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Datalogic PowerScan PBT9300 (1D Barcode Scanner)

PowerScan PBT9300 Overview

The PowerScan™ PBT9300 laser scanner features standard Bluetooth® wireless technology combined with the outstanding reliability and reading performance found in all PowerScan products.

Based on Bluetooth 3.0 standard wireless technology, Class 1 Range (in open air); up to 100 m / 328 ft. Connectivity is implemented through the receiving base station, which communicates to the host through a choice of interfaces (Serial, USB or Keyboard Wedge) or by connecting the scanner directly to any commercial or embedded Bluetooth compliant device.

The PowerScan PBT9300 scanner mounted on a forklift with a Vehicle Mount Terminal (VMT) provides an excellent solution for warehouse applications.

The basic cordless model PBT9300 is the only model that we have tested, so it is ther only one supported by Windward Software. The intermediate model with display and a 4-key keypad (PBT9300-D), and the advanced model (PBT9300-DK) which features a display and a full 16-key alphanumeric keyboard, are not currently supported.

1D barcode scanning only

Two issues that are not critical, but should be noted.

1. Because it is a Bluetooth scanner, if it sits idle for a period of time, it will power down. The next time you use it, you will need to pull the trigger once to wake it up. It will appear to do nothing, but after about 5 seconds it will chirp to let you know it is now active and connected to the cradle. Now you can start scanning barcodes.

2. The actual range of the Bluetooth signal can be greatly impaired if there are objects like walls between the scanner and it's cradle. The specified 100 m / 328 ft would only be under ideal conditions where there aren't any obstructions between the scanner and the cradle. A nice feature of the scanner though, is if you scan a barcode when it is out of range, you will see a green dot to say that it was able to read the barcode, however you will get an audible error sound to let you know it was unable to send the barcode to the cradle and computer. This error sound is distinctly different from the successful beep sound.

Programming The Datalogic PowerScan PBT9300

To program the STX prefix, download and print the following PDF.


  1. Scan the Select Interface (USB Keyboard) barcode
  2. Scan the Enter Programming Mode barcode.
  3. Scan the Set Global Prefix barcode.
  4. Scan the Character 0 barcode
  5. Scan the Character 2 barcode
  6. Scan the Exit Programming Mode barcode.
  7. Scan the Exit Programming Mode barcode.

This MUST be done in this exact order, or you will have to start over.

If you are unable to program the scanner using the above PDF, the same information can be found in the programming manual pdf below.


Drop to a command prompt and scan a barcode (NOT one of the ones from the programming sheet) You should see something like this:

What you are looking for is that the scanner scanned a ^B before the barcode and it translates to a little smiley face character on the next line. If this is what you see, you have correctly programmed the barcode scanner.

System Five Setup

Setting up your Barcode scanner in System Five is the last step. You must ensure that the device itself is properly configured with the Pre amble and Post amble characters that will not conflict with either System Five or the Windows (TM) Operating System. The Barcode Reader page in the Setup Wizard provides a method of using the actual device to input the configuration.

Assuming that your Barcode Scanner is properly configured, click [Read Barcode Scanner], scan any Barcode you have available and System Five will intercept the information from the scanner and fill in the Pre-Amble and the value of the Barcode you scanned. Click [Save Settings] to complete the process.

The [Default Pre-Amble Setting] button can be used to reset to the System Five default settings.

Created by Steve Wind May 25 2017

datalogic_powerscan_pbt9300.txt · Last modified: 2021/04/19 21:47 (15 months ago) by kturner