Keep all your camping gadgets running with one simple tool

Just because you plan to unplug from the connections of everyday life, it doesn’t mean you will be traveling without camping gadgets.

These days, your smartphone is hardly the only device you use that runs on a battery.  Because of that, a mobile battery bank can be a fantastic tool to keep with you while you’re camping.

You can do a lot more with a good amount of battery charge than send a text, check an email or play a mobile game.  Consider the number of camping gadgets you bring with you that rely on a charged battery.

The following are some of the top gadgets campers keep charged with a mobile battery bank while still managing to unplug while they’re away camping:

  • A portable outdoor speaker – we all love to dedicate some time listening to the sounds that nature has to offer. But it can also be fun to bringOutdoor camping gadgets some of your favorite tunes with you. Whether you’re relaxing on the dock or cooking up dinner, it can be fun to have something to sing with.  Make sure your portable outdoor speaker keeps running throughout your entire camping trip with the right battery pack and don’t forget to choose a waterproof speaker if you’ll be using it near the water.
  • Wireless headphones – when you’re the only one who wants to hear what you’re listening to, these are a great alternative to wireless speakers. When they run out of charge, just plug the Micro USB cable into the micro-port under the left ear cup.  Plug the other end of the cable into your mobile battery bank.  You don’t even need to stop listening while you recharge.
  • A portable fan – there are times when the heat can feel glorious, but there are some moments – especially when it’s humid – when you’d give anything to cool down. The last thing you want is for your portable fan to run out of charge!
  • A digital camera or camcorder – as long as your device charges with a USB cable, then you’re all set. You won’t miss a single shot of you and your family or friends having fun, or of that gorgeous sunset…or the bear that got into your cooler!
  • Your smartphone or tablet – yes, you’re supposed to leave these off while you camp, but they’re still good to have with you and if they need charge, your power bank is just the tool for the job.

Keep the GoPro on your drone recording with a portable charger

Drones and quadcopters with a GoPro attached have been completely revolutionizing the way we can get footage of all the latest awesome stuff we’ve been doing, from rock climbing to mountain biking, skiing, surfing, skateboarding, and virtually everything else.

However, there have been some considerable limitations, until portable chargers and the “follow-me” feature came along.

The drones, on their own, are perfect for footage of various locations and recording from heights you simply could not reach without a helicopter and a virtually unlimited amount of funding. While they can be amazing, and it does make it possible to grab some shots of specific moments in your rock climbing or whatever other activity you happen to be up to, that’s where the abilities previously ended.

The “follow-me” mode can pretty much convert your drone or quadcopter into a GoPro that will go wherever you do. The transmitter sends the drone a signal, and the follow-me mode tells the drone to follow it, while your GoPro records everything you do.

If you’re looking for a quadcopter or drone that comes with this amazing feature, a few of the best ones include:

  • The 3D Robotics Solo Drone (retail $939)
  • The 3D Robotics Iris+ Quadcopter (retail $650)
  • The Ghost Drone (retail $599)
  • The Airdog Follow Me Drone (retail $1,599)
  • The Hexo+ (retail $1,349)
  • The Lily Camera Drone (retail $999)
  • The ONAGOfly Drone (retail $299)
  • The BYROBOT Petrone Drone (retail $79.99)
  • The Hubsan H501S X5 FPV Quadcopter (retail $219.99)
  • The Yuneec Typhoon H Drone (retail $1,799)
Once you’re all set up, you’ll find that you’re able to use your drone a lot more for recording your rock climbing.

Because of that, you will want to be prepared for potential rapid battery drain when compared to previous usage. That can be easily overcome with the right high capacity, slim and durable portable charger. If you’re using a GoPro independently from your drone, itself, make sure your backup battery pack has two USB ports, like the one from Mogix, so you can recharge both gadgets at the same time, instead of having to wait and charge one after the other.

Winter sports and the essential tech gadgets

Rock Climbing may take a back seat to your outdoor activities during the winter so now’s the time to hit the slopes…

When you hit the ski shop to equip yourself for the best snowboarding and mountain ski experience, you may be thinking about the right gear to wear, but the latest tech has brought a number of gadgets to most shopping lists, too. After all, the slopes might not be the best place for using a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean that mobile devices don’t have any place at all in a ski experience. They can not only enhance the experience, but they can also provide an important safety feature in case you ever need to call for help.

This is true whether you’re away with some good friends or if you’re taking your children on a kids snowboard adventure. Some of the best snowboarding and ski gadgets are the ones that will help you to remember your trip and keep yourself safe at the same time.

In terms of safety, a smartphone can help you to find the other people in your party if you are ever separated from them, and they can help you to contact emergency responders if you suffer an accident. In fact, once you call, your mobile device can also help those responders to be able to locate you more quickly and easily than might be possible if you didn’t have any gadgets on you.

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Of course, not all mobile devices are smartphones. On an increasing basis, people are using wearable digital cameras, like the GoPro, to be able to record their best snowboarding moves from their own perspectives. That can make for some exciting videos and some amazing memories that you’ll be able to edit and save to watch again in the future.

There are a few things that you’ll need to bring with you to make sure that all these mobile gadgets actually perform the way you want them to. For example, keep your phone safe from moisture by sealing it in a plastic zipper bag. Touchscreens will work through the plastic, so this will keep them from getting wet and damaged from snowy mittens or even from being dropped in the snow.

You’ll also want to make sure you can store your rechargeable battery operated devices in a warm pocket that will expose them to your body heat, as much as possible. The colder batteries get, the shorter their life spans. To that end, you might also want to bring a great external battery charger that will let you recharge your device from the comfort of your own pocket. That way, no matter how long you stay out and enjoy yourself on the slopes, your device will never run out of charge.

 

Enjoying the outdoors while staying connected

Whether you’re going to spend your Christmas break with world travel, at a unique winter camp adventure or simply staying home, there are some great things that you can do to make sure that you can stay connected, despite the cold weather.

Anyone who has ever tried to go Christmas light watching on a freezing winter night knows that all the cute winter mittens in the world won’t keep your battery from rapidly draining if you decide to bring your smartphone with you and then use it when it’s anything but warm. Fortunately, there are some great things that you can do to keep your smartphone battery charged while still enjoying the great outdoors in the chilly Christmas break.

Use these tips to keep your smartphone battery ready when you need it:

  • Don’t leave your smartphone in the car – even if you just plan to run into a coffee shop to pick up a gingerbread latte or a candy cane hot chocolate, bring your device with you. While you are in the car, make sure your phone is in the cabin with you and not in the trunk. The trunk isn’t heated and freezing weather doesn’t take any time to fill the whole car – especially when you’ve opened the door to get out. Freezing temperatures will suck the life out of a battery, can damage a screen and can even cause internal components to freeze up.
  • Be gentle with the touchscreen – these screens are quite sensitive so it’s a good idea to keep your phone in a pocket inside your coat with the screen facing your body. That will help it to stay warm. Your purse may not be enough on especially frigid days.Smartphone battery outdoors winter camp
  • Let the device warm up before using it – if your phone does get cold, don’t rush to use it. You can actually prevent damage from happening in many cases if you warm a cold device before trying to restart it or power it up. If you attempt to restart a cold phone, you risk hurting the battery’s lifespan and you might cause more damage to the device.
  • Keep an external battery charger with you – even when you’ve done all you can to keep your device from freezing, it can still cause the battery to drain faster when it is colder than its ideal. Keep a portable battery charger on hand so that you can charge up your device and continue to use it.