Here’s what you need if you’re heading on a work trip, family vacation, or even a backcountry getaway.
It’s that time of year where we start planning our work and family trips abroad. For most, bringing tech during holiday trips is an absolute necessity. If you’re heading on a work trip, family vacation, or even a backcountry getaway, let’s look at some of the best travel gadgets for 2020.
If you want the ‘Tesla’ of carry-on luggage, the Travelmate S is for you. It’s a fully autonomous suitcase and robot that moves vertically and horizontally when autonomous. As you are walking through an airport, the Travelmate S will follow you and dynamically optimize its movements to your walking speed. With a max speed of 6.75 mph, it can also run with you in the airport as you’re trying to catch your flight.
A built-in scale accurately measures the weight of your suitcase’s contents so you’ll never overpack again. A built-in battery can charge smartphones and tablets with USB ports, and it includes a standard electrical outlet for charging laptops. Best of all, you’ll never lose the Travelmate S because it has built-in GPS chip.
Jabra Elite 85h Wireless Headphones
Any frequent traveller needs a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones, especially for long flights. The Jabra Elite 85h are over-the-ear wireless headphones that provide 36 hours of battery life on a single charge. Smart active noise cancellation turns on when it detects unwanted background noise, and it features one-touch access to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant.
These headphones are also perfect for taking calls on-the-go. Advance call technology uses six microphones to enhance call quality by blocking out wind noises and background distractions.
MiLi Charging Station III
Whether you’re staying in a hotel or AirBnb, you’ll want to setup a charging station for your devices every night. The MiLi Charging Station III is a six-port charger for smartphones, tablets and new Macbooks. With a single outlet, you can simultaneously charge six devices with four USB ports and two USB Type-C ports. The ergonomic design makes it comfortable to use at home and while travelling.
The MiLi Charging Station III uses the universal input voltage of AC1000-240V and complies with the charging standard of most countries world-wide. With quick charge, travellers can charge a new iPhone by up to 50 per cent in 30 minutes.
Yeti 200X Portable Power Station
For hardcore travellers like campers, backcountry hikers, and climbers — solar chargers that work off the grid can be a life saving accessory. The Yeti 200X is a portable power station with three charging methods. It can be plugged into a wall or a vehicle’s 12V outlet and charges fully in four hours. Off the grid, the Yeti 200X can be charged by the sun through portable solar panels in about 11 hours.
With a 186 watt-hour battery, the Yeti 200X is compact and highly portable. It has enough battery power to charge a smartphone 20 times and a tablet five times. With a variety of ports and standard outlets, you’ll be able to keep all your electronic devices charged when you’re in remote locations.
LOGiiX World Traveler
For those travelling overseas, keeping your devices charged in countries that support different plugs and outlets can be frustrating. The LOGiiX World Traveler is a compact all-in-one travel adapter that supports up to two devices and works in more than 150 countries. Each pin also features a safety release button for safe usage.
For people travelling outside of Canada, having a travel adapter ensures all your devices stay charged, no matter what country you’re visiting. Families may want to buy multiple units so everyone can charge their devices at night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andy Baryer (aka Handy Andy) is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY-expert based in Vancouver, Canada. As an on-air technology expert, Andy is a frequent guest on GlobalBC Noon News and heard on CKNW and Kiss Radio.