Today, we are reviewing the Phomemo label printer, so that you can get organised for back to school. We love anything that makes going back to school easier for us all. If it takes even a little bit of the headache away – then it works for us!
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What is the Phomemo D30 Label Maker
This is a handheld thermal label printer; completely portable, and so easy to use. It prints labels from 5mm to 15mm wide, so pretty compact too.
The best (and weirdest!) thing about it, is that it doesn’t use ink at all.
This is something that confuses my small brain a little, but it seems that the printers uses special printing paper to create the image. For those of you with curious minds…
Thermal printing uses thermochromic paper, or thermal paper as it is commonly known. When the paper passes over the thermal print head. The coating turns black in the areas where it is heated, producing an image.Source: Phomemo.com
As far as we were concerned, it was a bit like magic!? 😲
What can you use the Phomemo label printer and how can it help me to go back to school?
The printer can be taken anywhere, due to its size, which can make it rather simple to organise your life, and back to school.
You could, for example, keep it in the car, so that when you realise that you don’t have a label on your kid’s lunch box, or water bottle – suddenly; you do!
Anything that improves the chances of not losing school items is a bonus for us. Suggestions for the Phomemo label maker for back to school would include:
- Lunch boxes,
- School bags,
- School books,
- Water bottles (how many of these do YOU lose a term?!!?),
- Padlocks for lockers,
- Sports shoes, and
- Sports bags.
Pretty much anything that your kids take to school that might get lost – except clothes!
There are, of course, lots of other ways it can be used. But for a parent, labelling kids stuff is a huge plus. We have already decided that it’ll also help massively in the kitchen with making sure we know when food goes out of date too…..
The interface allows you to add in dates, and times really easy, which helps with this type of use case.
Do be careful though that you don[t leave it lying around for too long, as otherwise your older children might start randomly labelling things…..
Erm. Like the cat’s bed….typical. 😂
How easy is the Phomemo label printer to use?
We do tend to struggle a little with new technology. However, other than a little difficulty with registering the app, the product is pretty easy to you. All you need to do is:
1. Open the box to get it out!
Clearly, this is a good place to start, but it IS that simple.
2. Open the label printer
This is required so that you can get to the printer spool.
3. Adjust the label position so that the spool is in the right place for printing
When you first open the label printer, you will need to take the label spool out, and remove the sticker to release the label spool. Once you have done this, then make sure the the label is only just poking through the label printer. If it isn’t just print one label, and then rip off that one as a tester. Alternatively you can pull the label through, and then rip between the first and second label on the spool to line things up correctly.
4. Shut the casing once the paper for the labels is in place and download the app
The Phomemo comes with instructions on how to load the paper (as above), and once this is done, all you need to do is download the app. There is a QR code, or you can search for the app Print Maker in the relevant app store.
5. Register, and then connect your device via Bluetooth
When you first register your device, you will need a security code (sent either via phone or email). Do be patient with this arriving, as it can take a little time. There is customer service available through the app though, and they were responsive when we needed them.
6. Once registered – just print!
It really is that simple – once you have registered the type of printer you have, and made you you have let the system know what label size you have; you are good to go. The interface is simple to use. It really does take just 5 minutes to get going.
There are actually two options; a quick to print, or you can also get a little creative with what you are doing with the Phomemo label maker.
What did we think of the Phomemo label maker?
As you can see from this article, the Phomemo is easy to set up, and innovative. We were extremely impressed that it required no ink. This means it is very flexible, and can be taken anywhere, which could come in handy for school from time to time.
It was easy to use, and the customer service team was responsive too; when our code for registering an account took a little time to come through. It retails at £38.99 (Amazon) so is surprisingly inexpensive too. It comes with a set of labels as well, so the initial purchase should give you a good deal of labelling fun. You can purchase more labels for c. £12.65 too. (Amazon).
We hope that you found this Phomemo review helpful; do let us know what you think to the Phomemo in the comments too. Perhaps you can share how you have used it to help with back to school too?
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