Product Type: Packbuster Hand Tool
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No more wrap rage
Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool
Member Name: wigglylittleworm
Packbuster Pack-Opening Multitool
Advantages: great idea
Disadvantages: very flimsy
Have you ever seen a product and thought "I wish I had thought of that?" That is exactly what I thought when I saw the Packbuster in Poundland (it sells for around £5 on Amazon) which is a tool designed to help you get into packaging.
Many products are overpackaged these days, especially kids toys. You need to tear through a plastic blister pack and once you get inside you find the toy is secured to more packaging with plastic ties and even screws. Once you get the toy out of the packet you then need to hunt down a mini screwdriver to open the battery compartment. One Christmas day I ended up with a nasty cut on my hand after trying to tear open a blister pack with my teeth and hands.
The packbuster comes in a packet that you simply rip open and then you have a 3 in one tool around 4 by 2 inches which claims to cure wrap rage.
The three tools on this little gadget are a slim cross head screwdriver, a blade for cutting cable ties and a blade for cutting through blister packs.
The screwdriver is great. It slides into the body of the tool when it is not in use and is sturdy enough to do the job it is designed for. It's not a screwdriver you would use for DIY due to the flimsiness but for opening battery compartments it is great.
The other two tools make the product a waste of time overall. The scissors for cutting open the cable ties are sharp enough but are not slim enough to slip under ties easily. The cheap plastic handle also does not give enough power when pressed down to mean that ties are always cut through and you can end up needing to try several times to clip one tie.
The blade for cutting through blister packs is nice and sharp but poorly designed. Only a tiny portion of the blade sticks out from the tool and this is covered in some kind of safety sheath which is non removable. It will cut through packets with some difficulty but a standard stanley type blade would be much easier.
The whole product is flimsily built, the handle for retracting the screwdriver fell off within a few uses and the whole thing feels flimsy.
The packbuster is a brilliant idea which is let down by flimsy construction. If they upgraded the product and made it sturdier then it would be brilliant but right now it is not even worth the £1 I spent on it.
Summary: not even worth £1
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