It’s festival season, but gone are the days when we simply pack up our tent and run.
There’s technology to think about.
Here’s 16 tech gadgets worth considering when heading away to a festival:
1. The Selfie Stick
Want to capture that moment when your favourite band walks on stage and you’ve managed to grab a front-row position? This selfie stick comes with a Bluetooth shutter control so just secure your phone in the stick, hold it up, and click the pebble-shaped control. Compatible with Galaxy 2/3/4 and iPhone 4/5/6.
2. Blue Mountain Solar Shower
One of the most common complaints about festivals is you don’t get to shower for days on end. With this product you can forget going without a wash, as this bag will help you maintain your hygiene levels. When you wake up, simply fill it up with water and hang it on the outside of your tent in the direction of the sun, then, gradually, the water will warm up so that when you want a small scrub-down you can just open the valve and let the water flow.
3. Soulra Scorpion
Powered with a rechargeable battery, you can top up the charge levels either by solar power or by winding up the hand crank. The device comes with a torch, radio (FM/Mediumwave/shortwave) and bottle opener. In addition, you can use it as a power source to charge up your phone battery and as it has an audio line input, you can play your own music collection through it too.
4. Cobra CP7500 JumPack Car Battery Charger
The chargeable power source is strong enough to jump start a car – in fact it even comes with jumper cables. However, it’s not just about its motor-charging capabilities, it can be used to charge your phone or camera and it also comes with an LED flashlight and even a strobe light for emergencies.
5. TP-Link M5360 3G Mobile WiFi Hotspot & Power Bank Mobile Charger
Can’t bear to stay offline for a few days, but at the same time don’t want to use up your month’s mobile data in one weekend? The TP-Link M5360 provides internet access simply by popping a 3G SIM card into it. If you’re feeling generous, you can treat your friends to the WiFi as up to 10 people at a time can utilise it. In addition to its 3G capabilities you can also use it as a power source for your phone/camera.
6. Soulra Rugged Rukus Wireless Sound System
This Bluetooth speaker is called rugged for a reason, Wrapped in rubber, it’s splash and knock proof and given it’s created to be all-terrain, hopefully festival proof too. Connect your phone to it (via Bluetooth) and you can play your favourite festival tunes through the device. If you’re lucky enough to have a sunny weekend away, the travel speaker also comes with a solar panel which you can then use to charge your phone (using the USB output).
7. Kobo Aura H2O
Holiday reading may have been revolutionised by eReaders, meaning we can pack more novels and crime thrillers without the extra bulk. But splashing out on expensive devices might make you reluctant to use them on the beach or by the pool. This waterproof reader offers a welcome solution. It can withstand 30 minutes in a metre of water (if the port cover is closed) and is also dust and sand proof – so there’s no need to worry about stuffing it in a beach bag or having a read while relaxing on a lilo.
8. Sony Action Cam AS200V camera
Sony’s latest Action Cam is the perfect partner for any festival, allowing all the action to be captured in fantastic quality. The inclusion of Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to easily share content on the move and make lasting memories in the process. With the combination of enhanced Full HD providing ultra-clear images, SteadyShot providing brilliant clarity and the wind noise reduction feature – you can re-live the festival experience time and time again as if you were still there.
9. Sony 4K Handycam FDR-AXP33
If quality is what you’re after, the Sony 4K Handycam is the perfect tool for family festival experiences. Capturing true 4K Ultra HD content, the Handycam is extra light with a compact body and you can even share your content immediately with friends via the in-built projector. With its trimming playback feature, which allows experiences to be edited and shots to be tailored for specific memories and friends, your festival memories can be re-lived for years to come.
10. Solar String Light
There is no shortage of solar-powered garden light products on the market with many options available for different budgets. But if you’re keen to light up your outside space with a minimal spend, this string of solar lights will do the trick. They will charge up with the summer sun during the day before coming on at dusk. It goes without saying that to make them as powerful as possible, make sure the solar panel is in a sun-filled spot.
11. Sony MDR-ZX770BN Bluetooth headphones
Enjoy the powerful bass of the MDR-ZX770BN headphones coming to the fore, keeping the energy going way beyond the festival. Sony’s latest Digital Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones combine comfort, design and extreme ease of functionality with a generous 13 hours music playback time, the MDR-ZX770BN headphones offer long lasting power for all.
12. SolarDAB 2
A lovely portable radio, this makes a great accompaniment to a spot of gardening on a sunny day. Use rechargeable AA batteries, then, when the solar panel on top of the device absorbs sunlight, it will charge them up and power the radio (indoors you can use the mains adaptor). You can keep an eye on the radio’s charge with LED lights for both the solar and battery levels. As for the quality of the radio, despite the small size, it comes with a great sound and is easy to navigate. In addition to playing both DAB and FM stations, it also comes with a USB slot and Aux in socket.
13. Sony SRS-X11 (available in turquoise, red, pink, black and white)
No festival gathering is complete without music. The SRS-X11 is wireless, Bluetooth enabled and has NFC one touch capabilities making it the ideal festival companion. With its compact cube style and the ability to pair with another Bluetooth enabled speaker you will be immersed in a wall of sound.
14. Rainbow Maker
Whether you’re buying a gift for a child that will provide entertainment all-year-round or you are a grown-up who just wants to add a touch of colour to their interiors, stick this to your (inside) window using the sucker on the back of and when sunshine falls on it, the solar-powered motor will whirl into action. As the cogs turn, so will the attached Swarovski crystal which hangs below, giving the effect of small little rainbows dashing around your room. It provides a surprisingly peaceful effect and at just 15.1cm long it doesn’t take up too much space. For the price, you’ll not fail to be impressed.
15. Sony QX10 camera
Compact and easily portable, this lens-style camera has mobility at its heart and can be used on its own or connected to a smartphone to enhance the camera experience. Featuring a 10x optical zoom and HD video capability, the QX10 is the ideal festival ready accessory to capture the fun. With multiple colour options from pink to white to copper there’s an option to suit every style for the festival season ahead.