2166 Bluetooth® Rugged UHF RFID Reader with ePop-Loq®

  •   Made for iPod iPhone iPad

    The new 2166 Bluetooth® Rugged UHF RFID reader provides high performance UHF RFID reading in a tough and rugged form factor. The 2166 UHF RFID Reader features the new TSL® ePop-Loq® connector.

    The ePop-Loq® system allows data and charge connections to be passed from the reader to an attached device, such as a smartphone or handheld terminal.
    It also safely separate when the reader is subject to large impacts, such as when dropped.

    The reader is highly resistant to water, dust and mechanical trauma. A high capacity battery enables non-stop operation of the reader over the full working day. Designed to read and write to EPC Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO18000-6C) tags, the 2166 can also be configured with class leading high performance 2D data scanning to bring unparalleled data collection capabilities to any host it is connected to.




  • 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)
    Input Rating: 15.0Vdc, 4.34A
    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 16GB* NAND storage card – store up to 250 million* date and time stamped EPCs
    * For units manufactured in August 2020 onwards. Units sold before this time will have 8GB of 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 55°C (14°F to 131°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 9 m (29.5 ft)
    Nominal write range2: Up to 4 m (13.1 ft)
    Field: 110-degree forward facing (approx.) measured from front of device
    Antenna: Circularly Polarized
    Frequency Range: EU: 865-868MHz; US: 902-928MHz
    Output Power: 34dBm EIRP**

    Barcode Scanning

    Barcode module: Optional 2D imager
    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 4.2
    Bluetooth® Profiles: SPP Profile,HID Profile, Apple iAP2, Bluetooth® Low Energy.
    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 EU, US and Canada
    EMI/EMC FCC: 47 CFR Part 15B 15.107, 15.109
    ICES-003 Issue 6
    EN 55032:2015 +AC:2016, EN 55024:2010 +A1:2015, EN 301 489-1 V2.1.1
    Electrical Safety: IEC 62368-1:2014 CB
    EN 62368-1:2014 +AC:2015
    RF Exposure: 47 CFR Part 2.1091, OET Bulletin 65
    EN 50566:2017
    RFID/Bluetooth®: 47 CFR Part 15C 15.247
    EN 300 328 V2.1.1, EN 302 208 V3.1.1, EN 301 489-17 V3.1.1, EN 301 489-3 V2.1.1
    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® 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.


    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.
    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


  • Please Read: 2166 Ordering Information (PDF)

    2166-ES1 (ETSI)

    2166-AS1 (FCC)

    2166 Bluetooth® Rugged UHF RFID Reader, 2D Imager, Battery

    2166-EX1 (ETSI)

    2166-AX1 (FCC)

    2166 Bluetooth® Rugged UHF RFID Reader (No Imager), Battery
    1166-CRD-01-KIT 1166/2166 Docking Station, 65W Power Supply and Mini USB Cable

    EC-1M-UK (UK Plug, 1m)

    IEC-1.8M-US(US Plug, 1.8m)

    IEC-1.8M-EU (EU Plug, 1.8m)

    Region-specific mains power cable