Traveling, either for work or play, can be a nerve-wrecking experience if you’re not properly equipped.
In particular, staying connected to the internet is a challenge. While most countries have data bundled with prepaid SIM cards, the hassle of switching SIM cards, not to mention being uncontactable, is a real concern.
Fret not, for there is a solution to this problem, and it comes in the form of pocket-sized devices that create mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. Why would you want to carry another gadget that adds to your luggage weight, you ask?
Give us five minutes and we’ll convince you.
For your smartphone, that is. When it comes to Wi-Fi versus mobile data, the former gives you a higher battery mileage. After all, there’s no need for your smartphone to constantly hunt for a strong mobile network, when it’s already tightly latched onto a Wi-Fi network. In short, you get to do more with your phone, which is especially important when you’re sightseeing and won’t have immediate access to a power source.
It’s small and lightweight
It’s really not a chore to carry a mobile wireless hotspot. Most of them are no larger than your palm, and fits snuggly either in your pocket or backpack. Think about it - would you want to insert your traveling data SIM card in an additional smartphone or, heaven forbid, swop it out with your main phone? Either options pale in comparison to a light, oval-shaped dongle that weighs around the 100g mark.
Sharing is caring
Creating a Wi-Fi hotspot means you can share the connection love with everyone in your traveling party when they connect to your Wi-Fi hotspot. How many people? This varies from one device to another, but typically, you can share with at least five people in your group. Of course, remember to set a password so only those in the inner circle get to enjoy the benefits of your Wi-Fi hotspot.
Then, there’s the matter of having a phone that’s compatible with the overseas network. Especially if you're using a much older phone. Imagine the horror when you insert that newly purchased SIM card in your phone, only to realise it doesn’t support the frequency. Mobile wireless hotspots, on the other hand, cover a wide spectrum of bands, so you're less likely to be caught in a situation where your SIM card is a dud. On the plus side, you won’t have to switch out your local SIM card, leaving you contactable on your local number.
Level up with... PROLiNK Energiepak battery packs
Tapping onto a mobile wireless hotspot is a great way to up your battery mileage. But it’s always prudent to be prepared. Trust us, If you’re on an extended road trip, you'll need a battery pack. Especially one that is safe to use and won't catch fire.
PROLiNK’s Energiepak Power Bank series does exactly that, certified for true capacity and safety by BSMI Taiwan. Each battery pack utilises a lightweight Lithium Polymer battery, complete with a carrying case. The choices include the basic 7200mAh PROLiNK Pastel Power Bank (S$49), an 8000mAh PROLiNK Ore Power Bank (S$59), a high-stamina 10,600mAh PROLiNK Steel Power Bank (S$69) and the monstrous 12,000mAh PROLiNK Xtra Power Bank (S$79, pictured above).
All of which come with two USB outputs to charge both smartphone and mobile wireless hotspot concurrently and quickly thanks to a quality 24AWG cable for fast charging.
Level up with... PROLiNK Bluetooth headsets
Ditch the wires. In fact, ditch the complicated wireless setup. When you travel, you want it to be a hassle-free experience. With one tap, you can connect PROLiNK’s NFC-enabled wireless Bluetooth headsets to your phone. Great when you just want to relax and listen to some tunes on those long train or plane rides.
Choose from the high-end PROLiNK Fervor Pro Bluetooth stereo headset (S$89), mid-range PROLiNK Fervor Tune Bluetooth stereo headset (S$69) or the entry-level PROLiNK Fervor Basic super slim Bluetooth headset (S$49), all of which can be easily recharged with PROLiNK’s Energiepak battery packs while you’re on the go.