How To Use The Mini Grabbers

If you have ever felt like you could use another set of (tiny) hands when working with electronics, never fear as you are not alone. It can be difficult to fight with all the wayward wires and compact contacts when working with circuits, and we here at Digilent have heard your cries (and fist slams) of frustration. That is why we are excited to introduce our Mini Grabbers to combat this persistent struggle!

These micro-hook test clips allow your instrumentation’s signal wires to be connected to component leads, other wires, and other circuit components. From the product page:

The spring-action clips use two-lead pincers to grab onto conductors up to 1.27mm in diameter. When released, the pincers hold tightly for good electrical contact.

The Mini Grabbers are simple use, just press the top plastic piece down to extend the small metal hook, then attach it to your contact.

Hopefully this extra help can assist with your circuit struggles, so make sure to pick up your pack today!

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4 Comments on “How To Use The Mini Grabbers”

  1. I wasn’t satisfied with the micro grabbers at all. To be honest, after trying to get along with them for a while I just trashed them and bought proper “Micro Kleps” from Hirschmann.

    There were mainly two problems: They did not hold tight because the contact blades were much too thin and bent because of them being made from thin metal blades instead of stronger wire, and the connection ‘pins’ (which are actually bent sheet metal as well) were so badly formed that they irreversibly damaged the Dupont connectors on my Analog Discovery 2 so I had to buy a new set of flywires for the oscilloscope.

    Yes, the pricing of the mini grabbers is very different from what Hirschmann charges for their Micro Kleps, and there are only two colours of the latter, but given the trouble I had with them refusing to cling to whatever I tried to attach them and the damaged flywires the Hirschmanns are well worth the price.

    The mini grabbers, at least the specimens that were delivered to me (no “Digilent” branding on the handles, so they might have been revised in the mean time), are not up to the standards I was taught to expect from you.

    1. Hi Peter,
      I’m sad to hear that your experience was less than satisfactory. I appreciate the feedback and have sent a note to the email you used to create your comment.


  2. The best way to use the mini grabbers is to throw them away and buy proper ones, e.g. from Hirschmann (Micro Kleps).

    The ones I got from Digilent did not really hold on to wires, pins or whatever I tried to attach them to, and they damaged the plugs on my AD’s flywires as well because the contact pins are very cheaply built and bent the flywire plugs’ contacts.

    Yes, the Hirschmann Micro Kleps are much more expensive, but they are saving you a lot of trouble. The mini grabbers don’t really keep up with Digilent’s usual standards.

  3. As noted by the other commenters, these clips really don’t work. Plugging in the flywires from the Analog Discovery 2 is very problematic as the parts don’t fit together correctly. This should not be a problem as I bought both the flywires and the clips from Digilent. Also the grabber ends are very wimpy and cannot be relied upon. The result is a shaky connection which frustrates debugging more than it helps. You should either fix these or take them off the market. You can’t possibly be making enough money selling them to compensate for the damage to your reputation.

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