Say goodbye to the #1 cause of hardware failure for rugged handheld devices March 18th, 2020

Say goodbye to the #1 cause of hardware failure for rugged handheld devices

When it comes to wireless charging, typically speaking, the class of enterprise-based rugged devices has always relied on docking stations or charging cradles, to charge handheld computers and barcode scanners. Used for both industrial and commercial purposes like warehouses and distribution centres, these environments often are prone to contact failure due to a list of factors: temperature and humidity levels, spilled liquids, and human error can all cause the collection of foreign materials that that docking stations, prohibiting it from charging correctly. Failure of charging contacts are the #1 cause of hardware failure in rugged handheld devices. Furthermore, docking station contacts fall up to 200% more than handheld device contacts.

For those who find themselves in the retail, transportation & logistics, and manufacturing have held a long history of relying heavily on handheld computers and barcode scanners to increase their workplace accuracy and efficiency. Due to docking stations failing, worker productivity has been significantly impacted by the lack of charge on the clock.

Wireless charging puts an end to charging contact failures and eliminates the cost of executing maintenance work. Wireless charging also allows enterprises to reduce the number of spare units needed and purchased when implementing these data collection systems. Users are able to operate at peak performance, with the confidence that their handheld devices are performing and charging properly each time, with a full shift of productivity.

Thanks to the power of Qi specifications are able to provide the charge status of each device, in real time. When it comes to a busy day and heavy usage, charging profiles can be tailored to ensure plenty of power for the user. The shopper would scan their loyalty card and the system queries its inventory for the optimal device to use. This criterion is defined by the grocer to maximize the shopping experience. The device is then identified and released by the system to the shopper. With no physical contacts, there is no worry about any damaged, corroded, or dirty contacts to prevent charging from taking place.

The Qi standard allows device manufacturers to hold the ability to implement fast charging sessions, leveraging 10-watt or even 15-watt systems. The higher the wattage, the faster the battery will charge. Making the move to wireless charging systems is no stranger to the game, however, consumers are able to successfully and wirelessly charge many things, including their cell phones, tablets, and smart watches, to help get their jobs done. If you’re interested in learning more about the Qi Specifications by Datalogic, make sure to contact your BlueStar Representative today!


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.