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Choosing a Bluetooth Scanner for Profit Bandit

Update 11/11/2014 to reflect new 2006 models of the Opticon and Scanfob scanners that are now available. The 2005 models are still recommended, but are just no longer the newest models available.

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 2006 & Opticon 2005 2006

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  2006 and the OPN 2005  2006 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. It’s available from us at SellerEngine.

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  2006 and the Scanfob 2005  2006 are the same scanner, just with different branding.
  2. If using an Android phone, buy the SerialIO Scanfob 2005  2006. It comes with the license to SerialMagic Gears that you’ll need.
  3. If using an iPhone, the Opticon OPN 2005  2006 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 – 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.

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#4 – Connecting Your Bluetooth Scanner to Profit Bandit

Lots of Profit Bandit users use bluetooth scanners to make scanning faster and easier.

One of the most common emails I get from Profit Bandit users is about problems with their scanners. And they’re really easy to solve!

  • Problem: Scanner only pastes the barcode into the search box. I still have to search manually!
  • Likely Solution: Set your scanner up to work in keyboard mode on your iPhone and in Serial mode on Android. Make sure you’re connected with SerialMagic Gears on Android!
  • Problem: My scanner beeps too loudly.
  • Likely Solution: Contact the manufacturer of your scanner. There may be a special set of barcodes you can scan to enable special features, including volume. If you use a SerialIO or Opticon scanner, print and scan these codes. Thanks to SellerEngine JJ for finding that link for me! If you ever see her posting on the SellerEngine Facebook page or Twitter make sure to say hello!

For full step-by-step instructions, that will hopefully solve all of your problems, review these past posts:

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Connecting a Bluetooth Scanner to Profit Bandit for Android

Connecting a bluetooth scanner to Profit Bandit is easier than you might think. Today I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to connect Profit Bandit to your Android phone.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An Android phone or tablet. Note that depending on your phone or tablet, your Android operating system may appear slightly different.
  2. Profit Bandit with an enabled Bluetooth add-on. Tap the puzzle piece icon  in Profit Bandit and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Serial Magic Gears installed on your Android device.
  4. A scanfob. Most of our users use the OPN-2002 or the SerialIO Scanfob 2002.
  5. The instructions that came with your Scanfob. I’ll be connecting an OPN-2002 and will be using these instructions. You’ll need to print them out in order to scan the barcodes on them.
  6. Any item with a barcode to test that everything’s working.

Let’s get started:
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Connecting a Bluetooth Scanner to Profit Bandit for iPhone

Connecting a bluetooth scanner to Profit Bandit is easier than you might think. Today I’m going to show you, step-by-step, how to connect Profit Bandit to your iPhone. Tomorrow, I’ll post the same instructions for Android users.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. An iPhone running iOS 5.0 or above (Note: this doesn’t mean an iPhone 5. Profit Bandit will run on any iPhone 3GS or later)
  2. Profit Bandit with an enabled Bluetooth add-on. Tap the puzzle piece icon  in Profit Bandit and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. A scanfob. Most of our users use the OPN-2002 or the SerialIO Scanfob 2002.
  4. The instructions that came with your Scanfob. I’ll be connecting an OPN-2002 and will be using these instructions. You’ll need to print them out in order to scan the barcodes on them.
  5. Any item with a barcode to test that everything’s working.

Let’s get started:

1. Navigate to your iPhone’s settings and then Bluetooth. Make sure Bluetooth is on as shown here:

2. Scan the HID Keyboard Mode Barcode found on your instructions.

3. Hold down the Clear/Function key on the scanner for 5-10 seconds or until a blue light begins flashing. It’s the smaller of the two buttons on the scanner.

5. Your phone should discover the scanner:

5. And ask you to enter a PIN. Because of the next step, you’ll see that it’s easiest to choose 0000.

Select a PIN

6. From your instructions, scan the list of barcodes with numbers next to them to scan 0000 and then scan END. Take care not to scan any other numbers.

7. You should now see that your scanner is connected:

Connected!

8. Return to Profit Bandit and scan your test item. Note that for your first scan you may need to select the manual search box before scanning. This should not be necessary for the rest of your scans.

9. While your bluetooth scanner is connected in keyboard mode, it will prevent the keyboard from popping up on the screen. To enable the keyboard just tap the small function/clear key on your scanner.

Please let me know if you have any trouble following these directions!

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+Paul Cole