What is a gel pen? & How to make gel pens work again?

Gel pen, scientifically known as ballpoint pen, is a pen that uses ink and is used for writing and drawing. Its main components include the pen barrel, nib and ink cartridge.

The tip of a gel pen is a small metal ball with a built-in ink core. When we write, the ball rotates with the movement and transfers the ink from the ink core to the paper. So this kind of pen is called "ballpoint pen". The main components of gel pen ink are dyes, solvents and blending agents, and oil-based ink is generally used.

Compared with pencils and ballpoint pens, gel pens write more smoothly and smoothly, and the ink is clearer and more eye-catching. It is easy to carry and easy to maintain. It is loved by the public and is a common daily writing tool.

Gel pens have a wide range of uses and a high usage rate. Everyone must have many favorite gel pen styles, but they are reluctant to use them for fear of wearing them out. Journalsay will tell you how to save gel pens and how to make gel pens work again.

1.How to store gel pens?

Properly storing gel pens can greatly extend their service life. Mainly need to pay attention to the following aspects:

Choose a ventilated and dry environment
Store unused gel pens in a cool and ventilated place, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, and do not place them in a humid environment. This prevents the inside of the gel pen from clumping or mold growing.

Place it vertically with the tip of the pen facing upwards
It is best to choose a container such as a pen box or pen holder to store gel pens. And place it upright with the tip of the pen pointing upward. This ensures that the ink settles downwards in the cartridge, preventing it from drying out and clumping to block the nib.

Do not mix with other items
When storing gel pens, do not mix them with other items to avoid being squeezed and deformed. Also do not mix gel pens of different brands and types to prevent dissolution reactions between inks.

2.How to make gel pens work again?

When a gel pen has not been used for a long time, the ink may dry up and clog the pen tip. At this time, you only need to use the following simple maintenance methods to make the gel pen work again:

Soak the nib in warm water
Soak the tip of the gel pen in warm water around 40-50°C for a few minutes to soften the dried ink and make it flow again. Be careful not to take too long.

Clean the pen tip with a toothpick
After taking out the gel pen, you can use a toothpick to gently insert the pen tip to remove any remaining debris. You can also try writing numbers on paper to test the ink flow effect.

Replacing the ink core in the ink cartridge
If the problem is that the ink core has dried up, we can replace it with a new one. Choose a spare ink cartridge that matches the brand and model of the original gel pen, disassemble it and replace it.

Through the above simple maintenance methods, you can basically solve the problem of most gel pens not being able to write. If the problem persists, it is recommended to replace it with a new gel pen in time.


Journalsay below shares some super kawaii gel pens, I hope you will like them!

JOURNALSAY 6 Pcs/set Simple Life Series Press Gel Pen Set 0.5mm

Main colors of black and white, a combination of boys and girls, simple and kawaii.


Journalsay 4 Pcs/set Soft Bread Series Kawaii Press Gel Pen Set 0.5mm Black Quick Drying

There are four styles of white, blue, purple and green, which can be used in different scenes to record every moment of life.

Journalsay 1pcs 0.5mm camera Vocal Pen Decompression Gel Pen Will glow

Kawaii camera lens shaped pen cap design. The pen body can make a "beep beep" sound to relieve stress. There is a switch at the end of the pen that can turn on the LED light, which is very suitable for use in low-light environments.