough, almost giving the sensation of running your fingernails down a chalkboard. I tried it for a week, hoping that I would get used to it - but I didn't, so I returned it and bought the Wave.

Personally, I am more comfortable with the usual smooth, metal finish typical of Leatherman tools. I don't think this affects the functionality of the tool in any way, but I was just not pleased with how it felt in the hand.

Not everyone may feel the same way, so if you are considering this purchase, I would try the aluminum handles yourself in person to see if it is a texture you can tolerate. If not, the Wave may be a better option, especially given the comparable functionality, same exceptional construction expected of a Leatherman tool, and significantly cheaper price.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ben on August 5, 2010
I have quite a few multitools eg. Super Tool 300, Charge TTi as well as Victorinox Spirit and Swisstool. Out of all those multitools my favorite is without a doubt the Charge ALX. The ALX is similar to the Charge TTi but has aluminum handle scales. The titanium on the TTi is supposed to higher end and premium material but it does not feel as good in my hands. It always felt and looked unfinished to me. The ALX on the other hand has smooth, comfortable aluminum scales that looks killer, like a premium quality knife. If scissors are a must then go for the Charge TTi. Personally I rarely use the scissors so the dual bit driver on the ALX is the perfect configuration for me. Its nice to always have a philips and flat head driver/allen key on you (since some jobs require both). Combined with the Leatherman bit kit the ALX is the most capable multitool Ive come across and can tackle most medium duty tasks.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 6, 2011
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This has to be one of my all time favorite purchases.

First, understand that I am a tool guy. I know the difference between functional tools and crap, and I own a full array of good, functional tools. With that said, literally every tool on this is well thought out and FUNCTIONAL. The pliers are easily as good as any needle nose pliers I've ever used, the screwdrivers actually work. The knives are good steel with a good edge. Plus, ALL of the tools/blades lock into place.

I've actually been in my garage, standing next to a multiple unit tool cabinet full of tools and rather than reach for one of my other tools, I've pulled this out of my pocket and used it. No kidding. It obviously isn't suited for EVERY project, but everything that it does, it does pretty darn well.

It's also surprisingly compact. Unless I'm wearing actual dress pants (like suit pants, not khakis), I carry this in my pocket with the included clip - every day. I don't find it to be uncomfortable in the least.

Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emtiv334 on January 27, 2014
I bought these pliers because of the pocket clip. I can't stand to have a sheath on my belt and the pocket clip function was perfect for my needs.

Not long after buying these pliers, I was using the wire cutter jaws to crimp a ring terminal onto a piece of 16 ga wire. The plier jaw broke in half. If you've ever done any electrical work, you know it doesn't take much force to crimp a fitting on a small diameter wire. I'm guessing maybe this was just a bad batch of steel. I returned the pliers to Leatherman (I had to pay the return shipping cost out of my pocket) and they replaced them with remanufactured set. I'm reasonably sure they were remanufactured because the "gut hook" blade was considerably smaller than it was on the pliers I had sent in.

On a further note to Leatherman quality, I also own a Squirt PS4 which I carry on my keychain. I've had them several months. I have used the scissors on the multitool maybe three times. When I took them out of my pocket to use them the other day, I found the spring for the scissors had broken, just from being carried in my pocket.

Before anyone says I was abusing them or anything, let it be said that I am an industrial maintenance mechanic/electrician with 20+ years of experience, as well as an Emergency Rescue Technician/ EMT with 10 years of experience there, so I've had quite a bit of experience with hand tools. With that said, I have never broken any other pliers or multitools. After breaking two pairs of Leatherman, I don't think I'll buy any more of them. There may be a reason all the other manufacturers give a lifetime warranty and Leatherman only gives 15 year warranties.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim on July 28, 2010
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I purchased this multi-tool after researching several multi tools. Ultimately, I decided on the charge largely due to the TNP youtube channel. Nutinfancy highly recommends it so I figured I'd give it a shot.

I am impressed with the overall quality and functionality of the product. All of the tools lock securely when in use and it is very sturdy. The flexibility of the additional bit set is a great feature. I also got the bit extender which allows me to use any standard driver bit with the tool. The bit set is a bit excessive for full every day carry, but I keep the extra bits and bit extender close by in the truck.

There are a couple of cons. When closing, it does not close as smoothly as I think it should. If you close one handle then the other it does well, but if you just fold it up like a normal user would, it binds up when the pliers are still open but against the handles and after applying a little more force it rapidly snaps closed instead of smoothly. The other issue is when closed the backs of the handles don't quite line up, they are about a half millimeter off.

Overall a great tool, and a nice every day carry.
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