The AmazonBasics Thermal Laminator uses a selectable temperature control to laminate pouches as thick as 5 millimeters. It features a quick warm-up time and a jam release lever that prevents jams from ruining your documents and photos.
This small and portable thermal laminator weighs only 2.6 pounds, but it warms up in just four minutes and displays an indicator light that turns from red to green let you know when it is ready for use. It features two heat settings for 3-millimeter and 5-millimeter pouches. The first setting will warm up faster than the latter. Both heat settings are suitable to be used with not only documents but photos as well.
The machine works with multiple laminate pouch thicknesses, up to 5 millimeters. With a touch of a button, you can adjust the settings to reflect the size pouch you are using. The laminator fits documents up to 9 inches in width, making it capable of laminating business cards, legal papers and photos. Included with the device are two 8.9 x 11.4-inch pouches to get you started. In order to switch between using different pouch thicknesses, you must first turn the machine off for at least 30 seconds and then turn it back on. If you attempt to change the thickness setting without doing this, you can overload the circuit.
Using the correct pouch thickness with this laminating machine is important. If you set the panel to a 3-millimeter setting but use a 5-millimeter pouch for lamination, jams can easily occur. While this device doesn't feature technology that will help you prevent such mistakes from occurring, it does include a jam release lever, which moves the rollers and makes it possible to pull the document and pouch out of the machine. If your document doesn't come out of the machine or you hear abnormal noises during the laminating process, you need to switch the machine off and unplug it from the wall before using the jam release lever. If you'd prefer to have a laminator that prevents jamming, you might want to consider the Scotch.
While the AmazonBasics does require electricity and doesn't protect against misfeeds, it does have several features that make it useful for homes and offices, like its ability to laminate pouches up to 5 millimeters in thickness, its quick four-minute warm up and its jam release lever. Its two-position temperature control makes it suitable for photo lamination as well.