A man's hand holding a PenFriend to a tin of food

Post date: 8 July 2019

This year marks the 10th anniversary of our bestselling versatile and indispensable audio labeller, RNIB PenFriend, and to celebrate we're unveiling the newest upgrade.

As well as creating your own audio labels for groceries, medicines, DVDs and CDs, clothes, toiletries, paperwork and much more, you can use the new RNIB PenFriend 3 to store and play MP3 files.

The PenFriend 3 has all the same nifty features as the PenFriend 2, with the addition of a new function that enables users to listen to Talking Books. 

Key features of PenFriend 3

  • Label food items, medicine, household documents, music and film collections, gardening tools and seed packets and much more.
  • Label your clothing – washing instructions, colours, coordinating items of clothing and accessories.
  • Listen to music – you can store around 1,000 songs in MP3 format.
  • Listen to Talking Books – you can save one book at a time.
  • Four tactile operating buttons are yellow to provide a high-contrast against the black-casing of the RNIB PenFriend.
  • Each label holds a message up to one hour long and you can record new messages onto any label to reuse them where possible.
  • One RNIB PenFriend 3 audio labeller has 8GB of internal memory which stores up to 250 hours of recordings. Memory is expandable by SD card up to 16GB.
  • Convert your original RNIB PenFriend recordings to use on your RNIB PenFriend 3 using the PenFriend tool transfer wizard.

Why use the PenFriend?

Sarah Matthews is a avid user of the PenFriend and tell us why she's a fan:

"I have used the PenFriend since 2014 in a variety of ways. When my son was younger, I would ask a family member to record the words in his favourite picture books on to a dot on each page, and then I would put headphones in to read the book to him. I also use the PenFriend in the kitchen for labelling herbs and spices and for noting down my favourite recipes in a notebook.

"I always have the PenFriend on me so if someone phones me I am able to record a phone or reference number or take note of a doctors appointment on a dot on the inside cover of my phone. I also use the PenFriend to label my eye shadows, lip gloss and small bottles for travel.

I have used my PenFriend so much over the years and it has survived lots of accidents with water. I think that if you are new to sight loss I would recommend it as the first piece of assistive technology to buy. The device is so simple so there’s no technology barrier to using it and there are so many ways it can help you be more independent." 

How to buy PenFriend 3

  • RNIB PenFriend 3 costs £81.99 excluding VAT, or £98.39 including VAT.
  • You can purchase it from our Online Shop or by calling our Helpline on 0303 123 9999.

 Buy PenFriend 3 from our Online Shop

UK or international businesses and organisations can call 01733 375153 or email [email protected] with any sales or product enquiries.

Tips on using PenFriend 3

Did you know you can make four small labels from one large label? For example, if you have several items to label that are the same, such as four tins of baked beans, you can record the message on to one large label, then cut that label into four smaller labels and attach them to the four tins.

See our many tips and tricks to using the PenFriend in one handy document.