If you’re in Law Enforcement and on the hunt for a mobile printer, there are several factors to consider. If you’re looking for a printer that works well with mobile eCitation applications, I would have to say that the PocketJet® Printer from Brother Mobile Solutions is the most popular for the following reasons:
- It’s small – 10.04″ L x 2.17″ W x 1.18″ H
- It prints on full size 8.5” x 11” paper
- It is fast, printing up to 6 pages per minute
- It is rugged enough to withstand the tough environment of a patrol car
Havis manufactures mobile office solutions for the Law Enforcement and public safety market. Havis products are built to the highest safety and quality standards and are designed with worker productivity and comfort in mind. Havis has three mounts (or boxes) that securely hold the PocketJet printer in a vehicle.
- C-PM-101 holds the printer and a roll of paper
- C-PM-109 holds the printer and a roll of paper
- C-PM-112 holds the printer and allows for feeding of single sheets of paper
The C-PM-112 mount is the newest in the family of PocketJet printer mounts from Havis. It is designed for users who print infrequently. This usually includes members of the command staff. Since the mount does not hold paper, it requires you to store the paper in the vehicle separate from the printer.
The C-PM-101 mount is constructed of heavy-duty extruded aluminum, making it the strongest of the three mounts. Using adapter C-ADP-109, it is strong enough to hold a swing arm like the C-MD-102 and a laptop dock. It has plastic ends held to the aluminum housing by four screws each. Installation and removal of the printer requires removing one of these ends with a screwdriver. If you want to make it difficult to remove the printer, this mount is for you. One end has a place to tie wrap the power and communication cable to keep them securely in place. The roll of paper loads from one end by removing a spin-off cap. Some people find it awkward feeding the paper into the printer in this mount.
The C-PM-109 mount is made of powder painted steel. The lid is hinged and opens in a clam shell style for easy drop-in access to both the printer and the roll of paper. This is the easiest mount for feeding the paper into the printer. It is also the easiest for deploying and maintaining the printer. When the lid is closed, it fully covers the printer and protects it from spills. There is a window in the lid giving a clear view of the printer status lights. This mount is slightly longer than the other mount with space for the cables inside the box. This provides protection to the cables from other equipment falling and damaging or breaking them.
Beside the pros and cons listed above, if you need one of these printer mounts quickly (within one week), you are limited to the C-PM-101. The delivery for the C-PM-109 is two to four weeks. In my next blog, I will discuss different ways to install these mounts in a patrol car.
Update: My next blog can be found here: https://www.l-tron.com/havis-pocketjet-printer-mounts-part-2/