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Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 now available on

Hey Everyone!

Blue and Black German ink Generic Refills are now available on!

Thanks for your patience.

Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 temporarily unavailable on

Hey Everyone!  We apologize for any inconvenience, our Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 are temporarily unavailable on

We’re switching from Merchant fulfilled to Fulfilled by Amazon and the system doesn’t let us continue to fill orders while our inventory in in transit.  Hopefully these will be available on by the end of the week. Inventory was sent Priority Mail today and then the folks at the distribution center will have to check in our inventory before its made available.

In the meantime, you can always purchase directly from us! either here on or check out our listings on (there are links in the previous post).

Happy Livescribing!

Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 available on eBay

We’ve got our Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 listed on eBay!

Premium black German ink with fine tips for Livescribe 3

Premium blue German ink with fine tips for Livescribe 3

Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 available on Amazon!

We’ve got our Generic Refills for sale on Amazon

Available with fine-tips and filled with our smooth-writing, premium German ink in Blue or Black! Be sure to click on the right item; there are refills for the Pulse, Echo and Sky wifi pens which DO NOT fit your new Livescribe 3.

Livescribe 3 ink, rattle and slip…

Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 are now available at our eBay listing.

We’ve been using the Livescribe 3 (LS3) for a little while now.  The OEM ink is much better than the OEM ink for the Pulse, Echo or Sky but it still has a high coefficient of friction.  What does this mean? It means that the ink flows out of the ball point slowly which keeps the ball from rolling easily across the page.  We were happy to start using our new Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 because as you know, our premium German ink is silky smooth! This really helps improve the writing experience with the Livescribe 3 pen.

One thing we noticed right away with the OEM refills and unfortunately with our Generic Refills too:  Livescribe has designed the end of the LS3 to be a little too wide for their own refills as well as other ball point pen refills.  In addition, the end of the pen is metallic so every time you the pen touches the paper, there is a little click or rattle.  If you shake the LS3 with one of our Generic Refills or the OEM refill,  it sounds like a baby’s rattle!! This is not really acceptable for such an expensive pen as the LS3!

Some of our customers have told us that they use a single layer of Scotch tape on their refills to mostly eliminate the metal-on-metal click.  Please be careful when doing this!  The refill fits into a pressure sensor and it must be able to tell the pen when it is not touching the paper. More than one layer of Scotch tape can prevent the refill from moving properly and your Livescribe writing will look like a complete scrawl… the infrared camera gets stuck in the on position and its reading dot patterns where ever its pointed, regardless of whether you are touching the refill tip to the paper or not!

We are investigating a sturdier alternative to Scotch tape.  One of our other worries is that a piece of Scotch tape will break off and foul the sensor, deep inside the pen.  This would not be good!

Finally, those of you with smaller hands may be having trouble gripping the Livescribe pen.  We think its because the barrel is completely round like the original Pulse pen.  On top of that, the plastic barrel is quite slippery to the touch.  This might cause you to grip more tightly and that will cause hand fatigue.  It might be possible to use a silicone pen grip to help solve this problem. More details to follow.

The Livescribe 3 is an amazing piece of technology but its not perfect.  Hopefully, Livescribe will pay more attention to the aesthetics of writing and address these concerns.  It won’t do any good for those of us that have already purchased the Livescribe 3 (one problem with being an early adopter!) but could make the next iteration of the pen better for all of us!

Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 now for sale!

Our Generic Refills with premium German ink have passed our in-house Quality Certification.  These refills have the same smooth-writing black or blue ink as our Generic Refills for the Pulse, Echo and Sky pens.  They are every bit as nice as the shorter refills!

We’ve generated an eBay listing for them and you should be able to order them right now.  As usual, domestic shipping by First Class Mail is free. You can add tracking for $1.25 or have them sent by USPS Priority mail for $5.25; we do combine shipping so order as many packs as you want!

The Livescribe 3 compatible Generic Refills will also be for sale on the blog and on our parent website:, it just takes us a little longer to make those arrangements.  We didn’t want to keep you waiting any longer than you had to so, scoot over to eBay and stock up on fine/Black or fine/Blue Generic Refills for your new Livescribe 3 pen!

Livescribe 3 refills have arrived in North Carolina!

OK, international shipping, import paperwork, customs clearance and finally… On a vehicle and out for delivery to Generic Refills’ headquarters here in North Carolina!


Generic Refills for Livescribe 3 are finally on their way!

Got a tracking number for our shipment of Generic Refills for the new Livescribe 3 pen!  They should arrive mid-week.  I’ll post here once they arrive.

We test 1 refill out of each bundle of 200 to check for writing consistency.  We’ve never had a bad refill from our manufacturer.  They all write immediately, the ink flow is smooth and there are no “globs” of ink that other refills can suffer from.  This custom production run isn’t expected to be any different.

FYI, we ordered Fine tip Generic Refills with Black or Blue German ink.  Livescribe already sells Medium tip refills but we may offer Medium tips in the future.

Happy New Year to all you Livescribe lovers out there!

A reminder that 67 mm x 2.5 mm ball point pen refills won’t actually fit the Livescribe 3 smart pen

I see from my blog stats that some of you are arriving at by searching for “67mm x 2.5mm refill.”  This is understandable because Livescribe published incorrect specifications for the LS3 refills!  Just to remind you, we at GenericRefills ordered sample refills with premium German ink with those bad specifications and found that they would almost fit the Livescribe 3 but that they interfered with proper functioning of the pressure sensor.  This kept the camera ON even when the pen tip was lifted from the paper making the digitized writing practically indecipherable!

The good news is that Livescribe published the actual specifications for the Livescribe 3 refills and using those, we’ve ordered a custom production run of the standard D1 ball point pen refill using the smooth-writing German ink that we’ve come to love!  As you know, if you’ve purchased our GenericRefills for the Pulse/Echo/Sky, this ink writes silky smooth! Some of you have even said that you don’t even care to find gel ink anymore because these are ball point pen refills that write so well!  

One final note.  We are looking into sourcing a pen body for our soon to arrive GenericRefills for the Livescribe 3.  This way, you can have an everyday pen that will use the smooth-writing refills with premium German ink.  No more worrying about lending your Livescribe to a colleague to scribble a note, just hand them your “other” pen!

Black Japanese gel-ink Generic Refill with Swiss tip

I think that the number of characters you get from a refill can vary from time to time.  It probably depends a lot on how large your characters are, whether you are printing or writing cursive etc.

I got 5,805 characters of the US constitution written with a black gel-ink Generic Refill.  Perhaps the black ink saturates the paper more than the blue gel ink? At any rate, here is the text I was able to write with one refill, about four US letter pages again:

No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time; and no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office.

Section. 7.

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;–And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Section. 9.

The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.

The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.

No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.

No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken.

No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.

No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another; nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of 

====== Again, almost four solid pages of text which is considerably less than what we can achieve with our smooth-writing German ball point pen ink.  I know that some of you are just dying to get gel ink refills for your Pulse/Echo/Sky but can you really live with refills that would have to  be swapped out so quickly?