Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 15
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MarilynB A novelty corkscrew/screwdriver that really works!
What an excellent gift for a wine lover! This is not only a fun novelty corkscrew for opening wine bottles, but also a useful tool to have around the house. This Skil tool is just the right size, not big and bulky, yet has enough power to also complete small jobs around the house when not opening wine. It comes in an attractive display box for gift giving and the instructions (with illustrations) are clear. The lithium battery is a 'thumbs up'! Another nice extra feature is the light that tells you when the battery needs charging. I find it very comfortable in the hand, especially with the rubberized grip.
The corkscrew is very easy to use and I had no problems. I like the wine stopper that is provided - so much easier than trying to get the original cork back on!
For use as a driver, it has an easy-to-reach forward/reverse button and green arrows that light up to indicate the direction. The yellow site-light in front comes in handy for locating the screwhead faster - gives that little bit of extra light you may need. Included are some basic bits, but accepts any 1/4" hex bits.
Having a large collection of novelty wine openers, this one impressed me and will certainly not retire into 'the drawer' with the others! It is well worth the price.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mophead Surprisingly good!
The somewhat bizarre combination of cordless screwdriver and corkscrew came with a low expectation of quality and usefulness. I was pleasantly surprised, however.
My first impression was that the packaging was clean and neatly put together. A lightly frosted cover slides off of the main box, revealing a hard plastic tray with each accessory in its own recessed compartment. The tray lifts out revealing the 110v charger and instruction book. The accessories include the standard straight blade and phillips head screw bits, as well as a corkscrew, foil cutter, and bottle stopper!
After charging the tool the recommended 3 hours, I got to work putting the screwdriver through its paces. First, I tried the corkscrew on a bottle of wine. I was surprised that the corkscrew attachment was simple to use, effectively removing the cork. Removing the cork from the attachment took a little more effort, but no more so than from an ordinary corkscrew. Ok, the corkscrew attachment worked, though something of a novelty.
Though marketed as a "Power Corkscrew", I found that the real test of the tool was in using the screw bits. I was surprised that 1.) the battery lasted as long as it did, and 2.) that it had as much torque as it demonstrated. I placed a rubber band around the trigger, set a timer, and found that after 35 minutes the tool became a tad warm and was still going strong! Since a simple screw insertion/removal takes only about 3-5 seconds, that's enough battery life for over 700 screws (or corks!). The screwdriver had enough torque to insert and remove number 8 woodscrews into hardwood, which was another surprise.
The cordless screwdriver is ergonomically designed and fits comfortably in my hand. It features forward and reverse, with indicator lights, as well as an LED light to illuminate your project. It is compact, comfortable, and utilizes a powerful Li-Ion battery.
My only complaints are with the packaging. Instead of a sliding cover, a cloth piano hinge with either a plastic snap or a Velcro closure would be more convenient. Obviously, a more substantial compartmented case would be welcome (ballistic material, for instance), but I am sure would add to the cost. In addition, the hard rubber material which serves to hold the screwdriver bits together tend to hold the bits too tightly, making it more difficult than it should be to remove and use the bits.
Though actually marketed and labelled a "Power Corkscrew", I will continue to use this little screwdriver to remove and replace wall plates, hinges, fixtures, AND wine bottle corks. It's very cool!
December 6, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5Â by jbreitmun Great idea, poor execution in production
The SKIL 4-volt IXO power corkscrew could have been a lot better. I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested this product but after using it a few times I have mixed emotions. I list the pro's and con's as I see within this little driver.
-Compact design fits and feels good in palm of hand especially with the rubberized grip
-Rapid charging with a lithium-ion battery
-Forward/reverse indicator lights
-Has some good torque for something so small, the trade off for the torque is the RPM as I mention below in the cons
-Comes packaged ideally for gifting-displayed nicely in a windowed box
-Driver bits, corkscrew, foil cutter, and rubber stopper accessories included
-It has a flashy nice look (red with some black rubber accents/flare)
-Forward/reverse/lock switch is too prone to switching with no knowledge (I would barely set the tool down in between screwing some screws and would pick it back up only to find that the switch had been bumped to lock or reverse)
-Site-Light is very inadequate as it is more of a dull yellowish light, hardly enough to add anything extra to your working area
-One-speed driver and it happens to be rather slow (this isn't necessarily a bad thing because like indicated above it has some good torque) but don't expect to be zipping away at too many screws with it
-As another reviewer indicated the corkscrew works well but was the screw inside the shroud does not sit center and kind of chews up the side of the cork but does still extract it
With that said, l I don't foresee myself grabbing at this driver very often but it won't sit completely idle in my arsenal of tools either. As a cabinet/furniture maker I could see myself using this driver for mounting the euro-style hinges to face frames and cabinet doors as it has that nice steady drive with plenty of torque. It is compact enough to get into those tighter spaces and would work great for all the little adjusting those hinges tend to need. I'll have to find a way to make the forward/reverse switch a little more sturdy.
My wife is the main wine drinker and while impressed with the ability to pull a cork she didn't feel it was something she would use over her other corkscrews. She did however enjoy the foil cutter and the rubber stopper included.
With just a little bit more quality control within production this tool has potential to be something handy.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Katzann Quick and easy to use!!
We got this as a gift at a work party. The person who won this wasn't a wine drinker. He knew that I drank plenty of wine so he gave it to me!!! Lucky Me!! When we have people over, everyone wants to open the wine!!!
December 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SKapres IXO Vivo Wine Opener
I absolutely LOVE my IXO Vivo wine-opener! It's such a simple idea -- add a wine opener to a cordless screw driver -- and it's such a FANTASTIC one!
The wine attachment is simple to attach to the screw driver and pops out the cork in a few seconds flat. I've always been one to be a little impatient when it comes to opening wine bottles and because of that I end up pulling the levers too early which results with cork in my wine! The IXO Vivo is so easy to use I'll never have that problem again.
It's also really great to have around the kitchen for any loose odds and ends - such as tightening a loose electrical socket cover. I would highly recommend this product to anyone -- having the IXO VIvo around really does make my life easier in the kitchen -- sometimes it's all about the little things!
September 5, 2012