IceToolz Ocarina torque wrench test
Regardless of the price or additional features offered, a torque wrench must above all be precise. Offering a simple design at an impressive price, the new Ocarina from IceToolz is also impressively accurate over its entire torque range of 1-10nm.
Named after an ancient wind musical instrument, this torque wrench and its hollow plastic construction looked like a toy at first. It wasn’t until we compared it to a digital torque wrench tester that we realized it was indeed a fully functional torque wrench.
To keep things simple, it’s the flexibility of an internal shaft that dictates the function of this tool. It’s a similar design to the proven beam torque wrenches, but in a different layout.
Torque adjustment involves turning the key and reading the desired number. It works perfectly, although human error is possible
With this, the tool will only work clockwise, and in doing so, moves a needle in line with the raised numbers on the tool’s handle. Without color contrast, these numbers can be difficult to read in low light or with the tool upside down. The danger here is that it’s up to you to tell you when to stop turning the torque wrench, and therefore over-tightening the bolt is only too possible if you’re not very careful.
This tool ranges from a minimum of 1nm to a maximum torque reading of 10nm. For cycling, this should cover many common uses of a torque wrench. The precision is impressive, with the tool only slightly underestimating the actual torque.
The extra bits are stored in the handle
The tool accepts commonly available 1/4 ” hex bits, which are magnetically held in place. The handle doubles as storage for the included 3, 4, 5, 6mm and Torx 25 hex bits. They will assist you through the majority of repairs. Getting the tips out can be a bit tricky – the easiest way we’ve found is to use the last bit you used to take out the one you want.
Such a simple design, paired with a large and comfortable hollow plastic handle, means that this 88g torque wrench is also one of the lightest multi-torque tools we’ve ever seen.
Low weight is rarely a crucial factor in tools, but it makes the Ocarina the perfect choice for the bike traveler. A weight of 88g including bits is extremely impressive, and this tool will gladly meet any seat post, stem and handlebar tightening needs.
That low weight comes with the tradeoff of feeling a bit cheap, and we certainly suspect that the handle will crack if you were to accidentally step on it (it’s a precision tool, keep it off the ground). Also, the long grip can hamper clearance in tight spots, and we struggled to adjust the torque on at least one seat post clamp head (double bolt design) because of it.
Regardless of its low cost materials and clearance issues, this is still an exceptional option. So much so that it came close to second place for the “Best Value” award in our recent final torque wrench group test. It is also the first choice for traveling with a bicycle.