The portable nature of the iZettle has increased demand for reliable yet equally portable iZettle receipt printers.
While it is not actually a legal requirement under the UK Sales of Goods Act to provide a customer with a receipt, it is nevertheless a wise idea to provide one since a receipt protects not only you and your business but also the customer, especially if there is a problem with the product or service.
It is possible to email or text a receipt to customers using the iZettle app, but many customers still prefer receiving a printed receipt, and in certain circumstances or business environments it may be quicker and more practical to offer a printed receipt. If the main reason for getting an iZettle is for its mobility, there are a number of iZettle receipt printers that you can consider purchasing.
Star Micronics portable printers
Star Micronics is a global company with 50 years’ experience in manufacturing small printers, including over three decades’ experience in POS printers. The company produces a range of mobile printers including the Star SM-S220i, Star SM-T300i and the Star SM-T400i.
All three printers connect using Bluetooth and are direct thermal line printers, making them all a potential option for your iZettle printer.
One of the unique features about the range of iZettle printers from Star Micronics is their interoperability because they can connect to Windows, Android as well as iOS devices, making them highly versatile mobile printers.
All three options also print graphics as well as 1-D and 2-D barcodes, such as QR codes.
Star Micronics SM-S220i – small, light and ultra mobile
If mobility is a key concern for your business then the Star SM-S220i mobile printer is just 2 inches wide and weighs 288 grams with the battery, which has a battery life of 8 hours. The printer has 2 bluetooth radios and 2 serial ports to enable connection to external devices, and comes with several accessories including an AC charger, battery pack and serial cable.
The printer has a print speed of up to 80 mm per second and prints on thermal paper with a print width of 48 mm.
Star Micronics SM-T300i – portable and robust
The Star SM-T300i is slightly larger at 3 inches and weighs 442g with the battery, although it has a longer battery life of 11 hours. The printer is dust protected and splash resistant, making it ideal for outside field workers or anyone requiring a rugged printer.
It has a print width of 72 mm and print speed is up to 75 mm per second. As with the smaller SM-220i, the mobile printer comes with a variety of accessories including a battery charger, battery pack, serial cable and belt clip.
Star Micronics SM-T400i – 20 hours battery, only 735 grams
The Star SM-T400i is the largest iZettle receipt printer in the range from Star Micronics and is 4 inches wide. It prints up to 80 mm per second on a print width of 104 mm and weighs 735 grams with the battery, which has the longest life of 20 hours (at a printing interval of 5 minutes). Similarly with the Star SM-T300i, it is dust and splash proof and comes with a range of accessories.
This range of mobile printers is ideal for all kinds of business environments both indoors and out such as farmers markets, fairs or for taking with you if you provide services in a customer’s home. The right iZettle printer for you will obviously depend on the volume of business and your business environment.
Additional options for iOS
If you are using your iZettle with a device running on iOS, you have more options for iZettle printers as you can use any mobile printer that supports AirPrint, which is a printing technology from Apple that enables printing without the need to install drivers. However, there are currently no airprint portable printers that are similar in size to the range produced by Star Micronics.
Costs and benefits
The cost of these devices can vary but while they may appear to be relatively high at over £300, the benefits are considerable in terms of their portability and features. While technology is moving rapidly forwards, it is still a fact that many customers expect a printed receipt even if they are happy to use a mobile Chip and PIN reader like the iZettle.