DISCONTINUED VERSION 2 Refreshabraille 18

NOTE: SEE THE NEW REFRESHABRAILLE 18, VERSION 3! Refreshabraille Version 2 is discontinued, but we are proud to offer the upgraded Version 3, Catalog Number 1-07445-02!

Compatible with Mac VoiceOver (on MacOS and iOS) and JAWS!

Refreshabraille 18™ is a unique handheld refreshable braille display and braille keyboard for the Braille+™ Mobile Manager and other mobile devices such as notebooks, mobile phones, and PDAs. It connects to your mobile device via USB cable or wireless Bluetooth®. Supports all screen readers that include braille support. It combines an elegant design, reliability, and ease-of-use with a rugged metal case. 

New! Note: Drivers are available for the Freedom Scientific Secure and Compatible Braille Display Program. Refreshabraille now works with the popular JAWS screen reader in both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Windows. Existing Refreshabraille customers may download the driver at: http://www.tech.aph.org/rbd.zip Open the zip folder and start the Setup.exe program to install the drivers. More information about JAWS is available at http://www.freedomscientific.com


All shipments will incur actual UPS shipping rates based on the destination. Free Matter shipping not available for this item.
>>Additional product information below
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DISCONTINUED VERSION 2 Refreshabraille 18 Catalog Number: 1-07445-01
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This product requires special handling. Please call APH customer service at 1-800-223-1839.


Additional Information:


  • 18 eight-dot braille cells
  • 18 cursor routing keys
  • Eight-dot braille keyboard input
  • Forward and back scroll buttons
  • Five-position joystick
  • Auxiliary space bar
  • USB or wireless Bluetooth connectivity
  • Protected USB charging port
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery (not user replaceable)
  • Long battery life
  • Reversible operation (operate with braille cells away from you or flip so they are close)
  • Works with APH's Braille+



  • Refreshabraille 18 display unit
  • USB cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide, print
  • Quick Start Guide, braille
  • One-year limited warranty


Use Refreshabraille 18 to Access Other Equipment
Refreshabraille, like a computer's monitor and keyboard, is a device designed to be used with other equipment. Refreshabraille provides the screen and keyboard for that other device. Whether that device is a cell phone, PC, or APH's own Braille+ Mobile Manager, every effort has been made to make the process simple, reliable, and trouble-free. Be aware, however that the device you plan to use must have software running on it that has the ability to communicate with a braille display.

Cursor Routing
The 18 cursor routing keys are located immediately below the braille cells. Each braille cell has its own routing key. These keys work in conjuction with the screen reader or portable device (like Braille+) to move the editing cursor to the place in the document that corresponds with what appears on the display.

Braille Input Keys
The braille input keys are arranged with the traditional six dots in a line, then the dot 7, space, and dot 8 below them. They may be used to type text to the device that the display is connected to.

The joystick is located between braille input keys for dot 1 and dot 4. It is a five-position switch, and depending on the software you use with the device, these keys usually act like the four arrow keys and select.


The Refreshabraille 18 measures 5.12 x 3.54 x 0.98 inches.

Refreshabraille 18 Extended Warranty Available!
Your Refreshabraille 18 unit includes a warranty against manufacturer defects for one year from date of purchase. An APH extended Warranty Protection Plan is available to protect you from costly repairs for one additional year. ACT NOW! IT IS IMPORTANT TO ACT NOW BEFORE THE END OF THE FIRST 90 DAYS OF OWNERSHIP.