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Industrial Strength Magnetic Insertion Reader

The MSR280 Series Manual Insert Magnetic Card Reader is a waterproof reader. It is specifically designed for the outdoors and can be used in retail, time keeping, security, and other card reader related systems. It reads magnetic cards conforming to ISO7811. It has a dual head design to provide easy-to-use flexible operation and further allows card reading during insertion or withdrawal. It reads high and low coercivity magnetic stripes (300-4000 Oe.).

The model is designed to offer users a card reader solution that will complement many applications. The triple track of the MSR280 is uniquely designed to read any card and driver license conforming to ISO7811, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrator (AAMVA) and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) standards.

The MSR280 can read partially inserted cards. It supports RS232, USB and TTL interfaces for maximum flexibility. It is highly reliable with magnetic head life of half a million insertions with another version of one million magnetic head insertions, if so desired. It is FCC and CE Class B compliant.


Features & Benefits

  • Reads magnetic cards conforming to ISO7811
  • Dual head design to provide user friendly operation
  • Supports card reading during insertion or withdrawal
  • Reads high and low coercivity magnetic stripes (300-4000 Oe.)
  • Water proof design to meet outdoor applications


  • Power Requirement: 5VDC±10% (High), 3.3VDC±10% (Low)
  • Power Consumption
    。10mA typical, 15mA max. (+5VDC)
    。5.5mA typical, 7mA max. (+3.3VDC)
  • Interfaces: RS232, USB, TTL
  • Logic Characteristic: Default at Negative, Positive optional
  • Ripple: 50mVp-p or less

  • Body Material: PC, UL94V-O
  • Dimensions: 123L x 94W x 50H mm
  • Weight: Approx. 130g
  • Card Handling Method: Manual insertion, bi-directional

  • Operating Temperature: -10°C to +50°C
  • Storage Temperature: -30°C to +70°C
  • Operating Humidity: 5% to 95%
  • Storage Humidity: 5% to 95%

  • FCC class B, CE class B

  • Read Card Format
    。Track 1: Bit Density 210 bpi
    。Track 2: Bit Density 75 bpi
    。Track 3: Bit Density 210 bpi
  • Read Capability: Magnetic stripe - dual or triple track of low/high coercivity (300~4000 Oe)
  • Card Types: Magnetic cards as per ISO7810, 7811, AAMVA
  • Test Card Types
    。Standard card: Read Speed 4~40 ips
    。Jitter±15%: Read Speed 5~35 ips
    。Amp.60%: Read Speed 5~35 ips
  • Card Thickness: 0.76±0.08 mm
  • Error Rate: < 0.5%
  • MTBF: 100,000 hours
  • Magnetic Head Life: 500K insertion cycles, 1M insertion cycles optional