Posted on November 15, 2016
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your favorite contractor, look no further! We’ve gathered some of the best gadgets to make their lives easier and help them get more done on-the-go.
Integrating technology into your work at the jobsite can speed up the time it takes to do a job, improve efficiency, and keep you and your crew safe.
Never lose a screw or nail again with a Magnetic WristBand. The MagnoGrip is inexpensive, made of durable 1680D ballistic polyester, and will keep metal screws and other small tools on your wrist where you can always find them.
Free up your hands from carrying a flashlight and see and be seen by others if you’re working in the dark.
Halo Light $149
Keep your devices charged with a USB battery pack. If you’re on the go and don’t have access to an outlet, there are some great affordable options to keep you connected. The Jackery Bolt fits in your pocket and is great for when you’re in a pinch and your phone needs a boost at the end of the day, while the RAVPower Ace Series 22000 Power Bank is larger but can charge your phone every night for about a week.
Jackery Bolt $22
A tablet is tough to beat when it comes to mobile work, and the iPad Air 2 is an excellent option. It’s lightweight and powerful, and also has an anti-reflective screen, an improved camera, and convenient Touch ID. Another great option is the Nvidia Shield Tablet. It’s about the same weight as the Air 2, has great graphics, and is quite a bit cheaper.
iPad Air 2 $500
Nvidia Shield Tablet $200
Many contractors travel often and staying connected is vital to keeping businesses afloat. Even though most phones can create a mobile hotspot, they can be unreliable. A mobile wifi hotspot offers more reliability than a phone-created hotspot and longer battery life, while letting you keep your phone free for doing other things. Verizon and AT&T both offer good options.
Verizon Jetpack® 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot—AC791L $50 (with 2 yr contract)
AT&T Unite $50 (with 2 yr contract)
Laser tape measures like the DMiotech allow you to take large measurements without an extra set of hands, which is great if you’re at a jobsite alone. This Bosch laser tape measure takes it a step further by sending those measurements to the app on your phone or computer.
Bosch GLM 100 C $199
Staying hydrated on the jobsite during the heat of summer is critical. There are a lot of great affordable options like Kleen Kanteen to keep your water cool. Some, like the Nomader, are even collapsible so you can fit it in your pocket when you’re on the go.
If you’re like many contractors, you probably spend more time in your vehicle than in the office. Fortunately, there are ways you can make that small space an effective, efficient, on-the-go office.
Make sure your device stays charged in your car with a USB car charger like the Anker PowerDrive 2. Most of these chargers are inexpensive, unobtrusive, and have an led light for visibility.
Having hands-free accessibility for your phone is invaluable. Not only is it convenient and lets you to talk to employees or clients while driving, but allows you to keep both hands on the wheel.
If you like using a computer rather than a tablet, there are some great budget options to use in your mobile office. The Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG has a 12 hour battery, better performance than most others in the budget price range, and has all of the essentials most people need for everyday usage.
A smartphone car mount like the TechMatte MagGrip CD Slot Car Mount makes it easy to navigate or answer a client phone call while on the road. While you’re not driving, use a laptop mount like the RAM Seat-Mate and get more work done from your mobile office.
Papers get lost, damaged, and thrown away accidentally. Keep them at a minimum by having a portable scanner like the Fujitsu ScanSnap in your truck. No more shuffling through papers, scan and search them quickly and easily.
If you travel a lot, a portable power supply is a great thing to have on hand. Power supplies like the ChargeTech Portable Power Outlet are small and portable. The ChargeTech has both USB and AC outlets so you can charge your phone, laptop, and just about any other gadget you need to power.
If you prefer making notes using pen and paper but want those notes to be saved without having to search through a notebook, a smart notebook or notepad is a great solution. The Wacom Bamboo Spark lets you take handwritten notes on any paper and saves it digitally so you can edit, share, and search for it later.
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