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How many times have you found yourself needing - but not having - a pen and paper?

Using an ingenious design to make a micro-sized pen actually usable, the PicoPad Wallet Notes is a great way to keep a small pad and pen handy at all times.

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PicoPad Wallet Notes

A credit card sized notepad and pen for your wallet

The PicoPad Wallet Notes is the same size as a credit card and only slightly thicker, but contains a pad of PostIt notes plus a usable ballpoint pen.

Now you'll never be without pen and paper.



In theory it is easy to always have a pen and paper conveniently at hand.  In practice - well, for most of us, we're all too often without a pen and often without anything to write on either.

PicoPad's Wallet Notes represents an elegant solution to this problem - it provides a small protected pad of PostIt sticky notes, plus a miniature pen that really is no more than a refill, but with special 'flaps' on it to make it possible to hold and write with it.

No larger in size than a credit card, and only slightly thicker, this is a great solution to a perennial problem.  Keep one in your wallet with your credit cards, in your jacket pocket, keep one in the car, and anywhere else you might find yourself without pen and paper.

At $12.85 for a set of three PicoPads from Magellan's, this is a very affordable convenience.

What you get

Each PicoPad has three elements to it.  A 15 sheet pad of PostIt Notes, a miniature pen, and a folder that protects the pad and secures the pen in its hinge for storage.

The sheets of PostIt Notes are 1.75" x 3" in size, the pen is 2.75" long, and the folder is the same size as a credit card - 3.375" x 2.125".  The folder is about 0.125" thick.

Using the Pen

The pen writes with black ink and is a regular ball pen, so should last for a reasonable amount of time.

The pen looks just like a small refill you'd put into a normal sized pen, but it has a significant difference.  There are two little flaps that fold out, and these give you something to hold onto and change the pen from something way too small and fiddly to hold, making it instead acceptably comfortable and convenient to use.

The flaps make the pen feel as if it is very much larger and cause the pen to be easy to control.

The pen also has a rounded top to it, which makes it more comfortable to have the end of the pen sticking into your palm, to give an even better hold on it.

A very clever feature

The folder containing the notepad and pen has two little tabs that you punch out of the backing and fold over so they protrude a bit from the rest of the piece.

You can use these tabs to make it easier to remove the PicoPad from your wallet.  As you probably know, it can be difficult to pull a credit card out of a wallet overly full of other credit cards, and now you simply need to pull on the tab.

One tab is for wallets that expose the top side of cards, the other tab for wallets that expose a short side of the credit cards inside.

PostIt Note Refills

Having PostIt type sheets of paper with the narrow strip of removable adhesive on the back is a great idea and much more useful than plain sheets of notepaper.  You can not only write yourself a note, but you can also place and stick it where you wish, making it easier to see and harder to forget.

There are only 15 sheets of paper inside the PicoPad.  When you've used them up, it is possible to buy specially sized refills (four refills for $2), but it is easier and much cheaper to buy pads of regular 3"x2" PostIt Notes from any stationery store, and load them into the folder, 15 - 20 at a time, as needed.

The 3" x 2" sheets protrude very slightly below the bottom of the folder - you can either ignore this, or slightly trim the sheets to fit. and either squeeze

Cost and Where to Buy

The PicoPad is available in sets of three from Magellan's, at a cost of $12.85 for three.


This is an ingenious solution to the problem of how to conveniently keep an emergency pad and pen close by.

Every element of this tiny notepad and pen is very cleverly thought out, and the net result is a convenient to use product that truly can come in handy - unless, of course, you have never found yourself short of paper and/or pen.

It is inexpensive and functional.  Recommended.


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Originally published 19 May 2006, last update 21 Jul 2020

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