Battery Powered Gold and Silver Pen Plating Kit

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You can purchase this kit as it is or if you wish, you can use it as a guide to put together your own bespoke kit. Click on the items in the list to see detailed product information.

£155.55 £148.55 + VAT

Battery Powered Plating Pen

£67.98 + VAT

Gold Pen Plating Solution - 25ml 

25ml

Silver Pen Plating Solution - 25ml 

25ml

MPU Fine - 100ml 

100ml

Spa Plating Silver and Gold Cloth

£3.01 + VAT

Battery Replacer

£4.83 + VAT

Conductor Strips - 5 Pack 

5 Pack

Nibs for Plating Pen (Pack of 20 Mixed Nibs)

£4.58 + VAT

Fine Fibre Nib

£1.58 + VAT

Fibre Nib

£1.38 + VAT

Mini Contact Probe

£6.39 + VAT

Beakers × 3 - Small 

Small

Pipettes - Small 

Small

Pipettes - Medium 

Medium

Safety Glasses

£3.93 + VAT

Assorted Nitrile Gloves

£1.00 + VAT

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A battery powered gold and silver pen plating kit you can carry anywhere as it’s powered by long-life batteries. Ideal for selective plating of jewellery, electronic repairs, dental work and coins. As well as this, there’s no need to replace the whole unit when the batteries run out as they’re replaceable. Can be used with our Coloured Metal Mixers to plate rose gold and other colours.
Please note; this kit is not suitable for plating on non-conductive surfaces.

For other similar products to our battery powered gold and silver pen plating kit, please see the ‘Related Products’ section below.

This gold and silver pen plating kit is great for quick, selective gold plating jobs on jewellery. It includes 25ml of our Gold Pen Plating Solution which contains 12 grams of gold per litre and has been specifically developed in-house for our pen plating system. Need help choosing the right kit for your needs? Click HERE to get advice from our on-line electroplating manual. The nibs that are included in the kit can be used a number of times before they need to be replaced. We recommend specific nibs are used with specific plating solutions to avoid cross contamination. This kit (or any of our other kits, equipment or solutions) is not suitable for plating on to aluminium or titanium and therefore can’t be used to plate iPhones and other similar products.

The battery powered plating pen being used to spot gold plate contacts on a PCB. Note how the copper crocodile clip is gripping the mini contact probe.

One of the unique features of our portable plating pen is that it can be completely disassembled for thourough cleaning and for swapping pen electrodes. The gold and silver pen plating kit includes a mini allen key which loosens the grub nut on the side of the titanium elecrode holder, releasing the platinum pen electrode. Both the electrode holder and the electrode can then be thoroughly cleaned, avoiding cross contamination between pen plating solutions and possible corrosion over time whilst the pen is in storage.

The Battery Powered Plating Pen operates at a range of 3.0 – 5.0 volts. This can be modified by replacing one of the batteries with the Battery Replacer (included in the kit) This will reduce the voltage level of your pen when you need to silver plate with the Silver Pen Plating Solution. For instructions on use, please see the product page HERE. Your battery pen is also shipped with the batteries separate to the pen. Once your pen arrives, all you have to do is slip the three batteries (positive end in first) into the battery holder and screw the battery cover back up and you can start plating. For a full guide on how to set up your battery pen from new, please click HERE. And of course, once the batteries eventually need to be replaced, simply insert three new AAA batteries – no need to throw away the pen and buy a completely new one!

The battery pen has the same exchangeable pen electrodes as our rectifier powered plating pen. This means you can match the pen plating solution you’re using to the most suitable pen electrode. So, if you were going to use our silver pen plating solution, you could swap the platinum pen electrode with our silver pen electrode for top quality silver pen plating.

The gold and silver pen plating kit can be used for functional purposes, such as spot gold plating of electrical contacts. Here it is being used to gold plate the electrical contacts on a photomultiplier.

To maintain a good electrical contact between the base of the nib and the pen electrode, ensure the nib is completely soaked in pen plating solution and the base of the nib is in full contact with the top of the pen electrode.

Our battery operated plating pen can be used to plate different colours of gold using our Coloured Metal Mixers and  our pre-mixed Rose Gold Pen/Brush Plating Solution. This silver ring has been selectively rose gold plated with our Rose Gold Pen/Brush Plating Solution . For optimum performance, the pen was fitted with one of our carbon pen electrodes. For guidance on how to prepare our different mixers, please see our Electroplating Manual HERE.

If at a later stage you decide you’d like to move on to our MF Rectifier you can easily convert your battery powered pen so that it can be used with one of our rectifiers with one of our Battery Plating Pen Converters (click HERE)

Our Battery Powered Pen Plating Stand helps you to keep your battery powered plating pen kit organised and ready for use. Full details in the ‘Related Products’ section below.

 

A note on our kits;

Every item in our electroplating kits

  • makes an important contribution to the overall success of the plating process
  • has been thoroughly tested to ensure it performs its job at the highest level in the overall electroplating process
  • is either made in-house or has been carefully sourced from our trusted suppliers

These factors ensure consistent, top quality plating results for a fair price.

Our gold and silver pen plating kit includes;

Battery Powered Plating Pen

Features Benefits
Powered by 3 AAA batteries Long life batteries that mean the plating pen will keep plating for longer. Delivers 3.0 – 5.0 volts. The batteries, once they are used up, can be easily replaced so the plating pen doesn’t have to be thrown away.
Can be completely disassembled enables the pen to be thoroughly cleaned and properly stored between uses, ensuring the pen operates at maximum efficiency.Copper crocodile clip at end of black lead corrosoin resistant and reduces scratching compared to a stainless steel crocodile clip.
Pen electrode can be removed from pen electrode holder Can swap electrodes according to pen plating solution being used, so if you’re silver pen plating you can use our silver pen electrode or if you’re rose gold pen plating you can fit our carbon pen electrode.
Copper crocodile clip at end of black lead corrosion resistant and reduces scratching compared to a stainless steel crocodile clip.

Gold Pen Plating Solution

Features Benefits
Contains 12 grams of gold per litre
  • ideally concentrated for gold pen plating
  • Great for selective gold pen plating on a range of different metals.
Specifiacally designed for pen plating
  • Quicky deposits a hard wearing layer of 24kt gold
  • Good for selective gold plating of jewellery and PCBs
Comes in 25ml and 50ml quantities Our 25ml bottle contains 0.3g of gold
Our 50ml bottle contains 0.6g of gold

Silver Pen Plating Solution

Features Benefits
Contains 75grms of silver per litre
  • Specifically developed for silver pen plating
  • The battery pen can be adapted with the battery replacer to ensure high quality silver plating – please see description of battery replacer below.

 

MPU

Features Benefits
One stage cleaning and activating product For cleaning and activating in one stage, can replace the ActiClean stage – saves time and money
Can be used during the plating process without having to re-electroclean and activate Clearing burns or other marks produced during plating – all you have to do is rinse and carry on plating

Silver and Gold Polish Cloth

Features Benefits
Cleans silver and gold plate A convenient way of keeping your silver and gold plated items in best condition.
Comes in its own plastic pouch Keeps the cloth fee from dust and other particles, ready for instant use.

Battery Replacer

Features Benefits

Our Battery Replacer reduces the voltage of our Battery Plating Pen to an optimal level for silver pen plating. See below for instructions on use.

Reduces the voltage of our Battery Plating Pen to an optimal level for silver pen plating.

Conductor Strips

Features Benefits
Greatly increases surface contact and therefore conductivity with work Significantly increases plating speeds
Clips neatly into crocodile clip on battery pen Enables you to avoid any risk of scratching or marking your work with the crocodile clip. Much easier to grip small items with the Conductor Strip than the crocodile clip.

Nibs – pack of 20

Features Benefits
Two different shaped nibs, pointed and paddle very detailed spot plating such as electrical end connectors on PCBs and the paddle for plating larger surfaces such as rings. Can be used a number of times before they need to be replaced. We recommend specific nibs are used with specific plating solutions to avoid cross contamination.

Fine Fibre Nib

Features Benefits
The Fine Fibre Nib has been specifically developed for rhodium plating claw and pave settings. The conduction band ensures good conductivity and optimum plating performance.
ultra fine nib absorbs less plating solution and is therefore more economic to use.

Mini Contact Probe

Feature Benefits
Ultra fine steel contact Useful for making electrical contact with very small areas such as selective plating of jewellery and PCBs..

Small Beaker

Features Applications
Screw on topsClear graduation Minimises waste during storageAccurately measures the plating solution

How to set up your Battery Powered Plating Pen from new

Our Battery Operated Plating Pen Kit comes with all of the items you need to get started gold and silver pen plating a wide range of small items. The pen is shipped with the batteries separate to the pen, so you'll need to insert them in the right order to get plating. Below is a guide to help you set up your pen correctly, so that you get the best plating results right from the start.

1. Setting up your pen from new

Your pen will arrive with the three necessary batteries separate to the pen.

2. Unscrewing the battery cover

To insert the three batteries, unscrew and remove the battery cover.

3. Inserting the batteries

Put all three batteries in, positive end (plus sign +) first.

4. Repacing battery cover

Screw the battery cover back on.

5. Removing the lid

Remove the lid from the electrode.

6. Inserting a nib

Position one of the nibs, which comes with the Battery Pen Plating Kit, in the end of the electrode.

7. Checking for contact

Make sure that the bottom of the nib is in full contact with the electrode.

8. Gripping conductor strip

Grip the conductor strip in the jaws of the crocodile clip. The pen is now ready for use. For guidance with using your battery pen, please click HERE and for help with maintaining your battery pen once you have started using it, please click HERE.

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General guide;

Certain small items, for example Swabs, Nibs and Plating Pens can be sent by normal post within the UK

  • The courier option for UK deliveries is FedEx
  • Free UK mainland delivery available on orders over £100
  • International orders usually 3-5 working days.

For all price quotations for deliveries, please add your items to our shopping cart. You will be able to see the shipping costs by clicking on the ‘Calculate shipping’ button in the cart and before checking out.

Plating Durability

‘Hard’ vs ‘Soft’ gold plating 

Q

Hello, can you advise me re durability of plating types. I have a battery pen plater and it’s great for detail on jewellery and I apply to vermeil standard but another jeweller said pen plater plating is not as durable/is softer than tank plating. Can you confirm if this is the case so I know which direction to go with my new kit.

A

Thank you for your enquiry.

The type of plating solutions we sell are hardened but then saying that, they are still quite soft when compared to other metals like copper and brass.

For any given thickness, pen plating is just as durable as tank-plated gold. The important thing is the thickness.  Thick deposits can be built up with both pen and brush plating, but it may take a lot longer depending on the surface area and shape of the article you are plating.

It is possible, using our online calculators, to estimate how long it would take to pen plate Vermeil gold (2.5 microns). Once you have established the surface area of your work piece and knowing the thickness (2.5 microns) it is possible to input these into the calculator and get an estimate of time plated.

I have just done this for a ring of surface area 8 square centimetres and the time to pen plate it to Vermeil standard is 95 minutes (just over one and a half hours), while the time to tank plating it is 22 minutes.

So if you’re going for Vermeil-standard work, it may be the best idea to look at out tank/beaker plating kits.

Kind regards

Richard Palmer BSc(Chem.) MRSC

Director