Evolis Badgy plastic card printer – now in stock

We’ve just added the Evolis Badgy to our range of plastic card printers, because we think it’s one of the best printers around in its price bracket. That, and we kinda like its name.

Evolis card printer
An al-in-one solution perfect for small card runs

Who is it designed for?

The Evolis Badgy is aimed at users who want to print small to medium runs of photo ID cards and badges. The emphasis is on simplicity – the printer is so user-friendly that anyone can use it. It’s an all-in-one solution, so there’s no messing about with adding bits on, internal parts or complicated software. Set up is as easy as you would expect it to be.

If you need to be able to print your own photo ID cards for new starters throughout the year, or for contractors visiting your site on a daily basis, the Evolis Badgy is a great, cost-effective option.

Custom design your own cards

The Badgy comes with hundreds of free-to-download, easy-to-edit badge templates. Simply choose which one you want and customise it to your own requirements using the Office-Card software (add your logo, pictures etc.) All the templates are in Excel-format, so you can use them immediately.

The results are waterproof and tamper-proof quality cards.

What impressed us?

For such a small printer, we were impressed by the photo quality resolution and how quickly it prints. We also like the fact that there’s only one ribbon to replace, and it’s easy to do it. The package also comes with a stack of blank cards and ribbon so you really can just plug in and print.

It’s light and compact (and it looks cute), so it doesn’t take up a lot of desk space and is easily portable, making it ideal if you need to badge people at an event or conference.

What doesn’t it do?

It can’t manage large volumes and it doesn’t come with encoding technologies, though at this price we wouldn’t expect it to. If you need your cards to be ‘smarter’, you’ll need to look at an alternative, for example the Evolis Primacy printer which comes with the option of magnetic encoding.

We are currently offering the Evolis Badgy for the very competitive price of £585.38.

Already using an Evolis Badgy printer? We’d love to know what you think – please leave us a comment.

You can learn more at www.badgy.com

How to choose the right plastic card printer

Thinking of investing in a plastic card printer? Need to print your own ID cards when new staff or students join your organisation, or want to be able to print your own membership cards during the year?

Whatever you need it for, ask yourself these key questions before you choose a system:

1. How many plastic cards will you need to print in a year?
2. How long do you need the plastic cards to last?
3. Do you need to be able to print on both sides or just one?
4. Will you be printing photo ID cards, and if so, how will they be used?
5. Will your cards need to work with your access control system?
6. Will you need to assign users different levels of security clearance?
7. How much personal information do you need to fit onto the cards?
8. Will you need to badge employees at several locations?
9. What level of security do you need the cards to have – if any?
10. Do you need the cards to act as loyalty cards?
When you have a clear idea of what you need your plastic card printer to do,
you can

Plastic card printer for medium volumes
A good plastic card printer is capable of printing various security features on your cards

weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems. Broadly speaking, you can split plastic card printers into those suitable for low, medium and high volume users. Some can only print single sided, others are capable of printing high volumes of double sided cards at speed. The capability is reflected in the prices, as you would expect.

Choose the system that can do the job you need it to do

If you’re looking for a photo ID system, your cards can do much more than just help with the identification of your employees. For example, ID cards can be encoded to restrict access to rooms, buildings or car parks. They can be used for controlling access to equipment such as computers or copiers. You can even use ID cards as employee loyalty cards or library cards for schools. They can be used for phone cards, for tracking time and attendance, or for regulating admission to sporting events, theme parks, resorts, clubs, and much more.

In order to exploit these capabilities, you’ll need a plastic card printer with built-in encoding capabilities, like the Evolis Zenius Expert Card printer that comes complete with the necessary software. This is a scalable solution that can develop as you need it to.

Security features explained

You can print your plastic cards utilising the following features:

Magnetic Stripes

Magnetic stripes can be encoded with information about access privileges, membership status and employment history. You can even load cash for vending machine use. Magnetic stripe data is updatable over time. Plastic card with magentic stripe

Bar Codes and Signature strips 

Bar codes and bar code readers can automate many processes. Bar code technology adds convenience and speed to point-of-sale and inventory management transactions. For even greater security, select a system that adds a digital signature to your card.

Custom Transparent Images

With certain plastic card printers, you can print a custom transparent image (logo, symbol or text) directly onto cards using the clear overlay panel of your print ribbon. Once printed, this image appears only when viewed at an angle or under ultraviolet lighting.

Oversized Cards

Some printers can print on cards that are larger than standard credit card size. Oversized cards can hold an oversized photograph and large graphics, making verification even easier.


Over-laminates bond to the surface of a card, protecting data from being altered. They also significantly extend the life of the card.

Holographic Over-laminates

An over-laminate containing a “generic” or stock holographic image protects a card from wear & tear, and discourages card tampering or forgery. Creating your organisation’s own custom holographic design ensures that your card is truly unique. Custom holograms are extremely difficult and cost-prohibitive for counterfeiters to recreate.

The answers to the original questions at the start of this article will help you determine how many of these features you need to incorporate onto your cards, if any.

Think ahead

Even if you only plan to use your ID cards for visual identification, think about the future. You may not have the need for a plastic card printer with encoding abilities right now, but you might next year, and you won’t want to invest in a new printer so soon.

If you’re looking to replace your current plastic card printer, there may be deals available to trade it in for a new one.

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Are Proximity Cards the right access control cards for you?

The sheer number of access control readers and cards on the market can make choosing one bewildering. What type of reader system should you choose? Which manufacturer? What type of card or token?

The answer depends on what you want the system to do. Are you looking to simply upgrade from your traditional lock and key system, or do you want something more sophisticated, to grant different access rights to your staff for example? For some help on where to start read our blog ‘Which Access control cards system do I need?’.

One of the most common questions we’re asked is about the differences of the different access control cards. In this blog we’ll look at the Proximity Card.

HiD access control card
Proximity cards are available from a range of manufacturers

How Proximity cards work

As their name suggests, Proximity cards contain information that can be detected by an access control reader when the card is near them. For the technology minded of you, each proximity card has an antenna embedded within it that transmits information encoded as a radio signal. ID badges of this kind are also called RFID or ‘Radio Frequency Identification’ cards. A proximity card reader positioned between 2.5 and 20 inches (depending on the model chosen) receives this signal and grants or denies access accordingly. Unlike contactless smart cards, proximity cards do not have the ability to have new information written onto them.

Who uses Proximity cards?

Proximity cards are often the first choice for organisations that need to restrict entry into particular areas, particularly large businesses with multiple sites. Only card holders with the right access rights will be granted entry. Proximity cards can also bring an added level of security when used hand-in-hand with ID card software. ID information about the card holder that is stored on a microchip is transmitted in a radio wave – this then appears on a computer screen to verify the pass holder’s identity.

The entrances and exits of the card holder can then be logged into a computer database, providing a record of who was in a specific area at any given time.

For these reasons, proximity cards are often used by businesses and institutions that work with sensitive information or significant sums of money, e.g. government buildings, military bases, hospitals, banks, credit card companies and insurance companies. Proximity cards are also used by schools for student and employee ID cards.

The next level of security

You can also invest in software that will immediately notify company security if an attempt is made to enter an area with an unauthorized proximity access card. Other software is available that protects your computer network by detecting invasions from unauthorised computer databases.

We stock proximity cards, keyfobs and tokens from the leading manufacturers: Paxton, HID, Bewator, TDSi, Pac, Cotag, Indala and Kantech. We also stock GenTech access products, which are lower priced compatibles that work across multiple platforms.

Do I need ID card software?

Do you really need ID card software? If you want to be able to print your own ID cards, then the simple answer is ‘yes’.

ID card software for ID cards
Create your own ID cards with the right ID card software

Many organisations want to print their own ID cards in-house, as and when they need to. This could be for new staff joining throughout the year or to badge contractors on the day for example. Whatever the reason, as well as your plastic card printer, you’ll also need some ID card software.

Think of your ID card software as the driver of your card printing operation. It’s what you’ll need to design your cards and manipulate images, but it also stores all your information such as photographs and details. Depending on the sophistication of the software package you choose, you can communicate with multiple databases and share across networks.

Most ID card printing software is very user friendly and easy to install. They work with the majority of card printers on the market. Popular names you’ll come across include CardFive, Revolution & CardStudio.

Most card printers come in a package that includes basic card software. However there are more sophisticated software options available. The No 5 Cardfive Vision Pro for example has RFID encoding and processing capabilities and offers biometrics management.

The best way to find the software that’s right for your needs is to do some research on the different products. If you’re a small organisation and only want to print a handful of cards a year, you won’t need software for multi-users with remote logins for example.

As well as printing ID cards, the software will also help you to design your own membership cards, information cards, promotional cards and any other kind of cards you can think of.

Search our range of ID card software.