Sarah Parsons

World's Smallest Portable Printer Doesn't Use Ink

by , 02/01/10

sustainable design, green design, planon printstik ps905ME, greener gadgets, ink-free printer, green products, portable printer, mobile printer, waste reduction

Computing on-the-go couldn’t be easier with the bevvy of smart phones, laptops and netbooks on the market. But printing documents while away from the home or office is a whole ‘nother story — until now. PlanOn’s Printstik PS905ME printer provides completely portable printing power. The lightweight, mobile printer utilizes rechargeable batteries and thermal printing technology so folks can print documents without needing outlets or wasteful ink cartridges.

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While other portable printers exist, PlanOn boasts the smallest, lightest printer on the market. The Printstik weighs in at 1.5 pounds and measures 2x2x11 inches, making it tiny enough to fit inside a laptop bag, purse or deep coat pocket. Rather than relying on messy and wasteful ink cartridges, the Printstik incorporates thermal technology to produce monochrome prints. Each device holds one roll of paper (about 20 sheets of regular letter-sized paper), and can hook up to computers and some smartphones.

In terms of green cred, eliminating toner cartridges can save a whole lot of packaging waste, especially given how quickly ink supplies can run out. Plus, the printer derives its power from Lithium-ion polymer rechargeable batteries. Rechargeable batteries are certainly more earth-friendly than disposables, but it’s a safe bet that mobile printers can save more energy than traditional, plug-in printers. This is especially true in office environments, where people tend to leave printers turned on or plugged in all day, even when the devices aren’t in use.

Perhaps rechargeable batteries would be a wise choice for many consumer electronics because it would incentivize conserving power, rather than wasting valuable electricity through vampire power consumption. Still, PlanOn’s printer does run slower than traditional printers and the quality doesn’t compare to that of laser printers, so the Printstik not be appropriate for all environments.

+ PlanOn

Via Physorg

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14 Comments

  1. greymase October 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I had a thermal portable typewriter back in 1984! This appears to be about the same size and weight…higher resolution. BUT, it was a pain in the neck in many ways. Put your cup of hot coffee down on the print out? Big black circle. Severe yellowing and fading over time. If these issues have not been solved, and the paper is not recyclable, and contains plastics (prior thermal paper did), this is no solution. It is a toy.

  2. ayuka owiti May 23, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Am willing to use that print but problem is the price is higher the chip technology chian how should i compet with others.

  3. chefm0408 December 21, 2011 at 9:46 am

    how much does it cost . DOes this printer match with mac

  4. sprattlaura November 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I would like to have a price on this portable printer. I am very interested in purchasing one.

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    [...] Inkless printers? Those are so last year. How about a printer that uses no toner but also lets you “erase” pages you’ve printer and reuse the paper?! That’s what the PrePeat by Sanwa does. The $5000+ printer (hey, we didn’t say it was going to be cheap) comes with special paper made from PET plastic that can be rewritten up to 1000 times. [...]

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  7. Robert Kerkhoven March 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Price is alot lower than mentioned. Printstik starts at $199. No batteries are reuired as usb chargesunit while you print. Paper cost for 11″ page is $0.19. Pinter only prints what pae size is required. Neat product very portable. Bluetooth option available.

  8. foxie9876 February 11, 2010 at 11:03 am

    At Between $300. and $400. A little Pricey. Refill cartriges $23 to $60 per cartrige of 20. Just Prints and Nothing else. Non Recycleable Paper. Very Small Great for a person on the go. Better take along lots of Refills and extra batteries or at least the charger.

  9. adiaccounting February 3, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Oh.. Its really amazing…
    Hope it has all the functionality that other normal printer have.

  10. dardots1 February 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Plus a lot of thermal paper has Bisphenol A in it.
    Forgot to mention solid post! Looking forward to reading your next post!

  11. dardots1 February 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Plus a lot of thermal paper has Bisphenol A in it.

  12. bolivar13 February 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I’m not sure this is an environmentally friendly device. As far as I know, you can’t recycle thermal paper. Watch out for the greenwashing!

  13. dpaul420 February 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I wish I could win one of these!

  14. i February 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Printer , not so ‘fresh’ idea, though.

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