Fellowes EXL 45-2 Pouch Laminator Review

Fellowes EXL 45-2 Laminating Machine / Pouch LaminatorAre you looking for a compact and portable laminator that you can use at the office for occasional jobs or at home for laminating photos and other small documents? If this sounds like your situation, you may want to consider looking at the Fellowes EXL 45-2 pouch laminator (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Fellowes has a knack for creating beautiful equipment. This includes their shredders, binding machines and laminating machines. While functionality is ultimately most important, it is nice to get a piece of office equipment that looks good. The EXL 45-2 is a very attractive laminator.

For those that complain they can’t find the power button on their machine, you’ll be happy to know that the power button on the EXL 45-2 is the most obvious thing on it. It is ridiculously large. In some strange way it reminds me of the power button on my Xbox 360. This laminator’s colors are platinum and charcoal.

Looks aren’t everything though. The real question is, “does the EXL 45-2 perform?” To start, the EXL 45-2 is a small laminator. The feed opening is only 4.5″ wide. If you need to laminate letter-size documents, this is not the laminator you want to use. If you only plan on laminating photos, business cards and other small material, this may be an good option.

It only takes about 5 minutes to fully warm up. This is especially nice if you need a laminator for occasional use that can be turned on and used quickly, as needed. The EXL 45-2 has a maximum laminating film thickness of 5 mils. This means you will be able to use both 3 and 5 mil pouches, but won’t be able to use 7 and 10. The good news is that 3 and 5 mil pouches are the most common used thicknesses.

While the EXL 45-2 is primarily designed for thermal laminating, it can be set up and used for cold laminating as well. While it says film can be run through it without a carrier, I personally still like using one. This is up to you. I personally think carriers help prolong the laminator’s life be preventing hot glue from squeezing out onto the rollers.

The Fellowes EXL 45-2 is only a two-roller laminator. This should come as no surprise as the laminator doesn’t cost very much. This isn’t the end of the world, but this also means that the EXL 45-2 is not designed for high-volume use. It is best used for light to occasional use.

Overall I think this is a great laminator for the price and what it’s meant to do. It is a great option for a small business or home.

You can find the Fellowes EXL 45-2 pouch laminator here and our Fellowes laminating pouches here. You can find our entire selection of pouch laminators here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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