Battery recharge time using the Canon 16V/1.3A (21W) plug pack is just over 2 hours. The pack powers the printer and charges at the same time.
USB-C charging is 5V/1.5A (7.5W) PD 1.0 and takes a little under six hours with the printer off. Expect far longer charging times with the printer on. You can use any USB-C PD charger or power bank.
There is no print speed difference on battery or mains power. The nice thing is that it can use two power sources, so you can leave the plug pack at home. A quick 5/10-minute charge with USB/Plug pack gives 4/36 sheets print.
A genuine replacement battery should cost under $200. It is Japanese made, and we would expect it uses high cycle cells so expect somewhere between 800-1000 charges.
Canon apps – huge variety
In Windows, you can create and save up to five templates, such as applications, consent forms, and flyers, that you can call up and print directly from the printer’s control panel. This is uber handy for Doctors prescriptions or standard forms that you need to print on the go – think courier delivery forms. One can even be a leaflet with graphics so tradies may see an advantage of printing out quotes on the spot.
It supports Apple AirPrint, Canon Print App, Canon Print Service, and Canon Print Plug-In. Also included is Creative Park (a collection of calendars, greeting cards, and other festive templates), the cross-platform Easy-PhotoPrint Editor app, Google Cloud Print, and Mopria Print Services.
It also supports Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT with an appropriate external speaker and skill.
Maintenance – simple
There are no user-replaceable parts (except the battery), so it is important to run the maintenance programs to align the heads occasionally. If you have not used it for a while, you may need to perform a deep head clean. This uses a lot of ink!
It is a portable, and apart from standard handling provisions, you do not need to worry about ink leaking out. If you move it around a lot look for a small padded cover/case or transit box.
GadetGuy’s take – The Canon Pixma TR150 is an excellent portable printer if you have a use case!
I originally bought its predecessors to take onsite to conferences we ran. They were perfect for printing out name badges, last-minute speaker’s papers, correspondence and signage. All were use cases where we did not care about print speed or cost – it was portability.
We can unequivocally say the Pixma TR150 is the best portable (battery operated) printer of 2020 as it has improved on the iP110 and iP90 in subtle ways that enhance usability.
We are rating it as a portable so ink cost and duty cycle are not as critical.
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