It’s easier than ever to work while on the move. Smartphones and laptops mean we always have the power we need, and technology like Wi-Fi and 4G ensure we’re almost always connected. However, this also means that being offline can be costly — you can waste time, keep team members waiting, or miss significant meetings and conferences.

With new technology, it’s possible to stay online, even in some of the most trying of circumstances. These new business tech gadgets will keep you in touch and boost productivity.

Wi-Fi Hotspots

Wi Fi hot spot router

With a Wi-Fi hotspot, you can stay connected just about anywhere. These devices work with the cell network to create an access point for any enabled device — like a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. This will be especially valuable after 5G rolls out in more cities throughout 2019 and 2020. 5G will deliver speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. With a hotspot, you can plug into the cellular network and have lightning-fast Wi-Fi connectivity wherever there’s a signal.

Travel Docks

Travel Docs USB

Travel docks add extra USB connectivity to your laptop or other mobile devices. They enable you to turn anywhere into mobile office space. You can plug-in devices like speakers, mobile hotspots, digital projectors, or just about anything with USB connectivity. If you need to join a conference call or leave a team member a message, ensure you’re coming across loud and clear by using a high-quality headset or microphone.

Power Banks

USB Power Bank

You were smart enough to bring a charger with you to the airport, but there are no outlets open. There’s no time to let your phone sit in a public charging station. It could be that no matter where you look, there’s not an outlet to be found. Your phone battery is running low, and you’re about to lose contact with everyone else on your team.

A standard power bank with a 10,000 mAh capacity can fully charge an iPhone 11 from zero two times. The power bank market is vast, with many different options to choose from depending on how much battery power you need and how many devices must be charged.

Charging Stations

usb charging station

If you need to keep an entire team running, or like to be seen as dependable, charging stations are another great travel option. Plug one into an outlet, and you can use its multiple USB ports to charge several devices at a time. Some charging stations will also double as a power bank, cutting down on the number of gadgets you need to take with you.

Some advanced models even come with features like solar charging so that you can be almost sure you’ll never run out of power again.

Pin-Secured Portable Drives And USBs

pin supported drives and usbs

When you travel with confidential information, you’re always putting that information at some level of risk. After all, even encrypted files can be hacked. If you want to keep your data as safe as possible when you travel, there is a newer, more secure generation of USBs and portable drives.

There are several passwords and access types. Some have 10-digit keypads you can use to set a PIN that will lock the USB or drive if not correctly keyed in. More advanced drives offer features like iris and fingerprint scanning, so only the person whose biometrics are registered with the device can access the files saved on it. These drives also usually provide on-USB or on-disk encryption to offer another level of protection if your drive ends up in the wrong hands.

Staying Productive on the Move

These new business gadgets make traveling easier than ever. With the right tools, you can turn just about any room into a mobile conference space and carry huge amounts of information that will stay secure even in the worst-case scenario. With a power bank or charging station, you’ll almost never have to worry about running out of charge again.

These new business tech gadgets make it easier than ever to stay in touch with your team and be ready for a last-minute conference call, email, or presentation.

Kate Harveston
Kate Harveston is a freelance writer from Pennsylvania. She mainly writes about legal issues and the political realm, but her work has covered a wide range of topics. If you like her writing, you can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to her blog,