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

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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.


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Technical Details
Part Number 830678
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions10 x 2 x 8 inches
Item model number830678
ColorBlack
Item Package Quantity1
Number Of Pieces1
Warranty Description26 YEAR WARRANTY
  
Additional Information
ASINB000LGBPVQ
Best Sellers Rank #74,890 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableJuly 2, 2004
  
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39 of 45 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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18 of 20 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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8 of 10 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 Wardorican on November 11, 2012
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I bought this product about 4 months ago. I work in a materials testing lab, so I wanted something handy to do disassembly, open packages, and also use around the house for random things.

There are plenty of reviews by people who are much closer to an expert than I am, so I'd look at those on youtube, if you want a "pro" opinion.

This product is almost the same thing as the Wave with just a few things different. It all depends on what you're looking for. But, there is a reason why the Wave is one of their top sellers.

Overall it was well built. I have to open and shut the tools every couple of days to keep them from being too hard to open. Definitely not rattle. I oiled it within the first few days, because I was having trouble getting the screw drivers out, but now it's smoother.

The blade on the knife is great. One of the highlights of this multi-tool is the 154CM blade. S30V is a superior material, due to the Vanadium allowing for harder carbides in the microstructure (i.e. harder/sharper knife), but 154CM is great. It's basically 420SS, but with about 3-4% Moly. The Moly helps increase toughness for the same hardness of steel. So, you can either make it harder than a 420SS, or make it just as hard but with more toughness (everything is a trade off in Metallurgy). Basically, I haven't sharpened it yet.

The handle is made up of 6061 Aluminum with a hard annodize finish. 6061 is a good all purpose aluminum aircraft alloy. It's not the strongest stuff out there, but it is strong and highly corrosion resistant. The Hard annodize (black surface finish) helps with corrosion and wear (aluminum is terrible in wear). Because of the Anodize (Aluminum Oxide) is sort of has the feel of chalk in your hand.
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Yup, lost mine after about a year, or hopefully one of my kids "borrowed it" and it will turn up somewhere. Absolutely fantastic tool, high quality everything, and sure, it's heavier and bulkier than a pocketknife, but it's really not hard to get used to. It's the smallest full featured multi tool I've ever seen, and has a good pocket clip. I'm a pro musician, always having to adjust instruments, open battery doors and electronic parts, etc., and I make use of the 6 different sizes of screwdrivers. That flexibility on one tool is huge, especially when I'm out at a gig. You give up the scissors for the extra driver, but it's worth it for my needs. The knife is so sharp you don't really need scissors anyway. I'm not kidding. But if you don't need a lot of screwdrivers on hand, just buy another charge model with scissors, I'm sure it's awesome.

Possible cons that I learned to live with: the bottle/can opener is super strong, great quality metal, but it's so thick it's hard to get under a bottle cap. You can stop worrying, I've still been able to get it to open beers, it just has to be worked around the cap a little bit. I had the Skeletool cx too, another awesome tool, and it almost pops the caps off by itself with its excellent design carabiner/opener. Not so with the Charge, but frankly, I don't need to open beers any faster, and the Charge has many more useful tools than the Skeletool.
There is nothing fancy about how the Charge opens up, it doesn't easily flip open or anything, but the knives are available to open with one hand when the tool is closed, so unless you want to show off your pliers-deploying prowess, that really doesn't matter.
The pliers are small and not very comfortable if you really have to squeeze down, but that's the trade off for having a small tool.
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