Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool Review

The ability to find and use tools to solve problems sets humans apart from most of the animal kingdom. There are only a few other species that use tools. Humans also like to collect things. It is only natural that people would want to collect tools. It is in our DNA. But what happens when we cannot find our tools? Panic. What about when we cannot bring our tools with us? All too often I have found myself without the tool I need or rummaging to find it in drawers or boxes or the glove compartment.

There is, however, a simple fix to this problem: the multitool. A multitool is a pocketknife or pliers with all sorts of handy gadgets hidden in the handles. The best thing about them is that they fold up into a nice, neat, little rectangle that is easy to carry. Voila! All of your tools are anxiously waiting in your pocket.

In this review we will be taking a look at the Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool to see if it has all of the tools that you need, at the quality that you prefer. We will start by looking at the product’s features. After that you will find a list of pros and cons, what other people have to say about it, and some frequently asked questions. Let’s dive in.

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Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool Review

Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool Review

There a lot of tools packed into the Leatherman Charge Plus. The features are as follows:

Pliers:

The Charge plus comes with pliers at the fulcrum of the tool. There are several options, and the pliers are replaceable. The pliers are equipped with sharp, sturdy, wire cutters that can cut through a variety of different gauges of wire. A wire crimper and wire stripper are also included.

Knives:

Folded into the handle is a set of knives. One of the knives has a straight edge for traditional cutting tasks, while the other has a serrated blade. The knives are easily sharpened and easily folded into and out of the working position.

Saw:

Also folded tucked into the handle of the Charge Plus is a saw. This saw can be used for small segments of wood, etc. and is not easily dulled. An overlooked function of a small saw is cutting notches for shelter construction, simple snares, and keeping tally.

Cutting Hook:

Another tool in the Charge Plus’s arsenal is a sturdy, little, cutting hook. A cutting hook provides stability and accuracy when cutting objects of a small diameter such as cordage. I use the cutting hook of my multitool to cut heavy-duty fishing line.

Ruler:

You never know when you might need to make small measurements. Whether you need to record measurements for later use or to plan small projects on the go, the Leatherman Charge Plus has you covered with a handy little ruler that conveniently pulls out of the handle.

Can and Bottle Opener:

After a long day on the job or working on your latest project, a cold soda or beer feels nice. The Charge Plus can save you from taking an extra trip to grab the bottle opener. It also has a can opener for when you need one. Small rewards and camp food are just as important as the tasks at hand throughout the day.

Files:

This multitool also comes equipped with several files. These files can be used for sharpening things such as fishhooks or picks or even buffing out snags or cracks on those pesky fingernails.

Screwdrivers:

The screwdriver feature of the Leatherman Plus comes with twelve driver-bits to ensure that you have the right head attachment for the job. A screwdriver tends to be one of those tools that are never around when you need it. But thanks to the Charge Plus, that no longer has to be the case.

Scissors:

There is even a pair of scissors tucked away in the handle. Just like a screwdriver, it is hard to have a pair of scissors when you need it. I use my multitool’s scissors to cut unruly snags off of my clothes, even when I am at home.

One Hand Preparation:

Many multitools or pocketknives require both hands to retrieve the tool of your choice. Not the Leatherman Charge Plus. Each tool in the multitool can be retrieved and replaced with one hand. This is awesome because I never seem to have both hands available when I need a tool in a pinch.

Carrying Options:

The Charge Plus comes with a pocket clip and a lanyard ring. The lanyard ring has a quick release that makes retrieval a breeze.

Heavy Construction:

Every tool is crafted with quality metals and materials. The handle and locking device are sturdy and resistant to many hours of hard use.


Pros and Cons of the Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool

Pros

  • Comes with pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, and wire crimping tool
  • Comes with a straight knife blade and a serrated blade
  • Includes saw
  • Includes cutting hook
  • Built-in ruler
  • Has can and bottle opener
  • Has screwdriver with interchangeable heads
  • Has files and scissors
  • One-handed use possible
  • Quality materials
  • Pocket clip and lanyard ring

Cons

  • Some tools only large enough for smaller applications
  • Does not last as long if it becomes wet and is not dried immediately
LEATHERMAN, Charge Plus Multitool with Scissors and Premium Replaceable...
  • READY FOR ANYTHING: This is your go-to multitool. Whether you're on the job, at the campsite, or at...
  • FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: A variety of pliers, replaceable wire cutters, a wire crimper and stripper,...

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What People Think of the Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool

Leatherman Charge Plus Multitool review

Everything that comes with the Charge Plus is sharp and ready to use. People really like the quality of materials and the fact that it can be opened with one hand. I can see how that would be a huge advantage as well. I never have both hands available in situations requiring a multitool. Another cool feature that people have commented about is that the lanyard ring and release. The consensus is that it is also great on a carabiner or key ring. The only issue that people have with it is that the quality is easily degraded if it is allowed to get wet. Simple solution: don’t go swimming with it.


Common Questions

Q: Aren’t multitools bulky?

A: Not always. Bulky or not, consider the number of tools you can fit into your pocket with a multitool. The size of a multitool such as the Leatherman Charge Plus sure beats carrying around a small toolbox everywhere you go.

Q: Is there a convenient place to stash the interchangeable screwdriver heads?

A: Yes, in fact, there is. There is a card-shaped insert that fits into the carrying case that holds them all nice and neat.

Q: Is the pocket clip rigid?

A: Yes, but not so rigid that it is hard to clip on your jeans.


Verdict

As far as multitools are concerned, the Leatherman Charge Plus is of high quality and is convenient. The fact that the pliers can be replaced is cool because I have ‘sprung-out’ many pliers on multitools in my experience. The case is a snug fit, and the lanyard ring is easily attached and detached. Overall, this is a great little multitool to keep around.

LEATHERMAN, Charge Plus Multitool with Scissors and Premium Replaceable...
  • READY FOR ANYTHING: This is your go-to multitool. Whether you're on the job, at the campsite, or at...
  • FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: A variety of pliers, replaceable wire cutters, a wire crimper and stripper,...

Last update on 2020-09-25 at 07:22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API



Elijah Langford
Written by Elijah Langford

Elijah is proficient in flintknapping, fire-making, fly-fishing, and foraging. After leaving Arkansas, and then Tennessee to chase the trout he dearly loves, the Colorado Rockies have become his permanent home where he resides with his wife and daughter. Read his full interview here. Read more of Elijah's articles.

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