So I’m on Schiphol Airport, on my way to Think Visibility in Leeds, UK, and I found that there are no power outlets here. Good thing I brought an external battery for my Macbook Pro… When I plugged it in I thought this would be a great time to write a bit about the new travel gear I’ve been buying the last few months.
Let me show you what’s on my desk with me right now:
To the left is my HyperMac external battery, which is powering and charging my laptop at the moment, and also has an outlet to charge my iPhone, should it need charging. I’ve been traveling quite a bit with this and found that, when fully charged, my MBP-100 HyperMac gives me about 6 hours of added productivity, which is very useful if you’re in trains as much as I am.
On the right of the HyperMac is my Novatel Mifi, which is giving me a great HSDPA connection here in the airport. If you don’t know the Mifi, it’s a wireless hotspot that uses your simcard, and converts your 3G connection into a wireless hotspot for 5 devices. It’s got an absolutely great antenna, giving me the best connection I’ve ever had wirelessly here in Holland.
Coolest thing about the Mifi? I can use it on the road, for instance while driving. Yesterday I was stuck in a traffic jam, but had to go into a Skype conference call. So I booted up the Mifi, made my iPhone to its Wireless connection, and was able to use Skype on my iPhone to do the conference call, while driving! (Nevermind the safety issues, I was going a maximum of 5 mph…)
I got my Mifi at Henk van Ess‘s MifiEurope.com, he’s also going to be bringing the Eye-fi to Europe, the combination of a Mifi with and Eye-fi must be very good for those who make a couple more pictures a week than I do…
The Mifi and Hypermac both are a bit pricy, but they do help me to spend as much of my travel time working, and thus are well worth their money!