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 you’ll find something for everybody.
Jawbone JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker ($150 $115)
Whether you’re doing laps in the pool, soaking up the sun at the beach, working in the yard, or taking your yoga to the park, you’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 it’s usually on sale at Amazon.
iGrill Meat Thermometer ($39 – $99)
This one’s got prime real estate on my own Amazon Wish List. If you’re anything like me, summer is when the BBQ grill gets the most use, and the iGrill will help ensure you don’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, you’re still reading. My iPhone rarely makes it through an entire day, especially when I’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 they’ll recharge your phone 1-4 times, depending on the one you get. I don’t leave home without it.
USB Powered Desk Fan ($15)
This one sounds a bit quirky, like something you’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, I’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)
We’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!