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DS3600-ER Ultra-Rugged Scanner

Unstoppable performance for extended range 1D/2D barcode scanning

The productivity of your warehouse and manufacturing workers depends on the quality of their scanners. The DS3600-ER Ultra-Rugged scanner enables extended range capture of 1D and 2D barcodes—nearer and farther than any scanner in this class, from 3 in./7.6 cm to 70 ft/21.4 m away. Built for your toughest environments, the DS3600-ER is virtually indestructible, including an enhanced 10 ft./3 m drop spec to concrete and dual IP65/IP68 sealing. With DataCapture DNA, Zebra’s exclusive software ecosystem, you can take scanner performance far beyond the basics—simplifying every stage of the scanning experience over the life of your device. And when it comes to cordless technology, the DS3678-ER’s Zebra-only features put it in a class of its own. The DS3600-ER— the unstoppable performance you need to maximize workforce productivity and throughput in your operations.

DS3600-ER Ultra-Rugged Scanner

Performs in Your Toughest Environments

Superior Scanning Range

Powered by Zebra’s exclusive PRZM Intelligent Imaging technology, the DS3600-ER reads 1D and 2D barcodes printed on a label up to 60% closer and 35% farther than similar models in this class, with an extraordinary scanning range from 3 in./7.6 cm to 70 ft/21.4 m. With one scanner you can easily read barcodes on a picklist in hand and on the uppermost shelves of your warehouse racks, as well as extra-wide codes just a hands-length away—even if they are under shrinkwrap, damaged, dirty or poorly printed.

The result? Workers can capture barcodes as fast as they can pull the trigger for first-time every-time scanning—and extraordinary productivity.

Ultra-Rugged—the Most Indestructible Design in its Class

Zebra ultra-rugged scanners earned their name for a reason— you won’t find a tougher family of scanners. Ready for the world’s harshest environments, the DS3600-ER has the highest drop, tumble and sealing specifications in its class. It can survive 10 ft./3 m drops to concrete and 7,500 tumbles. With dual IP65/IP68 sealing, the DS3600-ER is dust proof, can handle the force of jetting water and be fully submerged in water. Built to withstand extreme heat, cold and humidity, the DS3600-ER can be used anywhere— indoor, outdoor and even in the freezer.¹

Ultra-Rugged Cradle and Charging Contacts Designed to Last

The DS3600-ER is the first scanner in its class to offer a cradle with IP65 sealing. Its industrial charging contacts withstand 250,000 insertions. And Zebra’s exclusive Connect+ Contact technology assures reliable, corrosion-free charging over the life of the scanner.

Easily Capture Label Data for Better Inventory Management

With Label Parse+, the DS3600-ER can instantly capture and parse GS1 label barcode data on items, enabling workers to easily capture a wealth of data, including expiration dates and lot number/manufacturing location.

The DS3600-ER—give your workers single scanner simplicity for near and far barcode capture with the ultra-rugged scanner that redefines reliability.

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Read Up To 20 Barcodes with One Press of the Scan Trigger

With Multi-Code Data Formatting (MDF), the DS3600-ER can capture multiple barcodes with a single scan and transmit only the barcodes you need, in the order your application expects.

Faster Pick-List Processing

Users can easily select and capture an individual barcode from any pick list.

Flexible Feedback Modes

Mix and match the feedback modes that best fit your environment— vibration, wraparound LEDs that are easy to see from any position, a beep tone and Zebra’s Direct Decode Indicator that projects illumination on the captured barcode.

Support for the Barcode of the Future—Digimarc®

DS3600-ER scanners support Digimarc digital watermark technology, where barcodes are printed repeatedly over all surfaces yet are invisible to workers and consumers. Digimarc saves time at checkout and also creates efficiencies throughout the supply chain since workers no longer need to locate and position a visible barcode in the field of view.

Superior Cordless Technology

More Than 70,000 Scans on a Single Charge

The PowerPrecision+ battery delivers the ultimate in battery power and management. You get more than nine times the amount of scans per charge than with competitive models in this product class, so workers can scan more items over a longer period of time. You also get visibility into a wealth of battery health-related data, including charge cycles consumed, current battery status and a State of Health meter, which identifies if batteries are healthy and holding a full charge or ready for retirement.

Battery and Bluetooth® Status At-A-Glance

The first-in-its-class battery ‘charge gauge’ and Bluetooth status LED make it easy to monitor battery power as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

Switch Workflows in an Instant with AutoConfig

Since scanner settings are stored in the cradle base, simply pair the DS3600-ER to a different base to automatically configure it for a new host application. For example, you can take a scanner from the forklift and use it for shipping without manually changing settings.

Keep Track of Your Scanners and Prevent Workflow Interruptions

With Virtual Tether, you won’t have to worry about a warehouse worker leaving a scanner behind on a pallet. Both the scanner and cradle will alert users when a scanner is taken beyond its Bluetooth range or left out of the cradle for a predefined length of time.

Eliminate Bluetooth Interference with Wi-Fi Friendly Mode

Zebra’s exclusive Wi-Fi Friendly Mode eliminates the wireless interference that Bluetooth devices can create in your Wi-Fi environment.

Unrivaled Manageability

Instantly Connect to Your Industrial Ethernet Network

Zebra’s Network Connect for Automation delivers a seamless connection between DS3600-ER scanners and a manufacturer’s Industrial Ethernet network without the need for third party conversion equipment. The solution eliminates vulnerability points, improves security, reduces complexity and is compatible with every Zebra 3600 Series scanner.

Identify and Correct Problem Barcodes with ScanSpeed Analytics

Only from Zebra, ScanSpeed Analytics provides detailed metrics on every barcode captured—enabling you to identify poor performing barcodes that slow down your operations.

No-Cost Tools to Meet Your Management Needs

With 123Scan, you can easily create configuration barcodes to program scanners. If your imagers are in multiple locations across the country or around the world, with Scanner Management Service (SMS), you can configure and update the firmware for any DS3600-ER device that is plugged into the host—no depot staging or user action is required.

Up-To-The-Minute Insight Into Every Aspect of Your Scanners

The logging agent’s Remote Diagnostics capabilities automate the recording of scanner asset information, health and statistics, configuration settings and barcode data—giving you the information needed for event verification, blockchain traceability, pilot site ROI generation, troubleshooting and predictive fleet-wide trend analysis.


Physical Characteristics


Corded: 7.3 in. H x 3.0 in. W x 5.2 in. D
18.5 cm H x 7.6 cm W x 13.2 cm D
Cordless: 7.3 in. H x 3.0 in. W x 5.6 in. D
18.5 cm H x 7.7 cm W x 14.2 cm D
WeightCorded: 11.8 oz./334 g
Cordless: 15.38 oz./436 g
Input Voltage RangeHost powered: 4.5 VDC min., 5.5 VDC max.
External power supply: 11.4 VDC min., 12.6 VDC max.
Operating CurrentDS3608-ER (corded):
Near: 360mA (RMS typical)
Far: 800mA (RMS typical)
DS3608-ER (corded, in 500mA Compatibility Mode):
Near: 245mA (RMS typical)
Far: 410mA (RMS typical)
Standby CurrentDS3608-ER (corded): 100 mA (RMS typical)
ColorIndustrial Green
Supported Host
USB, RS232, Keyboard Wedge
Industrial Ethernet: EtherNet/IP, Profinet, Modbus
BatteryPowerPrecision+ 3100 mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery
User IndicatorsDirect decode indicator; LEDs; beeper; vibration

Performance Characteristics

Scans per Full Charge70,000+
Image CaptureBasic
Aimer655 nm laser
IlluminationOne 660 nm LED
Imager Field of ViewNear: 32° (H) x 20° (V); Far: 12° (H) x 7.6° (V)
Image Sensor1,280 x 800 (1 Megapixel)
Minimum Print Contrast25% minimum reflective difference
Skew/Pitch/RollSkew: ± 60°
Pitch: ± 60°
Roll: ± 360°

Decode Capabilities²

1DCode 39, Code 128, Code 93, Codabar/NW7, Code
11, MSI Plessey, UPC/EAN, I 2 of 5, Korean 3 of 5,
GS1 DataBar, Base 32 (Italian Pharma)
2DPDF417, Micro PDF417, Composite Codes, TLC-39,
Aztec, DataMatrix, MaxiCode, QR Code, Micro QR,
Chinese Sensible (Han Xin), Postal Codes
DigimarcDigital watermark technology
IUID SupportSupports IUID parsing, the ability to read and
separate IUID fields per application requirements

User Environment

Operating Temp.Corded: -22° F to 122° F/-30° C to 50° C
Cordless: -4° F to 122° F/-20° C to 50° C
Storage Temp.-40° F to 158° F/-40° C to 70° C
Humidity5% to 95% non-condensing
Drop SpecificationDS36X8: Withstands multiple 10.0 ft/3.0 m drops to concrete at room temperature
DS3678: Withstands multiple 8.0 ft/2.4 m drops to concrete at -20° C to 50° C
DS3608: Withstands multiple 8.0 ft/2.4 m drops to concrete at -30° C to 50° C
Tumble Specification7500 3.3 ft./1.0 m tumbles
SealingScanner: IP65 and IP68 per applicable IEC sealing specifications
FLB cradle: IP65
ESDPer EN61000-4-2, ±25 KV air discharge, ±10 KV direct discharge, ±10 KV indirect discharge
Ambient Light Immunity0 to 10,000 Foot Candles/0 to 107639 Lux
(direct sunlight)

Utilities and Maintenance


Programs scanner parameters, upgrades firmware,
provides scanned barcode data and prints reports.
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Scanner SDKGenerates a fully-featured scanner application, including documentation, drivers, test utilities and sample source code. For more information, visit
Scanner Management Service (SMS)Remotely manages your Zebra scanner and queries its asset information. For more information, visit
Network Connect

Seamlessly connects 3600 Series scanners directly to your Industrial Ethernet network without any third-party conversion equipment. For more information, visit

Wireless Connectivity

Bluetooth Radio

Bluetooth Class 1, Version 4.0 (LE), serial port (SPP) and HID profiles
Data Rate3 Mbit/s (2.1 Mbit/s) for Classic Bluetooth
1 Mbit/s (0.27 Mbit/s) for Low Energy
Radio RangeDirect line of sight in open air: Class 1: Minimum
300 ft. (100.0 m); Class 2: Minimum 30 ft. (10.0 m)

Decode Ranges (Typical)³


Code 128: 15 mil5.0-100.0 in./12.7-254.0 cm
Code 128: 40 mil3.5-260.0 in./8.9-660.4 cm
Code 128: 100 mil20-840.0 in./50.8-2133.6 cm
Data Matrix: 10 mil4.0-44 in./10.1-111.76 cm
Data Matrix: 200 mil10-500 in./25.4-1270.0 cm


EnvironmentalRoHS EN 50581: 2012
Electrical SafetyEU Safety: EN 60950-1: 2006 + A11: 2009 + A1:
2010 + A12: 2011 + AC 2011 + A2: 2013;
International Safety: IEC 60950-1: 2005 + A1: 2009 + A2: 2013
US/Canada Safety: UL 60950-1, second edition, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1-07
Laser/LED SafetyComplies with 21 CFR1040.10 and 1040.11 except for deviations pursuant to Laser Notice NO. 50, dated June 24, 2007 and IEC/EN 60825-1:2007 and/or IEC/EN 60825-1:2014
EMI/RFIIT Emissions: EN 55022: 2010/AC: 2011 (Class B);
IT Immunity: EN 55024: 2010;
Heavy Industrial: EN 61000-6-2: 2005/AC:2005;
Harmonic Current Emissions: EN 61000-3-2: 2006 + A1: 2009 + A2: 2009 (Class B);
Voltage Fluctuation and Flicker:
EN 61000-3-3: 2013;
Medical Electrical Equipment: EN 60601-1-2: 2007/AC: 2010, IEC 60601-1-2: 2007 (Modified);
Radio Frequency Devices: 47 CFR Part 15, Subpart B, Class B
Digital Apparatus: ICES-003 Issue 5, Class B


Subject to the terms of Zebra’s hardware warranty statement, the DS3608-ER/DS3678-ER is warranted against defects in workmanship and materials for a period of: Scanner and Cradle: thirty-six (36) months, Battery: twelve (12) months from the date of shipment. For complete warranty statement, go to:

Recommended Services

Zebra OneCare™ Select; Zebra OneCare Essential


1. Heated scanner holder accessory recommended to reduce condensation on
the outside of scan window when moving in and out of freezers.
2. Refer to Product Reference Guide for complete list of symbologies.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
3. Printing resolution, contrast, and ambient light dependent.

Datacapture DNA

For more information about DataCapture DNA and its applications, please visit
DS3600-ER Ultra-Rugged Scanner DNA Icons: All-touch Terminal Emulation, AppGallery, DataWedge, EMDK, Enterprise Browser, Enterprise Home Screen, StageNow, TekSpeech Pro, Workforce Connect PTT Express/PTT Pro

The Zebra 3600 Ultra-Rugged Scanner Series

This family of scanners offers a model to meet virtually every need in warehousing and manufacturing

  • LI3600-SR: Standard range 1D barcode capture
  • LI3600-ER: Extended range 1D barcode capture
  • DS3600-SR: Standard range scanning of 1D and 2D barcodes
  • DS3600-HP: High-performance scanner captures 1D/2D barcodes over longer distances, plus OCR, photos and documents
  • DS3600-HD: Captures high-density 1D/2D barcodes
  • DS3600-DP: Capture of Direct Part Marks (DPM)
  • DS3600-ER: Extended range 1D/2D barcode capture
  • DS3600-DPA: Optimized to read Direct Part Marks (DPM) and wide 1D barcodes
  • DS3600-KD: Versatility of a keypad and color display

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