Handheld Stock Taking Barcode Scanner

Stock taking barcode scanner are normally called Portable Data Terminals (PDT), Mobile Computers or PDA’s (Personal Digital Assistant). They differ from normal barcode scanners in that they are portable, have memory, a keypad, a display, scanning module and powered by  a battery.

We will refer to the entry level Cipherlab 8001 as an example of a stock taking scanner.


A stock take using the 8001 PDT will normally go as follows:

  1. Scan the barcode on the shelf/bin
  2. Count the items on the shelf/bin
  3. Enter the quantity using the keypad and press Enter

Once you have completed scanning all the shelves or bins, the unit is placed in its dock, which also charges the battery. The dock will be connected to the PC with either a USB or Serial Cable. Using the standard software which comes with the unit, the scanned data is uploaded to the PC in a CSV text file format. This file can be opened in Excel or imported into your accounting/stock taking program (Check with your software vendor).

The Cipherlab 8000 range of scanners are able to be programmed with Forge Application Software which comes included in the price of the PDT. This allows the customer to change the way the scanner inputs data to suite his needs. We assist with this programming method free of charge.

The Forge Batch Application Generator and USB Drivers can be downloaded here.

For more information on the other models available for Stock Taking, Asset Management etc Click here

For more information please email sales@jnstech.co.za or call 011 425 5439.

Cheap Barcode Scanners for sale

Cheap Entry Level Barcode Scanners, good quality with a minimum of 1 Year Warranty.

We at JNS Technologies have had a good look at all the cheaper barcode scanners on the market and have rejected many of them due to reliability issues.

Here is our recommended list of cheap entry level 1D handheld scanners:

Newland HR1250-70 Anchoa

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We have added the Newland HR1250-70 USB Barcode Scanner to our product list as an ideal Entry Level Scanner

It is an affordable, light weight scanner with good scanning and decoding capabilities.

The HR1250-70 comes with a 5 year Factory Warranty, giving you peace of mind.

We give this Entry Level Scanner 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Price: R465 incl vat (31 January 2019)

 Argox AS8050 

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The new scanner from Argox (A Sato Company) is proving to be very popular and been one of our top sellers over the last four month.

The scanner come standard with a Stand, USB cable and a 12 month factory warranty.

The scanners reliability seems to be great with not one unit returned as faulty (31 January 2019)

We give this Entry Level Scanner 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Price: R645 incl vat (31 January 2019)

 Cipherlab 1000A

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The Cipherlab 1000A CCD scanner has been around for some time and has proven itself to be quite a tough Entry Level scanner. 

The scanner comes in either a USB, Keyboard Wedge or Serial model. The 1000 CCD has the standard 12 month factory warranty.

Reliability of this unit has been good over the last few years with very few coming in for repair.

We give this Entry Level Scanner 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Price: R665 incl vat (31 January 2019)

Datalogic QW2120 Quickscan Lite

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The QW2120 Lite imaging scanner from Datalogic is also amongst our top sellers with a proven track record. There have been very few coming back for repair.

The scanner comes in either a USB,Keyboard Wedge or Serial kit and includes a Stand and a 36 month factory warranty.

We give this Entry Level Scanner 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Price: 820 incl vat (31 January 2019)


For more information and pricing contact us: 011 425 5439 or sales@jnstech.co.za

Cipherlab RS30 Android

Delivering superior user experience with persuading designs, CipherLab RS30 series has been deployed in a China’s leading hospital as nurses’ companion. A case story telling user scenario and overall deployment has been developed. Please check it out on




Click here for more information on the Cipherlab RS30

Wireless Barcode Scanner

Wireless or cordless barcode scanners use radio frequency or Bluetooth technology to send scanned data to a dock, cradle or Bluetooth enabled device. The dock or cradle is attached to a computer via USB, Keyboard Wedge or Serial cable. The advantage of a wireless barcode scanner is that it provides freedom to move the scanner to the items to be scanned instead of bringing the items to the scanner saving time and resources. The wireless scanners improve productivity by allowing a longer scan range usually from 10m to 100m depending on the model. Some models include and internal memory which allows users to carry on scanning even when the scanner is out of its range.  Once the scanner connects to its dock or cradle it will send the scanned data.

We also supply Bluetooth scanners that will connect directly to an Android, iPad or iPhone device.

Give us a call (011 425 5439) or email sales@jnstech.co.za to discuss your requirements and we will advise you on the correct model.


Typical examples of Wireless Barcode Scanners.

Honeywell-1452G1-150x150 Honeywell 1452g Area Imaging 2D Wireless Bluetooth Barcode Scanner USB. Includes Charge and Communications Base. 3 Year Factory Warranty
Datalogic QM2131 Datalogic Quickscan Mobile QM2131 Linear Imager 433MHz Including Base and USB Cable. 3 Year Warranty
Cipherlab-15001-150x150 Cipherlab 1560 Bluetooth Cordless Linear Imager Incl Base and Cable. Available in KBW, Serial and USB. 1 Year Factory Warranty