From dual SIM mobile phones to hand-held USB rechargers and superlight laptops, there are a whole host of various gadgets currently on the market for the business traveller. Here’s the lowdown on nine of the best on offer this year.
EatSmart Precision Voyager: We all hate those Gradgrindian luggage restrictions, limiting everything from carry-on bags to checked suitcases, and we especially hate those soaring fees for any kilograms we may be over. To avoid any trouble, be sure to grab one of Voyager’s precise hand-held weighing scales. They’re small, discreet and accurate to the T.
Tri-Fi portable WiFi Router: For anyone that has ever had to pay for roaming charges after they used their phone or tablet when travelling internationally will love this gadget. It’s a portable WiFi routerthat comes with a worldwide data SIM card inside, meaning you can access the internet anywhere in the world for up to 95% less than your regular SIM card. You can connect up to 10 devices to the internet and all browse simultaneously. The Tri-Fi is also a powerbank so it can fully charge the average cell phone more than twice, what’s more it fits in your pocket.
PocketCell: Battery blitzers and energy fiends pay attention, because the PocketCell could be just the thing you’ve been looking for. It allows you to recharge any USB device without being plugged in, using a whopping 6,800mAh capacity to keep your travelling business going for longer.
The SpareOne Plus Emergency Phone: You never know what surprises lay in store, so why not travel prepared and armed with one of these emergency mobile phones? They are lightweight, durable, run off a single AA battery and can be tucked neatly into your hand-luggage.
Lenovo X1 Carbon: If you’re looking for a lightweight laptop option then why not go for the best? Lenovo’s slender X1 is the lightest in the world, coming in at a mere 1.2 kilograms in total, while still boasting a full 14-inch screen.
Timbuk2 Copilot Roller: Momentarily taking us away from the hi-tech electronics is this lightweight roller case, which boasts waterproof internal compartments, a fully reinforced interior and a padded zipper pocket out front that’s perfect for those 13” screens.
Mountain Hardwear Refugium/Radiance Jacket: Complete with warming heating element and lithium-ion battery, these cosy coats by Mountain Hardware are set to become the new breed of travel warmers. Not only will they allow business travellers to explore the colder reaches of the planet in comfort, but also to charge their all-important gadgets while doing it.
GRID-IT: This patent-pending masterpiece is a real gem for business travellers with too many gadgets for their own good. It allows endless storage configurations and secure holding for things like laptop mice, smartphones, headphones, batteries, pens and the like; creating something of a mini desktop in your bag.
A Simple.be metal-free belt: Don’t waste any more time lingering at airport security than you have to, exchanging your old metal belt with this Simple.be alternative, which is guaranteed to get you through those detectors and into the business lounges in a jiffy!