Tips and Tip Types

All Faraday tips are constructed from a special conductive fabric over a rubber core. This gives them conductive/capacitive properties similar to the skin on a finger, which is what most touch screens are calibrated to recognize. We use fabric rather than rubber, silicone, or rigid metal because it glides smoothly and quietly over the screen, is safer for screens, and works well with almost all screen protectors.

Caduceus and Mouth Stick Styluses have options for what type of tips to use. Choosing tip type is dependent on how you expect to use the stylus.

Basic style tips

The basic style tip is shaped as a simple cylinder that extends from the end of the stylus barrel. In order to get the best performance, it needs to be held close to perpendicular to the screen.

  • It is a good choice for users that primarily use their stylus for on screen button pressing and simple on screen navigation.
  • It is a good choice for users that want to also use their stylus for off-screen manipulations, like interacting with keyboards, mice, or even elevator buttons.
  • It is a poor choice for users that want to use their stylus for handwriting or art applications.
  • It is a poor choice for users that can’t maintain a stylus position close to perpendicular to the screen.

SALT style tips

SALT stands for Shallow Angle Lightest Touch. It is our favorite style of tip, and the style we recommend for the majority of users.

The SALT tip is basically sphere on the end of the stylus. The diameter of the sphere is slightly larger than the diameter of the cylindrical stylus barrel. This means that any stylus with a SALT style tip can make consistent and reliable contact with the screen at a wide range of angles.

  • It is a good choice for users that want to use their stylus for handwriting, art, or gaming applications.
  • It is a good choice for users that need flexibility in how the hold their stylus relative to their devices
  • It is as good as the basic at on screen navigation and button pressing.
  • It is a poor choice for off screen manipulations, like interacting with keyboards, mice, and elevator buttons.

Can I get a fine tipped stylus?

The short answer is no.

The longer answer is that we could make one but it wouldn’t work the way anybody wants. The problem is that the limiting factor in how fine a stylus can be is the sensors in the touch screen devices, which are calibrated for nothing smaller than a human finger tip. Devices that come with fine tip styluses usually use proprietary stylus/sensor technology that we can’t reproduce.