The WiAir 1000 is a new innovation to the packaging industry, as it offers not only an initial lower price for the machine itself, but also lower pricing on consumables, less need for inventory storage, and even lower shipping costs. Yes, seriously! Plus, loading the air cushion rolls and using the machine is truly simple, so anyone from a small businesses owner to a professional warehouse shipping department of a large company will easily be able to use it. Here is how the WiAir 1000 air packaging system compares to other available machines on the market.
|Model||WiAir 1000||Mini Pak'R||Uline Air Cushion H7241||AIRmove 2||Air Wave Mini||NewAir IB Flex H7259|
|Speed||9.8' / Min||25' / Min||30' / Min||33' / Min||65' / Min||90' / Min|
|Sleep Mode||After 2 hours of inactivity||After 15 minutes of inactivity||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Footprint||18" x 8 ½"||14" x 13"||15" x 14"||17 ½" x 17 ½"||9" x 15.74"||26" x 23"|
|Retail Price (USA)*||$499||$1,499||$990||$1,049||$1,398||$4,000|
• Speed of Machine - The first thing you will see on the chart above is a comparison of how fast the WiAir 1000 is compared to the other models. You can see that the WiAir is slower than the others, however, this makes is much more accessible to lower-volume users including those that own their own small businesses that needs to pack and ship items, such as Etsy shop owners. This can save small businesses a ton of money from outsourcing and buying pre-made bubble wraps.
• Film Types - Next, we look at the kinds of films they will work with, i.e. the kinds of finished air packing they will produce. All models mentioned will work with both a pillow air film and a bubble air film. They are also all proprietary, meaning they will only work with their brand's specific film rolls. This is an important thing to note, as the consumable pricing for your continuous-buy air packaging supplies should be considered when making a buying decision. The WiAir 1000 offers a much more affordable film that takes up less space than traditional bubble wrap, so will also take up far less storage space. Just check out this photo to compare a box of the WiAir film to comparable amount of bubble wrap on a roll...what a crazy difference in space!
On the same topic of film type, you also want to look at the material that the film is made of, the durability of it, and the waste-factor. Well, the WiAir uses a unique, high-density polyethylene HDPE air packing film that is incredibly resistant to punctures (keeping your shipments safe through transit and storage), abrasion resistant (will always look new), exhibits a low coefficient of friction (low-static), and is completely recyclable, making it more eco-friendly than traditional packing peanuts and other protective packaging solutions.
Lastly, in regards to air packaging film, you should look at the finished pillow size. The WiAir 1000 pad air tubes (bubble wrap used for cushion wrapping materials and void fill) comes on a 15 ¾" x 11 ⅖" x 985' roll size, yielding 1,350 pre-perforated pillows measuring 15 ¾" x 11 ⅖" (400 x 290mm). The air pillows (single cushions used for void fill) come in a 7 ⅘" x 3 ⁹/₁₀" x 985' roll size, yielding 2,700 pre-perforated air pillows, measuring 7 ⅘" x 3 ⁹/₁₀" (200 x 100 mm).
• Sleep Mode - A standby mode is a nice feature that will automatically shut off the machine after a certain amount of inactivity. This can help you conserve energy to reduce electricity costs, as well as reduce wear to your machine and help it last longer. You can see that the WiAir 1000 has a timeout after 2 hours of inactivity, which is a benefit because it will start protecting your machine and saving your energy, while allowing you the freedom to step away from the machine to perform other tasks, without having to go through the startup process again. There is only a 3 minute startup time to get the machine up and running again, so it is quick to get it going.
• Space Needed for Machine - Also called the footprint, the space needed for your machine is an important consideration, especially for smaller businesses with limited space. Take a look at the width and depth of the machines in the chart, and check the location where you plan to place the machine to be sure it will work. The WiAir 1000 is one of the more compact options, so can save you some space.
• Retail Price - Lastly, let's compare the price of the machine. This is a very important factor, because we know you have to work within a budget and ensure your equipment investments will pay for themselves quickly. As you can see, the WiAir 1000 is the cheapest (or more accurately put, the most affordable) air packaging machine available, retailing at just about $449, which is less than half the price of any other comparable model.
The WiAir 1000 is truly the first of its kind, bringing the speed and convenience of an air packaging machine to a more universal-user. No longer are protective packaging machines only for large shipping facilities...now anyone can bring the convenience, space saving, and money-saving potential to their businesses, no matter the size, with the WiAir 1000. Plus, like the name hints at, the WiAir is fun to use! Seriously, I know that sounds weird...but when I first used it I felt the need to say "wheeeeeeeee" (and yes, I am embarassed to say so)! Let's see it in action so you can see just how fast and easy it is to use in the WiAir 1000 video below...
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About the Author • Mallory Morsa is the product expert and content specialist at Binding101, and has been a valued team member since 2008. She started her career here in customer service, moved onto sales supervisor, product management, and then onto content. She takes a hands-on approach to products, and truly gets to know how every item works before she writes about them, with a goal to give you all of the honest information you need to make a confident buying decision. She has a bachelor's degree with a focus on management and marketing, and has been a writer, photographer, and videographer for many years. In her free time, she loves to read by the pool, volunteer at the local animal shelter in the kitten nursery, and snuggle her three furbabies while she binge watches Netflix.
* Retail pricing is current price as of the date of release of this article (09/26/18). Prices may have changed after that. Always check individual product listings for current pricing.