Brady BMP21 Handheld Label Printer, Multi-Line Print, 6 to 40 Point Font
Specifications for this item
|EAN||0662820899594 , 0066282089959|
|Item Weight||1.5 pounds|
|Manufacturer Series Number||110889|
|Number of Items||1|
|UPC||662820899594 , 066282089959|
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The Brady BMP21 handheld label printer creates multi-line labels for clear identification of wires, panels, circuit boards, and other industrial items. The keyboard contains letters A to Z and numbers 0 to 9, and the text displays on the LCD screen as it is typed. The text prints in 203 dpi resolution in a single black color using thermal transfer technology, and the user can select from six font sizes (6 to 40 point). The printer can create serialized labels, and it uses continuous tape cartridges, which enable labels of varying widths. The printer is powered by six AA alkaline batteries (sold separately) for portability. A power adapter (sold separately) can be used instead of batteries if the printer is not being used in mobile applications. One cartridge of 16 continuous feet of 0.75"-wide nylon cloth tape is included with the printer.
Brady manufactures signs, labels, lockout/tagout, safety devices, and printing systems and software used in the electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, electrical, construction, education, and medical industries. The company, founded in 1914, is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI.
What's in the Box?
- Brady BMP21 printer
- Brady M21-750-499 label cartridge
Top Customer Reviews
I had previously used a Brady IDpal, which had some advantages but was not very reliable. After comparing and reading reviews for the Rhino 5200 and Brother P-touch units, I decided to purchase the Rhino 5200. In short, I was disappointed in the wire wrap capability of the Rhino and ended up returning it. The literature claimed that it would print labels for wires as small as 22awg (which I often use), but I came to find out that the shortest wire wrap label it will print is 1-1/4" long. Why on earth would you need 1-1/4" of label to wrap around a wire only 1/16" in diameter? For the short time I had it, I ended up trimming and wasting more label tape than I actually used.
Enter the Brady BMP21. The shortest wire wrap label it will print is 3/4", which still can be longer than necessary for tiny wires, but it's way better than the waste from the Rhino. Plus, the label cartridges are cheaper than Rhino and you can get 3/8" tape (Rhino only goes down to 1/2"). I haven't used many functions yet other than the wire wrap labels, but it seems like a rugged unit and I'm sure it will serve my purpose. The backlight is a nice touch. If you need wire wrap labels, the BMP21 would be my recommendation.
After using this labeler for almost a year, it has served my purpose well. The label cartridges are fairly inexpensive and even cheaper on eBay.Read more ›
One problem has irritated me though. When printing numbers for 5mm wide DIN terminal blocks, it will print serialized numbers, for instance, 10 labels 1-10 starting with 1, with one press of the start button without stopping, and the numbers get spaced on 5mm pitch. If asked to print 10 of the same number (serialize OFF) for terminals joined by a shorting bar, it stops after each one and forces me to press the Print button for each numeral. This screws up the 5mm spacing of the labels making it more like 7mm, which forces me to cut them apart and apply them individually. This is a firmware defect. If they can have it generate ten numbers in a FOR loop, incrementing each time, and print them without stopping, all they have to do is switch off the incrementing function in the same loop to make this work right. I just checked to see if there's been a firmware upgrade, but so far no. I guess this would have to be a ROM change, since there's no I/O port, but I would be willing to ship it in to get this fixed, or install myself.
That being said, using this labeler is still WAY better than the old rolls of individual preprinted numbers, or hand lettering. I'm getting really good with the razor knife.
If the label machine is not used in say a day or so the first label will have a crease on the end which will obscure the printing on the first label after that the machine prints fine. Set the machine to discharge the shortest length it can then re-set for actual work. The label rolls are not inexpensive.
When manually switched off (membrane) or timed-out the aggregate total average of the machines had a 2.2 milli-amp sneak draw on the six AA batteries. A month sitting unused will utterly discharge the best of alkaline AA batteries. This is not some "production run" freak fluke. The total variation in purchase date ranged over a year, from Reno Nevada, to San Diego.
The "answer" is to remove any one of the six batteries OR slip a piece of paper between any two batteries or the battery contacts. The paper insulator method is better when the unit is transported to prevent "loose-cannon" damage in the battery compartment when the unit is transported.
The 120vac adapter will resolve this problem, but usually an electrician isn't in the habit of labeling live circuits, so a very unhandy extension cord is needed to power the AC adapter. Another method would be to haul a battery and DC/AC inverter.
A person would think BRADY would have found an corrected this problem being that the instrument is used by the very people who would be most likely to suffer then instantly diagnose that the product has some serious faults.
Other than the above I like the machine. I just wish they would offer to fix the three of mine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Brady BMP21 is a real step down from my old red ID Pal with regards to creating wire labels. The font size selection jumps from 6pt (which is far too small to see) all the way... Read morePublished 11 months ago by JEFFREY M. HUNTER
I'd love to give this product five stars simply because of the wire wrap labels. But I cannot because of two things you'd think a company like Brady would have considered during... Read morePublished 13 months ago by BobZoom
it should come with power adapter then this is best. otherwise its sucks battery.Published 13 months ago by Ashu
This label Printer has worked for all of my employees in the most extreme conditions without failure. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ken Kozma
Exactly what our maintenance guys wanted! Excellent price and shipping!Published 14 months ago by 8239
Great purchase! Works great and labels stick very well. I use this for everything including printing address labels. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles Marchese