For many students, school will start as early as next week, and for moms like me, one of the most tedious tasks in preparing school materials is labeling. Busy moms might just opt to buy stickers or order personalized labels but some would actually take the time to make labels of their own. They would just buy sticker paper, create and print them out themselves – I was actually planning to do the same but I just didn’t have enough time. Good thing I saw this label maker at Fully Booked in Eastwood Mall:
The Tepra Lite LR5E Label Maker
- create labels in different fonts
- choose text sizes (small, medium, large, extra large)
- add frames to your label
- print horizontal or vertical labels
- insert icons, symbols and pictures
Here’s the complete specs from the site:
|Product No.||LR5E (Blue)||LCD||8 characters x 1 line|
|Decorative frames||49 types||Printing method||thermal printing|
|Fonts||7 types||Printer||thin-film thermal printhead
(64 dots at 180 dpi)
|Text size||4 sizes (XL, L, M, S)||Max. printable width||approx. 9.0 mm|
|Cutter||manual cutter||Internal character data||759 characters
(62 English characters, 697 symbols)
|Power source||AAA alkaline batteries x 4
|Max. character input||62|
|Product dimensions||90 x 115 x 37 mm||Lines printable||1|
(not including batteries)
|Text direction||2 types (horizontal and vertical)|
The package contains the label maker, one Tepra plain tape and User Manual
Sample labels that I created:
Here’s my review of the product:
- Very easy and simple to use. You can just choose the font, size, type the text in, print and cut -even my 3-year old daughter can use it (this might be a disadvantage in the long run though:) ).
- Runs on batteries – no need to plug-in or charge making it very portable
- Comes with fun icons, pictures and symbols. You can insert emoticons, faces, animal, symbols – choose from almost 700 icons
- Prints on plain Tepra Lite tapes (plain tapes) or Coharu tape (Washi tapes with cute designs). This is especially useful in crafts, scrapbooking and labeling children’s things. In the case of my pre-schooler, choosing a distinct tape will help her recognize her materials right away, especially when her things gets mixed up with other kids’ stuff in school.
- Prints horizontal or vertical labels
- Has built-in cutter – makes cutting easy and safe even for children
- Prints special characters for letters with accents like é ä – but it lacks ñ which is a actually a letter on our family name
- Uses thermal printer – the print will not withstand heat and might fade in time. This is one of the biggest disadvantages but you can work around it by putting clear scotch tape to preserve the print.
- Prints one line only – some label printer can print two lines (like Brother’s P Touch label maker)
- The adhesive on the tape gets off easily on non-flat and smooth surfaces like crayons and pencils.
- No memory to save frequently used texts – but you can print the same text multiple times. You just need to re-type again if the unit is turned off.
I’ve made lots of labels the past weeks and so far I did not run into any problems. I have also not run out of tape yet – I thought one roll wouldn’t – last but it surprisingly did even after labeling each of Mia’s crayons, markers, colored pencils, books and notebooks. I’m completely satisfied with this product and I enjoy using it. I purchased my Tepra Lite at Fully Booked, but Amazon carries this too at a cheaper price.
I would definitely recommend this to moms! 🙂