Jaap's Psion II Page

Gallery of Psion II Devices and Accessories

Part 1 - Products made by Psion.


Contents

Psion Mains Adaptor Psion Comms Link Psion Barcode Reader Psion Magnetic Card Reader Psion Printer Psion Pager Psion Datapak Formatter Psion Eraser 16 Psion Mark III Datapak Copier Miscellaneous See also Part 2 - Third Party Products.


Psion Mains Adaptor

The most common top slot device was a simple power connector box in combination with a mains adapter. It fits into the top slot, and had a standard DC socket. The Psion mains adapter supplies 175mA at 10V. The later versions of the connector box have a little LED to show when external power was being supplied.

Mains Adaptor
Boxed
Mains Adaptor
Mains Adaptor
Mains Adaptor Leaflet
Adaptor Connector
Issue 1, Front
Adaptor Connector
Issue 1, Top, Homemade LED
Adaptor Connector
Issue 1, Back
Adaptor Connector
Issue 1, Front
Adaptor Connector
Issue 1, Back, Homemade LED
Adaptor Connector
Issue 1, Front, Homemade LED
Adaptor Connector
Issue 2, Front
Adaptor Connector
Issue 2, Top
Adaptor Connector
Issue 2, Back
Adaptor Connector
Issue 2, Front
Mains Adaptor
Different version

 

Psion Comms Link

The RS232 Link was a top slot device that allowed the organiser to communicate with other devices, such as a PC, using the RS232 communications standard. It consisted of a top slot box (including a power supply socket) from which a cable extended that had a DB-25 connector on the other end. It was renamed from RS232 Link to Comms Link after the Psion protocol was developed, allowing for easier transfer of files to and from a PC running Psion's CL software. It seems that first versions of the Comms Link had a blue sticker, but that was quickly changed to grey. When the LZ was introduced, the Comms Link software was updated to use the full screen, and a little LED was added to show when external power was being supplied.

RS232 Link
Version 1.5
RS232 Link Connector
Back
RS232 Link Connector
Front
Comms Link
Version 2.2
Comms Link
Version 2.5, Homemade plug
Comms Link
Version 4.1, With LED, non-working
Comms Link
Version 4.2, With LED
Comms Link Connector
Back
Comms Link Connector
Front
Comms Link Manual
Comms Link Floppy
Modem Adaptor
Printer Adaptor

 

Psion Barcode Reader

Barcode readers were probably the most common Psion II devices used in the retail industry. Shown here are two standard barcode reader wands (in black and in grey) as well as a combined barcode reader and comms link.

Barcode Reader
Barcode Reader
Connector, Front
Barcode Reader
Connector, Back
Barcode Reader
Grey
Barcode Reader Manual
Barcode + Link
Barcode + Link
Connector, Front
Barcode + Link
Connector, Back

 

Psion Magnetic Card Reader

Magnetic card readers were also mostly used in the retail industry.

Magnetic Card Reader
Magnetic Card Reader
Connector, front
Magnetic Card Reader
Connector, back

 

Psion Printer

The Psion Printer envelops the whole organiser (minus its keyboard cover). It prints on thermal paper, and could have a magnetic card reader built in. It has built-in rechargable batteries, a slot for further devices, a power supply socket, and a mains adaptor which was a bit more powerful than Psion's standard ones, supplying 600mA at 10.4V. The printer shown here has a logo of the Natwest bank on it where normally there would be a Psion logo, and it is also missing the Psion Printer II label sticker that normally goes just below the card reader slot.

Psion Printer
Psion Printer
With NatWest logo
Psion Printer
With Psion LZ
Psion Printer
Side view
Psion Printer
Base
Psion Printer
Base with Psion logo
Psion Printer
Paper compartment
Psion Printer
Paper compartment
Psion Printer
Battery compartment
Psion Printer
Battery
Psion Printer
Battery compartment
Psion Printer
Internal view
Psion Printer
Internals
Psion Printer
Mechanism, front
Psion Printer
Mechanism, back
Psion Printer
Connector board, front
Psion Printer
Connector board, back
Psion Printer
Main board, front
Psion Printer
Main board, back
Psion Printer
Leather case
Psion Printer
Leather case
Psion Printer
Leather case
Mains Adaptor
600mA, 10.4V
Mains Adaptor
Continental plug
Printer Manual
Printer Paper
Pack of 4 rolls
Printer Paper
Pack of 4 rolls

 

Psion Pager

This is a very rare pager device. It allowed the Psion to receive text messages through the Vodapage network.

Pager
Pager
Pager
Circuit boards
Pager
Circuit boards, front
Pager
Circuit boards, back
Pager Box
Front
Pager Box
Back
Pager Manual

 

Psion Datapak Formatter

When the Organiser deletes data from a datapak, it is merely marked as deleted so that the data is skipped, but it still takes up room on the pack. The EPROM chips in datapaks cannot be wiped clean electronically. Instead, the formatter was used to empty the packs, which it does by shining UV light onto the window in the EPROM chip for half an hour.

The previous version of the Datapak Formatter has the style and logo matching the Series 1 Organiser. It was however also used for the series II for some time before getting replaced by this more compact formatter. To see that previous version, visit the Series 1 gallery.

Psion Datapak Formatter
Psion Datapak Formatter
Psion Datapak Formatter
Psion Datapak Formatter
Psion Datapak Formatter
Inside
Psion Datapak Formatter
Inside
Psion Datapak Formatter
Inside

 

Psion Eraser 16

The Eraser 16 is bulk datapack formatter. As the name implies, it can format 16 datapacks simultaneously. It has a long UV tube running through the middle, and you can place 8 packs on either side of it.

Psion Eraser 16
Front, closed lid
Psion Eraser 16
Front, open lid
Psion Eraser 16
Front close up
Psion Eraser 16
Top view
Psion Eraser 16
Rear view
Psion Eraser 16
Rear close up
Psion Eraser 16
Inside

 

Psion Mark III Datapak Copier

This is the Mark III Datapak Copier. It allows a single datapak to be copied to up to 8 blank packs simultaneously. It also has an RS232 socket to allow up to 8 packs to be read or written to from a PC.
This version is branded by Data Innovation Ltd., but there are also ones with normal Psion markings on the outside. It seems however that the internal electronics where made by Data Innovation, so it may be that they were the regular manufacturer for the Psion branded ones, too.
It has an XP organiser built in. This organiser is connected to the rest of the device through a ribbon connector to slot B, and also by a bundle of wires through the hole where the contrast wheel would normally be. That bundle relocates the constrast control to a wheel on the main panel, and also supplies the 9V power. The organiser has no battery connector in its battery compartment.
The organiser needs a datapak in slot C that contains copier software.

Mark III Copier
Mark III Copier
Mark III Copier
Mark III Copier
Inside; power supply board
Mark III Copier
Inside; Front panel
Mark III Copier
Board 1, back
Mark III Copier
Board 1, front
Mark III Copier
Board 2, back
Mark III Copier
Board 2, front
Mark III Copier
Board 3, back
Mark III Copier
Board 3, front

 

Miscellaneous

Organiser Developer
Diskette
Developer
Manual