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6 High Tech Camping Gear for the Gadget Freak

People often go camping to unplug and reconnect with nature. There’s something invigorating about going back to a primal lifestyle but most of us have become so accustomed to modern creature comforts that our gadgets and appliances provide that we now find it hard to adjust to the bare simplicity of nature. 

If you’re the type who’s hopelessly attached to tech but would still like to experience the great outdoors, then you’ll need some of the gadgets on our list below. Rugged yet high tech, these gear provide ingenious solutions for the inconveniences of living off the grid. Not only that, these cool products are also clever that you’d want to plan a camping trip just to take them for a test drive.

HeimPlanet’s The Cave Geodesic Dome Tent

Setting up and packing up a tent can be a real chore. Sometimes it can be confusing to figure out which peg connects to what and which hole to put it in. HeimPlanet’s The Cave Tent does away with this: you merely need to pump air into it to set it up. It also looks cool as heck, like a mini bio dome that came out of a sci-fi movie.

Compliments Complaints
  • Really cool design
  • Gets rid of the need for tent poles
  • Lightweight
  • Barely big enough to fit 2 people
  • Quite expensive
  • Some customers had difficulty dealing with customer service

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Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station

Let’s face it, a power bank just won’t cut it if you need power for a family camping trip that lasts more than a day. A noisy, bulky gas-driven generator won’t do either, what you need is a portable power station like the Jackery Explorer 240. Just as big as a car battery, the e240 has a capacity of 240Wh (16.8Ah, 14.4V) with a 67000mAh lithium-ion battery. It can store enough juice to power iPads, laptops, fans and similar gadgets.

Compliments Complaints
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable build
  • Allows pass-through charging
  • One of the best within the price range
  • Outputs pure since wave similar to home outlets
  • 500 watt version offers better value for price
  • Takes long to charge
  • Auto shutoff can be a pain to deal with

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BioLite USB Charging Camp Stove

There’s always plenty of stuff to burn for fuel outdoors. Wouldn’t it be great if you can use this to charge your phone? This is exactly what the BioLite Stove does: it will convert heat into power available out of a USB port. While it may not be the most efficient in generating power, it will save you in a pinch if you need just enough juice to make a call or send a message.

Compliments Complaints
  • Great for giving a charge in a pinch
  • Clever gadget, works as advertised
  • Takes a long time and a lot of fuel before it can charge
  • Only takes dry fuel
  • Firebox is too small
  • Base is unstable

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Rexing B1 Night Vision Binoculars and (IR) Digital Camera

Yep, night vision technology, which used to be exclusive to the military, is now available at an affordable price to regular consumers. You can now also get this tech in your binoculars which can also record what you see since it's also a digital camera. Amazing, right? Rexing’s B1 Night Vision Digital Binoculars is a toy that big boys would find hard to refuse and the perfect setting to play with it would be a night out in nature.

Compliments Complaints
  • Great price point
  • Sturdy yet lightweight
  • Easy to use buttons
  • No image stabilization
  • Works better with lithium batteries instead of stock ones
  • 10x magnification only, not 10x optical zoom as indicated

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BODEGA 12 Volt Portable Refrigerator 

There’s nothing like popping open a cold drink on a warm day at camp, but how exactly do you get a perfectly chilled one when you’re out in the wilderness? What you need for this is a portable refrigerator like the Bodega BO-T36. This 38 quart chiller can go down to -4℉(-20℃) which means it can also keep meats and other food from spoiling. What’s even more impressive is that you can control its functions via a smartphone app.

Compliments Complaints
  • Can make ice, works as advertised
  • Quiet operation
  • App makes it easy to check temperature
  • Unit is quite heavy
  • Has to be plugged in all the time


Garmin GPSMAP 66i, GPS Handheld and Satellite Communicator

The wilderness is a treacherous place and the last thing you want to do is get lost without communication. You can’t always rely on a smartphone for navigation, which is the reason for gadgets like the Garmin GPSMAP 66i. This GPS satellite phone will keep you connected practically anywhere and provide you with a map even in the most remote areas, among a handful of other features. It also has an SOS trigger which means you can always call for help anywhere when things get bad. This is one invaluable piece of gear that no outdoorsman should be without. 

Compliments Complaints
  • Loaded with life-saving features
  • One of the best in its class
  • Lightweight, good screen resolution
  • Messaging service subscription is expensive
  • Messaging can take hours depending on your location
  • Battery life not impressive

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