Thermal Mobile Printers

People conduct a lot of business using mobile technology, and you can easily add a mobile printer to your arsenal to expand your mobile work capabilities. Compact size and Bluetooth connectivity enable todays thermal printer models to provide mobile printing and documentation to deliver contracts, receipts, labels, and advanced radio frequency identification, or RFID tags. You can carry the printer, backup supplies, and a spare battery pack to ensure that you can work in any location as long as you have Bluetooth and a wireless internet connection.

Can you print documents anywhere?

A thermal mobile printer can provide printing services anywhere you need them--in the garage, your home office, yard-sale headquarters, and the company warehouse. You can print materials during outside sales calls and off-site business meetings. A thermal printer can print a barcode, package label, or receipt. The world's increasingly mobile workers can use thermal printers to work at any location. Outside salespeople can print a thermal receipt faster than many inkjet printers, because they take time to refresh the print heads with each order. Bluetooth connectivity can speed print jobs with verbal commands, dictation, and other time-saving applications.

How does a thermal printer work?

Thermal printing works in two ways. There is direct printing on media, such as treated thermal paper, and thermal transfer, where the ribbon is heated to transfer the image to plain paper and other media. Older models relied almost exclusively on heat-sensitive paper. Newer technology applies heat to a waxy substance in the ribbon cartridge that melts and sticks to the paper. This method produces sharper images that are less prone to fading. The image is applied directly to the paper, labels, and other media, so the tech creates documents for long-lasting applications.

How long do the batteries last on mobile printers?

Battery life is always a concern when working in nontraditional places such as coffee shops, commuter transport vehicles, and outdoor settings. Fortunately, many wireless printers have lithium-ion battery packs that deliver high performance. You can always get a backup for critical applications, and rechargeable batteries can extend their functionality for hundreds of rechargings. However, it makes sense to choose a mobile device that promises a long battery life to simplify operations on the road.

What are some factors to research when buying a printer?

The features you need will depend on how you plan to use your printer. There are plenty of brands and models from which to choose, so you can find a printer for a manufacturing warehouse, distribution center, retail operation, outside sales job, festival booth operation, or self-employed service job that keeps you on the road. Some of the key features to research when you shop for a mobile printer include:

  • Bluetooth connectivity solutions
  • Models that connect to portable scanners and other technology, handheld devices, and operating systems
  • Wireless models for greater functionality and reliability
  • Battery life, which is usually expressed in terms of the number of pages, and the cost of backup batteries or other power options
  • Speed per minute
  • Weight and size
  • How easy the printer is to clean
  • How easy or difficult it is to load paper and other media