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Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

(15 customer reviews)


The world’s original flatbed scanner that does not require a computer to operate.

Includes a free microfiber lens cleaning cloth ($4.99 value).

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Flip-Pal Package

The Flip-Pal mobile scanner comes with everything you need to scan right out of the box—the scanner, four AA batteries, 4GB SD memory card, SD to USB adapter, Toolbox software already installed on the SD card, Quick Start User Guide and a one-year limited warranty.

Flip-Pal Lens Cleaning Cloth: Clean fingerprints and smudges from your Flip-Pal mobile scanner with this generous 10″ x 10″ microfiber lens cleaning cloth. A plush cleaning cloth, with rounded corners and a screened 2-color logo, easily slides into the pocket of your Deluxe Flip-Pal Carry Case – keeping it handy when you are on the move. Drape it over 3-D objects when scanning them to give a contrasting background.

Effortlessly collect precious photos, important documents, fragile records of personal and family history, detailed coins, jewelry, medals, hand-drawn art, and other keepsakes. Now they can be safely stored digitally rather than scattered, lost or unable to be found. Then create your story and connect with family and friends.

  • The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the world’s original scanner for photos, large and fragile documents, and cherished memorabilia that does not require a computer to operate. Battery powered and stores files stored on an SD card.
  • Keep your memories safe using patented flip-and-scan technology. Fragile documents are treated safely on the flatbed rather than fed through a sheet feeder. Take the lid off, flip the scanner over, and use the window to frame the original.
  • All sizes, small to very large, can be scanned. The included EasyStitch software automatically reassembles multiple scans of larger originals such as portraits, art, documents, and quilts. Small objects such as coins and stamps have high detail.
  • Quick and easy operation. Just 7 seconds to scan at 300 dpi. Simply turn on the power and press the green scan button. No software to install. No cables. Save hours of time removing photos from their album. Do your first scan in minutes after opening the box.

When it really matters, like children’s early years, preparing for natural disaster, creating a high quality scrapbook or photobook, or collecting one-of-a-kind fragile documents for your family history, the trusted Flip-Pal mobile scanner has the accuracy needed.

StoryScans logoRecord voice and combine it with the scanned image to create an image that talks.

StoryScans talking images are easy to create.  Simply Select the scan, Record the voice, and Save to create the StoryScans file.  For your Windows or OS-X computer, use the Flip-Pal Toolbox 4 software.  For your iOS device (iOS 7.0 or later, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), use the Flip-Pal ScanTools app from iTunes.  Available from Google Play for Android devices (phones and pads from Galaxy, LG, Samsung, Sony, and many others).

StoryScans talking images are easy to share. The small file contains both sight and sound and won’t get separated when sending via email, posting on social media, or uploading to the cloud. The Flip-Pal Toolbox 4 software includes automated uploads to your account on Facebook, Picassa, Dropbox, or Evernote. On your mobile devices, use your favorite apps to share. StoryScans files are industry-standard mp4 files and do not require an additional player.

The trusted Flip-Pal mobile scanner is the ideal solution when keeping and sharing your memories really matters, such as:

  • Genealogy. Every life is a story worth telling and remembering
  • Crafts such as scrapbooks, photo albums, and personalized gifts and projects
  • Staying connected with family and friends over the internet
  • Preserving and safeguarding cherished photos, fragile documents, and other memorabilia

Additional information

Weight 2.5 lbs
Dimensions 14 × 11 × 3 in

15 reviews for Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner

  1. Margaret

    I received this product as a gift. It is stupendously easy to use, lightweight–so you can take it places, and produces excellent results. It is exactly what I had hoped for.

  2. Polly Swerdlin

    Easy to learn and easy to teach others. This one is going to be used (in conjunction with regular scanners) by several staff members and volunteers at our local Nature Center to digitize as many historical documents as possible. Since it is over 40 years old, that will take some time.

  3. Claudia Dubaldi

    Can you say ‘easy to use?’ Just what I needed. And it arrived within days. Thank you!

  4. D.S. Huber

    This is a fantastic portable scanner. It took 17 scans to get my great-grandparents’ photo marriage certificate, then it automatically stitched all 17 together perfectly. It is a blessing for genealogists to use on large documents; battery powered so you can use it anywhere.

  5. For Ever Thrifty

    I have boxes, and boxes, of photos taken decades ago. I need to scan all of them into my genealogy program. I like the fact that I can see the scan. I only sit down at 8 or 9 oclock to watch TV. That’s when I use my Flip-Pal scanner. One box for unscanned and one box for scanned. I do have a flat top scanner, so I can use it for larger photos. Don’t have so many of them….so this is the perfect little, mobile scanner

  6. Sergei

    I just got this scanner, and here are my initial impressions. It seems to do the basic scanning job right out of the box. As a highly portable scanner, its best use is probably to scan old prints or occasional items, which you would otherwise would not have time or opportunity to scan. Afterwards, you may need to do some post processing on the computer (stitch, organize/rename, crop, maybe do some enhahcements to the scanned images). By the way, you do not have to buy a dedicated (and relatively expensive) case sold separately for this scanner. Instead, consider this highly rated sleeve: HP WV594AA 10.2 Inch Mini Sleeve (or maybe HP Mini Sleeve), both available at Amazon and will save you about $20. Both will acommodate your Flip-Pal scanner nicely and provide good protection. To summarize pros and cans for Flip-Pal after my initial evaluation:

    Highly portable, easy to use scanner, which does a decent scanning job without access to computer, even while talking to someone or doing something else.
    If this sounds good enough for you, go for it!

    1) Do not expect scans to be of exceptional quality (even at 600 dpi) that can be made using high-end scanners. I noticed some loss in details in highlights, but it is not too bad, especially if you have no alternative. If you want to make copies that would retain nearly 100% details of the originals, opt for a high-end scanner (that would probably require a computer and power) or high-end DSLR camera and tripod (you may want to use a flash with cross-polarization to avoid any reflections or light scatter).
    2) You may have to figure out how to organize and annotate your scans. Especially if you are going to make hundreds or thousands of them. You may need to keep handwritten records (names, dates and locations of photos, corresponding to scan names) or make voice recordings.
    3) You can’t view scans in details until you have an access to computer or a reader or projector to enlarge the image (I tried to view using an LCD screen of DSLR camera, and it did not work). It is quite possible that some of the scans will have at least some defects (e.g. hot spot reflections or light scattering), but at least you can see a thumbnail image on the scanner so you know it generally worked.

    Overall, it is a nice and unique product with this functionality (compared to scanning “wands”, which are more portable but tricker to use, and results would not necessarily be better). But I only give Flip-Pal 4 stars because I would sometimes prefer highest qiality of scan jobs and anticipate I would have to keep handwritten records and quite a bit of post-processing work to organize and annotate images. But I understand, that it is a challenge to achieve all these requirements at this price range.

    Something to consider and experiment: a lineraly polarized film between the scanner window and object being scanned to minimize reflections (I have not tried this yet). These reflections are usually not a big problem, but could be a real issue if an object is covered with transparent film or varnish or has textured finish. You may want to read on cross-polarization technique used to make museum-quality reproductions. With Flip-Pal scanner, you would use just a single polarizing film sheet (between your light source and detector, which are essentially combined in the scanner). A linear polarizer by the foot (product # PF006) can be purchased at polarization.com (it will cost you $30 plus shipping). I tried it for photography, and results were great.

    UPDATE – after my first “field” use of this scanner when I wanted to scan old family archives (hundreds of photos) in just a few days. I had both Flip-Pal and high-end DSLR (Nikon D7000 with a 16-85mm zoom lens and polarizer, on tripod). Comparing the results side by side on the computer, the quality of images taken with a DSLR was slightly better (Flip-Pal produced a slight loss of details in highlights, only noticable when viewed at 100% magnification). The original batteries on Flip-Pal were depleted after only 50 or so scans, but rechargable batteries lasted longer (so just have extra batteries on hand). Flip-Pal was easy to use for 4×6 photographs, but took a little learning for overlapping scans to later process with the stitching software (which seemed to work well). I showed to someone how to use Flip-Pal, and he did the scanning succesfully after paying attention not to to move the photographs during the scans accidentally. However, I personally preferred the digital camera. The main reason for the choice of DSLR over Flip-Pal was the speed. It was significantly faster to auto focus and take a picture, compared to scanning for ~30s, but the difference and convenience of DSLR was especially pronounced for larger prints. I just needed to move my tripod or adjust the camera angle and focal length to quickly produce full-size images, the quality of which I could immediately verify on the LCD screen after zooming in. The images from Flip-Pal required much longer time to obtain and later needed to be stitched. The other advantage of DSLR was potentially higher resolution. For very small photographs (such as wallet size or smaller) I still was able to take the picture spanning nearly the entire frame in macro mode, unlike Flip-Pal, which scanned the picture at actual size. Also, I read that Flip-Pal stitching software will result in a reduced resolution if the picture to be scanned in portions is larger than certain size, but a digital camera is capable of reproducing all the details of very large photos, such as a poster size. Overall, Flip-Pal worked as advertised (and would be invaluable in the absence of a sohisticated camera or to scan just a few prints on the go). Again, make sure to have at least one set of spare 4 AA-type rechargable batteries and a charger to scan hundreds of prints at a time.

  7. Matthew

    Overall Rating: 9/10

    What I was looking for: I was looking for a fast, convenient way to scan old family photos (both loose and photo albums — over 1000 total).

    What I considered:
    1) Epson Perfection 2450 Photo. This is an older legal-size flatbed scanner. Quality is superb.
    2) Flashpoint personal 4×6 photo scanner. Cheap, scans directly to SDCard. However, these scanners are prone to horrible banding problems that (for me) render the scan useless.
    3) Portable scanner (around $230-250 price range). These seem ideal for high-volume scanning, and I couldn’t find any reports of the banding issues as seen with the cheap personal scanners. However, I chose the Flip-Scan because I will not have to remove the old photos from the photo albums and (very likely) damage some of the photos.

    How the Flip-Scan compares:
    As I already mentioned, it far surpasses the personal photo scanners. I then compared the scans against the Epson. I took several scans at 600 dpi on both scanner than then compared the photos at the pixel level. Resolution and detail were similar. The Flip-Scan appears to add just a bit of sharpening. The Epson appears to have a more muted appearance, but after color correction, it is very close to the scanned photo. The Flip-Scan scans are brighter, but colors are just a bit off. Not bad at all and only the a very discerning eye will see a difference. My wife and daughter preferred the Flip-Scan. Another bonus is that the Flip-Scan isn’t as sensitive to scratches and dust and shows significantly less of both.
    However, the Flip-Scan introduces just a bit of “banding”. This banding is actually very slight and really can only be seen at the pixel-level (remember, the photos were scanned at 600 dpi). Photos blown up to full-screen on my 1080p 46″ television showed only the very slightest amount of “noise” due to this banding. Most people, myself included, would attribute it to the sharpening that the Flip-Scan applies (unless you have seen it at the pixel-level).

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    Overall, the scans are very, very good and more than suitable for archiving your photos!

    Scan times:
    A 600 dpi scan takes about 15 seconds. I find that I can scan about 100-120 photos per hour (this includes switching out photos).

    Other notes:
    – The software on the SDCard was not the newest version. Not really a problem as I don’t plan on using it much anyways.
    – The scans are not auto-cropped or rotated. However, if you have a bunch of photos of the same size, you could easily batch process this (shameless plug: IrfanView is free and the best image viewer I’ve come across).
    – The scanner is pretty resilient to motion while scanning. Lightly bouncing/shaking the scanner while scanning a photo did not result in any distortion to the scan. However, this would not be true when scanning a photo that is bigger than the workspace.

    I love the fact that I can scan directly to the SDCard. This makes for an easy, convenient workflow. I can easily sit on the couch in front of the TV and scan away! The scan are more than acceptable and the scanner is reasonable fast. I spend about as much time switching out photos as I do actually performing the scans

  8. T. Herring

    Received our Flip-Pal yesterday, works great! Single photo scans are clear, mosaic scanning through the clear undercarriage is its best feature.
    Scanned in a large document from the 1930’s, worked great.

    Was a bit blurry scanning through glass, but more experimentation is needed.
    We rate it a four because of the stitch software, it crashes. Have yet to get it to work. Even downloaded the update.
    However, we took the mosaic scans and imported them into Photoshop Elements, they stitched together flawlessly.

    For a travel scanner, when visiting relatives or gathering genealogical records, I would highly recommend Flip-Pal!

  9. L Landrum

    I saw the info on this in August at a Genealogy conference and wanted one immediately. I finally talked myself into waiting to see what the reviews were and all the “kinks” were worked out. All the reviews I read, both here and in other places were nothing but positive so I decided to take the plunge!

    I LOVE that the Flip-Pal is ready to go right out of the box! I was scanning within a minute of opening the package! I had 3 albums of pictures that I had attempted to scan at various times over the past couple of years but gave up because it was SO TIME CONSUMING–take them out of the album, line them up on the scanner (3-4 at a time), wait for them to scan, open the file up in Photoshop, align them properly, crop, name and save them, rinse and repeat! UGH! With the Flip-Pal, ALL I had to do was take off the cover, flip the scanner over onto the album, hit the button, and repeat for the next picture!

    The included USB adapter was a lifesaver I didn’t even know I needed! Since I mainly shoot with an SLR that takes Compact Flash cards, I had forgotten that my SD card reader had stopped working. So after scanning all of my albums I went to load the pictures onto the computer and realized that I couldn’t–I didn’t have a working reader. JUST before I panicked, I suddenly remembered the little usb drive that I had so casually tossed aside when I opened the Flip-Pal–DUH! I was back in business in no time!

    I have used the stitch program on a 16×20 photograph that I scanned and it worked EXACTLY as promised! Since I have Photoshop, I will probably use its stitch function instead, but its nice to know that the included program works well (and I can use it when I’m away from home on someone else’s computer).

    I have “sold” 3 of these to friends and family already and will continue to toot the Flip-Pal horn! I’m a shopper and this is my BEST PURCHASE in quite awhile! I hope they make a larger version soon!

  10. S. Scarano

    I do genealogy research as a hobby and saw this item at a recent conference. It is perfect for scanning old photos, photos that are permanently in albums, old documents, etc., in 300dpi or 600dpi. It is a convenient size, travels easily, lightweight and simple to operate. I definitely would recommend the Flip-Pal not only to genealogists but for general use by anyone.

  11. Jeremy Epstein

    I heard about this product from a friend in the photography business (thanks Larry!), and read the reviews on Amazon. I’ve never seen a product with such consistently positive reviews (all 5s, not even a 4!), and was a bit skeptical – were they the family & friends of the inventor? But I decided to take my chances, and I entirely agree with the positive reviews (and no, I have no connection to the inventor or company).

    So it arrived in the mail today, and I got started. Like most users, I have tons of photos that I’d like to share with my family. It’s quite fast – not the fraction of a second of a camera, but a scan takes about 5 seconds. I love being able to take the scanner to the photo albums instead of carrying the albums to the scanner. The feature to remove the cover and flip it over for capturing images in photo albums is very nice. My only concern there is that the cover is flimsy, and I worry that installing and removing it is going to break the tabs before long.

    The stitch feature is also very nice, although it doesn’t seem to be foolproof. I used six segments of a couple 11×11 pages, and for one of them it worked perfectly, and the other the resulting mashup is entirely distorted. Perhaps there’s a way to tell it which piece of the picture goes where!?!?

    Definitely a “buy” for anyone with old photos or other materials you want to get into digital form.

  12. Whizzin’ “Saw”

    My new Flip-Pal has already been deemed one of the smartest investments I’ve made recently. The ease of use of this portable little scanner is amazing. So far it’s use has been for scanning pictures and organizing without the need of the computer and is portable enough to take to relatives to scanner pictures straight from the albums without taking them out of the albums. Definitely, we worth the investment. No idea at this time how sturdy it will be, but I have positive hopes for a long-term relationship with this little scanner……………

  13. UTAustin

    I ordered one of these 2 months before they were ready to ship. I had been looking for something like this for at least two years to take with me to the library to scan references. I am 64 and have problems with the nerves in my hands that make my handwriting degenerate quickly – and I hate standing in line for the scanner when I could be doing more research. My Flip-Pal takes care of that and more. I scan the references, take them home and put them into the computer with the micro card, and then… the trick … I run it through my OCR program, and it’s typed automatically into my file. With a little comparative editing, I’m done.

    It is possible to use the wand scanner in a similar fashion. I have one, I’ve compared them.
    The Flip-Pal allows you to see what you are scanning. The Wand doesn’t.

    The wand type will do an entire letter size sheet at once. The Flip-Pal only scans 1/3 to 1/2 a page at a time, but you can fix that in the computer.

    The Flip-Pal has a little screen that lets you see that you got a good scan. The wand type doesn’t and lets you go home thinking you have a load of material only to find that much of it is bad.
    The Flip-Pal scans every time, just like a big scanner. The wand type sometimes has to be used several times just to get one to work.

    I found the wand frustrating and have found the Flip-Pal a joy.

    And it has all those other uses, too. And Pictures that aren’t distorted. I’m quitting. I would be here all night telling you how great it is.

  14. Cynthia Hoppe

    I got my flip-pal scanner last week in the first shipment of this wonderful new product! I have been using it this week while on a visit to out of state family. I have been able to scan over 100 of old, old family photos in less than an hour while they were still in the frames and matting! It is so fast and easy I could not believe it. The scanner is light and portable and fits easily in my airline carry on. This scanner has allowed me to save and share family photos that would otherwise be lost to most of the family. I am thrilled with this product that can also perform normal scanning and can scan 3D items too.

    No, I am not affiliated with the company in any way — I wish I was though since this venture is sure to be a success! It is the best! They market it for family history scanning but it has a million business and personal uses too. Scan old recipe cards or favorite recipes in cookbooks so you don’t have to type it in the computer. Make a record of your family jewelry, medals, important documents for insurance and legal purposes and whatever you choose with ease. I love this thing!

  15. Kris489

    This photo scanner is a life saver – I’ve literally scanned about 4,000 of our old family pictures with this scanner.

    You place your photo face down on the scanner, close the little lid over it, hit the big green button on the side, wait like 15 seconds for it to scan (or can choose 30 seconds I believe for higher quality), it’ll show you the preview of the scan to the right.. take the picture out and repeat. Quick and easy.
    Once you’re done scanning your pictures, you can just easily pull out the memory card and put it in your computer (I have a Mac so have that capability with SD cards). I import my scans to iphoto.. go through, crop and enhance them and there they are on my pc…

    Only major complaint I have with this product is that there is no wall plug that came with it.. it runs only on batteries (AA I believe) and it eats them up like crazy, takes 4 AA batteries to run. I think they usually last for about an hour and a half/two hours of continuous scanning (like while watching tv or something) before the batteries die out.

    That got a little annoying since I had so many pictures and just wanted to keep scanning them. SO if you have a ton of pictures to scan like I did, I would highly recommend for you to buy some rechargeable AA batteries for this, I ordered Duracell ones.. and I ordered an extra 4 pack.. so when the 4 in the scanner would run out of juice I would replace them with charged ones and just keep switching till I was done scanning things for the night.

    I’m so glad though for this, I love having my childhood memories saved on my computer! Always was nervous that something would happen to the hard copies of the photos, but not anymore!

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