Summer is my favorite season of the year. Days are the longest and nights are the shortest. It’s the time we get to spend outdoors under the sun with friends at BBQ’s, camping trips, backpacking adventures, road trips and international excursions.
Since summer is the season of exploration, we’ve assembled our favorite tech gear that is designed for the outdoors, and designed to keep up with your season of fun. So if you plan on going on a weekend car camping trip, make it a little more enjoyable with an outdoor speaker, a drone with a camera, or bring along the many other items we’ve assembled for you in the AndroidGuys Summer Adventures Accessory Guide.
Music is a must just about anywhere you go. Portable speakers are super popular, but few make the cut for the rugged lifestyle. Here are the ones that can keep up with your adventures.
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- World’s most rugged bluetooth speaker. 100% waterproof, mud-proof, snow-proof and shockproof.
- 40 hours battery life
- Built-in microphone for full-duplex speakerphone, Siri, and Google Now capability
- Six drivers on four sides for a 360-degree sweet spot and incredible 95dB SPL-A volume
- Read our full review here.
- 360 degree sound with 8 symmetrically placed drivers crank out clean highs, midrange punches and deep, roaring lows. 4 tweeters, 2 mid/sub drivers, 2 passive radiators and a 97 db sound pressure level, the CORE-X fills produces rich audio.
- 100% Waterproof and the perfect teammate for the beach, paddle boarding and sailing. IP67 rating insures it can go 3′ under water for 30 minutes, though it will float as well for easy retrieval. Fully dustproof, mud-proof and shock proof to 3′ as well.
- 35-HOUR BATTERY LIFE – Best-in-its-class battery life means more than a day and a half of continuous jams, uninterrupted experiences and all-out adventures.
- Portable Power Bank -Quick charge your phones and tablets from the included USB Port
- SIRI & GOOGLE NOW CONTROL – With Apple Siri and Android Google Now accessible through your FUGOO Bluetooth speaker, you’re a voice command away from unlimited searches. There is also a built in full duplex speakerphone for hands free chatting.
- Read our full review here.
Turcom Bluetooth AcoustoShock – $129.99 at Amazon
- Turcom AcoustoShock outdoor speaker was built for portability and durability. Its rugged and compact design gives outdoor enthusiasts the ability to listen to music anywhere. This unique outdoor speaker is dust-proof, shock-proof, and has a water-proof rating of IPX-5, which means it can withstand a rain storm.
- The speaker contains 2 drivers and 2 active sub-woofers to deliver 30 Watts of superior bass with crisp highs even when your music is playing at high volume levels. In addition to 2.2 Channel stereo sound output, it has the capability to answer calls with its integrated microphone.
- AcoustoShock is ideal for both the outdoors and indoors. With its water resistant, dust-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof rating it is perfect for listening to your music around the house, shower, backyard, camp site, pool, lake, or the beach. Extendable handle makes it easy to carry it around on your trip, at your camp or backyard.
- Read our full review here.
- 360-Degree Dual 50mm high quality speakers and passive subwoofer deliver big sound on-the-go.
- Dual Pairing: Wirelessly connect two boom BOTTLE+’s together via Bluetooth in stereo to spread the sound and pump up the volume
- 6000 mAh battery for 12 hours of playback and charging your portable devices
- Omni-directional speakers propagate music in all directions for a true 360 degree experience
- Waterproof design allows you to take your music wherever you go
Drones are perfect in the summer. Here in San Diego I have been using the Parrot bebop Drone 2 for the past few weeks and love it. Drones are way cooler when you actually get to try them. Anyone can learn to fly them since many of them have built in stabilization with sensors to prevent massive damage.
Imagine taking one out on a camping trip and recording the campsite from an aerial view. You would never get that perspective otherwise.
- Enhanced 14 megapixel fish-eye lens offers 1080p video recording and image capture
- 25 minutes of flight time thanks to a powerful 2700 mAh battery
- Equipped with powerful motors and a rear flash LED for flight in greater altitudes and better visibility.
- Parrot Sky Controller comes ready to connect to your phone or tablet. 2 joysticks make piloting easy, and the Wi-Fi extender increases your range to 1.25 miles.
- Requires registration with FAA. Visit their website for more info on how to register.
- View a live image streamed from the drone up to a half mile away on the free DJI Go app using your mobile phone or tablet
- GPS assisted flight features let you concentrate on getting great images while the drone helps you fly safely. You can achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes (pending app feature availability)
- Fly up to 25 minutes with the included intelligent battery. A range of accessories is included:1 battery and charger, 2 full sets of propellers, radio controller, 8GB micro SD card
Portable Batteries and Solar chargers
Without power you can’t really use your gadgets so power banks are a Summer essential. If you’re spending time in the woods, or 15 hours on a flight to Japan, power banks can be a life-saver.
Better yet, grab a solar charger and recharge no matter where you are.
- Powers laptops, lights and smartphones anywhere you need them with a built-in AC inverter
- Convenient pop-up handle and stackable shape to take it along for the ride
- Quickly refuel from wall, car or sun; car charger and solar charger sold separately
- 2 Ampere USB outlet, 12 Volts output and 80 Watts AC inverter included
Reengineered to be lighter and smarter, the Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel has the innovative technology to charge USB devices directly from the sun. Detachable kickstand for modularity and power-flow indicator ensure the best solar charging experience.
AUKEY Solar Charger – $29.99 at Amazon
- Charges via SunPower solar panel with power conversion efficiency of up to 23.5% or via Micro-USB input which mean it is 30% higher than the transformation of other solar panel
- High Capacity: Built-in 12000mAh high capacity lithium battery and premium microchips with over 500 battery charge cycles. Enough power to charge an iPhone 6s up to 4.5 times.
If you’re a camper you definitely need to bring along lights. Lights have evolved far beyond the old kerosene lanterns I camped with in the 80’s and 90’s.
- Dimmable, Dual LED Light Adjust brightness and direction for extended runtimes, up to 500 hours on low. Fold-down legs for maximum light dispersion. Built-in hook and magnets for versatile mounting
- Recharge anywhere, anytime Power up from Goal Zero Nomad solar panels, plug into any USB port with the built-in charging cable, or swap out the internal battery with a spare 18650 Goal Zero Battery
- Charge Phones and other USB gear Built-in 1A USB port with 3,000mAh battery for up to one full phone charge
Compact, powerful, rechargeable and intelligent multi-beam headlamp with REACTIVE LIGHTING technology that automatically adjusts brightness and beam pattern. 215 lumens
EasyAcc Ubright 3350mAh Power Bank – $13 at Amazon
- Lipstick Size: Fits easily into any pocket or bag, as well as hold in hand. Hand-taking shape gives wonderful touch.
- Bright Flashlight : Durable and eye-protecting light at any moment. Perfect for those jobs of looking for a keys or finding your footing.
- Powerful Capacity: 3350mA external battery offers one full charge or additional 8 hours of talking time to most phones.
Luminoodle – Portable LED Light Rope and Lantern – $20 at Amazon
- ULTRA BRIGHT: 5 ft. (1.5 m) LED strip produces 180 lumens of light.
- HANG ANYWHERE: Universal Ties, magnets, & utility loop for easy hanging.
- LANTERN MODE: Rip-stop nylon carry bag designed to diffuse light
- WATERPROOF: IP-67 rated (up to 1 meter for 30 minutes)
- USB-POWERED: Works with any USB port or universal battery pack (not included)
To round out your Summer of Fun are a few more accessories that don’t have a category of their own.
GorillaPod Speaker Stand – $39.99 at Joby
Elevate your listening experience with a speaker stand that fits almost every portable, Bluetooth speaker, and can be set up anywhere. This versatile stand features the wrappable and flexible GorillaPod legs with a universal fit cinch cord. Take it to the beach, on your next camping trip, and enjoy it daily in your home.
Casio is a name familiar to the watch industry. The Smart Outdoor Watch marks the legendary company’s first foray into smartwatches. The watch was announced at CES 2016 and marketed to fans looking to live an active lifestyle.
While it isn’t the cheapest watch out there, you do get many features not included in most Android Wear smartwatches. A rugged design, water resistance, and many connected apps, just to name a few.
Gregory Baltoro 75 GZ Pack (solar powered backpack) – $429 at REI
- On the lid, an easy-to-use Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus solar panel concealed in a magnetic flip-down top panel gives you instant, rechargeable power for a multiday adventures
- Flip 10 battery provides power storage that you can charge at home or while on the trail; never before has it been this easy to keep the lights on when you’re off grid
- Flip 10 battery is conveniently located in top zippered pocket
- Weathershield pocket; Sidewinder bottle holster; 2 side-mounted zippered gear pockets
Goal Zero Happy Camper Collection – $159.95 at REI
The Goal Zero Happy Camper Collection provides you with portable power, a compact lantern and a water-resistant speaker to make your next outdoor adventure more energized and more fun than ever.
- 5,200 mAh Flip 20 portable charger recharges your handheld USB devices and features pass-through charging to recharge both the Flip 20 and your device at the same time
- Flip 20 charger is solar-ready; solar panels sold separately
- Dimmable, dual LED Lighthouse Mini lantern produces 210 lumens; its compact, portable design features a USB output, fold-down legs and up to 500 hrs. run time
- Enjoy epic sound anywhere with the Rock Out 2 speaker; it provides up to 20 hrs. of precise, high-quality tunes from your phone, laptop or MP3 player
Bluesmart Smart Carry-On Suitcase – $449 at Amazon
The Bluesmart Carry-on is the first suitcase to connect wirelessly to your smartphone so you can keep your belongings charged, tracked, locked, and underweight. Our charging dock, with two USB ports, lets you power your phone up to six times so you never have to crowd around an airport outlet again. A built-in tracker lets you know where your bag is, anywhere in the world, for free. The scale is conveniently built into the handle so you can just pick it up and it’ll tell the app how much it weighs. You can also remotely lock the bag or set it to auto-lock if you get separated from it.
Coolest Cooler – $449 at Amazon
- Built-in ice-crushing blender with 20V rechargeable battery for cocktails and smoothies.
- Splash-proof, and loud Bluetooth speaker for hours of music.
- 55 Quart Coolest is truly built to last, and can support over 600lb
- Extra thick insulation for up to 5 days of ice retention
- Built-in USB charger, LED lid light, bottle opener make your picnic a picnic
- Keep your eyes on the road with a smart dashboard cell phone holder from Logi by Logitech.
- Get the best features of a connected car with voice-to-text, hands-free music, hands-free calling, voice navigation and location sharing features.
- Runs alongside your favorite in-car apps, such as Spotify, Glympse, Google Maps and Waze.
- Simply snap your Android phone to the universal cell phone holder to magically trigger the ZeroTouch App.
- Magnetic dashboard or windshield mount: The suction cup securely attaches onto most dashboard and windshield surfaces.
AUKEY 2 in 1 Cell Phone Lens Kit – $44.99 at Amazon
- Class-leading: 2-in-1 Fisheye/Macro Lens add-on for all phones and tablets delivers stunning DSLR quality for stunning, distortion-free mobile photography.
- Universal: Professional fisheye wide angle lens (180° field of view) and macro lens (10X magnification) comes with universal, detachable clip-on for all smartphone and tablet brands/models (it even works with your case).
- High Performance: Superior grade, multi-element coated glass minimizes ghosting, reflection, lens glare, and other visual artifacts.
- Premium Quality: Manufactured with strong aluminum alloy construction for enhanced durability; will not scratch or damage your mobile device.
- Versatile: Fisheye lens captures unique selfies along with the most extreme sports and vacation images/videos, while the high-precision macro lens showcases nature in eye-popping detai