Only one (1) Buttercade SnapOut is needed. You do not need to purchase a SnapOut for each button.
File the Buttercade SnapOut Tool for Pushbuttons under "why didn't someone think of this before?"
Simply put, the SnapOut Tool - a novel design idea between John Buttero and Wei Louie - quickly and neatly pops out any 30mm pushbutton/snap button without the all-too-common risk of squeezing and breaking its plastic side tabs.
Push and Pop
A typical characteristic of snap buttons are their plastic tabs located on each side of the housing. These tabs give way slightly as the button is pushed into the button hole, leading to satisfying snap as it clears the 1mm or so metal plate. However, these tabs were not designed to handle multiple attempts to remove and insert the button. Additionally, removing snap buttons are frequently accomplished by squeezing the tabs together with your fingers and pushing down. Those fingers can push inward too hard, past the tolerances of the plastic tabs, and break them.
Instead, the SnapOut tool provides a gentle squeeze on each tab as the first portion of the tool - the base - is pushed onto the button - just enough to loosen the button's grip from the metal plate. Furthermore the pressure is consistent, thus meaning there is much less risk of squeezing too hard on the tabs. The second portion of the tool acts as a plunger. Simply slide the plunger into the hole of the SnapOut's base, then push down until the button pops out. This is best done when the FightStick is upside down, so the button falls to the floor. Buttercade provides a clear video showing the SnapOut in action, making quick work of Hori Hayabusa buttons and a Sanwa OBSC - a translucent model that is notorious for its fragile tabs.
New Nylon Model. Notch for Joystick Mount Plate
The SnapOut - once a 3D printed tool, is now made of an attractive white nylon, with logo embedded in the top plunger. On the 30mm model, a special notch allows you to utilize the base in tight places around the joystick lever of some Fightsticks, such as the MadCatz TE, which places the buttons very close to the mounting plate. This novel idea was added to the SnapOut thanks to Joey Wainwright.
The Buttercade SnapOut Tool near 30mm diameter is designed to fit most common 30mm diameter pushbuttons, including:
Other off-brand snap buttons that are just under 30mm or less should also work without much trouble. Of note, Razer Panthera EVO pusbuttons will not work with the plunger, as the .110 terminals are positioned too close to the edge of the plunger. However, you can apply downward pressure using your thumbs to dislodge the button once the base is installed over it.
At just $7.95 - far less than eight Sanwa OBSC or OBSJ buttons - you'll find the savings are clear as from the very first button you recover without breaking its tabs. For those who have practically screamed in frustration for breaking the tabs in your newly purchased buttons, or simply wanted to swap in another set without destroying your previous buttons in the process, the Buttercade SnapOut Tool is a must-have.