How to Choose the Right Zebra Card Printer Ribbon for Your Needs

by ID Card Group 11. October 2010 16:05

The key to keeping your Zebra card printer running at its best is to use genuine Zebra printer parts and supplies - and ribbons are one of the most important supplies you can purchase. Zebra card printer ribbons

Zebra offers two types of printer ribbons:

  • Zebra TrueColors Printer Ribbons - deliver vibrant color images and life-like flesh tones for exceptional photo ID quality. They also allow you to print sharp monochrome bar codes and text so your data can easily be seen.
  • Zebra iSeries Printer Ribbons - an upgraded version of their TrueColors ribbon series, iSeries ribbons use advanced RFID technology to give you:
    • Automatic ribbon detection and print driver configuration
    • Optimal color output
    • Ribbon image counter and ribbon-low notification

Your choice of ribbon, however, depends on these three variables:

1. Your Zebra card printer model  - different models are compatible with different ribbons. Using's Find My Ribbon tool, simply select your printer make and model, click Find My Ribbon, and receive a list of all compatible printer ribbons - including hard-to-find ribbons for older and discontinued models. Choose from color, monochrome, and overlaminate ribbons.Find My Ribbon tool at

The Find-My-Ribbon tool is located in the right column of every page - so it's always a click away!

You can also refer to this post: Finding Compatible Ribbons & Supplies for Your Zebra Card Printer.

2. The type of cards you will be printing - do they need clear overlay protection? Are you printing single sided, full color, monochrome, or dual sided?
3. How many plastic cards you will be printing - each Zebra card printer ribbon has a specific number of plastic cards it will print. Ranges can be anywhere from 170 images per roll to 3,000 images.

The ID Card Group Advantage

As a Zebra Premier Partner, ID Card Group can offer all Zebra card printers and Genuine Zebra Supplies with the full technical support team at Zebra standing behind us - and we are able to do this at the lowest possible cost to you.


Contact our expert sales staff at (877) 868-0012 or for help finding the right ribbons or supplies for your Zebra printer. We'll make it easy for you!

ID Card Group accepts purchase orders, provides free shipping on orders over $100, and has a price match guarantee.


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10/28/2010 12:01:42 PM #

Very helpful information for anyone who has one of these printers like myself. I appreciate it.

Jeremy Bates United States |

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