Did you order a Chipper 2X BT Bluetooth Card Reader? Need help setting it up? This article is for you!

Note: this article refers to the Chipper 2X BT Bluetooth Card Reader. You can purchase that card reader (and learn more about how it works) here: https://gopassage.com/product/chipper-2x-bt-card-reader/

First off, you made a great choice: the Chipper 2X BT is fast, wireless (no audio jack needed!), and portable. In addition, it supports a variety of transaction types: you can swipe cards, insert an EMV/chip card, tap a “Tap to Pay” card, or even accept mobile wallet payments from Apple Pay or Google Pay! It’s one of the best card readers on the market and should work great for your on-site sales with the Passage Manager App.

Once you have your new card reader, here's how to get it working:

Install (or Update) the Passage Manager App

First, if you haven't done so already, please download and install the latest Passage Manager App on your iOS (9.3+) or Android (7.0+) device. If there’s an update available, please install that as well! You can search the iTunes or Google Play Store for “Passage Manager”.

When you first open the Passage manager app and login you’ll need to allow it permission to use your camera (for scanning). As long as you’re using the Chipper 2X BT Bluetooth card reader you won’t need to allow microphone/audio access.


For the Chipper 2X BT Bluetooth reader, please follow these steps the first time you use it:

  1. Charge the reader. Use the included USB cord to charge the reader (red light will disappear when full).

  2. Turn on your card reader by pressing (and releasing) the power button on the side.

  3. Head to the Bluetooth Reader Setup in the Passage Manager App. Tap “Settings” in the Passage Manager App, then “Sales Settings”, then “Bluetooth Reader Setup”. 

  4. Allow location permissions. You’ll likely be asked now (or later) to allow Passage Manager to access your device’s location. Please hit “OK” or “Allow” when this pops up.

  5. Tap “Search for Readers”. You should see a long string of numbers preceded by “CHB” (matching the numbers on the back of your reader). If nothing comes up within 20 seconds please check to make sure your reader is turned on (it will have a blinking blue light on the side).

  6. Connect to your reader. Tap the long string of numbers to connect to your reader. If on iOS it should say “Connected to Reader CHBXXXXXXX” at the top of the screen, and the search button will change to a “Disconnect” button. If on Android it will first ask you to pair (please click “Accept” or “Pair”) and then will show that it’s connected. If you don’t see the “Connected Status” please restart the app/device and try again.

That’s it! It’s time to use your new reader.

Making a Sale

Tap the “Sell” tab at the bottom of the screen and proceed as normal through a checkout: Select the event at the top of the screen, then select the date, and then add at least one ticket (or product) to your cart. From there you can select “Checkout” at the bottom of the screen.

Reading the Card

Once at the checkout screen (after tapping “Checkout”) you should the message “Connected to Bluetooth Reader” quickly change to “Insert / Swipe / Tap”. When you see that message, you can read the card! 

  • Insert (left picture): You’ll want to use this option for cards with a chip. Make sure the chip is facing down and towards the thicker part of the device. Push completely into the device. The app message will change to “Remove Card” when it’s finished reading the card (usually within a couple of seconds) and you’ll hear a completion beep. When it says Remove Card, you can remove the card :)

  • Swipe (middle picture): You really shouldn’t ever have to do this unless someone provides you a card with no chip (rare) or the reader can’t read the chip for some reason (also rare).

  • Tap to Pay (right picture): For cards with the “Tap to Pay” icon (or mobile devices running a tap to pay mobile wallets such as Apple Pay or Google Pay) you can simply hold the card or device up to the reader’s front tap to pay logo. Once done reading the Passage app will say “Remove Card” at which point you can move the card or device. 

After Reading Your Card

After reading the card, please return the card to the owner.  You'll be asked for the cardholder's signature on the screen (a big white box). From this screen, the cardholder can sign, and you can e-mail a receipt (using the top box), or print a receipt or tickets if you have a printer setup.

That’s It!

If you need any help with your new reader or any other part of your event setup, please don’t hesitate to reach out by phone (+1.855.688.7277 option 1) or email (support@gopassage.com). We’re happy to help! 

AND PLEASE: Don’t forget to test your in-person transactions before your event! :)


Advanced Details:

Turning the reader on and off

To turn on the Chipper 2X BT, press and release the power button. The status light turns on to indicate power. The reader waits for a Bluetooth connection for five minutes before turning off.

When the reader is connected to a device running your app, its status light shines steady blue. If inactive for more than 30 seconds, it enters standby mode to conserve power, and the status light begins flashing at 5-second intervals. The reader stays connected to your iOS or Android device while in standby and automatically exits standby mode when you resume activity.

The reader automatically turns off after 10 hours of inactivity. To turn the reader off manually, press and hold the power button until the status light goes out. You don’t need to turn off the reader to conserve power.

With typical usage, you only need to charge the reader once per day.

Status light

Whenever the BBPOS Chipper 2X BT is turned on, the LED located beside the power button shows the reader’s current status.

Charging the reader

To charge the BBPOS Chipper 2X BT, use the included micro USB cable. The USB port does not work for connecting the reader to a device—it’s only for charging.


Having trouble with your reader? Here are some possible problems (and fixes):

  1. Can't Find Reader in Setup. Please make sure you've approved access to both Bluetooth and your device location in the setup. If you're not sure if this was completed successfully, you can check in the iOS settings.
    - Go to settings, on your iOS device.
    - Scroll down to the bottom on the left side until you see "Passage Manager".
    - Select "Passage Manager" and verify Passage Manager has access to Bluetooth and Location ("While Using" the app).

  2. Reader Disconnects from Device (#1). Your reader may be connected to multiple devices. If you think this is possible, please go into “Settings” in the Passage Manager App, then “Sales Settings”, then “Bluetooth Reader Setup” and "disconnect" from the reader on every device that's connected so that you can start again.

  3. Reader Disconnects from Device (#2). Certain devices will "auto-lock" the screen every so often and will go into a low-power mode when that happens which will disconnect Bluetooth devices as a result. The device should automatically reconnect, but if it doesn't, try disabling screen Auto-Lock in the iOS settings by going into the iOS settings, then "Display and Brightness", Select Auto-Lock, and set to "Never".

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