Touchscreen Stylus Selection Guide


Step 1) Is your touchscreen capacitive or resistive?

The first step is to identify the type of touchscreen your device has. The two primary types are capacitive touchscreens and resistive touchscreens. If you don't know the type of touchscreen your device has, the graphic below explains how to identify the type of touchscreen on your device.

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Step 2) Select a compatible stylus

If your device has a resistive touchscreen, the choices are the Pilot T1100, Pilot T1102, or any of our generic styluses.

If your device has a capacitive touchscreen, there are two choices:

  1. A passive capacitive stylus has a soft tip a little smaller than a pencil eraser. This type of stylus does not need a battery to activate the touchscreen.

  2. An active capacitive stylus has a firmer and smaller tip like a ballpoint pen. This type of stylus has a battery that must be changed from time to time, depending upon usage.

Step 3) Need a holder for your stylus?

We offer several different types of holders depending upon your application.

  • The 3000-30 holder has an adhesive back and the 3000-31 holder has a screw mount back. Both holders are intended for use with the Pilot resistive styluses or the passive capacitive stylus. These holders are for use in a vertical position.

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  • The round universal holder has an adhesive back and the holder rotates so the stylus can be kept in either a vertical or horizontal position.

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Step 4) Need a tether?

We offer two types of tethers in our stylus assemblies.

  • The straight tether is a black PVC coated 7x7 galvanized aircraft cable. Our standard cable length is 19" long however the length can be customized for your application in minimum quantities of 100 units.

  • The plastic coil tether extends to approximately 30".

A terminal ring at the end of the tether is available with the plastic-coated cable tether or the coiled tether.

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