We receive many requests for support on Barcode Scanners that have been purchased from online stores. There are quite a few cheap unknown brands of scanners that are available lately from various online merchants.
There seems to be a lack of support from most of the online stores. Barcode Scanners and Printers can be quite complex when certain configurations need to be programmed into these units.
Its not possible for us to help clients that have bought these scanners or printers. We only deal with the Major brands like Datalogic, Honeywell, Cipherlab, Argox and Zebra. All the Barcode Scanners and Label Printers come from reputable distributors that have footprints across South Africa. All warranty and out of warranty repairs are done locally.
We only offer technical support or advice on the devices purchased from us.
Please consider the above before deciding where to purchase your Barcode Products. We offer personal support – Henry is available to chat about what model will best suite your needs or application.
Our best selling General Purpose Barcode Scanner has to be the Datalogic Quickscan Lite QW2120. The scanner comes with a scan stand and USB Cable and carries a 3 Year Warranty.
The QW2120 has Datalogics “Green Spot” Technology which throws a green circle of light on the barcode after a successful read. When inserted in the Scan Stand it becomes auto sensing. This means the scanner becomes a Hands Free device, you just need to pass the barcode in front of the scanner to be scanned.
The Datalogic Quickscan Lite QW2120 USB Kit normally sells for about R650 including vat, depending on the exchange rate at the time the scanners are brought in to South Africa.
There are some Honeywell Barcode Scanner Models that have been retired lately, below are two retired models and their replacements.
Handheld Products 3800G, Welch Allyn 3800G and the later model Honeywell 3800G.
Replacement for the 3800G will be the new Honeywell 1300G Hyperion Linear Imager Barcode Scanner. The Hyperion 1300g delivers outstanding linear imaging performance and versatility. Fast intuitive bar code reading out to 457mm, and high density bar code reading are both enabled in a single device, eliminating the need to purchase specialty scanners. The Hyperion 1300G is available in USB, Keyboard Wedge and RS232 Kits.
Honeywell Eclipse 5145. The replacement for the Eclipse will either the Honeywell Youjie YJ3300 or the Honeywell 1250G Laser Barcode Scanners. The 1250G is available in USB, Keyboard Wedge and Serial Kits and comes with a flex neck stand. The YJ3300 is only available in USB.
If you need to upgrade or replace your existing Barcode Scanners with new technology scanners, give us a call to discuss your requirements.
If your vertical or presentation scanner is battling to scan smaller barcodes which it once did effectively, it is possibly caused by a dust buildup internally on the optic surfaces.
The laser scanners all use a rotating mirror motor which spins at high speed to distribute the laser light across mirrors to achieve the scan pattern that scans barcodes at different angles. This spinning motor causes air movement inside the scanner enclosure that sucks in dust over time.
The dust settles and coates the highly reflective mirrors causing the beam to loose its “sharpness” and scanning becomes more and more difficult.
This dust also settles on the inside of the scan window which hinders the reflected light from reaching the sensor that reads the barcode inside the enclosure.
Don’t suffer the frustration of the barcode scanner that battles to scan – bring or send it to our Technical Guy for a thorough cleaning. All covers are washed and the reflective mirrors are cleaned and polished, PC boards are cleaned. The scanner will, after this “Service”, scan all your barcodes aggressively again.
The Voyager 1202g-bf is the first battery free bluetooth laser barcode scanner. Instead of using a conventional battery to power the scanner the 1202g-bf uses a supercapacitor capable of achieving a full charge in less than 35 seconds. That is enough power for at least 100 scans.
With no tethered cable to trip over, you’ll benefit from complete freedom of movement up to 10 meters (33 feet) from the base in a typical work environment. In fact, with a clear line-of-sight to the base, you can get a wireless range of up to 30 m (100 ft). We’ve even added a paging system on the base to help you locate a misplaced scanner.
Built on the proven Voyager platform, the 1202g-bf mobile device offers high performance linear barcode scanning and the convenience of wireless – all without the battery!
Barcode Scanners have through the changes in technology become easier to use than a few years ago when scanners had to plug into decoders and used external power supplies. The majority of users now plug the scanners into PC’s or other devices with USB cables. Scanners can also be used with Keyboard Wedge or Serial (RS232) interface cables.
With all the advances in technology there are now many more options and varieties of scanners to choose from. Choosing the correct model for your application can seem like a daunting task if the different options are not fully understood.
First step in finding the correct scanner is looking at your needs:
In what environment will the scanner be used? Office, Retail or Industrial.
How many scans will it be required to do in a day?
What type of barcode will you be scanning? 1D or 2D barcodes
Will the scanner be connected to a PC or is a wireless model required?
Scanner operational environment.
Using a scanner that was designed for office or light commercial use will not last in an industrial type environment where it is exposed to dust and moisture and rough handling.
Entry level light commercial or office type scanner
Rugged industrial type scanner
An entry level barcode scanner will be suited to operate in an office or light commercial store but will be ineffective where high volumes of items need to be scanned. Scanners are available with Scan Stands allowing the user to pass the barcodes in front of the scanner or it can be used as a handheld. In high volume supermarkets we suggest using a fixed mount presentation type scanner.
Handheld Low Volume Scanners
Medium Volume with Scan Stand
High Volume Supermarket scanner
Type of Barcode to be scanned
1D Barcodes are seen almost daily on retail products. There are a few different types of these barcodes like, EAN, UPC, Code 128, Code 39 etc. These are known as the different “Symbologies”. All 1D barcode scanners purchased from us read all the popular 1D symbologies. The 2D barcode scanners do also read the 1D barcodes. View 1D Scanners.
2D Barcodes are seen on vehicle license discs or the drivers license. A 2D barcode can hold a significant amount of information. As with 1D barcodes there are a few different symbologies like PDF417, QR Code, Matrix etc. Only a 2D barcode scanner will read these types of barcodes. View 2D Scanners.
Corded Scanners and Wireless Scanners
Scanners that are corded need to plug into a PC or other device with a USB, Keyboard Wedge or Serial cable. The average length of the cables is 3m. If you need to scan product further away from the PC or terminal then a wireless scanner is required. The wireless scanners use Bluetooth or some other frequency to communicate with its base station which in turn is connected to the PC or Terminal. The range that these scanners can operate depends on the models and manufacturer. They typically range from 10 to 100m.
Corded Barcode Scanner
Wireless Bluetooth Scanner
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