Plastic Spudger vs Metal Spudger - Which is best for repairing an iPhone?

Posted by spudger on January 24th, 2019

Let’s say you’ve broken your iPhone screen (or any other smartphone screen for that matter) and you search online for appropriate tools to help you repair it. After all, it’s probably cheaper to buy the tools and do it yourself armed with a few YouTube videos. Your search results will tell you that you need a spudger, but there are so many different types you don’t know where to begin.

What is a spudger exactly?

A spudger is a small, double-ended stick-like tool. One end is flat (like a screwdriver), the other might have some sort of hook on it. It’s often made of nylon but you can get metal spudgers, plastic spudgers, fiberglass spudgers, and wooden spudgers.

Why might we need a spudger?

So, in your attempt to fix your broken screen the internet is telling you to get a spudger. Although you could, theoretically, fix your broken iPhone screen with other tools that you might already have at home, a spudger is a just for problems like this. Essentially, it is a prising and teasing tool that gently prises apart pressure-fixed cases or teases intricate components into place.

Metal Vs plastic

Let us talk firstly about metal spudgers. These things look more like proper tools that you might find in a toolbox, or actually, they even look like you’d find them in the dentist surgery! They’re really strong and will last a long time.

As far as plastic spudgers go, there are lots of different ones out there. Some are better quality than others. Bad quality plastic spudgers may only serve you once before they’re ready for the trash can. Many are available double-sided so they last even longer.

Which spudger should I get?

Let’s face it, iPhones are expensive so it is worth choosing tools carefully when they’re going to touch one. For any smartphone that is made of metal, a plastic spudger would be the option to go for. Metal can and will scratch the case as you’re trying to prise it apart. Also, when dealing with batteries, you want a spudger that is insulated. A metal spudger would conduct electricity and, therefore, might give a shock if placed in contact with the battery. Our final verdict, therefore, is the plastic spudger.

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