A credit card sized notepad and pen for
The PicoPad Wallet
Notes is the same size as a credit card and only slightly
thicker, but contains a pad of PostIt notes plus a usable
you'll never be without pen and paper.
In theory it is easy to always
have a pen and paper conveniently at hand. In practice -
well, for most of us, we're all too often without a pen and
often without anything to write on either.
PicoPad's Wallet Notes
represents an elegant solution to this problem - it provides a
small protected pad of PostIt sticky notes, plus a miniature pen
that really is no more than a refill, but with special 'flaps'
on it to make it possible to hold and write with it.
No larger in size than a credit
card, and only slightly thicker, this is a great solution to a
perennial problem. Keep one in your wallet with your
credit cards, in your jacket pocket, keep one in the car, and
anywhere else you might find yourself without pen and paper.
At $12.85 for a set of three
Magellan's, this is a very affordable convenience.
What you get
Each PicoPad has three
elements to it. A 15 sheet pad of PostIt Notes, a
miniature pen, and a folder that protects the pad and secures
the pen in its hinge for storage.
The sheets of PostIt Notes
are 1.75" x 3" in size, the pen is 2.75" long, and the folder is
the same size as a credit card - 3.375" x 2.125". The
folder is about 0.125" thick.
Using the Pen
The pen writes with black
ink and is a regular ball pen, so should last for a reasonable
amount of time.
The pen looks just like a
small refill you'd put into a normal sized pen, but it has a
significant difference. There are two little flaps that
fold out, and these give you something to hold onto and change
the pen from something way too small and fiddly to hold, making
it instead acceptably comfortable and convenient to use.
The flaps make the pen feel
as if it is very much larger and cause the pen to be easy to
The pen also has a rounded
top to it, which makes it more comfortable to have the end of
the pen sticking into your palm, to give an even better hold on
A very clever feature
The folder containing the
notepad and pen has two little tabs that you punch out of the
backing and fold over so they protrude a bit from the rest of
You can use these tabs to
make it easier to remove the PicoPad from your wallet. As
you probably know, it can be difficult to pull a credit card out
of a wallet overly full of other credit cards, and now you
simply need to pull on the tab.
One tab is for wallets that
expose the top side of cards, the other tab for wallets that
expose a short side of the credit cards inside.
PostIt Note Refills
Having PostIt type sheets of
paper with the narrow strip of removable adhesive on the back is
a great idea and much more useful than plain sheets of
notepaper. You can not only write yourself a note, but you
can also place and stick it where you wish, making it easier to
see and harder to forget.
There are only 15 sheets of
paper inside the PicoPad. When you've used them up, it is
possible to buy specially sized refills (four refills for $2),
but it is easier and much cheaper to buy pads of regular 3"x2"
PostIt Notes from any stationery store, and load them into the
folder, 15 - 20 at a time, as needed.
The 3" x 2" sheets
very slightly below the bottom of the folder - you can either
ignore this, or slightly trim the sheets to fit. and either
Cost and Where to Buy
The PicoPad is available in
sets of three from
Magellan's, at a cost of $12.85 for three.
This is an ingenious
solution to the problem of how to conveniently keep an emergency
pad and pen close by.
Every element of this tiny notepad
and pen is very cleverly thought out, and the net result is a
convenient to use product that truly can come in handy - unless,
of course, you have never found yourself short of paper and/or
It is inexpensive and
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19 May 2006, last update
28 May 2011
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