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How to choose packaging tape

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Frankye Robinson

Packing tapes generally have two applications: sealing storage boxes and sealing shipping boxes. It makes a difference what kind of tape you use in either case. There are three factors to consider when choosing your packaging tape:

Application:
Storage and shipping boxes require different types of tape adhesives.
Package weight:
Heavier packages require thicker tapes.
Tape dispenser size:
Your packaging tape roll needs to be the right size for your dispenser.
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This Packaging Tape Buying Guide will help you find the best packaging tape for your office. 

 

Do you need packaging tape for storage boxes or shipping boxes?   

Acrylic Packing TapeAcrylic packing tape is your best bet for storage boxes. Acrylic adhesive can handle a variety of temperatures and setting, including warehouses, garages and storage facilities. Plus, acrylic packaging tape can maintain it seal for more than three years. Hot melt shipping tape is the best for shipping boxes because of its superior holding power. Shipping boxes are typically subjected to rough handling in transit. Hot melt packaging tape ensures your boxes stay sealed. You can also use hot melt tape to strap boxes together.  

Recommended Packaging Tape

Duck® HP260 Packaging Tape

Duck® HP260 Packaging Tape

Universal® General-Purpose Box Sealing Tapes

Universal® General-Purpose Box Sealing Tapes

Tartan™ 3710 Bulk Packaging Tape

Tartan™ 3710 Bulk Packaging Tape

How heavy are your packages?

The heavier your packages, the thicker your packaging tape needs to be for secure closure. Packaging tapes come in a range of thicknesses. These general guidelines show you how thick your packaging tape needs to be. 

Lightweight Envelopes & Mailers:

Use packaging tape less than 2 mil. thick.

Packages up to 70 lbs:

Use 2-3 mil. packaging tape.

Packages up to 100 lbs:

Use 3 mil. packaging tape or thicker.

Recommended Packaging Tape

Duck® HP260 Packaging Tape DUCHP260C

Rating 5 stars (5 / 5 stars) by  from Oakland County, MI
The Carton Sealing Tape is Tape - but this thicker than the normal packing tape. I find I don't waste any since it doesn't fold into its self. One taping on the seam of a package is all you need.
Review for Carton Sealing Tape 1.88" x 60 yards, 3" Core, Clear

How big is your packaging tape dispenser?

Make sure you note the size of your packing tape dispenser and choose tape rolls with corresponding core sizes. So if your packaging tape has a 3" core, you need a packaging tape dispenser should also have a 3" core. Otherwise, you tape won't fit on the dispenser. 

Recommended Packaging Tape Dispenser

Scotch® Easy Grip Tape Dispenser,1 Dispenser & 1 Roll at 1.88" x 600"/Pack

Rating 5 stars (5 / 5 stars) by  
This is the best tape dispenser ever! So easy and so quiet - dispenser keeps tape clean and from re-winding on the roll. No more broken fingernails!
Review for Easy Grip Tape Dispenser, 1 Dispenser & 1 Roll at 1.88" x 600"
Scotch® Easy Grip Tape Dispenser MMMDP1000 

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