Solved Which stylus pen to be used on credit card machine?

November 10, 2018 at 14:10:09
Specs: Windows 10
Capacitive vs Resistive Stylus pen. I want to buy a stylus pen which can be used on the credit card machines which are used in retail stores at checkout. Do I need to buy a double ended? I'm thinking capacitive-end used when tapping and resistive-end used for signing? Thank you in advance.

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November 11, 2018 at 20:36:31
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The pen type depends on the screen type your machine has. Resistive type is sensitive to the pressure, has a 'soft' surface and a simple hard almost point is all that is needed. A capacitive is a hard surface, usually glass and needs to be interactive with the pen. A resistive will work by a finger nail or a bic pen cap but a capacitive needs a finger tip or special coated soft pen tip.
I thought I found cheap 5 packs of pens with two sided (both soft, one smaller) on Amazon with extra tips and they appeared to work on capacitive screens on charge terminals we have at work initially. Unfortunately after a few days they began not working consistantly, then not at all. Sometimes changing tips helped, most times only restarting the terminals helped for a half day or so, so we stopped using them. The disk tip type sounded like they should work better for signing but the pivot on them looked like they would not last very long and they were much more expensive. In the end (so far) we are just telling the customers to sign with their fingers which always works unless they try nail tips.
If you do try the other pens or even the really expensive battery powered active types and they work reliably (for weeks or more), please let me know if possible.

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November 12, 2018 at 07:36:29
Thank you for the info. I don't think I"ll be buying an expeensive stylus pen since I merely want to use it on various credit card machines when shopping (I would hate to lose it!). I"ll stick with the cheap ones and hope for the best.

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