Traveling often I'm always in search of gadgets that can ease my stress.
One of the first world problems I usually encounter when travelling, is the wi-fi limitations in hotels. Often too slow and most likely don't support more than once connection at a time. Usually the cable connection is an excellent solution for my laptop, but what about my mobile devices?
Recently, I discovered a device that’s a combination of an external battery pack, Wi-Fi router, and a micro NAS.
What is the TripMate?
The TripMate is a combination device.
- It’s a 6000 mAh battery pack that you can use it to recharge your devices on the go.
- It’s a Wi-Fi router; that you can use both as a LAN-to-Wi-Fi node or a stand alone Wi-Fi node that can be shared with many devices.
- It’s a NAS (Network Attached Storage unit) that you can plug a to a USB drive and share files and stream media.
The device is well-designed and built in the shape of a small battery. It weighs only 125g, the same as an iPhone 5. Wide only three fingers, it is light and compact enough to be stored in a backpack or even a pocket. Perfect for trips.
How does it work?
As a battery pack, the TripMate functions seamlessly. Even if not over powered as other external battery packs. I was able to charge fully my iPhone 6 and more than 50% of my iPad. I was able to stream content to my iPad for 6 hours straight before dying.
As a Wi-Fi router I always maxed out the connection speed I was on.
Wi-Fi coverage was also outstanding. Considering most people will be using the device in small areas (such as hotel rooms) the signal power is more than enough.
As a NAS it also performed well. I had no issues moving files between a Hard Drive and my Macbook. And HD video streaming is flawless.
If you need a travel router and a travel NAS, you can't go wrong with the Tripmate. For only 35€ it's a more than respectable device that can drastically improve your trips.