All posts by Jolynn Paige

Jo Paige was Photodon's Sales and Communications director from January 2015 to March 2021.  Over the course of her career, she has been published in several newspapers and local publications and was a writing teacher.

3 Reasons Your Kids Need Blue Light Screen Protectors

February 5, 2021 | By Jolynn Paige

The need for online school and online socializing in order to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a steep increase in screen time for most children and teens. This information from a recent New York Times article confirms this fact: "When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, the kids' tech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm." With all of this additional screen time, children's eye health is at risk. The good news is blue light-cut screen protectors can help prevent macular degeneration, reduce eyestrain and headaches, and may even keep sleep patterns stable. But what is blue light and why can it have these negative effects on human health?

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We strive to earn your business for life!

January 14, 2021 | By Jolynn Paige

As a USA-based manufacturer of custom screen protectorsprivacy filters, and other screen accessories we're proud to say we've survived and thrived in today's global economy.  We offer superior-quality materials at affordable prices with the best customer service in the industry.  (Check out our A+ Better Business Bureau ratings and reviews on our website). Located in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan, we'll do whatever it takes to gain your business. 

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Touch your Laptop Computer's Screen With Peace of Mind!

December 23, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

There's no question about it: Laptops with touchscreens are a fun and versatile way to get information. The un-fun part is when you're left with wear marks or scratches, and even irritating fingerprints and smudges left from touching your screen so much.

Whether you use your touchscreen in the workplace, or at home, Photodon's high-quality, Touché brand screen protectors will block the abuse of everyday use.

Photodon carries many of the most popular touchscreens including screen protectors for  HP, Acer, Dell, and Apple products. And the good news is, if we don't have the screen protector you're looking for, we'll be happy to custom cut one for you at no additional charge.  Simply provide us the dimensions and we'll cut a film to your specifications.

Bulk Discounts

Photodon does a lot of business with large and small corporations and we can offer substantial discounts to those who are seeking bulk pricing.

Request more information, or give us a call Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00.  We're located in the Eastern time zone in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Man at a computer that has an indoor-outdoor monitor hood installed on it

Indoor-Outdoor Shade Monitor Hoods: From Tradeshows to Shop Floors

December 7, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

New to Photodon:  Grease, water, and dirt-resistant, these indoor-outdoor hoods are made specifically for your device. 

Using a digital device of any size in brightlylit environment can be tricky because the glare makes it difficult to see the screen, right?  Plus, bright light and reflections can make the eyes hurt and cause headaches – which is no bueno.  Not only that, but greasy hands or dirty work gloves do not play well with fussy materials.  Think waitress and waiter stations at an outdoor restaurant or industrial monitors mounted on a shop wall.   

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9HO Screen Protector on a cell phone

9HO Screen Protectors: 9H Hardness Defined and Tested

July 8, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

Photodon's Touche brand super scratch resistant screen protective film

Photodon's highly scratch-resistant oleophobic 9HO screen protective film is a rockstar in Photodon’s film lineup. Not only is it one of the most scratch resistant films available on the market, it is extremely clear. It’s easy to clean, affordable and —  unlike tempered glass — it's shatterproof.

But what exactly does 9H mean in terms of scratch resistance?

9H Explained:

There are many ways testing labs will evaluate the hardness of a given material. One common way is to test a surface with minerals of varying degrees of hardness to determine if it will scratch a surface. Another way is A box of pencils used by artists showing hardness factor levels.to use pencils that are on a hardness scale that ranges from 2H to 9H. The higher the number, the harder the lead.

The most commonly used pencils are 2H on the hardness scale — not very hard. You may notice that if you use much pressure on a #2 pencil tip, the tip will break easily. Many artists will use 9H pencils — the hardest pencil grade available — so their pencils don't break as they draw.

Photodon's 9H Hardness Test:

One way Photodon’s screen protectors were tested was by using pencil hardness methods as set forth by the highly reputable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Standards. Photodon’s 9HO film surface was evaluated for its ability to withstand scratches using these graded pencils.

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Free Screen Protector Offer

June 30, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

You scratch our back, we'll scratch yours.  How does that sound? 

Here's the deal.  None of us here at Photodon are digital artists, but some of our best customers are.  With so many film types in our line-up, we need help reviewing our films to see which ones work best with drawing tablets. 

While we receive loads of 5-star reviews from the likes of Wacom, Huion, and Microsoft Surface Pro customers (just to name a few), we would like to get a couple of interested artists to test our films and give us their feedback.  In exchange, we'll send out one free drawing tablet screen protector to each of the testers. 

Here's how this will work: 

We are offering this to the first three people who live in the United States that contact us. 

 You will need to: 

  1. Contact sales@photodon.com explaining your interest in helping us out. 
  1. Provide our sales team with your complete contact information and device you will be testing on. 
  1. Photodon will send 3"x5" samples which are clearly labeled with the various film types. 
  1. Photodon will send out a questionnaire for those first three testers to answer. 
  1. Once the questionnaire is filled out, you'll need to contact Photodon and let us know what film type you prefer and what device you would like your complimentary screen protector for (valued up to $90) and voila you’re happy and we’re happy! 

That's it. 

Please note: If we do not have the make and model number of your drawing tablet, we'd be happy to make a custom screen protector for you, because custom is what we do! 

While we do our fair share of monkeying around here in Northern Michigan, we are bulldogs when it comes to making sure our customers get the very best screen protectors on the market. 

Protect Your Employees and Your Expensive Equipment With Anti-Microbial Screen Protectors

June 10, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace for the unforeseeable future, and Photodon is here to help our business partners protect their digital equipment and themselves with our durable anti-microbial screen protectors. Digital equipment in the workplace – timeclocks, office computer screens, informational kiosks, cafeteria ordering screens – any screen that employees touch – can be protected from damage caused by disinfectants by using a screen protector.

Why do we need anti-microbial films?
Now, more than ever, keeping digital surfaces free from bacteria and viruses is essential in the workplace.  While our anti-microbial film (AMC) does not kill viruses, it does kill 99%+ of bacteria that hits the surface, which gives companies an added level of confidence that they are providing a safe environment for their employees.

Instead of bacteria accumulating and multiplying on the screen surface, anti-microbial screen protectors drastically reduce the risk of transmission of common bacterial infections such as strep, e. coli, and salmonella.  When these micro-organisms hit the surface of our AMC film, the zinc in the surface layer of the screen protector creates an uninhabitable environment for bacteria.  SGS Test Report for Photodon Anti-Microbial AMC

How does Photodon’s anti-microbial film hold up to disinfecting type cleaners?
Anti-microbial screen protectors can be cleaned with disinfectant cleaners used in implementing rigorous workplace disinfecting procedures.  While we are unable to say exactly how long one of our screen protectors will withstand regular cleaning with harsh chemicals, we do know that replacing the screen protector is much less expensive than replacing the device screen itself.  We have repeatedly heard from companies about how expensive and unproductive it is when their digital equipment gets damaged from heavy usage or improper cleaning. We also hear from them how happy they have been with the results of using our screen protectors.  There is no doubt that we are helping them save time and money.

Photodon’s Anti-Microbial Screen Protector features:

  • Kills 99+% of tested bacteria
  • Protects your device screen from harsh cleaning products
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Is recommended for all devices, especially ones in medical-type facilities
  • Has a glass-like smooth touch
  • Has an oleophobic coating for easy cleaning
  • Retains all touch-screen features, even when wearing rubber gloves
  • Is highly transparent
  • Does not cause damage to the screen due to silicone adhesion 
  • Is easily removable with no residue
  • Is available on any device up to 82.5" with 16:9 aspect ratio

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How does Photodon anti-microbial film work?

Zinc Oxide is embedded in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective film.

 

Zinc Oxide damages the bacterial cell membranes, thus preventing them from reproducing and destroying them on contact.

Why Choose Photodon AMC Anti-Microbial Screen Protectors?
Our anti-microbial screen protectors are free of any harmful chemicals and compounds, they are tough once installed but easily removable with no damage to the screen, and they and can retain anti-microbial properties indefinitely with normal cleaning. They are effective in eliminating over 99% of bacteria (pathogens). Our films are also cost-effective and durable.  We can custom cut any shape and size anti-microbial film (up to 82.5 inches) with no minimum order quantity, fast turn-around time, and discounts on bulk and multi-piece orders.  When you work with Photodon, you know you will be working with a team of professionals dedicated to helping you with all your digital screen protection needs.

 

Traverse City, MI Small Biz Makes Face Shields To Help Save Lives

April 1, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

When owner Don Basch listened to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan’s Governor, address to citizens on March 23, 2020, he, along with everyone else in the state, heard the news that all non-essential businesses were ordered to close their doors until at least April 13th.  That night, Don went home, got on the internet, and researched what he could do to help protect the medical and emergency responder professionals in his Traverse City community. 

Don Basch, owner of Photodon, pictured wearing a personal protection mask he made.
Don Basch, owner.

“I found a local group that shared Google doc showing PPE items that hospitals are needing to help keep doctors and nurses protected.  One of the items was face shields with a suggested design.”  Don went to the Photodon shop and got to work making a shield using some materials he had in stock. After tinkering with the shield pattern, he constructed the first shield.  He also ordered some additional supplies needed to make the shields.   

Photodon shop worker assembling personal protective gear to help medical workers during the coronavirus epidemic.
Angela W. assembling personal protective face shields to help medical and other emergency personnel during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We now have supplies on hand to make about 1,500 shields,” Don said.  Photodon plans to provide as many shields as they can and currently have face shields ready to deliver.  “We just want to do what we can to help with what we are capable of doing,” Don said.   

Interested organizations should contact Photodon by emailing sales@photodon.com The masks are available for purchase on Photodon's website: Face Sheild for Full Face Protection