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The 5 Best Portable Outdoor Projectors for Your Camping Trip

Since we’re all compelled to do social distancing because of COVID, catching a movie in the theater won’t be possible now and probably in the foreseeable future. This doesn’t mean that you should forgo the cinema experience altogether. In fact, this situation can be a good excuse to get an outdoor projector so you can watch your favorite flicks under the moon and stars. Get the right projector and you may even reconsider your viewing preferences completely. 

However, projectors made for indoor use typically won’t work as well under outdoor conditions. This is why outdoor projectors are built to different specs and are usually capable of higher levels of brightness, contrast ratio, resolution. Of course, these are almost always designed to be more portable, sometimes with a built-in battery, with little to no vents where moisture and debris can get sucked in. 

If you feel like it’s time to invest in an outdoor projector for your camping trip or even for your backyard, here are 5 great candidates that you should definitely consider.   


Anker Nebula Capsule

Easiest to use: This compact, soda can-sized projector is so easy to operate that you can get it up and running in a few minutes right out of the box. It also has a cool 360° speaker that should be handy if you forget to bring bigger speakers on your trip.  

Compliments Complaints
  • Decent battery life
  • Very compact and portable
  • Can sit on most surfaces even without the mount
  • Fast and easy to set up
  • Some customers did not like the privacy and data collection policy 
  • Native software a bit buggy
  • Doesn't use Google Play

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AKASO WT 50 Mini Projector

Most Compact: Almost as small as a typical smartphone, it's hard to find a more compact and portable projector than the WT50. It's projection capabilities are no slouch either but it is best used in a tent or similar settings. 

Compliments Complaints
  • Amazingly compact
  • Decent battery life at around 2 hours
  • Surprisingly good picture quality
  • Wifi streaming is a bit choppy
  • Built-in speaker not as loud
  • Touchscreen can be difficult to use
  • Accepts but does not output 1080p

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LG PF50KA CineBeam

Most Premium: As the most expensive outdoor projector on our list, the LG MiniBeam is what you would want for best picture quality and overall features. If you value viewing experience and portability above all other considerations and money is no object to you, the PF50KA is definitely the one to get. 
Compliments Complaints
  • Amazing, 1080p output on a battery-powered projector
  • Smart TV capability, Netflix and Hulu works out of the box
  • Good picture quality even in a semi-lit room
  • Quite expensive
  • A customer complained of dead pixels and lines after a few months of use
  • Throw cannot be adjusted

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Groview Outdoor Mini Projector

Best all-around budget option: If you have a budget of less than $100 and want to get the most out of your money, the Groview G210 is your projector. Easy to set up and use, this projector is a jack of all trades that can deliver almost all the features you'll need like various connectivity options, Roku & Fire stick compatibility, decent brightness, contrast sound, etc. all at a reasonable price. 
Compliments Complaints
  • Easy to use
  • Great picture quality in low light conditions
  • Good value at an affordable price point
  • Fan noise a bit loud
  • Included screen is not as high quality as expected
  • Sound quality not as good

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PVO Mini Projector

Best for Kids: If you're looking for a budget projector that you'd be comfortable leaving with your kids, then you need the PVO 300 Pro. The picture quality might not impress adults, but it is surely great for playing cartoons to keep your children entertained while camping. Its attractive price point also makes it a good gift item for kids and parents alike

Compliments Complaints
  • Good balance between price, portability, and performance
  • Relatively quiet and nice-looking for an inexpensive projector
  • Gets hot quickly
  • No zoom capability
  • Using micro-USB for power significantly lowers the brightness

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