What are portable photo printers?

Written by: Jon Duffy



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If you’re tired of just admiring your favourite photos on your phone screen, a portable photo printer can help you create a physical keepsake of those special moments. But what exactly is a photo printer? And how does it connect to your smartphone? Maplin are here to help!

What do portable photo printers do?

Portable photo printers are designed to be small and lightweight, so that they can fit in your pocket or a bag. They provide a quick and practical way to print photos from your smartphone or camera without needing to transfer them to a computer first.

With their compact, portable build, they’re ideal for celebrations, parties, holidays and more.


Since you’ll need them on the go, portable photo printers rely on their rechargeable battery life. Be sure to check the average battery life of each model or how many prints they can provide from a full charge. Of course, you could always pick up one of our Maplin Power Banks to make sure you never run out of juice.

Wireless connectivity

To connect to your phone or camera, most portable photo printers will use Bluetooth and/or WiFi connectivity. There’s no need to bring along a load of cables, so you can travel light! They also tend to be compatible with both Android and iOS devices, so you’ll be free to capture as many prints as you like.

Choose the right photo film

One thing to keep an eye on is the type of instant photo film you require. Most of our portable photo printers offer bundles with the compatible film to make your life easier, but if you’re just after replacement film make sure you check exactly what you need. You can find our full range of Instant Camera Film here.

Ready to print your favourite photo wherever you go? Check out our Photo Printers today to start collecting memories!

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.