1166 Bluetooth® Rugged UHF RFID Reader

  • The new 1166 Bluetooth® Rugged UHF RFID Reader provides high performance UHF RFID reading/writing with all host devices in an ultra-tough and rugged form factor.

    Made for iPod iPhone iPad

    **Available Now**



    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.

    Ultra Rugged Design

    Highly resistant to water, dust and mechanical trauma.

    Choose your Barcode Imager

    A range of optional barcode engines can be specified to provide 2D data capture at distances of up to 15m.

    Batch Mode Operation

    The 1166 can store over 40 million transponder EPCs – date and time stamped by the on-board Real Time Clock. The internal storage can be directly  mounted in a Windows environment using the 1166 Docking Station Kit (separate purchase).

    All Day Scanning

    A high capacity battery enables non-stop operation of the reader over the full working day.

    Attach Smartphones or Handhelds

    Use standalone or devices can be mounted on top of the reader using an easy press-lock adapter to provide a one-piece solution.


    Compatible Software

    Free SDKs
    Works with all software that has been developed for TSL® Bluetooth® UHF RFID Readers.

    OS Independence

    Operates with Android, iOS and Windows.

    Docking Station

    Docking Station (separate purchase) provides charging of the 1166 Reader and direct USB data connectivity with the embedded NAND storage card.

    1166 Charging Options Infographic

    1166 Charging Options

  • Physical and Environmental Characteristics

    Dimensions: 177 x 94 x 170 mm (LxWxH)
    Weight: 860g (inc. battery)
    User input: Single stage trigger
    User feedback: Speaker, vibration motor, LEDs
    Power: Rechargeable Lithium Ion removable battery pack (11.25V, 2950mAh, 33.2Wh)
    Enclosure materials: Polycarbonate and TPU

    Performance Characteristics

    RFID Engine: TSL® custom module with embedded Impinj R2000
    Communication protocols: TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set
    Memory: Embedded 4GB internal NAND storage
    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 +20°C (-4°F to 68°F)
    Humidity: 5% to 85% non-condensing
    Drop specification: 1.8m
    Tumble: 1500 0.5 metre tumbles at room temperature
    (3,000 cycles)
    Environmental Sealing: IP67*
    Electrostatic Discharge: ± 15kVdc air discharge; ± 8kVdc contact discharge

    RFID Performance

    Standards supported: EPC Class 1 Gen 2
    Nominal read range2: Up to 8 m (26 ft)
    Field: 150-degree forward facing (approx.) measured from front of device
    Antenna: Circularly Polarized
    Frequency Range: EU: 865-868MHz; US: 902-928MHz
    Output Power: 30 dBm

    Barcode Scanning

    2D Imager options: Motorola SE4500, Intermec EX25, Honeywell EA31
    Motorola Imager Specifications:
    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®1: 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 (TBA)

    Peripherals and Accessories

    External Interface: 8-way sealed connector with gold plated contacts
    Bundled accessories: Battery
    Other Accessories: Docking Station with power and USB cable
    Adapter mounts for a variety of smartphones, handheld terminals and touchscreen devices


    General: Approved for use in the US, EU and Australia.
    Electrical Safety: (UL60950-1, CSA C22.2 No.60950-1, IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1)
    EMI/RFI: (USA: FCC Part 15,
    EU: EN 301 489-3, EN 301 489-1, EN 301
    489-17, EN 302-208, EN55022 Class B, EN55024)
    Laser Safety: (IEC Class2/FDA Class II in accordance with IEC60825-1/EN60825-1, 21CFR1040.10)


    The TSL® 1166 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.


    * Please note that this IP rating only applies to units with serials numbers ending in -000800 or higher.
    Compatible Bluetooth® stack required in the Host device2 Tag Read/Write performance is dependent on tag type, items tagged, number of tags in the field and other radio and environmental factors3 Artificial lighting can affect scanning performance4 Open field.
    Copyright © 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.


  •  1166 Bluetooth® UHF Rugged RFID Reader (no Imager)
    1166-EX1 (ETSI/Europe)
    1166-EX1 and… 

    1166-IN-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Indian Operation.

    1166-OM-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Oman Operation.

    1166-SA-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Saudi Arabia Operation.

    (add one of the configuration codes above to your Purchase Order as a zero-value line item).


    (FCC/North America)

    1166-AX1 and… 

    1166-AU-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Australian Operation.

    (add one of the configuration codes above to your Purchase Order as a zero-value line item).

    1166 Bluetooth® UHF Rugged RFID Reader with 2D Imager
    1166-ES1 (ETSI/Europe)
     1166-ES1 and…

    1166-IN-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Indian Operation.

    1166-OM-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Oman Operation.

    1166-SA-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Saudi Arabia Operation.

    (add one of the configuration codes above to your Purchase Order as a zero-value line item).

    1166-AS1 (FCC/North America/Australia)
    1166-AS1 and… 

    1166-AU-CONFIGURATION – 1166 Configuration for Australian Operation.

    (add one of the configuration codes above to your Purchase Order as a zero-value line item).

      1166 Bluetooth® UHF Rugged RFID Reader (no Imager) with Pop-Loq® for Skorpio X3
    1166-EX1-PL-DLX3 (ETSI – Europe)
    1166-AX1-PL-DLX3 (FCC – North America)
    Charging Accessories:
    1166-CRD-01-KIT  1166 Docking Station, 65W PSU and Mini USB lead
    IEC-1M-UK  Line Cord (UK Plug, 1m)
    IEC-1.8M-US  Line Cord (US Plug, 1.8m)
    IEC-1.8M-EU  Line Cord (EU Plug, 1.8m)
    1166-BC-UK  1166 External Battery Charger. Includes PSU and UK Line Cord
    1166-BC-US  1166 External Battery Charger. Includes PSU and US Line Cord
    1166-BC-EU  1166 External Battery Charger. Includes PSU and EU Line Cord
    1166-00-BA-3000 Spare Battery – Rechargeable Lithium Polymer for 1166 UHF Reader
    Device mount options
    PL-DLX3 Pop-Loq® Mount for Datalogic Skorpio X3
    PL-D75E Pop-Loq® Mount for Honeywell Dolphin D75e
    PL-IPHN6G Pop-Loq® Mount for iPhone 6 (4.7″)
    PL-IPHN6G-PLUS Pop-Loq® Mount for iPhone 6 Plus (5.5″)
    PL-IPHN7G Pop-Loq® Mount for iPhone 7 (4.7″)
    PL-IPHN7-PLUS Pop-Loq® Mount for iPhone 7 Plus (5.5″)
    PL-J5-2016 Pop-Loq® Mount for Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016 version)
    PL-S40 Pop-Loq® Mount for Cat S40
    PL-TC55 Pop-Loq® Mount for Zebra TC55


  • We’ve really enjoyed working with TSL®, and our app with the 1128, 1166 and 1153 is simply the best and most affordable option available anywhere for asset tracking and inventory control.

    - Brock Hotaling, CEO
    Supply Insight, Inc.
  • Your 1166 scanner is here being demonstrated at the World Fair Wind at Husum in Germany by our company, for an interested Danish Royal Highness Prince Joachim. We have now integrated your API in our software for app/Android, and our customer, who count some of the biggest companies in the wind industries, they like what they see – well done.

    Readunit, Denmark
  • Just wanted to let you know that the guys at BCDS and our customer really like the performance of the new reader. Our support team have also commented on the excellent post-sales support your own support team have provided in overcoming a few of the issues they have had regarding integration.

    - Michael Azzopardi
    Bar Code Data Systems Pty Limited