5 Mil Laminating Pouches – Best Universal Thickness

5 Mil Laminating PouchesWhen shopping around for laminating pouches (found here), you probably want to use the best thickness for the job at hand. While you may not know what thickness to buy, I can tell you that 5 mil laminating pouches are by far the most popular thickness. ABC Office offers a great selection of 5 mil pouches in a wide range of sizes. So why is the 5 mil thickness so popular? I’ll explain in this article.

To begin with, you probably need to know what a mil is. Mil is not short for millimeter, although many people think it is. A 5-millimeter pouch would be extremely thick. A mil is one hundredth of an inch (1 mil = 0.001″), where a millimeter is 0.039″ thick. In relation to what we are used to dealing with, a mil is pretty thin. A 1.5 mil pouch is about as thin as they come and a 10-mil pouch is about as thick as they comb. Five mils is a great compromise between price and durability.

At ABC Office, we offer 5 mil pouches in about 18 different sizes. These include:

  • Business Card (2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″)
  • Credit Card (2 1/8″ x 3 3/8″)
  • Driver’s License (2 3/8″ x 3 5/8″)
  • IBM (2 5/16″ x 3 1/4″)
  • Key Card (2 1/2″ x 3 7/8″)
  • Miliary (2 5/8″ x 3 7/8″)
  • School Card (2 1/2″ x 3 5/8″)
  • Jumbo (2 15/16″ x 4 1/8″)
  • Luggage Tag w/o Slot (2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″)
  • Luggage Tag w/ Slot (2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″)
  • Index Card (3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″)
  • Circulation Card (3 15/16″ x 5 11/16″)
  • Postal Card (3 9/16″ x 5 5/16″)
  • Extra Circulation Card (3 15/16″ x 6 7/8″)
  • 6″ x 9″
  • 9″ x 11 ½”
  • 9″ x 14 ½”
  • 12″ x 18″

These various size pouches can be used to create photo IDs, laminate photos, business cards, menus, cards, signs and much more. The 5 mil thickness is affordable, with 100 pouches per box costing very little, yet it still has enough stability to keep the item being laminated from being easily damaged.

Unlike other online dealers of laminating pouches, whose quality is often questionable, ABC Office’s pouch laminating film is fresh, new and high-quality stuff. It has a crystal clear finish with a glossy surface.

You can find our entire selection of pouch laminating film here and our entire selection of pouch laminators here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

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