Zebra Thermal Ribbons - thermal transfer ribbons for Zebra barcode label printers
High Quality Zebra Thermal Transfer Ribbons from DuraFast Label Company
When you need high-quality thermal transfer ribbons for your Zebra printer, it can be difficult to find the right one with the right characteristics, core size, width, and length for your needs. That's why we're here! We have a wide range of Zebra thermal transfer ribbons available for purchase.
Your Source for Zebra Thermal Ribbons
DuraFast Label Company has a large inventory of Zebra ribbons for Zebra thermal transfer printers. We offer a selection of black and color ribbons in wax, wax-resin, and resin formulas to meet all your printing needs including:
- General-purpose and premium Zebra barcode ribbons
- Zebra mobile ribbons
- Zebra desktop thermal transfer ribbons
- Zebra industrial thermal transfer ribbons
What You Need to Know Before Buying Zebra Ribbons
While there are many Zebra ribbons on the market, it is important to purchase the correct ribbon for your specific printer. The ribbon must physically fit into the printer and be wound with the ink-coated side in the correct orientation. For Zebra printers, this means the ink-coated side should be facing out.
Confirm the core size, width, and length to be sure they fit. You can search for Zebra ribbons by model (Zebra ZD420, Zebra ZD620, Zebra T402, Zebra 170 / 172 PAX, Zebra HT-146, Zebra TLP 2746e, Zebra ZE 500, Zebra Eltron 2044-2046 Eclipse), or core size (½ inch, 1-inch, or cartridge). Further refinements make your search even easier, such as type, width, length, or color.
In addition, make sure to select a ribbon that is compatible with the intended print job. For example, if you intend to print barcode polyester labels for plumbing equipment, you will need a more durable Zebra resin ribbon than you would for retail price tags. We manufacture and sell the following types of thermal transfer ribbons for Zebra printers:
- Resin Enhanced Wax
Wax ribbons are everyday Zebra ribbons for general purpose paper label and barcode printing. On the other end of the scale are resin ribbons, which produce the most durable prints and are suitable for applications such as outdoor labels, chemical labels, and compliance labeling applications. Between these two extremes are wax-resin and resin-enhanced wax ribbons, which offer the best of both worlds with a balance of durability and print quality.
Width and Length Considerations
Select the ribbon type that is best for your needs, then find the width and length you need to complete your purchase. Your printer's width isn't necessarily the same as the ribbon's width. For example, if you'll be printing a large amount of 2-inch labels on a 4-inch printer, it's smart to order a 2.5-inch Zebra ribbon for that print job to minimize ribbon waste and reduce costs.
Further, the longer the ribbon length, the more labels you can print before having to reload the ribbon. While a longer ribbon means you won't have to change the ribbon as often, it will be bulkier. Make sure your Zebra printer supports ribbon rolls with larger diameters when ordering large thermal ribbon rolls.
Color and Black Zebra Ribbons
In addition to various size Zebra ribbons, we have both color and black Zebra thermal transfer ribbons. Black ribbons are by far the most commonly used. However, color ribbons are useful for color-coded inventory labels, equipment tags, warning and safety labels, and other purposes. Zebra offers a wide selection of Zebra ribbon colors to meet your needs including:
- Red, Blue, Green, White, Silver, Gold
Zebra Industrial vs Zebra Desktop Thermal Transfer Ribbons
Zebra industrial thermal transfer ribbons have 1” cores and are manufactured for Zebra industrial printers whereas Zebra desktop thermal transfer ribbons have ½” cores and are made for Zebra desktop printers. The main difference between the ribbons is the size (core and length). Industrial printers tend to accommodate larger length Zebra barcode ribbons due to their higher volume requirements.
Best-Selling Zebra Ribbons
Below are our best-selling Zebra thermal transfer ribbons. Click on any of the ribbons below to learn more about that specific type including width and length options, color selections, and compatible printers.
DuraFast Quality and Compatibility
All of our Zebra thermal ribbons are manufactured in North America to the highest quality standards and are compatible with Zebra thermal transfer printers.
We've got you covered!
Our Zebra thermal transfer ribbons are compatible with all Zebra printers as well as other leading thermal transfer printers on the market that use ink-coated side out ribbons. We recommend requesting a free ribbon sample to test the ribbon with your printer and application before ordering. This will help ensure that the ribbon fits and works well with your label materials.