The iCoil Plus by Akiles is the perfect spiral binding plastic coil punch and bind machine for businesses or personal users that have a low-volume or only an occasional need to bind with coil spines. Very easy-to-use, this small coil binder machine punches oval holes, which makes inserting coils into books, especially thick books, up to 50% faster and much easier. This binding punch is very compact , taking up only a small portion of a work space with a small footprint, and even folds closed for easy storage and dust-protection when not in use. The vertical punching mechanism can punch up to 15 sheets (20# bond) at a time, with a maximum punching length of 11", making it ideal for users who only punch letter size 8.5" x 11" documents. The punching die mechanism is made from a heat-treated steel that ensures worry-free use. The punching is done manually by pulling on the handle, and the inserting is done electrically using a foot pedal that can be pressed by foot or hand, depending on the operator's preference. With a maximum coil inserter rating of up to 7/8", you can punch and bind the most common coil binding sizes with this compact unit (larger coils can be punched, but they may have to be inserted by hand).
How to Use the iCoil Binding Machine:
* Approximation based on standard 20 lb. bond copy paper. May vary depending on paper stock.
|Manufacturer||Akiles Products Inc|
|Manufacturer Part Number||AIC-41+|
|Shipping Weight (lbs)||20|
|Suggested User||Personal, Small Office|
|Binding Style||Spiral Binding / Plastic Coil|
|Punching Capacity||15 Sheets|
|Included Supplies & Accessories||Cutter Crimper Pliers|
|Compatible Supplies & Accessories||4:1 Pitch Spiral Binding Coils|
|Manufacturer's Warranty||1 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty|
|Type||Punching & Binding Machine|
|Punch & Bind Capability||Yes|
|Maximum Binding Edge||11" Long|
|Open Ended Punch||No|
iCoil+ Spiral Binding Machine Review
by Mallory Morsa
Hi! I am Mallory and I am the editor here at BUY101. I have been with the team since 2008, where I started out as a customer service representative, learning the in's and out's of every product we offer. I then moved into a roll of product management that required even more product research as well as new product training, sharing my extensive product and industry knowledge with our entire BUY101 team, and now, with you in my honest reviews.
I RECOMMEND THIS FOR:
The iCoil+ seems to be a good little machine for offices that want the ease of oval holes (offering easier coil inserting) and who could benefit from a mini electric inserter, all at a lower price-point than other machines with these features that may have been built for more industrial use, such as the CoilMac ECI+. The iCoil spiral binder is only meant for low-volume, so I would only recommend it for individual or small-office users who do less than 15-20 books per month, and who only do letter size books. Do you bind even less than that? Take a look at the Rubicoil spiral binding machine as an alternative option.
WHAT I LIKE:
The fact that a little personal/small office binding machine has an electric inserter included on it is a pretty cool feature. Even though it is small, so not as efficient or as high-quality as the larger machines, it is still a nice way to avoid those frustrations that we get from inserting the spirals one hole at a time. I also like that the oval holes are standard on this binding machine, because that only assists with the ease of coil insertion even further. I also like all the little sizing features that this comes with, because picking a coil size can be difficult without them and so they will help you get that perfect and pretty finished bind that is professional and clean.
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
I’m not a huge fan of the fact that this is a plastic machine, even though it is meant for real low volume or at home users, I just prefer the feel of a punch made with a metal handle (if you’ve ever tried both, you will understand what I mean)… it just feels more structured and you know in your heart (is that weird to say?) that you are getting a higher quality finish. The inserter does not span the length of the machine, so don’t expect it to work as smoothly as the bigger ones, but it is still nice to have and definitely assists in making the process faster than by-hand. It also is a closed-in punch (meaning you can’t do any sheets bigger than letter size) and does not have pins that you can disengage (to prevent a single hole from punching) so it is not recommended for those looking to do a big variety of sheet sizes. But that being said, at-home users like those who would buy this machine don’t need a really high-quality or heavy duty unit, and this is actually a pretty nice choice for making your own coil bound journals and crafts at home.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
This spiral binding machine is good option for individual users who want some of the efficient features of an office machine, but that was built for low-volume and craft use. Because it was designed for the home-user or small office, it is pretty easy to use, so simple self-training from our iCoil+ product overview video on YouTube, plus a little practice, should be enough to get you familiar and comfortable using the machine.