Technology - Jul 28, 2017

Five smart gadgets for your next business trip

From a super-durable charger to a pocket-sized projector, these portable tech marvels belong in your carry-on


One of the keys to a successful business trip is to pack smart. Bring what you need, leave what you don't, and make sure everything is small and light. Your phone and laptop are likely at the top of your packing list, but you might want to consider making space for one or two other portable gadgets in your carry-on. Here’s some travel-oriented tech to help keep you productive and secure wherever your work takes you.

Nomad PowerPack |

If you can’t stomach the possibility of being without power for your mobile devices, the Nomad PowerPack is the backup battery for you. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, it stores enough juice to repower most phone batteries between two and three times, and it supports fast-charging technology. Bumbling hands? Not to worry: it has military-grade drop protection, allowing it to easily survive tumbles from chest height. Plus, its Bluetooth location-tracking via an app called Tile means you'll always know exactly where your PowerPack is.


Keeping track of all your stuff while travelling can be tricky. Duet by PROTAG is an innovative loss-prevention system that provides a clever means of ensuring you never stray too far from your phone and the object with which it's paired. Just attach the colourful, fob-sized tag to something you always have with you – a bag, a keychain, etc. – and download the PROTAG app. If you accidentally drop or leave your phone or the tagged item behind, and the two become separated by a distance of more than 10 metres, you'll instantly receive an alert via the one you still have in your possession.

Standeazy Ultra |

The original Standeazy – a folding, credit-card-sized multipurpose device stand (super-handy for airplanes and hotel tables) – proved such a huge hit that its U.K.-based inventors recently held a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop the Standeazy Ultra. This sleeker, sturdier edition is made of brushed aluminum and can easily support both phones and tablets, yet is still thinner than a penny, weighs just 7 grams and can fit in one of the card slots in your wallet.

AAXA P3X Pico Projector |

Presentations are often better with a slideshow, but you can't always be sure that the client you're visiting will have a projector available for you. Instead, rely on Aaxa's diminutive P3X pico projector, which is small enough to fit in a purse. Under half a pound and just 5.5 inches at its widest point, it can throw up an 80-inch image at 85 lumens while running for a couple of hours off its built-in battery. It won't replace your boardroom projector, but it's handy in a pinch – and perfect for travelling.

Bluesmart One |

Frequent business travellers may want to check out the Bluesmart One. This super-smart carry-on suitcase has built-in charging for phones and laptops, global GPS tracking, and a remote locking mechanism that can be triggered manually or automatically if the bag moves a set distance from your phone. It even has a built-in digital scale that lets you check its weight to ensure you meet airline regulations. Plus, it meets U.S. Transportation Security Administration compliance rules while providing easy access slots for gadgets that need to be popped out for security scanning.