The Batbox Baton XD
A hand-held recorder for your mobile phone
Works with Android and iPhones
Call me on 0333 9000 927 for a chat
The Batbox Baton XD has my 60 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee & extra year's warranty

Hi there,

What can I say about the Batbox Baton XD?

If you're looking for a hand-held recorder to connect to your phone and give you a real-time sonogram display, the Batbox Baton XD and the Wildlife Acoustics Echo Meter Touch are the ones to consider.

Both units record bat calls very efficiently, so your choice is going to be guided as much by aesthetics as anything else. The EM Touch fits snugly onto an iPhone or iPad, whereas the Baton XD is connected via a cable to either Android or iPhone.

Personally, I prefer the Echo Meter Touch with its auto-ID capabilities.

I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase so call me on 0333 9000 927 for advice.

Warm Regards,


Your Batbox Baton XD comes with my 60 day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee and my exclusive 2 year warranty from £290 including UK delivery and VAT
(non-UK delivery will be charged at cost after purchase and if you have an EU VAT number or are outside the EU, we can supply without VAT)

Frequency reduction of bat calls is accomplished in two ways; frequency division, which divides the ultrasonic sound spectrum by 10, in real time, secondly - time expansion, where the Baton XD, having selected the optimum few calls of the bat pass, instantaneously creates a high speed digital recording and then immediately plays it back 10 times slower. The unit does not go 'deaf' at any time during this process so no bat pass will be missed.

The output can be sent to any recording device, including iPhone and Android phones, for instant or later spectrum analysis.

To accurately identify bat species from calls, four of the essential measurement criteria required are bandwidth, repetition rate, call shape, and relative intensity. The Baton XD provides all of this information via its two simultaneous modes. Both modes retain amplitude information and frequency bandwidth. The call repetition rate is available from frequency division and a more detailed output of call shape is provided by time expansion.

When conducting night time surveys, it is important to keep as much of your attention as possible for watching the environment, both for personal safety reasons and for accurate judgement of bat activity, which can be just as important for identification and behavioural assessment as sound analysis alone. For this reason the Baton XD has just a single tactile button for accessing all of its functions.The single button operation controls the speaker output, channel swapping and volume change.

The auto-sensing output adjusts automatically for different devices which might be connected to it such as headphones, line-out devices, recorders and smart phones.

The Baton XD is packed with the very latest advanced circuitry in a very small device and yet it only consumes 20mA. Battery life, even with a standard alkaline battery, is above 20 hours (depending on use) but can be considerably extended by using a lithium type to around 60 hours.

Baton XD is available with optional built-in strong magnets for an additional £15, which will enable the unit to be attached to the exterior of most cars for mobile transect road surveys.

• Single button operation • Frequency division and time expansion • Sonagram display via smartphone apps • Multiple output options

Dimensions; 16.5cm x 4.6cm x 3.4cm Weight: 81gm

Baton XD Specifications

Time expansion and frequency division (x10); A-D convertor 441kHz sample rate (12 bit); Output DAC 44.1kHz (12 bit); Frequency response better than 18kHz to 120kHz; Intelligent output sensing of Line-out/headphone/smart phone; Power consumption 20mA; Battery 9v, PP3 (<60hrs with Lithium Polymer, 15 hrs with NiMH)

Download Manual

Select the type of bat detector you're looking for below
Passive Zero Cross

Recorders for leaving out on site and producing zero crossing files.

Passive Full Spectrum

Recorders to be left out on site and producing full spectrum files.

Active Full Spectrum

Hand-held recorders that can record full spectrum files and most of them log GPS co-ordinates.

Comment from a client:

"My bat detector microphone failed during a dawn survey and knew that I had a group of dusk surveys starting in two days time. I was not in a good place as I did not have a spare, but my equipment was less than a year old.

After my survey I contacted Martin by email and he called me back on the same day, a few hours later, after a quick nap. He told me he did not have a part in stock, but had already contacted the supplier on my behalf.

The next day I received a replacement part, free of charge and express delivered from Switzerland. I thought it was amazing, and could not believe it was resolved so quickly.

Due to Martin's exceptional service I was good to go with the surveys, and I really would like to thank Martin and Wildlife Countryside Services for making the dusk surveys happen." 

David Kent

© 2015 Bat Detectors UK, part of Wildlife & Countryside Services