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Flipchart Easels Reviewed

Updated on September 5, 2014

Flipchart Easels Review by Office Allsorts

Flipchart Easels together with a Flipchart Pad are used as a visual aid in presentations. It's been suggested that the flipchart was invented by Peter Kent in the mid 1970s to help him in a presentation. It was such a success that he went on to found the visual communications group, Nobo, which is short for "notice board". Nobo arguably remain the market leader in flipcharts and flipchart easels.

Nobo Flipchart Easels

Nobo Flipchart Easels Review

Whilst the early flipchart easels were little more than a board attached to a tripod leg frame, nowadays, easels are a lot more sophisticated. As Nobo are arguably the market leaders in design and innovation in this field, below are highlighted some of Nobo's flipchart easels:


: An entry level flipchart easel with tripod legs, ideal for no frills every day use with a board size of 905mmx590mm

  • Entry level easel. No frills every day use.
  • Easily adjustable allowing for height adjustment.
  • Legs telescope into frame making it easier to transport.
  • Has a dry wipe surface so can be used without the need for a flipchart

Nautile: There are a number of different variations in this range which incorporate magnetic and non magnetic boards. In essence though it's a tripod legged easel, with a euro sized board of 1040mmx675mm. Slightly larger than the Classic but ideal for everyday use.

  • Easy height adjustable legs can vary the height between 1300mm and 1900mm.
  • Full width plastic tray to keep pens and erasers close to hand.
  • Sliding pad hooks at the top can accommodate most flipchart sizes and formats.
  • Has a dry wipe surface so can be used without the need for a flipchart.
  • Comes in magnetic and non-magnetic versions.

Barracuda Desktop: A great easel which sits on top of the desk or meeting table and really portable because of its size and ideal for small group presentations or the travelling presenter..

  • Half sized flipchart easel measuring 675mmx550mm, ideal for carrying around.
  • Magnetic drywipe surface meaning you can still use it without a flipchart pad.
  • Full length pen tray which has rubber pads underneath to protect desktop surfaces.
  • Comes complete with black carry bag


Barracuda Mobile: A stylish mobile easel which is easily maneuvered on its mobile base with 5 locking castors. Perhaps a bit large and heavy to move about between buildings as it has an over sized board measuring 700mmx1000mm.

  • Height adjustable.
  • Magnetic drywipe surface so can be used without the need for a flipchart.
  • Adjustable pad hooks at the top can accommodate most flipchart sizes and formats.
  • Full width metal pen tray.

Nobo Scirocco: A versatile swivelling easel which allows the board to be moved from the vertical to the horizontal to permit easy preparation of flipchart pads before a presentation. Plus it has the added functionality of having extending bars from the top of the board which allows additional and separate flipchart pages to be displayed.

  • Height adjustable between 1000mm and 1750mm
  • Sliding pad hooks at the top can accommodate most flipchart sizes and formats.
  • Hinged pen tray which doubles as a support during transportation.
  • Extending bars from the top of the board which allows additional and separate flipchart pages to be displayed.
  • Swivel easel offering the facility to move the board from angled to horizontal position for the preparation of pads before a presentation

Nobo Shark: A magnetic drywipe easel with loads of versatile features which cleverly fold away for storage and easy transportation. Ideal for heavy duty use as its large format easel, 1000mmx685mm, is made from lacquered steel as opposed to melamine and is scratch and chip resistant.

  • Telescopic Tripod legs are height adjustable from 1100mm to 1870mm and retract fully for easy storage and transportation.
  • It can display 3 sheets of presentation notes side-by-side as it has retractable display arms each side to which you can use magnets to attach additional sheets of the presentation.
  • Full width pen tray.

Nobo Piranha: This range includes both a static easel and a mobile easel which is easily moved on a set of locking heavy duty castors. This range has everything the other ranges have including large whiteboard area (1000mmx700mm), extending magnetic arms, folding pen tray but also an integrated full width ruler to ensure perfectly straight writing.

  • It can display 3 sheets of presentation notes side-by-side as it has retractable display arms each side to

    which you can use magnets to attach additional sheets of the presentation.

  • Folding full width pen tray to secure pens and magnets whilst its being moved.
  • Removable full width rule.
  • Height adjustable.

Whilst Nobo are arguably the market leaders, other manufacturers do make comparable products. For example 5Star make a number of well priced easels starting at a basic tripod, similar to the Nobo classic easel, right up to an executive model which has a base on castors, two side extension bars, and variable height adjustment, very similar in functionality to the Nobo Piranha but at around half the price.

Things to consider when buying flipchart easels:

  • How mobile do you need it to be? If you're out and about making presentations, you'll need one that is light enough to carry and one which can folded or be collapsed down to the size of the board.
  • Board size? Some easel boards are the same size as an A1 sheet of flipchart paper whist others are extra large to allow notes to be written round the edges of the flipchart pad.
  • How will you use it? Consider that some are metallic which allows magnets to be used to easily display pre-prepared material on the easel board. Some double up as whiteboards meaning you can choose whether to use a flip chart pad or not. Others have arms extending to each side of the easel allowing additional presentation sheets to be displayed at the same time.

Flipchart Accessories

Flip Chart Pads.

It goes without saying that you might need a flip chart pad. These usually come in A1 size (813mmx584mm) and are perforated across the top to easily allow sheets to be removed. Most pads are plain paper but some have feint ruled 25mm squares (chart paper) to allow for straight writing or diagrams.

Pens

REMEMBER - a lot of flipchart easels also double up as whiteboards so DON'T commit the cardinal sin of using a permanent marker on the drywipe surface. Try to only use Black and Blue markers as Red and Green don't stand out enough from a distance although you can use Red to accentuate text already written in Black or Blue.

Magnets

These can simply be used to attach things to the magnetic surface, or alternatively, magnetic shapes are available to allow work flow diagrams to be displayed, or brainstorming sessions to be mapped out.


So if you thought flipchart easels were simply a board on three legs with a pad of paper attached, I hope the points made above have highlighted that they are capable of a lot more and can enhance presentations.

How to Structure a Presentation

It can be a tricky business structuring a presentation, should you try to grab the audience's attention early on or wait a little longer to bring in key information. In the newspaper industry they teach people to put the least important bits at the end of the story so if a reader moves on before finishing it they won't miss the main points. However, a presentation is very different and it can be best to start with the end!

There are two ways to go about this;

Firstly, ask yourself what results you are trying to achieve from giving the presentation. Are you looking to sell something to the audience? Are you delivering information? Are you looking for recruits or volunteers? Whatever it is you want those listening to do at the end of the presentation is the point you need to start at. Without you understanding the outcome you aiming to achieve there is no way your presentation will come out clear.

The second approach is to simply state your conclusion at the very start of the presentation. Your audience will be listening most intently at the start and the first impressions you make and message you deliver will last the longest it their minds and this is the information they will take away with them. After you have stated your conclusion you can spend the rest of the presentation outlining how you reached this point and reinforcing the main message.

With the above in mind your presentation structure should look something like this;

Conclusion - State your main point in the simplest way possible; don't use too many words as you want the audience to easily remember your key message.

Background - Outline your research, history and other supporting information that serves as groundwork for the presentation.

Main Body - The main part of the presentation where you can talk about products, developments, justifications and anything else that helps you demonstrate the points your making.

Conclusion (again) - Bring the presentation back to the main point again.

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      Carl Barton 6 years ago from Nottingham

      Thanks Ruddred. feel free to let us know if you would like further info!

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      ruddred 6 years ago

      Great post, I'm looking for a number of mobile flipcharts for my business so this guide has been a great help.