Innovation in portable power sources has led to the development of the first battery-free yet wireless handheld barcode scanner, Voyager 1202G-BF. Eliminating the battery results in a green, environmentally friendly scanner that frees organizations from having to purchase, maintain and properly dispose of batteries. With no battery in the scanner, there is:
- No need to purchase and store replacement batteries;
- No special handling requirements for battery shipment, recycling or disposal;
- No labor time required for battery replacement;
- An opportunity to showcase your organization’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
The first battery-free scanner was developed by adapting supercapacitors (i.e. ultracapacitors) – power sources that are commonly used in industrial products. Supercapacitors are reliable, safe and environmentally friendly, though not previously used in barcode scanners or other handheld products because they were too large. Honeywell adapted and refined the technology for use in barcode scanners.
Scanner powered by supercapacitors plug and play with existing host systems and software applications just like their traditional battery-powered versions, feature the same scanning performance and ability to read challenging barcodes - but don't require the same battery maintenance and replacement costs typically required of battery-powered scanners. Furthermore, a "green" scanner can be used to highlight an organization's commitment to environmental sustainability.
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