Comparing Bluetooth Barcode Scanners
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Comparing Bluetooth Barcode Scanners

With so many Bluetooth barcode scanners on the market, I thought it would be helpful to our users to offer a comparison. While Fulcrum can scan barcodes using the onboard phone camera, often users are rapidly scanning many items, in which case it is faster to use an external Bluetooth barcode scanner.

What follows is a comprehensive comparison chart of Bluetooth barcode scanners, all of which work seamlessly with the Fulcrum platform.

First, let’s go over the difference between scan engine codes:

A 1D (or linear) code is the most common type of barcode — the kind found on grocery and other consumer items. Scanners with a 1D in the scan engine column can only read this type of code.

A 2D code uses patterns of squares, dots, hexagons, and other shapes, and can be smaller than a linear code because it holds more data using both vertical and horizontal dimensions — for example, a QR code.

PDF417 is the most commonly used 2D barcode, capable of encoding text, numbers, files, and actual databytes (you’ll find them on driver’s licenses, airplane boarding passes, and delivery packages).

  Maker & Model Scan Engine Battery In Use Battery Life Weight Internal Memory Cost
XGPS150A TaoTronics TT-BS016 1D 30 hrs 1500mAh 11.2oz (317g)   $66
XGPS150A TaoTronics TT-BS022 1D 2 Weeks 1500mAh 9.6oz (272g) 2600 codes $67
XGPS150A Inateck BCST-10 1D +1 Week 1500mAh 5.29oz (150g) 256 KB $70
XGPS150A Teemi TMCT-10 1D 10 days 1500mAh 4.16oz (117g) 256 KB $70
XGPS150A Seesii MJ-2877 1D 5-7 days 1100mAh 3.9oz (62.4g) 512 K $89
XGPS150A Power Rider Mini 1D 5 days 1500mAh 3.52oz (100g)   $90
XGPS150A Teemi TMSL-50 1D, 2D, PDF417 +1 Week 2000mAh 10.6oz (300g)   $99
XGPS150A Arkscan ES301 1D 5000 scans 350mAh 0.9oz (24.6g)   $125
XGPS150A Arkscan AS307A 1D 5,000 scans   0.86oz (24.6g) 2 MB $175
XGPS150A Socket Mobile 7Ci 1D 19 hour 2 AAA 1.6oz (45.3g)   $196
XGPS150A Koamtac KDC200 1D 1 Week 650mAh 1.2oz (34g) 8 MB $229
Arkscan Arkscan ES311 1D 10,000 scans 1000mAh 2.4oz (70g) 2 MB $239
Socket Mobile Socket Mobile 7Mi 1D 14 Hour 2 AAA 17.6oz (498g)   $285
Wasp Wasp WWS550i 1D 4,000 scans 700mAh 5.6oz (160g)   $288
DS6878-SR Zebra DS6878-SR 1D, 2D, PDF417   1000 mAh 8.4oz (238g)   $309
RACO RACO TK-3488-BT 1D, 2D 30,000 scans 1400 mAh 32oz (907g)   $325
	CS4070 Zebra CS4070 1D, 2D, PDF417 8,500 scans 950 mAh 3.28oz (93.2g) 512 MB $329
7QI Socket Mobile 7QI 1D, 2D 5,000 scans 1000 mAh 1.6oz (45.3g)   $358
KDC 300 Koamtac KDC 300 1D, 2D 10,000,000 scans 650mAh 1.9oz (54g) 8MB $485
WWS450 Wasp WWS450 1D, 2D 16 hours 950 mAh 6.5oz (184g) 256 scans $550
WWS450 Wasp WWS450H 1D, 2D 16 hours 950 mAh 39.2oz (1111g) 256 scans $599

Want even more information? Here is a chart that drills down further into the differences between these Bluetooth barcode scanners.

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About the author

Cory is Spatial Networks' Growth Hacker. He works closely with our customers to discover their needs and challenges and coach them on the best ways to use our products to solve those challenges.

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