CITIZEN CT-S281 Thermal Printer Series

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The Citizen CT-S281 low-cost thermal mini printer fits perfectly in a wide variety of logging applications. Based on the CT-S280 It combines high-speed, two-colour printing with a compact footprint and an Auto Cutter.

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Warranty specified is Back to Base (BTB) warranty Goodson Imports P/L.
Warranty commencement date is date of hardware Invoice.
Warranty covers Manufacturers Faulty Workmanship
Warranty excludes:

  • Power supply
  • Interface and Power Cables
  • Consumable products
  • Options
  • Software and Data Recovery
24 months
  • High Speed (80mm/sec) Direct Thermal Printing
  • Drop in Paper loading
  • Auto Cutter
  • Two Colour Printing (with Special Paper)
  • Barcode Printing
  • Compatibility (ESC/POS)
  • Easy to use configuration software
  • Low cost Thermal Printing
  • User-changeable interface
  • Available in Ivory & Black
  • Can also be hung upright
Brochure459kb cts280_281_brochure.pdf
Command Reference Guide3,425kb CTS_PMU_CTP_CommandReference.pdf
English model drivers74,762kb
POS Printer utility2,133kb CIT_POSUtilSetup211E.exe
Virtual COM Driver4,244kb
MacOSX Driver418kb CIT_ctzpos-cups-1.2.0-0.dmg

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Parts documents

Parts layout details

Printing Method
Line thermal dot print method
Printing Width
48mm / 384 dots
Dot Pitch
8 × 8 dots / mm (203 dpi)
Printing Speed (Max.)
Max. 80mm/s. 60mm/s in label printing
Number of Columns
32 columns - Font A: 12 x 24 dots horizontal and vertical
42 columns - Font B: 9 x 24 dots
48 columns - Font C: 8 x 16 dots
Character Size
Font A:1.50 ×3.00 mm
Font B:1.13 × 3.00 mm
Font C:1.00 x 2.00 mm
Character Table/Code Pages
Alphanumeric, International, PC437 PC850/852/857/858/860/863/864/865/866/
WPC1252/Katakana/Thai code 18
Bar-code Type
UPC-A/E, JAN(EAN) 13/8 columns, ITF, CODE 39, CODE 128, CODABAR , CODE 93, PDF417, QR Code
Line Spacing
4.23mm (1/6 inch) (changeable using commands)
Paper feed method
Paper Type
Thermal Paper Roll
Paper Width
58+0/-1 mm,
Paper Roll Diameter
Max Ø 83.0mm. Label paper 80.0mm
Paper Thickness
0.06 to 0.1mm
Paper Supply Method
Easy Paper Loading, Drop in and Print
Auto Cutter
Guillotine,Full or Partial cut
Power LED. Feed Button,Error LED, Paper Led, Power switch
Print Buffer
4K bytes / 45 bytes
NV Memory
256 Kb (capable of storing user-defined characters and logos)
Paper end Sensor
Printer Cover open Sensor
Drawer Port
External Device Port
Serial (RS-232C compliant), USB,
Driver available
Software Utilities
Utility software to customize print speed, darkness and to set up user font, logo, maintenance counter, etc.
Power Supply
Rated input: AC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz, 150 VA
Rated output: DC8.5V, 2.5 A
Power Consumption
Approx. 18 W (normal printing), 2W (standby)
External Dimensions (WxDxH)
106W x 180D x 105H mm
630g approx.AC adaptor 240g approx.
Operating Environment
5 to 40 °C, 10 to 85 % RH (no condensation)
Storage Environment
-20 to 60 °C, 10 to 90 % RH (no condensation)
Print head life: 50km, 100 million pulses
Auto cutter life: 1 million cuts (at normal temperature and humidity using recommended paper)
EMC/Safety Standards
UL, C-UL, FCC class B, TÜV, CE marking, C-tick
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