November 6, 2013
I've been wishing for a product like this for as long as I've been using
highlighters, and I'm glad it's made by Staedtler, maker of my favorite
highlighters and ink. It's wasteful to buy extra highlighters, often in packs
with colors you don't want.
The Refill Station is a simple 30 mL highlighter ink bottle, with a wick rising
up from the ink. Plug in a standard dried-out Textsurfer into the port, and,
via the magic of capillary action, after about 4 hours the highlighter will be
This can be used to refill non-Textsurfer highlighters, provided the highlighter
tip fits into the port and can touch the wick. While I use a Textsurfer at
home, when I'm elsewhere, a retractable highlighter (like the Pentel Handy-Line
S) is more convenient. I needed to tape the Pentel into place to keep it in
place, but it was simple enough.
Don't know yet how many refills I'll get out of the 30 mL, so it's hard to make
a cost comparison vs. buying new highlighters. No matter though, I'm quite
happy with it already, moreso since Staedtler's pink highlighter ink has been my
favorite highlighter ink for 10+ years.