Since the pandemic, more people are living and working remotely from an RV than ever before. These portable printers are perfect for RVers.
While not everyone thinks about bringing a printer on the road with them, some people feel it’s a necessity. Whether you are working from the road or strictly traveling, you might want an easy way to print reservations, invoices, contracts, photos, or reports.
The good news is that just like other technology, printers have gotten smaller and more lightweight over the years. If a printer in your RV is a necessity, you can be sure to find a portable one that fits your needs on this list!
Two Types of Portable Printers
Do you want to be able to print pocket-sized photos from your smartphone? Or do you need a printer that can be used to copy, scan and print important documents for work? There are portable printers that can do it all!
Specific Task Printers
Did you know that there are printers nowadays that are made to work well with specific devices? Many of these devices are small, but focus only one a single task, like printing photos.
Many of these printers can print without the use of Wi-Fi. Some are made to only print 4×6 photos while others can print high-quality, letter-size documents.
Speaking of Wi-Fi, you may also want to check out How Much Internet Data Do I Need When Living Off-Grid.
Portable All-In-One Printers
If you are looking for a printer that is capable of doing it all, such as scan, copy, print, and is compact enough to travel, you are in luck! There are some travel printers that can do everything that once took several different devices to accomplish.
Typically, people who are Working Remotely from an RV will want this type of printer.
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7 Best Portable Printers for RVers
I have reviewed some of the best portable printers on the market. The following categories outline the best portable printers for RVers I’ve found.
If you only want to print crisp, clear documents and photos of your friends or family then one of these should suffice!
These devices can do a great job printing for you. If you need an all-in-one device that can also copy and scan, keep scrolling to my All-in-One section.
This wireless compact printer uses AirPrint technology to connect to your devices with ease. You can print directly from a USB or your camera’s memory card.
Your photos will print out instantly dry, but will look clear and crisp for up to 100 years! They will even be waterproof in case you accidentally spill something on them.
This portable design allows you to plug in or use the battery pack while on the go.
The print resolution offers up to 256 color levels per color (which equates to over 16 million colors). Paper size options are as follows: postcard, L size, card size, or square label.
It does require the use of the Canon Print Plugin to operate.
This wireless mobile printer allows you to easily print documents when you are on-the-go.
It is lightweight and compact, saving you precious space in your RV.
You can print high-quality, crisp documents and photos up to 8.5” x 11”.
The intuitive interface comes complete with a user-friendly 1.44-inch OLED display.
Print easily from your digital device using one of the wireless options: Apple AirPrint, Canon App print, Google Cloud Print, or Mopria Print Service.
You can also purchase (separately) an optional battery to use off-grid.
This car-mounted printer is a great choice when you want to secure your portable printing devices.
It offers excellent direct thermal printing technology up to legal size, with a resolution of up to 300 dpi. It can print at a speed of 8 ppm.
This portable, light-weight printer comes complete with a built-in battery. It is small enough to easily fit into a briefcase or certain handbags.
The plastic casing comes textured for grip while opening. That may come in handy if you are printing while driving!
Print documents and 4” x 6” photos wirelessly. You can plug it into a USB port, or charge the printer with its built-in lithium-ion battery. The printer can hold up to 20 sheets of paper at once.
This device offers a print speed of up to 6.7 ISO ppm for black and white prints, and 3.81 ISO ppm for colored printing.
Its hands-free, voice-activated printing may come in handy when you have your hands full.
If you are looking for an excellent pocket-size printer for smaller size, fun photos, this is it!
This ink-free option can print wallet-size photos while out and about. It makes excellent novelty prints from a tablet or smartphone.
If you only want to print fun photos while on the road, consider this little guy! The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link can print shots from your smartphone’s camera roll at the touch of a button.
The best part is that this device prints onto real instant film, not with paper and ink.
Best All-in-One Printer
Portable all-in-one printers are a little harder to come by. This one seems to be the best bang for your buck!
This portable printer does it all! Print, copy and scan with this all inclusive printer. While it is not a perfect device, it will provide you great, low-cost snapshots.
It offers cloud-based, dual-network connectivity with voice activated printing.
You can easily print photos from your smartphone for no charge using their HP Instant Ink app.
Choosing the Printer that is Right for You
Different portable printers do different things. The best approach to buying a portable printer is to figure out what you really need.
Many times, people buy devices because they are impressed by them. Then later they realize that they do not actually use the “cool” features they have.
Really consider your lifestyle and what you currently do or really want to be able to do. Then choose the device that is right for your needs.
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