There are people always on the road, always on the move. They must be able to make use of their laptops in the car but to do so, they need to get some equipment designed for this kind of situations. There are 2 major problems to be solved: charging and internet connection. Good news is that nowadays, it’s quite cheap to charge your laptop in your car or get connected to internet anywhere in the world.
Charging your laptop in the car
Charging your laptop inside your car can be done via 3 simple methods, and it depends on what type of laptop you use. If you use a laptop which may be charged via USB Type-C port things are really simple.
Charging with a universal laptop car charger
For $30 or less you can buy some universal laptop car charger. It doesn’t matter what kind of laptop you own: HP, Dell, Toshiba, IBM, Lenovo, Acer, Samsung, Sony, Fujitsu, or Gateway. If it’s not more power hungry than 100w, everything should be just fine. That universal laptop car charger connects to your 12v socket. Before you buy one, consult the producer specifications to make sure there is enough compatibility.
Charging with invertors
Invertors are not specially designed for laptops, but you can charge them too. Invertors can be used for multiple devices at the same time and have wall sockets attached as well as USB ports, for charging phones and tablets too. You can buy some good invertors for $50 and charge simultaneous up to 10 devices.
Charging with power bank
If you own some MacBook or any other laptop which can be charged via USB Type-C, you can do that with power banks. Of course, there will come a day when that power bank will need a recharge as well, but you can do that in a hotel room overnight. On the road, having some 20000 mAh power bank for your MacBook can give you days of uninterrupted use.
Connecting to internet on the road
Traveling and being able to connect to the internet is not such a big issue anymore. We have 3G or LTE networks to make use of, with low costs as well. Back in the days when technology was not so evolved, connecting to the interned on the road could make you broke in no time, but today, you have so many cheap options…
Connecting via mobile hotspot
Everybody has internet connections on their smartphones. With that being said, you can share those connections with your laptop via some modern wonder called hotspot. Hotspot turns your smartphone into a router and your laptop can connect to it via Wi-Fi. Of course, the laptop means heavy traffic compared to optimized mobile smartphone apps, but nowadays internet is cheap as fuck.
Connecting via USB or internal 3G/LTE modem
If you own a laptop with an internal modem, you can make use of that when you are traveling. Throw in a SIM card and you will have internet access wherever you have GSM signal… As I said before, LTE internet nowadays is quite cheap even abroad. If you don’t have a business class laptop and you are not able to put SIM card inside your laptop, you can go anytime for an external USB Modem.
Connecting via satellite
This is one of the most expensive solution of all, but with under $1500 you can have internet anywhere on this planet, you won’t depend on GSM signal anymore. Speeds will be kind of terrible, but you will be able to connect to the internet from anywhere on Earth.
Why Wi-Fi is out of discussion
Wi-Fi is out of discussion because, let’s be honest: how many times you traveled and found an open Wi-Fi network on the road? Ok, you could have one at some restaurant you stop for lunch or in your hotel room, but that’s it. You won’t be able to get Wi-Fi signal on the road.
With so many options, you could just live inside your car, traveling around the world without being worried about your laptop or your internet connection. All you have to do is to solve those two primordial problems: charging and internet connection.