Today, we’re taking a look at a very interesting electric screwdriver that not only is quite powerful and built like a tank but also features a very cool angle-sensing technology that automatically activates the motor when you twist the screwdriver clockwise or counterclockwise. It also has a nifty OLED screen that shows animation, the current operating mode, and the battery level. I’m talking about the Sequre SQ-ES126 Smart Electric Screwdriver.
MY EARLY BREAKDOWN
Pros: Great build quality, Powerful motor, Motion activated, Variable speed, OLED screen, USB Type C
Cons: No standard operation mode (not motion activated)
WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE
The packaging for the Sequre SQ-ES126 is pretty decent, a white box, with some branding around it.
Upon opening the box, the first thing you’ll notice is some paperwork.
Inside the box, we have the Sequre SQ-E126 Smart Electric Screwdriver Itself, a USB Type C charging cable, some stickers, and the user manual written in both English and Chinese.
We also have inside the box, a set of M4 screwdriver bits, 24 pieces to be exact, and a manual precision screwdriver.
Design, Construction, and Parts Overview
In terms of design and construction, the Sequre SQ-ES126 features a quite chunky yet still portable form factor and is made out of 304 stainless steel. The build quality is really outstanding with robust construction that speaks confidence.
It’s pretty hefty too with a weight of around 124.5g.
In front, we have a nifty OLED display that shows an animation of the current operation, the battery level, and other options.
At first, I thought, this is really not that necessary and could just reduce the battery life, but I realized it is important not only for monitoring the battery level but to be able to know exactly what mode you’re currently operating at. Because this electric screwdriver actually features different modes that include modes A, P, and torque levels 1 to 4. More on that later.
Flipping it at the back, we just have the model name and some certifications.
Turning it on the top side, we have the USB Type C charging port that can also be used for firmware upgrades.
Flipping it on the other side, we have the screwdriver bit holder that supports 4mm bits and we also have 3 LEDs here.
Operation and Performance
The Sequre SQ-ES126 Electronic Screwdriver as per the official website is an MCU based on STM32 and supports both Multi Gear Control and Manual Mode.
The main functionality of this screwdriver is the motion sensor that allows you to activate the motor by simply rotating the screwdriver clockwise or counterclockwise depending on your desired operation.
Now, at first, I had some difficulties adjusting to this functionality as sometimes, I accidentally and unintentionally activate the motor even with just the slightest movement. But after a while, I was able to adapt and it was actually quite trippy and cool at the same time. But the best characteristic of this smart screwdriver is the ability to control the amount of torque or rotation of the motor by using mode A or the angle sensing mode. In this mode, the rotation speed will vary depending on how slow or how fast you twist the screwdriver and you can adjust the speed variably on the fly which may come in handy in some situations. I just hope there is an option to use it as a normal electric screwdriver without using the motion-sensing feature to cater to those who don’t like it. The reason I said that is because the motor on this screwdriver is really powerful but I also feel like the automatic angle sensing is not for everyone.
The Sequre SQ-ES126 has two buttons on the side but they basically function the same which is to activate the motor/sensor. The only difference is that the other button also activates the 3 LEDs for working in a dim environment.
Aside from not having a normal electric screwdriver mode, I also don’t like the placement of the buttons which are more oriented towards the upper side which is not very ideal especially if you want to add more force by pushing the screwdriver down. It’s kinda hard to grip it that way while also pressing on the button at the top side.
And lastly, going back to the different modes. Pressing any button three times will show up the different modes which include the auto angle-sensing mode A, the mode P which seems like a constant speed operation, and modes 1 to 4 which are the different levels of torque.
In terms of battery life, with a 320mAh of battery, charging time is around 40 min with a running time of approximately 60min depending on the operating mode.
To conclude, if you’re looking for a powerful portable electric screwdriver, the SQ-ES126 is a very good option. The build quality is pretty solid and the electric motor is quite capable. The angle-sensing feature provides a quite different experience but may need some time to get used to. But once you have it dialed down, it is actually very cool and the option to variably adjust the rotation speed on the fly is also a very nice option to have. I only wish the buttons are placed closer to the center and that there is a normal electric motor mode that doesn’t rely on the angle sensor.
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