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I've got a whiteboard week planner in the office so I keep a pack of pens next to it in case one runs out (nothing like being on the phone and your pen doesn't work) so rather than buy these individually I got a big 12 pack off Amazon for £5 + £1.55 postage. Bargain!
I want to get the negative out the way here, the felt lacks structural integrity, the felt is just too weak to be used constantly and if you're heavy handed these are not for you. The tip really feels flimsy and there's no solid felt at all, it can be crushed easily if you press hard whereas, the Zebra whiteboard pens i've tried are rock solid and feel better made.
Moving on to some more positive points though, the pens do last quite a long time, for me it's a good few months before they run out, and when they do sadly they cant be refilled like highlighters, they have to be binned. They are also not recyclable but the packaging is. Cardboard is widely recycled.
The ink isn't bad actually, occasionally blotchy and patchy here and there but generally it flows out the pen quite well. When you first start using the pen you'll see a solid black line and as the pen runs out it'll loose ink around the edge of the tip and so lines look less full, and there's less in at the top and bottom of your line.
Writing is quite comfortable, being perfectly circular grip is few and far between when writing with sweaty hands but you can just "wipe dry" if you'll pardon the pun. The logo on the pens does wear off after time but you normally run out of ink faster than the logo can completely disappear.
When it comes to wiping the ink off the board this is easy and it doesn't leave any dried on patches behind. It takes seconds to "dry" onto the board but after that it won't smudge. I've got the berol board wiper that was designed for this exact purpose and it works well together with this pen.
Overall this is a great pen but expensive when bought individually so i'd recommend getting a 12 pack off amazon for a fiver, and certainly stock up if you see them on offer. These are great for leaving around the office and work on all white boards. Highly recommended.
Berol is a well known make particularly when it comes to educational stationary, and I frequently order Berol products as a teacher for my class. I use a lot of white board markers in school and I rely on the fat Berol markers which I find great. Several years ago, before I had my little girl, I would have occasionally done some home tuition especially for children of friends and relatives and for this reason, I needed to have my own whiteboard at home and my own set of whiteboard markers. Being used to Berol, I ordered a pack of these thinner Berol Drywipe markers on amazon for around the £6 mark, if I remember correctly. Although they are available in a variety of colours, I simply ordered the black markers at the time.
These Berol Drywipe markers are designed for whiteboards or drywipe boards, that are simply erased with a cloth or special rubber. The nib of the pen is fine so writing in these pens is easy to do, and it is easy to write neatly, unlike some thicker tipped pens, when even the neatest writer can end up with messy writing. These pens have a round tip as well and I found that when I was using them with the children I was tutoring, they worked great for when we were practicing mathematical sums etc and having to write numerals quite small. The fact that I have seen in both school and at home, how much children love using these rather than always pencils mean they have quite a motivational factor. I find it encourages children to take part and have a go when they are given a drywipe pen. They would also be useful for those with whiteboard notice boards in the home.
I find that my fatter Berol pens in school last ages and rarely dry out, they simply run out of ink, unless of course I forgot the lid. These thinner pens are different however in my experience. Yes, they work very well, but they do dry out very very easily, if the lid is left off for any amount of time, and when not in use, the lid should be replaced immediately. I would say that at least half of my pack dried out within a few weeks, and most lasted longer, but there is definitely a difference between these pens and the fatter Berol drywipe pens. I have since bought other brands of whiteboard pens and there are definitely better out there in terms of not drying out.
All in all, these are nice pens. They work well in terms of writing and the nib is a good shape and size, however, there are some issues with drying out. These pens do not last as longer as their fatter counterparts which is disappointing for the brand and for this reason I don't think I would buy them again.
I have used a number of these over the years and the main times I have used them is in schools either when I was a student myself or whilst on various placements over the last few years.
Small whiteboards are a feature in pretty much every classroom these days and they are used to assist interactive whole class teaching eg. maths lessons - warm up exercises at the start. They are also often used to help children plan their work, as a working aid for classroom assistants and sometimes the kids just like them to draw on too!
I remember when I was at school it was so exciting if one of the teachers got the whiteboards out but this only ever happened once in a blue moon. I have found that now they seem to feature more regularly with them being used most days in primary settings.
If you are going to have a drywipe/whiteboard you need a special pen. You cannot use a normal felt tip or you will need to wash it off with water and then buff it dry etc and chances are you will still end up with a smeary board. Therefore, you need to get a special drywipe pen. A number of brands make these including The Consortium, Staedtler, Expo and Berol.
Berol make both the thicker style board pens for the larger classroom boards and also these thinner versions for smaller boards. I have used both and I have found them to actually be slightly different. I will quickly discuss the chisel and bullet tip larger versions but as the review is for the thinner marker the majority of my review will focus on this.
The larger pens come in a variety of colours and can be bought individually, in a pack of four with black, red, blue and green or in larger packs with different shades of the rainbow! These are thick barrelled and I find them easy to write with as long as you arent trying to write too neatly as the size of them makes it difficult to be accurate. I prefer the bullet tip versions because you get a better line in my opinion. They have an ok longevity - they will last a few weeks with daily use before the nib starts to wear and become less shaped. As soon as this happens you find that the lines you are drawing also look lighter and the pen looks as though its beginning to run out. However, they still last a decent amount of time after this I just dont like using them so much!
The slimmer version as shown above are more preferable to me. I find that these are comfortable to write with as obviously they are a smaller size. They are exactly the same shape and size as the regular Berol colouring pens so if you or your child find these comfortable to use then you should be fine with these. The nib is a thick nib but is thinner than the larger pens at around 1.7mm. This provides a neat line but it allows it to be read from a distance. You mainly find these in black but I think I have seen a couple of orange and yellow ones before. The black ones provide a gorgeous (I know, I dont know why a pen provides a gorgeous line but it just does) solid line which is very dark and it is easy to write with these so that it provides a true representation of your own handwriting which is good for schools in literacy lessons especially. The ink in these lasts longer than the thicker versions in my opinion and a classroom can have a box of these with them being used most days and they will easily last a term. When the ink begins to run low it ends up being a grey colour and although the nib does become slightly messy and wider with more use it is nowhere near on the scale of the larger ones.
The ink will stay on the boards well and if the boards are put away without being cleaned then you are left with the writing next time they come out as long as they havent been bashed about too much in the box! The ink is easy to wipe off of the boards and you can simply use a special whiteboard sponge or cloth. Tissues can also be used but I personally prefer the sponge as it leaves you with a brilliant white board and there are never any smears.
There is one downside to these pens unfortunately, especially if children are using them - they are not washable! An easy way to solve this is to tell children to roll up their sleeves before starting but this doesnt stop the occasional dropping of the pen. The ink will fade over time after washes but it does not come completely out. However, Berol have solved this problem by now making washable drywipe pens!
As mentioned, the Berol drywipes are available in a number of forms including markers with both bullet and chisel tips, fine tipped as shown in the picture above and now washable drywipes. The varieties are all available individually or in packs of 4 or 8 either in black only or in a variety of colours. Some can also be bought in a large class pack of 200 (be better off calling it a school pack, surely?!) and I know you can get the smaller ones in black in this size. Currently, a pack of 12 smaller black pens can be bought for £9.90 on Amazon which I think is a very good price for a good quality pen, especially when you think we pay more than this for a decent ballpoint.
I really like these drywipe pens and I do think that after trying a variety of brands these are definitely my favourites as I think they provide a good quality ink which remains dark and true to colour for a good amount of time, they are easy to hold and write with and they last well.
At home we have a couple of little white boards, that now and again my little sisters like to mess about on, writing messages to each other and drawing pictures on them, which they find fun because they can rub them off again really easily. They are great for journeys out in the car etc, and they are also good for the environment, because unlike paper they can be used over and over again and are recyclable.
Sometimes when I am bored I like to doodle on one of the whiteboards too; it is surprisingly quite good fun.
Well anyway the point to me telling you all this is because the pens we have bought for use on the whiteboards are Berol Dry Wipe Broad Tip Pens. The reason we chose to buy this particular one is because my mum works in a school, and these are the pen she uses there. She has used many different chalks/board pens throughout her career but she says these are the best because the ink lasts a long time, they are easy to hold and they wipe off the board easily without leaving a stain.
I find the pens very suitable for writing on the white boards. They write the words out quite boldly because the tips are broad width, and they are very easy to use. They glide easily across the board, whether it is a small transportable white board or a big one that is glued to the wall. I think the quality of these pens is superb. The ink seems to last quite a long time so they don't need to be replaced that often. We have this in black and the colour is very good. It stands out very well on the board, and I mentioned the tip is quite broad so the writing is quite big - so this would be very useful on the whiteboard in front of a whole classroom.
The pens can be bought from most stationary shops and will cost less the more of them you buy. From the official Berol website a pack of 200 will cost you just over £85. You can find more offers for the pens on eBay, if you are looking to get a cheaper deal on them though.
You can get the pen in black, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, purple or brown. I definitely recommend these whiteboard pens.