I have some ink pad storage but had all my distress ink pads in a drawer...and I love my distress inks so I had to remedy the drawer situation. I researched quite a few different storage ideas but I needed storage for the ink pads and reinkers so it came down to economy of space for me. This thing is the best bang for the buck!
It is quite large...it was hard for me to get perspective on the size, and once it is put together it is heavy so it won't be my go to for traveling. But I have mini inks for that!
What I can say...it is awesome for my needs! Just remember if you are going to store smaller inks pads, buy two sets of inserts...I didn't realize you needed two sets. Put the whole thing together anyway, ordered the second set which arrived today and put them in place.
I bought this because it was cheaper than buying the two 24-units individually- I don't use the swivel, I just have them sitting side by side on my desk. However, the swivel is really sturdy/quality should you want to use it. I don't know how much I would "travel" with this thing, other than perhaps from one room of the house to another, it seems like the inks could fall out if jostled too much. That said, all my inks fit (I have all manner of hobby-lobby-sold inks: versa, distress, staz-on, etc), and the sold-separate inserts are an absolute must for the distress inks - makes them fit perfectly. My only complaint is that it's boring black plastic, and I prefer natural materials. I'll have to spice it up, I think!
This unit is durable, compact and easy to assemble. The swivel base is smooth and made out of thicker gauged metal as compared to some others I've looked at. The assembly instructions aren't great, but they're adequate. If you buy the inserts (you will want to if you have Distress ink pads or small ones like those) just know that the inserts should be installed prior to putting the PortaInk together - the instructions don't mention that. I also like that should my needs change and I decide I'd rather have wall-mounted storage, I can just take this apart and hang it up.
I already own one of these along with the 2 marker buddies attached to the sides for several years. It has never quit! Everything is all in one place- ink refills, pads, and markers at the turn of your hand. A great space saver! I have acquired more ink pads and needed more storage so I didn't hesitate to purchase another. Went together very easily. I do not normally take this anywhere, but the pieces supplied can secure the unit quite well for travel, minus the ink refills.