Why I Love my Flip-Pal


I generally don’t brag about products and services, but I just can’t stop talking about the Flip-pal scanner.  Here’s why.

When I opened the box I was surprised to the brightly colored packaging. I don’t know what I expected to see, but the whole appearance was so friendly looking.

I removed the package from the shipping container and thought “ Oh No, it’s one of those impossible to open plastic boxes.”  Not so.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily I could remove the scanner from the container.

I love the weight and size of the scanner. It’s small enough and light enough to carry in a large handbag. Since there are no external cords, it’s perfect for travel. I took it with me to an event last night and scanned a photo on the spot in about a minute. 600 dpi jpg in a moment.

Lifted up the lid and saw the sample photo. Great reminder of just how large the scanning surface is.

Once you’ve scanned an image you can preview it on the tiny screen near the buttons and menu that let you select resolution, set the date, and other things.

When I want to upload images, I use the memory card (like the ones found in digital camera’s) and insert it in the USB drive.  Upload is easy-peasy.

You can scan larger images using the stitch feature. Remove the cover and flip the scanner upside down on the oversize print. The see-through base lets you see what part of the picture you’re actually scanning. No guess-work.

Now that cases are available, I bought one. This little gem is going with me everywhere!

Don’t expect it to work like a dedicated bigger scanners such as the Epson in my office.  It reads the glass in cased images rather the daguerreotype or ambrotype, but for most types of images this is perfect for the genealogist on the go.

Did  I mention the price? $149.99.

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3 Responses to “Why I Love my Flip-Pal”

  1. shantel says:

    Hello Maureen,
    So excited to see this up on your blog! I can’t wait to hear more about you are scanning. Have an awesome holiday! Cheers, Shantel

  2. Sharon says:

    Other reviewers say there is a bug in the stitching software that defaults the 600 dpi to 300 and that there is no Mac version at this time although one is coming. Darn! Also they say it eats batteries and has no ports for adapters. Well, if you know ahead of time, you can factor that into your buying decisions. Nevertheless, the reviews are generally good and
    this seems to be a hot little number, especially since it is a matter of
    time before the glitches are taken care of and Mac version is available.
    Take care,
    Sharon

  3. anne chesney says:

    Could items be downloaded on Window7? I only saw that it can download on Mac….. I have a Window 7 computer… Thank you

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