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.
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The TSL® UHF RFID Reader Range
You can compare the specifications of all our Mobile UHF RFID Readers by clicking on the image above.
Apple MFI Approval
This product has been certified to meet Apple’s compliance and safety tests.
iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Physical and Environmental Characteristics
178.7 x 107.3 x 173.1 mm (LxWxH).
865 g / 30.5 oz (including battery).
Single stage trigger.
Speaker, vibration motor, LEDs.
Rechargeable Lithium Ion removeable battery pack (10.8V, 3.35Ah, 36.2Wh).
Minimum operating time1:
Light use2: 25 hrs Moderate use3: 18 hrs Heavy use4: 10.5 hrs
Polycarbonate and TPU.
TSL® custom module with embedded Impinj R2000.
TSL® ASCII 2.0 parameterised command set.
Embedded 16GB* NAND storage card – store up to 250 million date and time
* For units manufactured in August 2020 onwards. Units sold before this time will have 8GB of storage.
Compatible Host devices (Bluetooth®):
Any Bluetooth® Host5 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 (Windows, Linux, Mac, Android).
-10°C to 55°C (14°F to 131°F).
5°C to 40°C (41°F to 104°F).
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).
5% to 85% non-condensing.
1500 0.5 metre tumbles at room temperature
Electrostatic Discharge (ESD):
± 15kVdc air discharge; ± 8kVdc contact discharge.
Meets and exceeds applicable MIL-STD
810F for drop, tumble and sealing.
EPC Class 1 Gen 2 and EPC C1G2 (TBD).
Nominal read range6:
Up to 9 m (29.5 ft).
Nominal write range6:
Up to 4 m (13.1 ft).
110-degree forward facing (approx.) measured from front of device.
EU: 865-868MHz; US: 902-928MHz.
Maximum Output Power:
Up to 30 dBm (region dependent)
+ 4.0 dBiC Antenna.
*Please note; that this IP rating only applies to units with serials numbers ending in -000800 or higher
Optional 2D Barcode Engine:
Optional TSL® custom 2D Barcode Scan Engine module.
1280 x 960 pixels.
Field of View:
Horizontal: 48°, Vertical: 36.7°.
From front of engine: 7.38 in (187.5 mm).
Aiming LED (VLD):
655 nm Laser.
2X Warm white LEDs.
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).
Bluetooth® Version 4.2.
Bluetooth® Frequency Range:
2.4 – 2.4835 GHz.
SPP Profile, HID Profile, Apple iAP2, Bluetooth® Low Energy.
Up to 100m.
Simple Secure Pairing, NFC OOB Pairing.
Connection via ePop-Loq® cases (separate purchase).
Peripherals and Accessories
8-way sealed connector with gold plated contacts.
Other accessories available:
Docking Station with power supply and Mini USB cable. Adapter mounts for a variety of smartphones and handheld terminals.
EU (CE), USA (FCC), Canada (see datasheet for details)
EN 55032:2015 +AC:2016
EN 55024:2010 +A1:2015
EN 301 489-1 V2.2.0
47 CFR Part 15B 15.107, 15.109
ICES-003 Issue 6
EN 300 328 V2.1.1
EN 302 208 V3.1.1
EN 301 489-3 V2.1.1
EN 301 489-17 V3.2.0
47 CFR Part 15C 15.247
RSS-247 Issue 2
47 CFR Part 2.1093
RSS-102 Issue 5
IEC 62368-1:2014 CB
EN 62368-1:2014 +A11:2017
CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 62368-1-14
(Imager Variants Only)
IEC 60825-1:2014, EN 60825-1:2014
IEC 62471:2006, EN 62471:2008
21 CFR 1040.10
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
1 Minimum operating time figures are based on new units that have been stored, charged and operated within the stated Environmental Specifications. Units stored over 3 months must be recharged every 3 months. Number of transponders in the environment affects minimum operating time.
2 Light Use: Continuous RFID inventories for 20s of every 120s
3 Moderate Use: Continuous RFID inventories for 10s of every 30s
4 Heavy Use: Continuous RFID inventories for 59s of every 60s
5 Compatible Bluetooth® stack required in the Host device
6 Tag Read/Write performance is dependent on tag type, items tagged, number of tags in the field and other radio and environmental factors
7 Open field
2166 Bluetooth® UHF Rugged RFID Reader with ePop-Loq® Countries Part Number Operating Frequency Albania
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Georgia (Licence Required)
United Kingdom (UK)
With 2D barcode imager:
No barcode imager:
865 – 868 MHz
United States of America (USA)
Northern Mariana Islands
902 – 928 MHz
925 – 927 MHz
915 – 928 MHz
If you are interested in purchasing for a country/region that is not listed above, please contact email@example.com for assistance. Accessories: 1166/2166 Docking Station Kit, 65W PSU and Mini USB lead 1166-CRD-01-KIT Line Cord (UK Plug, 1m) IEC-1M-UK Line Cord (US Plug, 1.8m) IEC-1.8M-US Line Cord (EU Plug, 1.8m) IEC-1.8M-EU 1166/2166 External Battery Charger. Includes PSU and UK Line Cord 1166-BC-UK 1166/2166 External Battery Charger. Includes PSU and US Line Cord 1166-BC-US 1166/2166 External Battery Charger. Includes PSU and EU Line Cord 1166-BC-EU Spare Battery – Rechargeable Lithium Polymer for 1166/2166 UHF Reader 1166-00-BA-3000