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Standalone Handheld and Portable PIC Programmers

These PIC programmers support PIC18F and PIC16F microcontroller families and are ideal for unskilled operatives, engineering development and field upgrades, where standalone operation is needed.




Kanda now supply three different standalone PIC programmers for portable field and production programming.
  • Handheld PIC Programmer: Robust, single button operation, 256KB, hold one program
  • 8-way Handheld PIC Programmer: Stores 8 programs, select by rotary switch, one program button
  • Portable PIC Programmer: Stores 32 programs, Keypad and LCD for selection

Handheld PIC Programmer



Handheld PIC Programmer

Handheld features


The standalone Handheld PIC Programmer is the big brother of the PIC keyfob portable PIC programmer. It has the same easy to use single button operation but it is robust enough to power the target at 3.3V or 5V. So it is better for low voltage targets and programs faster than the keyfob programmer. It has a range of features that make it ideal for field and production use.
  • Single button operation
  • Powered by 9V PP3 battery
  • Connector for 9V PSU (2.1mm barrel, centre positive)
  • Supports PIC16F and PIC18F families, including PIC18F J parts
  • Powers target at 3.3V or 5V, with 9V or 12.5V VPP for High Voltage Programming
  • Low and high voltage programming modes
  • Fast programming times

Starter Kit


You need one Handheld PIC Programmer Starter Kit to load handheld programmers from the PC. Once it is loaded, the handheld PIC programmer is completely standalone and can be used in the field or in production without a PC or power.
  • Win 2000/XP/VISTA/Win7 (32 and 64-bit)
  • USB port interface - Parallel available
  • Code, Data and configuration loaded from HEX file
  • Supports PIC16F and PIC18F devices, including J and K microcontrollers
  • One button operation, the simplest PIC programmer on the market
Information Button


PIC 8-way Handheld Programmer


PIC Handheld Programmer The basic PIC Handheld Programmer is great for its simplicity, but you are limited to one program, so we have introduced an 8-way version.

This has the same simple one-button operation for target programming but it has an 8-way rotary switch to select from up to 8 different programs.

8-way Hand held PIC Programmer features
  • Simple Program selection using rotary switch
  • Each program slot can have a different file, PIC microcontroller, configuration bytes and Data
  • Each program slot is up to 256KB in size
  • Same one button operation to program target
  • PC software reads programmer and displays program list, including 30 character discription, filename and PIC microcontroller
  • Only program slots required need to be programmed
  • USB interface to load Programmer from PC

Starter Kit

You need one Handheld PIC Programmer Starter Kit to load handheld programmers from the PC. Once it is loaded, the handheld PIC programmer can be used in the field or in production without a PC or power.
  • Win 2000/XP/VISTA/Win7/Win8 (32 and 64-bit)
  • USB port interface - Parallel available
  • Code, Data and configuration loaded from HEX file
  • Supports PIC16F and PIC18F devices, including J and K microcontrollers
Information Button


Standalone Programmer Features

Standalone Portable PIC Programmer
The standalone PIC Portable Programmer is the most sophisticated of the range, but we have tried to maintain the same easy to use philosophy. The keypad for selecting programs is very straightforward, with program selection by number or scrolling with arrow keys. Once program is selected, just press program button.
  • Keypad and LCD display
  • Stores up to 32 programs, 256KB each
  • Includes rechargeable battery and charger
  • Includes PC USB interface and loading software
  • Win 2000/XP/VISTA/Win7, 32 and 64-bit
  • Low and high voltage programming
  • Code, Data and configuration loaded from HEX file
  • Supports PIC16F and PIC18F devices, including J and K microcontrollers

Information Button

Handheld and Portable PIC Programmer Comparison


  Handheld 8-way Handheld Portable
PC Interface USB USB USB
Memory 256KB 8 x 256KB 32 x 256KB
Power 9V PP3 9V PP3 9V Rechargeable
Target Power Yes Yes Yes
Power Connector Yes Yes Yes
VPP Generator Built-in Built-in Built-in
9V VPP Yes Yes Yes
LCD Display No No Yes


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For all our PIC Programmer options, please see PIC Programmer Guide

For a guide to PIC ICSP Circuits, please see View PIC Programmer ICSP Guide in new window.







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