With the warmer season approaching, we've got the great outdoors on our mind. One of our favorite outdoor activities camping, but some of us like to bring along tech devices to help ease the "roughing it" experience. Here is a roundup of options to help make cooking, charging devices, and staying out in the woods a little easier.
As much as we love camping, it's great to get some help from tech. The devices in this roundup are catered towards the more "casual" campers.
Coleman Stormbeam Dynamo Crank Lantern ($16): The Stormbeam doesn't need batteries, it operates by winding the crank and functions as an all-in-one lantern, radio and mobile phone charger.
Magellan Triton 200: ($300): The Magellan Triton is a handy GPS device that comes equipped with a 2-megapixel camera. Although that doesn't give good quality photos, it's good enough to record visually the places you visited while you were out on your camping adventure. That way you have visual references to places on the map you were. We like that it comes with a large, user-friendly touch screen for planning your next trek and saving your old ones.
Eureka! N!ergy 1310 Tent ($275): The Eureka! N!ergy tent comes with power outlets to keep your tech going while you're camping out with three 12 volt power outlets. You can have your own outdoor home office going out in the woods at this point. This tent would probably be most useful for those who are out in the woods for work or looking to discover something that requires the use of a laptop and lights.
BioLite ($129): One of the best things about camping is getting that campfire going. However, BioLite is a more eco-friendly way to cook food and uses only half the wood to heat up and reduces smoke emissions from open fires by 90%. The excess energy is saved so you can connect your electronics like your mobile phone or GPS to BioLite and use that to charge it while you're in the woods.
DirectTV Satgo ($375): The DirectTV Satgo is basically satellite TV in a suitcase. Again, maybe if you need access to TV while you're out in the woods for work or have somehow been dragged unwillingly to a campaing trip and can't part with your TV, the Satgo is a $375 dollar companion if needed.
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