So far I've used three different types of dispensers and can therefore draw on a small pool of experience when it comes to this product category. Currently I have definitely found my favorite model, which I would like to present here in the article: Tesa Pack dispenser pack'n'go.
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Three designs for dispensers
You know the classic dispensers: A handle with two branches, one with the package roll and the other with the cut-off and a plastic part that you can use to press on.
The second design is a simple metal dispenser that I bought years ago because it looked so handy and robust.
And the third design is the one I have new: a design tape dispenser from Tesa, which is made of plastic and has turned out to be small and handy.
Disadvantages of each model
In the case of the classic model, the following points were disruptive:
- The dispenser takes up a lot of space and is unwieldy.
- The threading of new roles is halfway, but I still had to think again and again.
- Sometimes the reel was not properly attached and would slowly rotate outwards, causing the tape to come out crooked and, in the worst case, tangling.
I can think of the following disadvantages of the metal dispenser:
- The dispenser is small, but gripping around the entire metal housing is more for big hands.
- Threading has always been tricky because the slit was so small that the ribbon is glued to the metal.
- Sometimes I also threaded it the wrong way around and then I had to disassemble everything again and do the fiddly threading again.
- You can't see how much packing tape is left on the roll. There is a viewing slit, but it's so dark inside that you can't see anything.
When it comes to the new design tape dispenser, I can only think of one negative point:
- The dispenser is made of plastic.
What the design dispenser from Tesa does right
I really like my new acquisition - and not just because it looks handier and prettier than the rest of the packaging tape dispensers.
The advantages for me are these:
- Threading is really easy, because you only have to clamp the tape between the two protruding guide parts. To do this, you just pull the tape over the guide and it slips in by itself.
- Changing the roll of packaging tape is super easy because you don't even have to open anything. There is also no need to adjust with a screw after changing the roll. It couldn't be easier.
- The device has a minimalist design and is still a device that you can hold comfortably in your hand. Even small hands shouldn't have a problem with it.
- You can see at any time how much packaging tape is still on the roll.
- For aesthetes: the dispenser is available in light blue and pink. In order to do justice to all role models, I naturally ordered it in light blue. Real men would probably prefer digital camouflage patterns in anthracite tones. ;-)
If you are looking for a good, cheap and still reasonably pretty package tape dispenser, you should get this one PACK'N'GO dispenser from Tesa Pack look at. I find it so successful that I give it the title "Pick of the week“ give.
If, like me, you're wondering if the number of apostrophes in the brand name “PACK'N'GO” is correct, here's the solution that both a native English speaker and chatGPT can confirm:
The phrase “pack 'n' go” is colloquial and often used in informal contexts. It represents the spoken form of "pack and go." In more formal or written contexts it would be better to use the full form “pack and go”. The spaces around the apostrophe in ” 'n' ” should be consistent, either “pack 'n' go” or “pack 'n go” depending on the style you're following.
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.
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