Top tech gadgets every tradesman should own

tech gadgets for tradesmen
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When it comes to construction work, having the right equipment is essential. Not only that it helps you look professional, but sometimes, without proper work equipment, you might not have a job at all.

It’s impossible to offer professional services without owning the right tools. But, sometimes, owning more than just the essentials can also make your life easier.

Some might see it as a luxury, while others might consider this completely unnecessary, but for those who are looking for some new gadgets, here are the top 5 tech gadgets that can be useful and easily survive on the construction site.

Jobsite radio

Construction sites often involve long working hours and repetitive tasks, so having a radio onsite will definitely make your job at least more enjoyable, if not easier. Jobsite radios are specially designed radios suited to construction site conditions, which means that they cannot be easily damaged or broken.

There are a lot of different tools manufacturers, such as Makita, offering these portable radios. Makita Jobsite radio features two, large stereo speakers, with an 89mm diameter which produce high-quality sound.

Jobsite radio can easily connect to other devices via Bluetooth and, it also comes with a USB port, in case you need to charge your smartphone or tablet. The device also features AUX-in, allowing you to connect other external audio sources.

This device has dual power sources and is compatible with Makita Li-ion batteries, which are typically used for Makita tools. You could use any Li-on battery ranging from 7.2V to 18V so you wouldn’t have to invest money in additional batteries.

Makita Jobsite radio also has metal pipes and bumper plates integrated into the body, which protect the device and allow it to be used even in the toughest work conditions.

Coffee machine

There’s nothing like a good cup of coffee, especially during work hours. Well, having your own portable coffee machine will definitely spice up your day and allow you and your team members to enjoy some warm coffee on your breaks.

Coffeeboxx is one of the most popular jobsite coffee makers. Advertised as “the world’s toughest coffee maker”, it is perfect for both construction sites and outdoor trips. This coffee maker is portable, resistant to any potential water, crush, rust, dust or impact hazards and it works with all standard K-cup packs.

Coffeeboxx comes with 1.5m retractable power cord, so it can easily be plugged into various power outlets. The machine also comes with a neat, fold-up drip tray and 30-second pre-heat system.

This coffee maker is ideal for constructions sites as it can easily accommodate thermoses, thanks to the extra-large water tank. The 2.5-liter spill-proof water tank machine comes with a separate hot water dispenser, stainless steel hardware and it even features a UV resistant shell.

It’s lightweight, easy to carry around and features. Coffeeboxx also allows you to choose between 250, 300 or 350 ml cup size and it can easily make oatmeal, noodles, and tea. This machine also has an automatic shut-down if no activity occurs in 30 minutes, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn it off.

Portable electric cooler

Keeping your food fresh and drinks cool, is always important, especially when working on a hot, summer day. High temperatures demand high-performance coolers, that are durable and reliable. Well, with a portable electric fridge, your drinks will definitely stay cold and refreshing.

Adventure Kings Fridge/Freezer, with 60L capacity, can fit 81 cans and has a fully adjustable temperature range, from +10 to -18 degrees. With the low current draw on 12/24V, it easily works on 240V power and it’s made of tough polycarbonate material.

This portable fridge is quite lightweight and able to cool down food and drinks quickly while drawing very little current. It also comes with dividers, removable basket and even a separate dairy section to easily organise your lunch, snacks, and refreshments.

This electric fridge/freezer is built on a BD35F compressor, it weighs just over 20kg, and can easily fit any ute or van. Handles are ideal for tie-down points, while they can also be removed, when necessary.