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How to choose handheld RFID Readers for your needs?

  • Akansha Sharma
  • Jan 06, 2023
  • RFID

If you’re thinking of employing a Radio frequency identification (RFID) system at your business, and you’ve decided to use handheld RFID Readers, you might wonder which one to go for ?

Well, consider these factors before making up your mind.


Handheld RFID Readers are portable by design and name but you do want a design that’s easy to use. It shouldn’t be heavy for starters.  It’s easier to use a lighter, smaller and mobile shaped model than a heavy, gun-shaped, huge model.

The making of the RFID Reader should also be done using good quality abs plastic which makes it fall-proof and doesn’t run you into losses. Some heavy duty RFID readers could be used when the work is extensive.

Frequency and Readability:

An UHF RFID Reader is capable of reading more than one RFID tags from a distance of up to 12 meters with great readability. It’s fast and efficient.  An UHF Reader works at the frequency of 865 MHz to 867 MHz and it does great job. For shorter range a LF/HF handheld RFID reader could be used which offers reduced signal obstruction and improved readability.  Low Frequency Passive RFID Readers are of great use when the proximity of the tagged asset is close.

If you’re thinking of using the handheld reader in a warehouse where tagged items are stocked high, it’s useful to have a RFID Reader with a reading range of 12 to 15, 20 feet.

 What Software it uses?

Software is also very important while deciding on a handheld RFID scanner.  You want a latest device which also supports apps running on a device and also connects to Wi-Fi when you need to upload some data. It should support reading of bar codes/QR codes when the need arises. 

Battery life of the RFID Reader:

Since handheld RFID readers are portable, they come with batteries.  For a day long work (heavy duty), a decent battery life should be a top priority otherwise productivity will be hampered.  

Some handheld RFID Readers incorporate touch-screens that feature intuitive menus and icons to support easy-to-use apps. Such Readers are easy to use and speed up the tasks, but they also consume the battery very quickly. 

Costs involved:

How much you’re thinking of spending per unit RFID Reader is also an important factor while deciding which RFID handheld Reader you wish to employ for your business.

The cost varies depending on the frequency and readability of the handheld RFID reader so you do want to rethink your needs. LF readers are comparatively inexpensive than UHF RFID Readers. Higher battery life also tends to increase the costs involved. Some handheld RFID Readers offer up to 250h of standby battery life.

Temperature proof:

The handheld RFID Reader should be able to withstand extreme working environment, from high temperature of manufacturing plants to sub zero temperature at cold storage units. 

To summarize …

Handheld RFID Readers are a great choice for places where it is impractical to use Fixed RFID readers. If you have to move and read tags at various intersections, a handheld RFID Readers is ideal, but it should be light, small and strong/fall proof. UHF handheld RFID Readers should be considered where longer range is required. Our EnC Store has lots of handheld and fixed RFID readers for you to consider. 

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  • Created on Jan 06, 2023
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