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A Review of Fellowes L80-95 Laminator (Thermal)

I’m a pretty big do-it-yourselfer at heart and I like to use what I have on hand to complete projects.

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When it came to lamination, I would often use postage tape. I actually kind of prided myself on how smoothly I could get the tape to lay.

It was pretty close to having a laminator, I thought.  Besides, laminators were too expensive, right?

I was WRONG on both accounts.  Postage tape, however smoothly laid, is NOT like lamination, and personal laminators are NOT expensive.

It is almost as if the people from Fellowes were peeking through my window during one of my projects and saying, 

“This poor woman. She has way too many kids to be wasting so much of her precious time with perfectly laid postage tape.  Let us run to her aide.  Better yet, let’s host a campaign and alert her and all the other time-strapped dads and moms to the wonderful benefits of a REAL laminator.”

I received an unexpected, yet very welcomed, correspondence stating that Fellowes had begun an Idea Center website and, in an effort to introduce more dads and moms to the many uses of a personal laminator, they wanted me to sample a Fellowes L80-95 laminator and share my experience with you!

Yaaayyy!!

Although, I had some projects lined up, my initial experience is more on the practical side than on the crafty side, so I plan to upload videos soon with some of the fun projects I did!


Specifications (Fellowes L80-95 Laminator)

Before I share my experience, I want to tell you the technical stuff.

The Fellowes L80-95 laminator comes ready with capabilities to laminate up to 3mil.

It also has:

  • Advanced Temperature Control—ensures high quality, smooth results every time.
  • Jam Release Lever—permits easy removal or re-centering of stalled pouches.
  • 3-4 Minute Warm-up—helps to save time.
  • Auto Shut Off—ensures safety and peace of mind. 
  • A Sleek, Compact Design—looks great in any home.
  • A Nice, Affordable Price--$29.99 (Remember the $6.00 off coupon currently at amazon.com)
  • 10 Letter Sized Laminating Pouches—ensures quick start-up with no additional costs.

My Experience with the Fellowes L80-95

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When I first received the L80-95, I let it sit on my office desk for a while.  I wanted to get everything set up for a box opening video and I just couldn't find the time.

I was preparing for my husband and my four year old son to go on an unexpected trip out of state.

I put it off and put it off some more.  

I told myself I would shoot the video after they had successfully and safely made it to their destination.

Well, on the morning of their scheduled departure, I was woken up by a crying twin and while I was tending to his needs, my mother’s mind was hit with a horrible thought.

“What if there were a terrible accident and my husband was incoherent?  What would happen to my young son?”

I know, I know, this is not the mood of a traditional review, but this is truly how my first use of the Fellowes L80-95 all went down.

I pondered the questions in my mind while I soothed my little munchkin and by the time I was finished getting him back to bed, I had formulated—what I thought was—a brilliant plan.

I would quickly make some ICE (In Case of an Emergency) cards with my contact information, laminate them, and strategically place them in locations that could easily be found.

I would then feel better and be able to send them on their way with a sense of peace.

Brilliant!

So, at around 3:30 in the morning, I pulled out some 3X5 index cards, some markers, some scissors, and I went to work.

When I finished my cards, I opened the Fellowes L80-95 laminator and read the super simple instructions. (There were quick guide PICS as well as simple instructions to read—the perfect combination for 3am project success.)

I powered the machine and while I waited for the green ready light, I began putting all of the cards in one of the ten laminating pouches that were included in the box.

The laminator warmed up in a matter of a few minutes.  So quickly, in fact, I was still situating the 3x5 cards in the pouch when the ‘ready’ light began to shine.

I finished loading the pouch, slid it into the machine (closed side first), and the machine did the rest of the work.

It was super simple and perfect for such a spur of the moment idea. 

It went really fast, which was excellent because my guys were scheduled to leave at 4:00am.

After I was finished with the laminating, I cut my ICE cards out. (It is recommended to let each pouch cool for a small while, even though it did not stay hot long.)

I strategically placed one in my husband’s wallet, one in the blazer he’d probably have out on the journey home, one in his bag, one in the glove compartment, one on the side of my son’s high back booster seat, and I sewed one directly onto the booster just behind him(My Favorite Location)

I felt really useful and 'super-hero like' when I was rushing to sew the card on the booster seat in the barely lit wee hours of the night.

The laminating sheets were very sturdy and stood up to the needle and thread.


Bottom Line

I really do like the Fellowes L80-95 laminator.  It kind of makes me feel embarrassed about all the time I wasted using tape.

I was thankful to have it on hand and appreciative of the way it saved me time.

My only concern is that it looks like the heat did a bit of discoloration to the laminator.  I am not sure if this is normal, but to see the heat discoloratation after only one use makes me wonder how long it will last.

There is a manufacturer's warranty of ONE year, however. So, everything should be okay. 


Wrap Up

Again, before I was sent this laminator, I assumed thermal laminators were too expensive ( I never really did adequate research, which is odd for me.)

I now feel they are affordable, practical, and even necessary.

From making homemade flash cards and beautiful, artwork refrigerator magnets to quickly producing road-trip necessities, I believe there is always room for a personal laminator in a homeschool. (Preschool, Afterschool, Full-Time)

At the time of this review, the list price for the Fellowes L80-95 Laminator is $29.99 at amazon.com .

There is also a $6.00 off coupon leaving the price at 23.99. (If you win the e-gift card your price will be 18.99 plus taxes and shipping.)

IMPORTANT: For some reason, Amazon.com will not let me link to the page where Fellowes L80-95 laminator is $29.99.

If you follow my link and look on the right side of the page, where you find 'Other Sellers on Amazon', you'll be able to add the laminator to your cart at the the $29.99 price.

If you click it while it is in your cart your can see the description as well as information concerning the $6.00 off coupon.

If you need ideas, check out Fellowes' Idea Center.

If you have ideas, share your thoughts below.  Other fathers and mothers will be glad you did!


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