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Brady BMP21-PLUS Label Printer Quick Review

The great people over at Brady had been variety sufficient to ship me over one among their label printers for assessment, the Brady BMP21-PLUS Label Printer.

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This label printer makes use of steady tape cartridges with a sticky again and cannot solely print out the common numerical and alphabetical textual content, however it might probably additionally print quite a lot of symbols, and even bar codes. It will positively assist preserve issues organized and labeled correctly.

Who’s it designed for?

Anybody can use this labeler however it has options which are geared for jobsite use, particularly electricians (extra on that in a bit). It gives a big rugged physique with loads of rubber overmold to deal with drops and lends to a agency grip.


It has a simple to learn LCD display screen that’s backlit for straightforward viewing when it’s darkish. The backlight is ready to all the time on out of the field and may be disabled to preserve battery life. It takes 6 AA batteries and likewise exhibits the remaining battery energy (gas gauge) on display screen. The LCD display screen is straightforward to see out within the vibrant solar and even with the backlight turned on, though you’ll need to flip the backlight off when utilizing outside throughout daylight to preserve battery.


The buttons are good and outsized which makes them simple to press independently with out having to fret about urgent the adjoining buttons even when sporting gloves.

The tape itself is attention-grabbing as a result of I anticipated it to be sticky backed paper tape however it’s truly a lot better than paper tape. The tape is nylon fabric making it versatile and difficult. I attempted ripping it and I failed miserably, which is an effective factor for the tape. No want to fret about reduce it from the label printer because the printer has a pair of simple to push buttons on the again that when squeezed reduce the tape.

As I used to be saying earlier, anybody can use this labeler however it’s bought a ton of settings that will make an electrician completely happy. Should you go to the label kind menu, you’ll be able to select varied settings reminiscent of wire marker, terminal block, patch panel, vial, breaker field, together with a flag setting and the standard banner settings for portrait and panorama printing. There are additionally many symbols you’ll be able to select from in varied classes from Datacomm, electrical, dwelling electrical, and warning together with arrows, greek, and miscellaneous.


Electricians will love the varied settings to label wires, electrical panels, fuses, terminal blocks, and many others.

I favored you could set the printer to print textual content horizontally or vertically and might even change the scale of the textual content with varied sized fonts and daring font choices and may print a number of strains at a time.

The barcode print function was additionally attention-grabbing. It’s not a function I may make the most of since I don’t have a barcode scanner however you’ll be able to print your personal customized barcodes with this labeler. This might be good for a small workplace or retailer that’s outfitted with a barcode scanner for making good use of stock instruments and such.

It’s additionally nice for common use for labeling absolutely anything reminiscent of utensils, drawers, and many others. I additionally used it for some good quaint pranks at a member of the family’s workplace placing an enter at your personal threat labels on the lavatory door, mis-leading odd labels on file cupboard drawers, and including captions to photos. Good instances!


Different options embody printing time and date stamps on print outs. You possibly can enter the present date and time within the system menu so it’s all the time present so that you don’t need to manually enter present instances and dates. You can even save the textual content on display screen as information you could pull up later making it simple to print widespread used textual content with out having to re enter it every time.

The cartridges are replaceable and are available in numerous thicknesses. It comes preinstalled with a 3/4″ tape cartridge however there are thinner and bigger sizes accessible.

As you’ll be able to see I’ve had a optimistic expertise total with the Brady BMP21-PLUS Label Printer and it does every part it’s meant for and extra. Everybody will take pleasure in it’s options however not as a lot as elecricians with it’s many electrician targeted options. Brady additionally sells tape cartridges that use warmth shrink tape good for utilizing on cables and warmth shrink tubes.


So far as negatives go, I needed to be choosy to be sincere. I discovered the unit a bit too outsized (large). I’ve by no means used a labeler earlier than so I’ve nothing to check it to. For all I do know it might be comparable in measurement to different comparable featured items however I believed it was too large to slot in a small device bag or device field. I’d actually have a tough time becoming this factor in even a big device belt pocket. The buttons are a great measurement however I didn’t like that they’re organized alphabetically. Anybody aware of a qwerty keyboard on a standard keyboard or an on display screen keyboard must get adjusted to the non commonplace letter placement. After choosing up the unit, I spent an excessive amount of time typing every phrase as a result of the letters aren’t organized like a qwerty keyboard.

I additionally didn’t just like the battery holder compartment. I had a tough time putting in batteries with out the batteries coming out every time earlier than I may place the battery door. The battery compartment wants higher design to carry the batteries in place higher in order that they don’t come out earlier than you place the quilt.


Pricing for the unit is round $90-ish and it comes with the Brady BMP21-PLUS Label Printer, lanyard, and comes with a cartridge preinstalled. Batteries don’t come put in so that you’ll want to produce your personal, or you should buy Brady’s personal rechargeable battery pack. Different equipment embody a magnet you’ll be able to connect to the again of the unit so it’s possible you’ll connect the Brady onto a metalic floor reminiscent of {an electrical} panel whereas your working.

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Mine stop mid job, low printing time on this unit. Generated a ERROR when printing.
Brady doesn’t service these, they inform you to buy a brand new one.

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