The Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer is the best wristband printer available, period.

Gone are the days of having to calibrate a printer before printing every wristband.

The HC100 makes printing wristbands a simple process. The HC100 will save you TIME and MONEY.

So what makes this wristband printer so special?

Let’s take a quick look at this revolutionary direct thermal wristband printer .

The Guide to the Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer

Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer

An overhead view of the Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer

It’s no secret. Printing wristbands can be a tough, frustrating job.

We’ve written an informative post on Zebra wristband solutions, which outlines some of the basic strategies and tips that you can use to print perfect wristbands every time.

Our blog post did not offer too much information on the best printers to use for printing on wristbands.

The Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer is the ONLY printer available that is specifically designed for printing on wristbands.

Let’s take a look at some of the HC100’s specs:

  • The Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer offers three different print widths: .75″, 1″, and 1.1875″.
  • The HC100 offers 300 dpi images, which allows end users to create smaller, more defined barcodes. 
  • The outer shell of the HC100 is covered in a medical grade plastic. This allows end users to properly disinfect the entire printer without causing any damage. 
  • Wristbands can be printed at two different speeds: 2 IPS and 4 IPS.
  • Available with USB/Serial/Ethernet/Wifi interface options.  
Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer

The HC100 is available with a variety of interface options

Easy-to-Load Wristband Cartridges 

Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer

Wristband Cartridges for the Zebra HC100

The Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer offers a new type of media loading system.

Wristbands will typically be loaded onto either a 1″ core or a 3″ core, depending on the type of printer that is being used.

With the HC100, wristbands are purchased pre-loaded into recyclable cartridges.

The end user then loads these cartridges directly into the printer, without ever having to touch the actual media.

This cartridge-based system allows the printer to effortlessly calibrate the wristbands, resulting in a perfect print, every time.

There are also a variety of different types of wristbands available in cartridges for the HC100.

Choose from child and adult sizes, different colors, and even softer materials like the Zebra Comfort Wristband.

Remember, there are currently no thermal transfer wristband options available.

ALL wristbands are manufactured with direct thermal coating, which means you’ll have to use a direct thermal printer.

Find out the difference between thermal transfer and direct thermal printing here.

Print Wristbands On-Demand

The Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer is specifically designed for printing wristbands when you need them.

This means that you will only be printing out a few wristbands at a time.

Please note that the HC100 is NOT well-suited for large-scale printing applications.

The direct thermal printhead on the HC100 will overheat, which in turn will pause your printing for at least a few minutes.

There are other Zebra printers that are better suited for large scale wristband printing applications, like the ZT200 series, or even the Xi Series.

Use the Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer for “on-demand” printing applications. Save the large scale projects for the big boys…

Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer

Printing wristbands on a large scale? Bring in the big boys like the 110Xi4.

Ideal Applications for the HC100

The Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer is perfect for a variety of applications.

The wide range of available wristbands are suitable for hospital patient identification, as well as guest identification at hospitality venues and attractions such as amusement parks, sporting events and zoos.

Currently, the HC100 is one of the most popular wristband printers in the healthcare field.

Here is an informative Youtube video from a hospital in Europe that has successfully integrated the HC100 into all of their operations.

Here is an informative success story featuring the Nebraska Medical Center, which implemented the use of HC100s to cut down on accidental medication doses.

Order the Zebra HC100 Wristband Printer from Professional Label Solutions

At PLS, we stock all of the most popular models of the Zebra HC100, all available at the best prices around.

Check out our full selection of HC100s here.

Check out our full selection of HC100 wristband cartridges here.

Got questions? Our reps are happy to help! Call us anytime at 1-844-458-1078, or email us at

We can help you to select the best HC100 printer and wristband cartridge for your application.

Find out why we’re the BEST authorized Zebra reseller in the country.

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