Maplin Blue LED Scrolling Message Board

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Product overview

• 576 blue LEDs in total displayed over 12 rows to create easily readable messages
• Create messages up to 250 characters in length
• Display up to six separate text message and two picture messages
• Input a range of new messages by connecting directly to your PC or laptop
• Brightness levels can be set at 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% to give a bright display or to save you battery power
• Built-in rechargeable battery which is charged through USB in just 2-3 hours

What would I use this message badge for?
Whether you want to be seen and noticed in your store, restaurant, café or even at a party, this message badge will certainly generate some interest. 576 blue LEDs will allow you to create six text message up to 250 characters in length. The message badge’s built-in rechargeable battery can last up to 16 hours, depending on brightness, and can be recharged from a USB socket in two to three hours. Multiple languages, including English, French, German, Korean, Chinese and Japanese, can be displayed on the message badge.

Does this message badge have special effects?
The message badge has 11 animation icons, including a smiley face, arrows and a telephone, that can be used to brighten up your messages and displays. These animations can be easily inserted into your messages using the simple software interface, allowing you to create the perfect message.

How would I change the messages on this message badge?
You can update the message badge by connecting it directly to a computer via the included USB cable. Simply use the included software to update your message badge so that it can display any message you desire.

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Blue LED Badge This is a clever little badge. You will need a computer to use it but it does support various versions of windows including 8. The software package was simple to install and is very easy to use. That said you can edit image files and then send them but the instructions don't give any other information on this part of its use. There are various effects you can use and there are animations built into the software for 1 click selection. Make sure the badge is in the ON position when charging or it will not charge which I found a little strange. I can't comment on the battery life but would assume it would last longer with the badge set to its lowest brightness which is still fairly bright to be fair.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maplin led message badge This product seems OK so far purchased it and set it up very quickly. Although instructions could do with being improved a bit. Two things I really liked about it was that you can load up to six messages at once and it charges fairly quickly. I'd say its a novel present with the potential of having a lot of fun ! It's great for most people. Thank you !
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad software, build in fonts deleted The software has very bad documentation. The installer fails to correctly install on Windows 8.1 When I did install it running it says some files are missing. I pressed the 'Initial Badge' button and entered text. Cool, I thought the 'Initial Badge' button uploads what ever font you have selected. Maybe it does I don't no but I pressed it a second time and have the letters vanished from the font on the device. Pressed it a 3rd time and now no fonts!!! Only the user generated bitmap font works. Will have to try it on a windows & PC to see if I can bring it back from the dead. Real shame as I like the look of it.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing product once we resolved driver issues" I bought this product on the 22 / 12 / 15. It should come with a CD with Software to run. This is where the problem lies. The software that is provided with this product V5.00 will not run on Windows 10 and when run, gives out a critical error and fails to install. In this case, head to Maplin website and find this product and somewhere on the page it will allow you to download latest software. Currently V6.40. Once downloaded unpack the software using WinRAR or similar program and install and it works fine. The product is amazing and great fun.
Date published: 2015-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product !!! Very Happy with this excellent product !!! Programmed it with NEPTechnology, Virgin, EE, Maplin, Ranger, Miller & Co & ReelLoveRadio !!!
Date published: 2015-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun item, easy to use, no problems Bought this today for my son (8) and he loves it. We're running windows 10 and the CD that came with it installed version 5 of the software but we had no problems in getting the device up and running which was just as well as the maplin link to the driver is broken. I don't know if things have been changed; I read the other reviews here before we bought it so I was prepared for a little trouble but was pleased when it all worked as it should. It's a bright and clear display, don't know about run times as we've only really toyed with it. The user interface is fairly straight forward (we didn't read any instruction; being male). Only gave 4* as the link to the driver download is broken on the maplin site but as it is all software installed and ran fine and the item seems good quality.
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product & Fun Impulse purchase at the counter, just could not resist. Easy to setup and use the software. Getting a logo to size was difficult as no size was mentioned in the instructions.
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Product Bought this on a whim. I think the software is very easy to use. Would recommend it.
Date published: 2015-12-15
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I cant seem to get this to update on windows 10 is there a new driver?

Asked by: bobbyyoung
Unfortunately we no longer stock that item as it has been discontinued from our range.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-08-30

Hi, Can you tell me the dimensions of this unit please. Thanks

Asked by: Paulie
Unfortunately we no longer stock that item as it has been discontinued from our range.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-08-21

Pleased with this but I have been trying to use Image Editor for ages now with no luck. Drawn a full image but only shows 2 dots on display. Instructions very basic, would help if you could maybe supply an example please.

Asked by: AlanG
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-01-23

WE have just bought a scrolling name badge and would like to know if there is software we can download for Mac as that is all we have at home?

Asked by: Joanne
Unfortunately i am sorry but the item in question doesn't support use in you intended application.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-12-24

Hi, I don't have a cd drive any more, please can you give me the link for the windows 10 drivers? Many Thanks!

Asked by: Matt
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-12-22

Is the unit waterproof ?

Asked by: Ronnie
No, I am sorry but the item will not work for this use.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2016-11-24

The link for the Windows 10 drivers doesn't work. Could you look into this for me please and let me know when it's working again?

Asked by: Paul
what link to windows 10 dont see it can you show me. thanks
Answered by: sharon
Date published: 2016-11-16

hi I have just bought one of your scrolling badges my 2 year old has lost the software disc can you help me please

Asked by: philip
Drivers/ software can be found here
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-11-04
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