Regardless of where in the country you live, Summer is the season we all find ourselves outside more than any other time of year. I put together this list of gadgets that will help you make the most out of your time outdoors, and youâ€™ll find something for everybody.
Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker ($150 $115)
Whether youâ€™re doing laps in the pool, soaking up the sun at the beach, working in the yard, or taking your yoga to the park, youâ€™ll appreciate being able to blast your tunes from something more than the tiny built-in speakers of your smartphone. The Jawbone JAMBOX consistently gets rave reviews and itâ€™s usually on sale at Amazon.
iGrill Meat Thermometer ($39 – $99)
This oneâ€™s got prime real estate on my own Amazon Wish List. If youâ€™re anything like me, summer is when the BBQ grill gets the most use, and the iGrill will help ensure you donâ€™t overcook that ribeye, or this Rosemary Balsamic Grilled Pork Tenderloin! Nobody likes a well-done steak! It works via Bluetooth with your Android or iPhone with a free app.
ZAGGsparq Portable Battery Pack ($29 – $75)
I live by this one. It probably should have been first on the list, but hey, youâ€™re still reading. My iPhone rarely makes it through an entire day, especially when Iâ€™m out and about, snapping pictures of my lunch, tweeting, and using GPS to map a running route. There are three sizes to choose from, and theyâ€™ll recharge your phone 1-4 times, depending on the one you get. I donâ€™t leave home without it.
USB Powered Desk Fan ($15)
This one sounds a bit quirky, like something youâ€™d find in a SkyMall magazine, but I actually found myself wishing for one of these on a recent trip to Puerto Rico. I was working outside on the balcony and with no breeze, I was sweating within 10 minutes. Had I had one of these, Iâ€™d have been in much better shape to keep cranking away, without running extra cords or worrying about charging yet another battery.
Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Camera ($329)
Weâ€™re just starting to see smartphones hit the market that are waterproof (the Sony Xperia Z1S and Samsung Galaxy S5 come to mind), but for everyone else, a dedicated waterproof camera is a solid investment. I chose the Canon PowerShot D30 because it has the best rating (read: it can go the deepest underwater) and because Canon is a name I know and trust. You may also consider a GoPro for around the same price. This is a must if you want to capture your upcoming mud race adventure or triathlon swims!
July 14th, 2014