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Fed up of long queues forming around your counter? Don’t want to make guests move from their dining area, just to settle up? It’s time to focus on customer-first payments that make your life easier, and your customers experience that much more enjoyable.

What is a portable card machine?

Portable card machines are completely wireless, handheld devices that you can carry around your cafe, restaurant, salon, bar or hair salon. 

They use your Wi-Fi to process speedy and secure transactions. And they have a 10-hour battery life so you can say goodbye to pesky plug sockets and inconvenient cables.

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Free your card machine from your counter

  • 100m range using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Clear, backlit display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Secure transactions
  • Fast receipt printing
  • Free weekly reports
  • Talks to the till for quick cashing up
  • Takes all cards, plus contactless
  • Get paid next working day
£Free set up

Start using your portable card machine in as little as 3 days.

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The benefits of portable card machines

Portable card machines provide full flexibility for fast-paced retailers, restaurants, and any business that wants to take full advantage of the accelerated rise in contactless payments. 

They’re smart, compact and ready to move

Lightweight but robust, our portable card readers move where your sales do. They can be strapped to your serving staff for quick payments during rush hour, or carried around your cafe or bar leisurely, ready for when guests are ready to settle up. 

They make payments quick and easy

No more fumbling about counting coins. Card payments are speedy and secure, giving your cashiers time to serve customers quickly and effectively. And all of our portable card machines come with contactless-enabled – including Apple, Google and Samsung Pay.  

Customers can pay their way

Now card payments are the norm, customers have come to expect the choice between cash and contactless payments whenever they pay. In fact, over 13 million people in the UK alone prefer to go without cash.

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Connect your card machine to your till

Your card machine and till don't need to be strangers. That’s why we partner with over 600 EPOS and POS providers so that we can connect your till with your card machines. It’s called integrated payments and it means you'll enjoy faster payments and fewer errors.

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Fast payments

With your till and card machine connected, there’s no need to key in transactions twice. Say hello to faster payments and shorter queues.

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Zero errors

Chargebacks and costly mistakes are bad for business. Integrated payments does away with errors caused by miskeyed transactions.

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Simple reports

No more cashing up headaches. Your sales transactions will add up, saving you time. And our free weekly reports help you keep business on track.

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Which businesses use portable card machines?

Ready for ultimate flexibility and payments that prioritise your customers? Portable card machines are a match made in heaven. They’re the perfect solution for busy businesses including: 

Restaurants and cafes 

Fed up of making customers come to the counter to settle their bill? Sick of pacing back and forth from till to table? You need a portable card reader to turn tables quicker with less friction. And what’s best? No more quick maths from you or your guests – with integrated payments you can calculate split payments straight from your card machine. 

Hairdressers and beauty salons 

Pride yourself on pampering and prettifying your clients? Extend this positive experience to your payments too. Don’t wait for customers to queue at your front of house desk, take your card machine around your salon, so guests can pay their way.


Those making cocktails with fire and ice shouldn’t be bound by wires. Payments for Pina Coladas have never been easier – let customers tap and go to make that bar queue shorter.

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How much does a portable card machine cost?

Forget set-up fees, we’ll do it for free. And you’ll get your portable card payment machine in as little as 3 days.

The cost of your monthly card machine services will depend on how many portable card readers you use. Your card processing fees are charged per transaction and based on card types (debit and credit) and card turnover.

The higher your card turnover, the better your rate is likely to be. And we make this clear on your bill.

Want a more exact figure? Get started by telling us a few details and we’ll get back to you with a personalised quote.

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Need some help before deciding?

Our friendly team can help you choose the best portable card machine for your business.

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Why choose Paymentsense?

Here’s why more than 70,000 small business owners like you use Paymentsense.

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Free to set up

With no set up costs, low monthly rental and transaction rates based on your total card payments, we could save you money.

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Plug in and go

We know time is money, so we never waste yours. You’ll get your card machine in 3 days – just plug it in and you’re off.

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Till meets machine

Integrated payments lets your card machine and till talk to each other for faster cashing up. And we include it in the price.

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Safe and secure

Our card machines come with point-to-point encryption. It’s the world’s best security and means your customer data is secure.

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This depends on how you run your business. If you need to take payments at your till then a countertop machine is ideal. If you need to take payments at the table or at other locations inside your business then a portable card machine works best. And if you run your business on the go then a mobile card machine will keep your business moving all day long.

It depends on what type of card machine you need, how many machines you need and how much money you’ll be taking with card payments each year. Tell us a bit about your business and someone from our helpful team will get in touch with a free personalised quote.

All our card machines come with the latest technology, like contactless, Apple Pay and Google Pay – we’ll tap into whatever comes along. And you’ll be able to take every type of debit and credit card with ease. American Express? Absolutely? Visa or Mastercard? Of course. Diners Club? It’s just a tap away.

To connect your card machine to your till, you’ll need something called integrated payments. It’s a simple way for your card machine and your till to talk to each other using secure, cloud-based software. It saves time, there’s less chance of mistakes and it makes cashing up at the end of the day a breeze. Need more convincing? We’re the only ones to not charge you extra for this essential card payments service.