This tool just needs to be filed under cool. It’s the SeeSnake Micro from Ridgid. If you’ve ever seen the SciFi show “Ghost Hunters“, they use the standard SeeSnake regularly to see into rooms they otherwise wouldn’t venture in to. But for plumbers (the day job for the two founders of T.A.P.S.), the SeeSnake is essential in seeing what has caused the blockage in sewer pipes.
But now, Ridgid decided to make a portable version for inside walls. This is a perfect tool for electricians, network techs or even cable installers. It’s lightweight and powered from 4 AA batteries, making it very versatile. The screen, at 2.5″, is large enough to be useful while still being inexpensive enough to make this device very affordable.
What good is it with a 3′ cable you may be asking yourself about now. Well, it’s quite useful, because you can add extensions to it easy enough to get up to 30′. That seems like enough length to make it very useful for wiring to me. Adding 9 extensions makes the price quite a bit higher, but it’s still much more reasonable than the full sized SeeSnake by quite a bit.
But it’s not just about the length. The mirror, hook and magnet (all included) make the uses continue to grow. I’m thinking this could actually be very nice for running network and phone cables behind cubicle walls around our offices. With some imagination, there are a ton of uses.
I’m excited about the SeeSnake Micro. It looks like Ridgid has a real winner, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.