1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader

  • The new 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader is a compact, lightweight, high performance multifunction data collection device. It is designed to read and write to EPC Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO18000-6C) UHF transponders and communicate with a variety of host devices via Bluetooth® wireless technology. The RFID reader chipset is optimised for low power consumption whilst still providing excellent performance in a small and convenient form factor. The Wearable UHF RFID Reader includes class leading high performance 2D barcode data scanning to bring unparalleled data collection capabilities to connected devices.

    Bluetooth RFID Reader



    RFID Explorer

    RFID Explorer

    Scan Scan Write

    Scan Scan Write

    RFID Web Wedge

    RFID Web Wedge

    RFID Tag Finder

    RFID Tag Finder

    TSL® Reader Configuration

    TSL® Reader Configuration

    The above Apps have been created by TSL® to demonstrate the performance, functionality and versatility of our Bluetooth® UHF RFID Readers. They also serve as demonstration of TSL’s powerful ASCII 2 Protocol. This sophisticated, parameterised protocol provides the developer with a powerful set of commands that carry out multiple actions locally within the reader. This approach enables multiple tag operations executed using simple pre-configured ASCII commands, which speeds up integration of the reader into applications. There are also an ever-increasing number of compatible Third-Party Apps available.

    Multi-Platform Compatibility

    The 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID Reader is compatible with Bluetooth® enabled host devices including enterprise handhelds, consumer phones, touchscreen MP3 players, tablets and PCs. The 1153 will bring UHF RFID scanning to devices running a broad range of Operating Systems including iOS, Android™ and Windows.
    Free SDKs

  • Physical and Environmental Characteristics

    Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 5.5 cm x 5.6 cm (LxWxH)
    Weight (incl. battery): 157 g / 5.5 oz
    User input: Two trigger buttons
    User feedback: Speaker, vibration motor, three LEDs
    Power: Removable, rechargeable 3.7 volt Lithium Polymer 1130 mAh battery pack, 4.2 watt hrs
    Enclosure materials: Polycarbonate

    Performance Characteristics

    RFID Engine: AMS AS3993 based
    Communication protocols: TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set
    Memory: Optional Micro SD card (maximum 32GB capacity supported). Up to 500 million date and time stamped EPCs can be stored on a 32GB Micro SD card (separate purchase from alternative supplier).
    Compatible Host devices (Bluetooth®): Any Bluetooth® Host supporting the Serial Port Profile (SPP) or Human Interface Device (HID) profile (Android, iOS, Linux, Mac, Windows).  Comparison of Bluetooth® modes for TSL® UHF Readers
    Compatible Host devices (USB): Any USB host with FTDI VCP driver support (Android, Linux, Mac, Windows)


    Operating Temperature: -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F)
    Charging Temperature: 5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F)
    Storage Temperature: Less than 1 month at at -20 to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)
    Less than 3 months at -20°C to +45°C (-4°F to 113°F)
    Less than 1 year at -20°C to +30°C (-4°F to 86°F)
    Humidity: 5% to 85% non-condensing
    Drop specification: Multiple drops to concrete: 4 ft./1.2 m ambient, 3ft / 0.9m across the operating temperature range
    Tumble: 500 0.5 metre tumbles at room temperature (1,000 cycles)
    Environmental Sealing: IP54
    Electrostatic Discharge: ± 15kVdc air discharge; ± 8kVdc contact discharge
    MIL-STD 810F: Meets and exceeds applicable MIL-STD 810F for drop, tumble and sealing

    RFID Performance

    Standards supported: EPC Class 1 Gen 2
    Nominal read range2: up to 6.5 ft. /up to 2 m.
    Nominal write range2: up to 3.3 ft. /up to 1 m.
    Field: 150-degree forward facing (approx.) measured from front of device
    Antenna: Internal Circularly Polarized
    Frequency Range: EU: 865-868MHz; US: 902-928MHz
    Output Power: 26dBm EIRP

    Barcode Scanning

    Barcode module: Optional 2D imager
    Sensor Resolution: 752 x 480 pixels
    Field of View: Horizontal: 40°, Vertical: 25°
    Focal Distance: SR: 8 in. DL: 5.3 in. HD: 2.9 in.
    Aiming LED (VLD): 655 ±10nm Laser
    Illumination Element: 625 ±5nm LEDs (2x)
    Min. Print Contrast: Minimum 25%
    Symbologies Supported: 1D: All major codes
    2D: PDF417, MicroPDF417, Composite, RSS, TLC-39, Datamatrix, QR code, Micro QR code, Aztec, MaxiCode Postal Codes: US PostNet, US Planet, UK Postal, Australian Postal, Japan Postal Dutch Postal (KIX)
    DL Focus Near Far
    5 mil Code 39 1.4 in./36 mm 7.3 in./185 mm
    100% UPC 1.6 in./41 mm 12 in./305 mm
    5 mil PDF417 2.8 in./71 mm 4.5 in./114 mm


    Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® Version 2.1
    Bluetooth® Profiles: SPP Profile
    HID Profile
    Apple iAP
    Bluetooth® Power: Class 2
    Bluetooth® Range4: 30m
    Bluetooth® Pairing: PIN, Simple Secure Pairing, NFC OOB Pairing

    Peripherals and Accessories

    External Interface: MicroUSB connector for battery charging and USB connectivity.
    USB Operating Modes: Tethered for real time data capture in conjunction with SmartWedge software. Download of stored scan data.
    Optional accessories:

    1136 4-Slot battery charger

    2112 Docking Cradle for 1153 and 2173 RFID Readers (Coming Soon)


    General: Approved for use in the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, Thailand and UAE.
    Electrical Safety: Certified to UL60950-1, CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1, IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1
    EMI/RFI: USA: FCC Part 15
    Canada: ICES 003 Class B
    EU: EN 301 489-3, EN 301 489-1, EN 301 489-17, EN 302-208, EN55022 Class B, EN55024
    and other countries’ specific standards.
    Laser Safety: IEC Class2/FDA Class II in accordance with IEC60825-1/EN60825-1, 21CFR1040.10
    RoHS: 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2)
    Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment
    2015/863 (RoHS 3)
    Amendment to Annex II of 2011/65/EU


    The TSL® 1153 reader is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of one year (12 months) from date of shipment, provided the product remains unmodified and is operated under normal and proper conditions.


    1 Compatible Bluetooth® stack required in the Host device
    2 Tag Read/Write performance is dependent on tag type, items tagged, number of tags in the field and other radio and environmental factors
    3 Artificial lighting can affect scanning performance
    4 Open field
    © Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd 2018. All rights reserved. Technology Solutions (UK) Limited reserves the right to change its products, specifications and services at any time without notice.

  • 1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID reader, 2D Barcode Imager – includes battery, micro USB cable and USB charger
    1153-EU-BT-UHF-IMG (ETSI – Europe and UAE)*
    1153-US-BT-UHF-IMG (FCC – North America)
    1153-AU-BT-UHF-IMG (Australia)
    1153-BR-BT-UHF-IMG (Brazil)
    1153-IN-BT-UHF-IMG (India)
    1153-TH-BT-UHF-IMG (Thailand)
    *Complies with R.E.D.
    1153 Bluetooth® Wearable UHF RFID reader, no imager – includes battery, micro USB cable and USB charger
    1153-EU-BT-UHF-A1 (ETSI – Europe and UAE)*
    1153-US-BT-UHF-A1 (FCC – North America)
    1153-AU-BT-UHF-A1 (Australia)
    1153-BR-BT-UHF-A1 (Brazil)
    1153-IN-BT-UHF-A1 (India)
    1153-TH-BT-UHF-A1 (Thailand)
    *Complies with R.E.D.



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    - William Gilliam
    Chief Information Officer, Hawaiian Legacy Forests
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    Supply Insight, Inc.
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    - Alessandro Rosà
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