Making the customer experience better is what most businesses aim for, and the invention of the card machine did that. No longer did customers require cash to pay for goods and services, quick PIN entry and you’re on your way.
Then, the invention and integration of contactless technology took paying on card one step further - it’s even quicker now than ever before for customers to buy on impulse or without much effort. Contactless spending dubbed ‘touch and go’ spending is expected to soar by more than 300 per cent in the next year, according to Barclays. Furthermore, contactless is set to save Brits 141 million hours over the next year - that’s a lot of time!
A portable card machine can help you further. A portable card machine can be brought to the customer - whether they’re eating lunch at your restaurant or drinking at the bar. Accept payments with minimum fuss, process payments faster, make the customer experience better.
What is a portable card machine? How does a portable card machine work? Portable card machine features What kind of businesses use a portable card machine? How do I connect a portable card machine? How do I assign the card machine to the base unit? What card types are accepted? Do portable card machines accept contactless payments? How much is a portable credit card machine?
As the name suggests, it’s a card machine that is portable! That means you can take it from it’s charging unit and wander around with it - taking it directly to the customer - unlike a fixed position countertop terminal. Talk about efficiency on the move.
Flexibility is key when running a restaurant, cafe or bar, and a portable card machine can help you deliver this flexibility - passing the benefits onto the customer. A portable card machine means you can accept card payments anywhere on your premises. Whether customers are enjoying drinks outside or inside, you can carry the till point to them - making the transaction process much easier and much more efficient - for both parties!
A portable card machine means you’re no longer tethered to the till. You are free to roam around the premises accepting card payments. The handheld credit card machine connects with your WiFi network, and when it’s taken out of its base unit, has a Bluetooth range of around 100m - so no matter where you walk to in your business premises - you’ll still be within range. P.S. Just for perspective, a standard football pitch is 120m by 90m- so 100m range is pretty far!
If you’re wondering how you can charge your portable card machine - it’s simple. Place on its base unit and the device will charge. The base unit is plugged into the mains, so will never run out of power. But, don’t worry, you don’t have to run back to the base unit after each transaction to charge - some machines can last days without being charged (depending on how much it’s being used, of course!).
The standout feature of this particular machine is that it’s portable in nature - who’d have guessed it! That means you can take the device to your customer - hassle-free transactions.
Aside from being portable, what else can this device offer you? Read all the features below.
Accept all major credit & credit cards - Don’t miss out. Take card payments from all of the major credit and debit card processing providers.
Connect via Bluetooth or WiFi - Take the card machine directly to your customers within your premises. Simply connect the device through Bluetooth or Wifi.
Contactless payments - More ways for your customers to pay. Contactless payment methods including Apple, Android and Samsung Pay available.
Easy setup - Start taking card payments in minutes. A straightforward “plug and play’ card machine that allows you to set up your device quickly and easily.
Lightweight - Portable card machines are lightweight and small in size, making them easy to carry around your premises.
Long lasting battery - Equipped with extended battery life, this device can last days between charges depending on usage.
Fast receipt printing - Print customer receipts as soon as card payments are made. It features an easy-to-load, high speed and efficient thermal printer.
PCI Compliant - These portable card terminals are PCI compliant helping protect both you and your customers details.
This portable device is perfect for businesses who might be serving numerous customers at one time - such as in a bar setting or a cafe. It’s also a machine that is perfect for any restaurant or dining scenario. Getting up to pay after your meal is a thing of the past; instead, customers ask for the bill, and you appear armed with your portable card machine. It’s convenient and expected from diners - they can carry on their conversation instead of mindlessly queuing.
If customers prefer to pay at your till point instead, that’s OK, too. It can be wired up to your till point with minimum effort. Connecting the till point to your device means you don’t have to tap in each transaction twice and cashing up is easier and, let’s face it, less time-consuming.
A portable card machine is wireless, meaning that it’s connected to a separate base unit via Bluetooth or Wifi. The base station will need to be connected to your phone line or broadband router (depending on your setup) using the cables provided. The base station also acts as your charging port, so this will need to be plugged into an electrical socket.
Assigning the terminal to the base unit is straightforward and is done by docking the card machine on the base unit and following the simple on-screen instructions.
All of the major credit and debit cards payment providers such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express (Amex) are supported.
Yes, portable card machines are equipped with the latest contactless technology and can accept all credit and debit card payments and mobile payments such as Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. This gives your customers even more opportunities to pay you.
Portable card machines can be slightly more expensive than it’s countertop cousin due to its wireless capabilities. The cost really depends on how many portable credit card machines you need, how much your business turns over on card sales and if you are looking to hire or buy outright.
Typically, you pay a monthly fee for each of the card terminals you use and also a small percentage of each transaction made through them. There may also be additional charges including setup and installation costs, merchant account charges and PCI compliance services.