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4 Tech Products That Speed Up Your Business Travel

Nothing throws off a business trip quite like delays. Long lines, late flights, sluggish Wi-Fi – when you’ve got places to go, people to meet and work to do, the last thing you need is to waste time waiting. The good news is, having the right technology at your disposal can give you that extra speed when it seems like everything else is slowing you down. These gadgets, recommended by tech expert Andru Edwards, can make your life on the road, at work or at home faster and more efficient.

My Digital Passport Wireless SSD

What it is: Portable device that offers you instantaneous Wi-Fi mobile storage.

Available at: www.wdc.com

Does this sound familiar? The big meeting is in five minutes. It’s go time, but you’re running late because your large presentation is still uploading to your device. My Digital Passport puts a stop to file transfer tardiness. It’s your one-stop-shop for uploading and saving all your important documents on the road. Back up files fast with the built-in SD card reader and one-touch copy button, no laptop required. The device also functions as a portable charger, with the built-in power bank ensuring your devices are never left with without a charge. You can also wirelessly connect your mobile device to stream videos and view photos no matter where your travels take you.

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad

What it is: Wireless charging device for quick and easy charging.

Available at: www.belkin.com

Business pros don’t have time for games, but there’s one that we’ve all played at some point in our travels: Phone Battery Russian Roulette. How many emails can you send at 2%? Can you finish reviewing that report before your screen goes dark? Put an end to no one’s favorite game with Belkin’s Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad. This device allows you to charge your iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone 8 at speeds up to seven and a half watts. Belkin worked closely with Apple to optimize charging speeds, making sure you get the most out of the device. LED lights let you know when your phone is in the right position. Then you simply place your phone on the pad, case and all, and you’ll be back to full power in no time.

Lishtot TestDrop Pro

What it is: Keychain device that tests water quality on the go and connects with a corresponding app to deliver real-time results.

Available at: www.lishtot.com

The last thing you want to think about when you pick up a glass of water at dinner or a bottle of water at a conference is what’s in it. But if you’re wary of the water in your next business trip destination – or your own home -- bring along the Lishtot TestDrop Pro to instantly determine water quality. The device scans for contaminants in bottled, tap and fresh water, giving business travelers peace of mind while traveling. Within seconds, Lishtot analyzes the water and includes a recommendation on whether or not to drink the water. Sync it up to the corresponding smartphone app to view a results graph or check out your sampling history. The next time someone says, “There must be something in the water,” you can do something about it.

TouchPoint Solution

What it is: Wristbands deliver a series of vibrations to calm you down while on the road.

Available at: www.thetouchpointsolution.com

As a business pro, you’ve seen it all, and there isn’t much that can rattle you. But for those rare exceptions – the occasional stormy flight, the high-stakes meeting with your largest account – TouchPoint Solution is your ally against anxiety. TouchPoint’s wristbands help you relax during your travels. Wear a band on each wrist, sync them with your phone, and TouchPoint releases a series of personalized haptic micro-vibrations that help disengage the body’s “fight or flight” response. You can select your own vibrating speed and pattern or choose from a variety of pre-set modes such as “anger,” “calm” or “sleep.” TouchPoint claims to relieve stress by as much as 70 percent in 30 seconds, so you can neutralize your nervousness without missing a step.