Outdoor Gadgets to keep you going rain or shine
Text: BJ Pangilinan
Image: Associated Press
GOING out into the wilderness can be a chance for some to go on a digital diet, but for the tech junky, it can be a nightmare especially at the thought of exposing their electronics to the elements. Personally dropping my cellphone into the toilet is already a trip in nature (pun intended). Here are five gadgets to help you out on your next adventure, rain or shine.
The Garmin Vivoactive is designed for multi-sport fitness tracking (done independently without a smartphone) and outdoor use. It has built-in apps for running, walking, biking, swimming, and apparently golf. It also has activity tracking to count your steps when you’re not working out. Connect a smartphone with Bluetooth for caller ID alerts, full text messages, email alerts, and social media notifications. The Vivoactive can also control control music playback, locate your phone, and let friends track your activity. The battery lasts up to three weeks in watch mode and up to 10 hours with GPS on.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
It has mostly all the same specifications as the standard Galaxy S7, but this one comes with a handful of improvements for those who need a more rugged device. It’s IP68 certified for dust proofing and water resistance, and also comes with a MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport, and thermal shock resistance. Oh, and it comes with a massive 4,000mAh battery that’s pretty difficult to drain in a single day.
ZeroLemon Solar Juice Power Bank
The SolarJuice is available in a few sizes; 6000mAh, 8000mAh, 10,000mAh, and 20,000mAh. The power bank is water resistant, and shockproof, so it can handle camping trips and trekking with ease. Speaking of camping, it also has an LED light in the front, so you can use it as a flashlight. On the top of the SolarJuice is the solar panel, offering another way to charge your power bank. Obviously charging this using the sunlight is going to take a bit longer than just plugging it into the wall, but it is still a really cool feature.
AmazonBasics Shockproof and Waterproof Wireless Speaker
This stealthy-looking wireless speaker by AmazonBasics is not only waterproof, but it’s also capable of taking a beating thanks to a shockproof body with rubberized exterior. Stellar build quality and up to eight hours of battery life make the gadget one of the best picks in its price range.
GoPro Hero 5 Black
GoPro has reigned as king of the action camera game, and shows no sign of abdicating the throne with the Hero5 series. The Hero5 Black is the company’s latest flagship action cam, and it adds a handful of new tricks to the Hero4 Black like waterproofing without a case, a built-in touch screen, and support for 4K and high-speed recording, making it GoPro’s best action camera yet.