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"Test winner" - 13 rollerball pens in the test: the most expensive was the worst

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Rollerball pens are practical: they are refillable pens with mostly erasable ink. «Balance» tested twelve.

Pen here! Write something down quickly. But the pen doesn't write. Everyone has already experienced this situation. And got annoyed. To ensure that only good pens get into the house, the magazine “Saldo” has sent a dozen rollerball pens to the laboratory.

All pens are refillable, six with ink cartridges and six with refills, similar to a ballpoint pen. The prices vary from 2.45 to 12.40 francs.

The test criteria

  • Typeface (Weighting: 45%)
  • Write (30%)
  • handling (10%)
  • dry out (5%)
  • Lightfastness (5%)
  • robustness (5%)

Surprising conclusion of the test: Ironically, the most expensive pen “Young Line College” from the Online brand achieved the worst grade of all: 4.5.

The test winner and the third cheapest price-performance winner is “Stabilo Fun”, bought at the Coop. He was the only one to achieve an overall rating of “very good”. It glides easily over the paper, lies comfortably in the hand and changing the cartridge is also very uncomplicated.

Rollerball pens are a mixture of fountain pens and ballpoint pens. Instead of a feather, they have a ball at the tip and can be refilled with ink cartridges or refills. A text written with them results in a typeface from a fountain pen.

And - important for schoolchildren - in three quarters of the models, the ink can be made to disappear with an ink killer. Or new with an eraser, the frictional heat of which fades the ink.

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In “Testieger”, “Kassensturz” provides information about tests from other consumer magazines and programs in Germany and abroad. All tests can be found here.

Some pens do not take advantage of the “killable” ink: With Signo Board UM-153, Pentel Energel and Parker Vector, what is written can no longer be corrected.

The best rollerball pens with cartridges

Stabilo Fun bought at Coop City
Overall rating: very good (rating: 5.5 *)
Price: 9.95 francs

Schneider Base Ball bought from McPaperland
Overall rating: Good (Rating: 5.4 *)
Price: 7.05 francs

The best rollerball pens with refills

Uni Ball Signo Board UM-153 bought at Coop City
Overall rating: Good (Rating: 5.2 *)
Price: 3.60 francs

Pentel Energel Xm bought from McPaperland
Overall rating: Good (Rating: 3.95 *)
Price: 3.95 francs

Source: “Saldo” magazine - No. 02/2019.
* = Grading system: 6 - 5.5: «very good»; 5.4 - 4.8: "good": 4.7 - 4.0: "satisfactory"; 3.9 - 2.5: «insufficient»; 2.5 - 1: «bad».

The light pen test by «Swiss Youth Tests»

They also belong in a well-assorted case: the highlighters. A school class from Sarnen sent in the test as part of the “Kassensturz” campaign “Swiss youth tests”. And thus reached rank 6 of over 100 submitted tests.

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