The Star SM-S220i is a portable receipt printer that is a great option for retailers running Vend on an iPad. Unlike other receipt printers, you don't need an ethernet connection or WiFi network, and mains power supply to use the printer with the Vend app and your iPad - the printer runs using Bluetooth.
This means you can take Vend, your 3/4G iPad, and the Star SM-S220i with you anywhere you want, and still print receipts.
Note: You won't be able to automatically open a cash drawer when using the Vend iPad app and the SM-S200i
Setting Up the Printer:
- Ensure the printer is turned off before putting the battery in.
- Put the battery into the printer. Push the battery pack until the hook clicks into place.
- If needed, charge your printer before continuing set-up. Your printer can be charged with the battery in, but you won't be able to print receipts while it's charging. Plug your printer in to charge now if it needs charging.
- Put the printing paper in. For more assistance, check out the Star Manual.
Next, connect the printer to your iPad and the Vend app:
Your printer is now set up to print receipts.
Finally, set up your receipt templates
A fully charged battery runs for approximately 8 hours in stand-by mode. This equates to roughly 45 minutes of continuous printing. If your business has a long day, it's a good idea to plug in the printer to charge in between sales, or in quiet periods, and you should always charge the printer overnight. You can also turn the printer off when not serving customers to conserve battery.
Can I print from more than one iPad at once?
You can only have one iPad paired to the printer at a time. The printer is set up to automatically re-pair with the iPad each time you turn them on. This setting can be disabled so that you can use more than one iPad, but before you print the receipt, you will need to pair it with the iPad you wish to print from each time. You cannot set it up to automatically print from more than one iPad.
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