Stylus Information


We have compiled a list of answers to questions about our styluses, and some technical information about touch screens in general.

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Q. What should you look for in a stylus?

A. The first feature of any stylus you choose is the type of the influence that has in your body of touchscreen which determines the kind of writing tip needed. The writing tip is the part that comes in direct contact with your touch screen. This is the main purpose of a stylus, to provide the right type of contact with your touch screen to input data or commands. Using an instrument that does not have the correct type tip can degrade input accuracy, or just not work at all. All PDA Panache styli have screen safe writing tips engineered in accordance with specifications from major touch screen manufacturers.

Q. What kind of styli are available?

A. You'll need to determine what touchscreen technology you have: Resistive, Capacitive, or Active. Or you may have a touchscreen with other features such as acoustic sense or membrane keys.

A stylus upgrade retains the convenience of storing in your PDA's stylus holder. It is your primary stylus kept on-board so it's always there when you need it.

PDA Panache custom stylus upgrades are designed just for your specific PDA. Fitted with our screen safe writing tip, our stylus upgrades offer a better grip, feel and look, plus more mass, than the stock stylus supplied with your PDA. They store in your PDA in place of your stock stylus.

We custom make each model to compliment and work with your PDA. They often include our "nail" head top cap for easy insertion and extraction from the stylus holder.

For those PDA's that need a paper clip to press the unit's hardware reset button, we provide a handy built-in reset pin under the screw-off top cap of the stylus.

One of the most appreciated features of our stylus upgrades is their extra mass. Mass contributes to a better feeling stylus by helping it hug the surface. It glides smoothly through areas of varying resistance, resist chatter and skipping. Additional momentum provides better flow for your writing, and can improve character recognition. Extra mass results in a strong, rigid instrument. Its stiffness permits minute accurate adjustments on your screen.

Q. Do you have styli I can use on any PDA?

A. PDA Panache also offers a variety of general purpose styli that may be used with any PDA. We have styli available with most of the same features as traditional ink pens. You have a selection of colors, sizes, and prices to choose from.

A popular choice for general purpose styli includes the multifunction models that combine a quality stylus tip with an ink pen and/or pencil in one handy instrument.

Our low cost Stick Stylus line is a popular choice for promotional and industrial applications. They may be imprinted with your logo or message for added value or as an advertising promotion.

In addition to complete instruments, we have stylus inserts for popular pens that allow you to convert your favorite pen into a screen safe stylus.

Q. What are PDA Panache stylus tips made from?

A. PDA Panache uses the highest quality, virgin, DuPont® Delrin® brand acetal plastic resin for its stylus tips. Acetal plastic is the material specified for stylus tips by the major manufacturers of touch screens. Some of the desirable properties of Delrin® that make it ideal for stylus tips include its strength, impact and chemical resistance, stability, resistance to creep, and its natural lubricity. Our stylus tips are injection molded from virgin Delrin® resins.

Q. Why are your stylus tips bright orange?

A. PDA Panache introduced the Easy View® orange stylus tip in 1995 with a number of goals in mind. First is the improved visibility and eye-hand coordination it affords the user. This is particularly true in low-light conditions or with backlighting on the screen. Better visibility leads to better accuracy. It's that simple. Our Easy View® tip also offers added protection when fitted into our multifunction stylus/pen combo instruments. With Easy View® you'll always know you have the correct tip exposed for use on your screen. A third benefit of our Easy View® is easier detection of contamination. It will be easier to see if a foreign particle becomes embedded in your tip.

Most of our customers rave about the advantages of our Easy View® writing tip, and it comes standard on all products. You may request a traditional black writing tip, if you prefer, as a no-cost option available on most of our stylus products.

Q. Can a PDA Panache stylus scratch my screen?

A. No, a clean stylus, used properly on a clean screen, will not scratch. Screen scratches come from the dust and dirt trapped between your stylus tip and the touch screen. Your best defense against scratches is scrupulous cleanliness with your touch screen and stylus. (See our Care Guide for information on cleaning your stylus and touch screen.)

Q. Can my PDA Panache Stylus tip be replaced?

A. Your stylus purchase includes our exclusive Lifetime Writing-Tip repair service. Our stylus writing tips are engineered to provide maximum performance and protection for your touch screen. With proper care, they will continue to perform as new for many years of normal use.

If you ever wear-out, deform, contaminate, or in any way damage the writing-tip of your PDA Panache stylus, you may send the stylus to our factory where we will repair and return it to you for no charge. Please see our Tip Warranty web page for more details on our repair service.


We have compiled some general information about the touch screens commonly found in today's popular PDA's. This information may vary depending upon your touch screen manufacturer. Please consult with your PDA manufacturer for their specific characteristics and recommendations.

Q. What is my touch screen made of?

A. The surface you touch with your stylus is typically a .007 inch (0.1mm) thin film of hardcoated Polyester (PET) plastic.

Your PDA has a multi-layer touch screen and display. The top layer is the touch-sensitive "input device" of your PDA. Underneath it is the display "output" part of your screen. You look through the touch sensor to see the display.

The touch sensor consists of a PET plastic film top layer, an air gap, and (usually) the glass surface of the underlying display. The underside of the PET top layer is printed with a grid of conductors for the touch sensor.  Touching the top layer of PET plastic deforms it, and closes the air gap, thereby putting it in contact with the conductors and the glass surface underneath. An electrical resistance is generated at the point of contact and used to determine exactly where on the screen you touched. The resolution of your touch sensor is low, about one contact every 1/5inch (5mm) and much lower than the resolution of your display.