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Popular RFID Readers with Bluetooth Capability

  • Abhishek Shukla
  • May 28, 2024
  • RFID
Popular RFID Readers with Bluetooth Capability

“The Zebra RFD40, RFD8500, Chainway C72, Chainway R5 wearable RFID reader, etc. are some of the popular RFID readers with Bluetooth capability, offering seamless data sharing.”

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology has become an integral part of modern supply chain management, inventory tracking, and asset management systems. RFID technology is also being used in retail, healthcare, and library operations offering great efficiency when it comes to AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture). Various RFID and AIDC firms are now designing RFID readers that support various kinds of network connectivity be it Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or NFC. The more features an RFID reader has, the better. 

RFID readers play a crucial role in capturing data from RFID tags, and the integration of Bluetooth technology further enhances their functionality by enabling wireless connectivity and data transfer. Bluetooth capability in RFID handheld RFID scanners allows for portable use as well as quick data sharing to other Bluetooth devices. 

Prominent RFID manufacturers such as Zebra, Impinj, and Chainway have led great innovation in RFID design and there are various RFID readers available in the market that support Bluetooth connectivity. In this blog article, we will explore various RFID readers from Zebra, Impinj, and Chainway that support Bluetooth technology, delving into their specifications and functionality.

Zebra RFD8500 RFID Reader

The Zebra RFD8500 is a high-performance handheld RFID reader that supports Bluetooth connectivity. It is designed to provide real-time visibility into the movement and location of retail goods, consignments, personnel as well as RFID tagged animals. 

The RFD8500 supports both passive UHF RFID and 1D/2D barcode scanning, making it a versatile solution for diverse applications. With a read range of up to 20+ feet, and 900+ tags per second read rate, the RFD8500 offers rapid and accurate data capture, even in challenging environments. Its Bluetooth capability allows seamless integration with smartphones, tablets, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, enabling efficient data transfer and real-time tracking.

Zebra RFD40 Premium and Premium Plus RFID Readers

The Zebra RFD40 premium and premium plus RFID handheld scanners are another pair of RFID SLED readers that come with Bluetooth connectivity, offering quick connection and data sharing with Bluetooth-enabled devices. The Zebra RFD40 is a high-performing RFID reader from Zebra Technologies and it offers a 7000 mAh battery, 1300+ tags/sec read rate, long read range, high RF sensitivity, and efficient performance in high volume tag reading environments such as Retail, healthcare, inventory management, etc. These RFID SLEDs are also drop-tested on concrete from 5 feet height and provide rigid, long-lasting durability. The RFD40 Premium Plus reader also comes with a 1D/2D barcode scan engine, which can handle all kinds of barcodes quite efficiently. 

Zebra FX9600 Fixed RFID Reader

The Zebra FX9600 is a fixed RFID reader that incorporates Bluetooth technology for enhanced connectivity and flexibility through a Bluetooth dongle. You can use a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Dongle to connect it to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth-enabled laptop and other devices. 

 This reader is known for its high read performance, with support for up to 1200 tags per second, making it suitable for high-traffic RFID environments. The FX9600 Reader by Zebra supports Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) and 24V DC power supply, simplifying installation and deployment. The Bluetooth functionality thus allows for easy integration with mobile devices and wireless networks, enabling seamless data transfer and real-time monitoring of RFID-tagged items. The device also comes with an IP53 rating for the RFID reader sealing which means that the device offers limited protection against dust and spraying water up to 60 degree angle. 

Chainway C72 Handheld RFID Reader

The Chainway C72 is a rugged handheld RFID reader that combines Bluetooth connectivity with powerful RFID capabilities. The C72 reader is designed for industrial and outdoor applications, featuring an IP65 rating for water and dust resistance. The C72 supports both UHF and HF RFID protocols, offering a flexible solution for various RFID tracking requirements. With its Bluetooth support, the C72 Handheld reader by Chainway enables wireless data transfer and integration with Bluetooth-enabled devices, enhancing mobility and operational efficiency in challenging environments. It offers a read range of up to 30m and a high read rate of 1200 tags/sec. 

Chainway R5 Wearable UHF RFID Reader

Another RFID reader from Chainway that supports Bluetooth connectivity is the R5 Wearable RFID reader which can be worn on your arm like a watch. It is an advanced RFID reader that is designed ergonomically and lightweight. Embedded with Impinj E710/R2000 IC, it offers a read range of up to 14m. It can be also connected to Android and iOS devices to expand its RFID capabilities. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and works efficiently in the supply chain, asset management, retail inventory control, etc. The 2000 mAh battery makes it a great portable RFID reader that is suitable for warehouse management operations, item finding, and inventory auditing.  The R5 reader also supports UHF 865-867 MHz frequency range, EPCglobal gen2 V 2, and ISO 18000-63 communication standards. 


To summarize, the RFID readers from Zebra, Impinj, and Chainway that support Bluetooth technology offer advanced capabilities for RFID data capture, tracking, and integration. These readers provide seamless connectivity, high performance, and flexibility, making them suitable for a wide range of industries and applications, including retail, supply chain and manufacturing, healthcare, library operations, access control, inventory management, etc. With Bluetooth technology, these RFID readers can offer efficient wireless communication, data transfer, and real-time visibility, contributing to streamlined operations and improved asset management.

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  • Created on May 28, 2024

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