Choosing a Bluetooth Scanner for Profit Bandit

Editor’s note: 

This post is not meant to be impartial. We want to provide the best Profit Bandit experience to everyone and don’t want to recommend something that will take away from that experience. There are no affiliate links in this article and we are not affiliated with the manufacturer of any bluetooth scanner.

Why Bluetooth Scanners?

In most cases, your smartphone’s built-in camera can scan barcodes with Profit Bandit quickly and easily. But a bluetooth scanner can allow you to scan faster and more accurately. No more focusing your camera on a barcode, just swipe the red beam from your bluetooth scanner.

Bluetooth scanners are particularly useful for when you’re scanning at library sale or any other situation when you’re competing for merchandise. Simply set an alert in Profit Bandit to vibrate your phone when you scan an item with a specific sales rank or profit. Then use your bluetooth scanner and scan until you feel your phone vibrate. You’ll be able to scan without constantly looking at your phone’s screen and will be able to scan faster than your competition.

Here are our 3 options for bluetooth scanners to use with Profit Bandit:

#1 – SerialIO Scanfob 2005/Opticon OPN2005

Top Choice

Opticon OPN 2002

This is our top recommendation for Amazon sellers looking to add a bluetooth scanner to their scouting toolkit.

It connects easily with Profit Bandit and stays connected, scans quickly and is durable and dependable. It might seem a bit pricy at nearly $300, but it’s worth every penny.

As near as we can tell, the Scanfob 2005 and the OPN 2005 are the same scanner with different branding. However, if you are scanning on an Android phone or tablet, we recommend that you buy directly from SerialIO.

This is because SerialIO includes a free license for SerialMagic Gears with the Scanfob. When connecting your Android phone, bluetooth scanner and Profit Bandit, SerialMagic Gears is required. By buying from SerialIO, you’ll save yourself the $50 cost of the license.

If you’re using an iPhone however, you won’t need SerialMagic Gears to connect your iPhone and scanner to Profit Bandit. Feel free to buy the Opticon OPN 2002. It’s available on Amazon and sometimes you can find used models for significantly cheaper than the SerialIO price.

We also recommend this scanner because it has good battery life (many hours on a single charge) and recharges via a USB port on your computer. If your car has a USB port you may be able to charge it there as well. Despite it’s small size (it’s smaller than a business card) it feels well-made and ours has survived being dropped on the floor several times.

Final Thoughts:

  1. The OPN 2005 and the Scanfob 2005 are the same scanner, just with different branding.
  2. If using an Android phone, buy the SerialIO Scanfob 2005. It comes with the license to SerialMagic Gears that you’ll need.
  3. If using an iPhone, the Opticon OPN2005 is the same scanner, just without the SerialMagic Gears license that you don’t need.
  4. Do not buy the OPN2001. This is a USB scanner and will not work with Profit Bandit.
  5. For iPhone users, this scanner has a small button that activates the on-screen keyboard when the scanner is connected. Other scanners we tested do not have this feature.

Note: We are no longer recommending the ROV Bluetooth Scanner because of  reports that the scanner is no longer supported by Microvision.

#2 – Microvision ROV Bluetooth Scanner

Android Only

Microvision ROV Bluetooth Scanner

The Microvision ROV bluetooth scanner is a great choice for an Amazon seller on a budget. Currently it sells for about $150 on Amazon, or about half the price of the Scanfob/OPN2002. One really cool feature of this scanner is that it runs on 3 AAA batteries. This means if you carry spare batteries, you’ll never worry about losing power while you’re out scouting.

Be aware that we haven’t been able to get this scanner to connect with an iPhone. We recommend it for Android users only.

However, another drawback to this scanner is that it is quite large, about the size of an average smartphone and substantially thicker. If you’re looking for a bluetooth scanner that’s small and easy to carry, this might not be the best choice for you.

Final Thoughts:

  1. Recommended ONLY for Android users. In our tests, did not connect with iPhone.
  2. A good value at less than $160.
  3. Bigger and bulkier than more expensive scanners.
  4. Runs off 3 AAA batteries.
  5. SerialMagic Gears is not included.

 #3 – Unitech MS910

Not Recommended

Unitech MS910This is another low-cost bluetooth scanner, with a current price of under $150 on Amazon. But unlike the Microvision ROV scanner, the Unitech MS910 works with both Android and iOS.

However, we do not recommend this scanner. It is about the same size as the OPN2002/Scanfob 2002, but it is much lighter and feels much flimsier. We are not sure how it will hold up over months or years of scouting.

Additionally, the scanner only has a single button. To make the on-screen keyboard appear on your iPhone, you’ll need to scan a barcode (included with the scanner). This is a huge hassle and is an inelegant solution.

Finally, the connection between the scanner and phone (both iPhone and Android devices) was tenuous at best. We were able to connect the scanner, but the connection dropped quite often and was very inconsistent.

Final Thoughts

  • Low cost and low quality.
  • Inefficient to use, especially with an iPhone.
  • Frequently dropped connections.
  • Not recommended.

Conclusions

If you feel like you need a bluetooth scanner to improve your Amazon scouting we recommend that you invest in an OPN2002 or Scanfob 2002 scanner. These are the most reliable, most user-friendly and in our opinion, best scanners on the market.

If you can’t afford the $300 price tag for these scanners, consider whether you really need a scanner for your business. You may be better served by investing that money into inventory or other aspects of your business.

If you have any more questions about bluetooth scanners or anything else, email support@profitbanditapp.com.

11 Comments

    • Hi Todd,

      Nope, apparently they’re just a replacement for the 2002 and should work fine.

      We haven’t had a chance to test one yet, but I’ll do an update to the post as soon as I get my hands on one.

      -Paul

  1. Ken

    Hello Profit Bandit,

    I was wondering if I could use the Opticon OPN 2004 Scanner with Profit Bandit with my iPhone? It’s much cheaper.

    On a budget!

  2. I respectfully have to disagree with the review of the Unitech MS910. I will admit that I don’t have the other two models listed, nor have I had any others, but I will state some minor corrections about the MS910 that I have found while using it.

    I use Android, so this only applies to Android users. I believe a majority of your Profit Bandit users are Android users.

    1. You listed that the unit feels flimsy. Unless there was a change since this was written, it is not. It is actually a very sturdy and light unit. The specs claim a 4ft drop height, but I have dropped it from higher on straight concrete repeatedly over my time of use and have never had an issue. I just wish there was a bumper guard I could place on it, but I think a couple of pads of industrial rubber and some super glue will fix that right up.

    2. I’ve used it for months of abuse. No issues with reliability. It helped me through the holiday season to tens of thousands of dollars in hidden profits and sales.

    3. Yes there is a single button, and for Android users that’s all you need. Once the unit is paired, turn it on, activate it in SerialGears and turn on PB. You’re all good. Recommendation: set the timer on the device for 10 minutes before idle.

    4. I have NEVER had a problem with consistency with the BT connection. It’s solid and strong – scanned tons and never missed a beat. I had more problems with Serial Gears than I did the scanner connected (Unlicensed SerialGears and junk… will activate later probably.)

    5. It’s the only one available right now on Amazon as new. The others are either not available (at all) or used.

    6. I never use the keyboard, and when I do I just tap the search box and up pops the keyboard.

    Again, this is only my assessment as a high-use Android user. I cannot attest to iPhone experiences.

  3. Marion

    Do you know yet if scanfob 2005 works with profit bandit?

  4. Paul Cole

    yes it does!

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