ZEBRA RFD40 Premium


East to connect

The RFD40 UHF RFID Premium Sled builds on the same great features of the Standard model and also includes integrated Wi-Fi 6 which allows for OTA device management. Bluetooth® 5.3 and NFC tap-to-pair make it easier than ever to connect to current and future Zebra mobile computers and 3rd-party smartphones.

Industry Use:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
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Faster. Smarter. Future-proof.

Your business is being challenged to work faster and more efficiently than ever before. Gain the edge and efficiency you need with the RFD40 UHF RFID Premium and Premium Plus Sled. Connect to current and future Zebra mobile computers directly through eConnex™ adaptors, or wirelessly with Bluetooth® 5.3 capability. Industry-first Wi-Fi™ 6 enables easy over-the-air (OTA) device management.* Decrease cycle-counting time with an industry-best 1,300+ tag reads per second, optimized read range, tri-function programmable trigger and increased battery capacity, along with the durable drop specs, optimal battery performance and superior ergonomic design you expect from Zebra.

ZEBRA RFD40 UHF RFID Premium/Premium Plus Sleds Spec Sheet Product Photo

Empower your workers

Next generation connectivity

With the new eConnex™ technology that allows for snap-and-go pairing, you can future-proof your workplace with a sled that supports the latest Zebra mobile computers including WWAN-enabled variants. What’s more, the sleds can connect instantly to supported Zebra eConnex™-enabled devices including the TC21/26, EC50/55 and future models

Wireless Functionality

Integrated Wi-Fi 6 capability in the RFD40 Premium and Premium Plus Sleds allows for easy over-the-air (OTA) device management, while Bluetooth 5.3 and NFC tap-to-pair make it easier than ever to connect to current and future Zebra mobile computers and third-party smartphones.

Integrated Barcode Scanner

Available only in the RFD40 Premium Plus Sled, an integrated SE4100 imager provides 1D and 2D scanning functionality for the most challenging barcodes—including poorly printed, damaged, dirty, crinkled, low-contrast, glossy and electronic barcodes on dimly lit mobile phone displays.

Unparalleled Efficiency

The RFD40 UHF RFID Premium and Premium Plus Sleds outperform the competition with 1,300+ tag reads per second (up to 30% faster than the next leading competitor), a 20+ foot read range, and ultra-accurate item-finder mode. With a 7,000 mAh battery and a quick-release function that’s accessible without removing the mobile computer, it keeps going hour after hour. The tri-function trigger lets associates quickly access RFID reading, barcode scanning and a programmable third function of your choice, such as the enter key or push-to-talk.

Remarkable Versatility

An adaptor compatible with the OtterBox uniVERSE ecosystem allows customers to easily slide on and slide off a wide variety of smartphones running Android™ and iOS operating systems.

ZEBRA RFD40 UHF RFID Premium/Premium Plus Sleds Compatible Icons: Rain Alliance, Network Connect, Energy Star


Adaptive solutions

RFD40 Premium and Premium Plus Sleds are fully enabled to support Zebra’s current mobile computers and smartphones, as well as new mobile computers and third-party smartphones as they come out. Easy-to-change, tool-free sled adaptors allow associates to swap out an adaptor quickly while maintaining compatibility without needing to send devices to IT for retrofitting.

Durability you can depend on

Zebra devices have the ability to withstand everyday environments. RFD40 Sleds have a five-foot drop-to-concrete specification and a 500 cycle 0.5 meter/1.6 foot tumble specification to replicate real-world knocks and bumps. They have IP54 sealing for dust and water protection, and an extended operating temperature range of -10°C to 50°C/14°F to 122°F. With these durable specifications, you can feel confident that RFD40 Sleds will meet the demanding needs of your workplace.

Flexible and future-proof charging

Charging solutions for RFD40 Sleds provide users a flexible way to power up the sled and mobile computer in a variety of ways. Featuring two sets of charging pins, each cradle cup can charge an RFD40 Sled by itself, the mobile computer by itself, or a combination of RFD40 Sled and mobile computer when attached together. Cradle cups are available for each combination of RFD40 Sled and mobile computer, including TC21/26 and EC50/55.

A USB-C port on the bottom of the RFD40 Sled, as well as a pinned connector, allows for connecting an RFD40 Sled to a Windows-based PC or other host via a USB-C cable or cable cup, which enables an RFD40 Sled to be used as a tethered RFID reader.

World-class development and enablement tools

Quickly transition to the latest generation of products without the need for a major application rewrite. The Software Development Kits (SDKs) for RFD40 Premium and Premium Plus Sleds are based on current Zebra RFID handheld SDKs. Only a recompile of the current application with the new SDK is required for you to get up and running on the new RFD40 Sleds.

No host? no problem!

If a real-time connection to back-end systems is not available, batch mode enables the collection of up to 40,000 RFID tags. Just sync to upload data from RFD40 Sleds to the host device at any time.

Innovative new cradle solutions

When you’re ready to upgrade, Zebra’s game-changing cradles were developed so mobile computers can be swapped out with ease. Using just a coin screw, you can make changes without tools or the hassle of plugging or unplugging any wire harnesses, simplifying the experience for all users.

Cradles that support RFD40 Premium and Premium Plus Sleds come in both one-slot and multi-slot options, as well as charge-only and communication variants. For communication support, the one-slot communication cradles have a Micro-USB port for connection to a host PC, while the multi-slot cradles possess an Ethernet port for connection to a corporate network. This connectivity allows you to manage your RFD40 Sleds while in the cradle and also provides the ability to set configuration, push out firmware upgrades, and get device health info, so you get more information about your device with less effort.

Secure battery locking foot

RFD40 Sleds have an optional Battery Locking Foot that locks the battery in place, helping to prevent user damage and/or theft.

Why Zebra for RFID?

The time to implement RFID is now. Rely on the industry’s deepest, field-proven portfolio to drive full-scale transformation without the risks. Designed for your environment, application and conditions, Zebra RFID solutions are engineered to make you more effective.

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Physical Characteristics


5.94 in. H x 3.3 in. W x in. 6.5 in. L
15.1 cm H x 8.4 cm W x 16.65 cm L


RFD40 Premium: ~19.1 oz./~541 grams (sled with battery)
RFD40 Premium Plus: ~19.6 oz./~556 grams


Quick-Release, PowerPrecision+ Li-Ion 7,000
mAh battery


Decode LEDs
Battery Status LED

User InputTri-Function User Programmable Trigger

RFID Performance

Standards SupportedEPC Class 1 Gen 2; EPC Gen2 V2
RFID EngineZebra Proprietary Radio Technology
Fastest Read Rate1,300+ tags/sec
Nominal Read Range~19.7+ ft./ ~6+ m

Frequency Range and RF System Output

US: 902–928 MHz; 0–30 dBm (EIRP)
EU: 865–868 MHz; 0–30 dBm (EIRP)
916.3, 917.5, and 918.7 MHz; 0–30 dBm (EIRP)
Japan: 916–921 MHz (w LBT), 0–30 dBm (EIRP)

Wireless LAN

RadioIEEE 802.11 ax/ac/a/b/g/n 2X2, MU-MIMO, IPv4
Data Rate

5 GHz PHY data rates up to 1.2 Gbps;
2.4 GHz PHY data rates up to 458 Mbps

Operating Channels

Channel 1–14: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14;
Channel 36–196: 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 100, 104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 136, 140, 144, 149, 153, 157, 161, 165, 172, 183, 184, 185, 187, 188, 189, 192, 196;
Channel Bandwidth: 20, 40, 80 MHz

SE4100 Imager (Premium Plus Only)

Sensor Resolution1280 x 960 pixels, rolling shutter
Field of View44.5° horizontal, 33.5° vertical
Skew, Pitch, Roll±60° skew tolerance, ±60° pitch tolerance, 360° roll tolerance
Focal Distance6 in./15.24 cm from front of engine
Aiming LEDGreen LED
IlluminationWarm white LED

User Environment

Drop SpecificationMultiple 5 ft./1.5 m drops to concrete
Tumble Specification

500 cycles (1,000 drops, 1.6 ft./0.5 m)
at room temperature

Operating Temperature-10°C to 50°C/14°F to 122°F
Storage Temperature-40°C to 70°C/-40°F to 158°F
Humidity5–85% non-condensing

Electrostatic Discharge

±15 kV air discharge
±8 kV direct discharge
±8 kVdc indirect discharge



Cradles and Charging

Cable Cup
USB-C Cable
USB Wall Brick for USB-C Cable and Cable Cup
1-Slot Charging Cradle
1-Slot Charging and USB Cradle
Multi-Slot Charging Cradle
Multi-Slot Charging and Ethernet Cradle
4-Slot Battery Toaster

Other Accessories

eConnex™ Adaptors for Supported Zebra Mobile Computers
Battery Locking Foot
Belt Holster


Host Connection

eConnex™ (Electronic 8-Pin Connection)
Bluetooth 5.3
USB-C Cable
USB Cable Cup

Host Computer

Zebra mobile computers and tablets
3rd-party smartphones and tablets
Windows-Based PCs

Mobile Computer Adaptors

eConnex™, Bluetooth, OtterBox uniVERSE Case System

Bluetooth Profiles Supported

SPP Profile
HID Profile
Apple iAP2/MFi

Remote Management

Wi-Fi 6
Ethernet Cradles
Via Attached Host Device 



FCC Part 15 Subpart B Class B; ICES 003 Class B;
EN 301 489-1; EN 301 489-3; EN 55035; EN 55032 Class B; EN 60601-1-2

Electrical Safety

IEC 62368-1 (ed.2)
UL 62368-1, second edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2
No. 62368-1-14

RF Exposure

EU: EN 50364, EN 62369-1, EN 50566, EN 62311;
USA: FCC Part 2. 1093 OET Bulletin 65 Supplement ‘C’; Canada: RSS-102


EU EN 302 208, FCC Part 15 Subpart C;
Canada: RSS-247

LED Classification(RFD40 Premium Plus) Exempt Risk Group LED product per IEC/EN 62471


* Some features available in a future release. Contact your Zebra Partner or sales representative for more information.
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Markets and Applications


  • Cycle Counting
  • |tem Finding
  • Planogram Compliance
  • Returns
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Back-of-Store Management
  • Direct Store Delivery
  • Route Accounting


  • Specimen Tracking
  • Patient Tracking
  • Hospital Asset Management and Tracking
  • Staff Management and Tracking
  • Patient Identification and Admission
  • Medication Administration
  • Pharmacy Management and Tracking


  • Check-in and Administration
  • Ticketing: Concerts, Sporting Events and More
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Food Safety and Traceability
  • Inventory Management
  • Field Service
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