25 Scorching-Hot Tech Gadgets For This Summer

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With summer around the corner, it's time to get excited about beaches, the sun and warm weather.

Everyone has a list of things they want to get done before the season ends, whether it's staying in shape, spending time on the beach, hosting BBQs and more.

There are plenty of handy gizmos and gadgets on the market that can help fully take advantage of all your favorite summer activities. Everything from fitness bands, waterproof cameras, glare-free reading tablets and more.

CRN has compiled a list of 25 tech devices to help you fully enjoy this summer.

Basis Band

Marketed as "the world's most advanced health tracker," the Basis band is a great tool to help get in shape. The band is packed with sensors to track calories, activity, skin temperature and sleep, letting you know what is needed to sleep better. The water resistant band wears just like a watch and can sync to a Mac or PC, allowing the user to review progress easier on the free app available at MyBasis.com. The app also is compatible with iPhones and select Android phones.

Price: $199

PowerShot D30

Canon's new durable waterproof camera is being marketed as "the camera with the world's deepest waterproof performance" as it can still snap pics 82 feet under water. It is also shockproof up to 6.5 feet, so don't worry if it drops. The PowerShot D30 comes packed with a 1080p Full HD video camera to go with its 12.1-megapixel camera. The PowerShot also has a cool GPS feature that records the times and locations of all videos and pictures taken with it. Not a bad camera for some summer adventures.

Price: $329

Cobra JumPack

This nifty item is a must-have for summer road trips, as it is important to keep a battery charged. No, not the phone's battery (although it charges that too) but a car battery. That's right, the Cobra JumPack comes with jumper cables to jump-start a car, motorcycle, boat, snow mobile, whatever. It can charge mobile devices on the go, too, including smartphones, tablets and digital cameras. The Cobra JumPack has a built-in Super-bright LED flashlight with a strobe light and S.O.S. feature for emergencies. Pretty cool.

Price: $165

Travelon Luggage Waterproof Digital Camera/Phone Pouch

Going to the beach and want to bring your phone? You're going to need the Travelon pouch. This convenient, airtight, waterproof pouch protects smartphones, cameras and smaller tablets from water, sand, dirt and dust. The touch screens of devices are accessible through the pouch, and its pillow insert makes it float on water surfaces. Your mobile device could even float in the swimming pool in the watertight pouch.

Price: $9.99

SteriPen Ultra

This is a great product for all the hikers and campers out there. The SteriPen Ultra makes water safe to drink by killing over 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause waterborne illness. This UV water purifier makes water potable in just 48 seconds, and can last for up to 8,000 treatments. It is rechargeable through computer outlets or portable solar panels. SteriPen is certified as it has earned the Water Quality Association's Gold Seal.

Price: $99

BioLite CampStove

Another great device for the campers, the BioLite CampStove can charge a phone or other gadgets. The BioLite CampStove can boil water, cook meals and charge devices using clean energy from fire. It can be used as a normal stove, or can generate electricity through the thermoelectric generator. There is a firelighter stocked on the device to get things going; just add twigs. The handy and portable BioLite CampStove is just 8.25 inches tall, five inches wide and weighs just over 2 pounds.

Price: $129.95

NiteCore TM26 3500 Lumen LED Flashlight

This multipurpose flashlight will be useful for those summer nights whether for camping, hiking, broke down on the side of the road, checking out that creepy sound outside or whatever you're doing in the dark. The NiteCore TM26 markets itself as "the world's smallest 3500 lumen LED flashlight" and is waterproof as it can be submersed under 2meters of water. It has a max run-time of up to 1,000 hours and has eight different brightness settings. It can be mounted to tripods and has an OLED display to show its battery life.

Price: $49.95

GoPro Hero3: Black Edition

This is a great camera for the outdoors and active types. Whether jet skiing, mountain biking or white water rafting through some wild waves, this camera can capture all of it in exceptional quality. It is shockproof and waterproof from up to 197 feet. Go scuba diving with this gizmo and capture the underworld adventure in HD. The GoPro Hero3: Black Edition has a 12MP camera and 4Kp fps video quality. Mount the camera to your body or control the camera from up to 600 feet away using its built-in Wi-Fi.

Price: $84.95


This is a must-have for all the explorers out there. This tablet will navigate through the woods, mountains or wherever with precision when a smartphone loses its signal. It gives accurate forecasts and reads changing conditions in remote areas. Earl has a built-in, two-way radio and is able to transmit your location, texts, voice messages and route information. It also features an emergency radio if needed. Its built-in radio features an AM/FM/SW/LW tuner that is accessible no matter where you are. Earl also acts as an e-reader for favorite publications and guidebooks.

Price: $299

Terminix AllClear Mosquito Repeller

There is a short list of things not to like about the summer, but pretty high up there will be mosquitos. With this mosquito repeller, enjoy a summer free of mosquitos whether out on the back deck, laying by the pool or camping in the woods. It is safe around pets and children, and has a range up to a 15-foot circumference. Each cartridge lasts up to 18 hours before refill.

Price: $19.61

Fitbit One

Looking to get in shape this summer? Fitbit One can help. Wear it in a pocket, belt or bra, the device will track your steps, distance and calories burned. At night, Fitbit will monitor your sleep and wake you without waking your partner. It syncs automatically to a computer or mobile device with Bluetooth Smart. Set goals and chart your progress with the free iPhone and Android apps, and earn badges when you reach those goals. Log food, weight and more to help get in better shape faster.

Price: $88.86

Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet

This tablet offers a glare-resistant 7-inch HDX display so you can see everything, even when you're outside on a sunny day. With the built-in OfficeSuite, fast web browsing and support for Gmail and Outlook, get all your work done outside. Enjoy more than 100,000 apps and games in the Amazon Appstore. Watch movies and TV series on this 1,920-x-1,200 HD display powered by a 2.2GHZ quad-code processor tablet. Keep in touch while on vacation with video calls on the 720p HD camera.

Price: $229

Bluetooth 6.5-Inch Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Patio Speakers

For hosting BBQs, back deck parties or just want to enjoy music by the pool, these speakers are great. Stream music from a mobile device from up to 100 feet away via Bluetooth. Your entire backyard will be filled with high-quality sound as the volume and playlists are controlled from a mobile device. The speakers can withstand extreme weather conditions, so don't panic if you leave them outside during a rain storm. What's more comforting is that they come with a 1-year warranty.

Price: $199.99

Swimming Pool Alarm

If you have a pool and young kids, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get this. When your child is wearing the wristband, the alarm will go off alerting if he or she has touched water. The alarm has great range as it can sound up to 200 feet away from the band. The alarm and band also work in lakes and bathtubs, for nonswimmers and pets alike. The alarm has three to four years of battery life, and beeps when it is running low on power.

Price: $199.95


Planning to get out of the house and office this summer means you won't be near a Wi-Fi signal that much. Instead of cutting into your data plan, create your own Wi-Fi connection with this handy device. Karma is completely wireless. It takes a signal, and creates your own Wi-Fi network that is fast enough to stream HD videos.

Price: $99 (plus service plan)

Dyson Tower Fan

The most important devices of the summer are those that keep people cool. The drawback of fans and air conditioners is that they consume too much energy and can be quite noisy. The Dyson fan addresses both those issues. This bladeless fan is 60 percent quieter, and consumes 10 percent less power, while it still emits strong airflow to keep you cool. With 10 speed settings, this fan comes with a remote control and attracts less dust than a typical fan.

Price: $349.99

EcoXBT Speaker

This waterproof Bluetooth speaker is a great accessory for any pool party. It floats on water while playing favorite songs from a mobile device via a Bluetooth connection. The EcoXBT has a built-in speakerphone when connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth. This device has up to 10 hours of battery life to last through the pool party.

Price: $129.99


This is a great device to get in some summer reading. The Kindle weighs in at less than 6 ounces -- lighter than a paperback book -- and gives off absolutely no glare, even on the sunniest of days, so read outside without a problem. This affordable e-reader holds over 1,000 books with over a million titles to choose from that are less than $4.99. Kindle also offers "hand-tuned fonts" for text that is easy on the eyes for simple reading. This device has a six-inch screen, Wi-Fi connectivity and has up to four weeks of battery life.

Price: $69

Kisai Intoxicated LCD Watch

Plan on stopping by a few BBQs and wedding receptions this summer? This unique device may help you stay responsible. This is not your average watch, as it still tells time and has an alarm, but it also has a breathalyzer device built into it. Simply blow into the watch and it'll let you know if you are fit to drive or if you should call a cab.

Price: $149

Ecoxgear Rugged and waterproof stereo boombox

This device is great for a day at the beach, camping trips, pool parties BBQs or other outdoor gatherings. Place your smartphone or mp3 player inside the completely waterproof boombox and play all your favorite songs through these two clean, crisp, speakers. The durable EcoXgear boombox floats, has a compartment for your keys, wallet and other smaller belongings and has over 20 hours of battery life.

Price: $108.55

Liquid Image Scuba Series Mask

A great device for all scuba divers to capture their undersea adventures this summer. This scuba mask is an HD photo and video camera. It features two video modes at 1080P at 30fps HD video or 720P at 60fps HD video. It also features 12MP photo mode and a 135 degree wide angle camera lens. The liquid image scuba mask can record up to two hours of video with a 4GB micro SDHC card and can be upgraded up to 32GB.

Price: $299.99

Remote-Controlled Rolling Beverage Cooler

Here is a fun device for all those backyard deck BBQs and gatherings at the house. This remote-controlled cooler has room for six cans or bottles and ice to keep them cold. It rolls on four underside wheels and has a remote-control range of up to 60 feet. It can roll over carpeting, rugs, kitchen floors, patio floors and more. The cooler will move with up to 9 pounds of cargo inside and makes for a fun attraction at social summer events.

Price: $59.95

Solio BOLT Battery Pack + Solar Charger

This is a must-have device for long hikes or camp-outs, especially for those dependent on mobile devices and GPS trackers. The Solio BOLT will charges common USB-powered devices including Apple mobile devices, Kindles, GPS watches, GoPro cameras and more. The solar charger will be able to charge these devices just by leaving the Solio BOLT out in the sun, and it will retain a charge for up to a year, which is good for emergency situations. The battery pack lasts for up to three years.

Price: $70

Tempronics Office Chair

Despite the nice weather, you may need to spend some time behind a desk this summer, whether it's at work or a home office. That's where the Tempronics Office Chair comes in. This chair will keep you cool all summer while you're pushing pencils or crunching numbers. It has a built- in air conditioner that does not interfere with a colleague sitting at the next desk over. When summer is over, this chair can heat a person throughout the winter and save energy expenses year-round.

Price: $1,100

ACR Electronics ResQLink 406 GPS Personal Locator Beacon

Before going on a solo adventure this summer, it might be a good idea to get this device in case of emergency situations. The beacon will relay exact position to a global network of search- and-rescue satellites to call for help when needed. The unique registered distress signal informs rescuers who and where you are. The compact and light device is waterproof down to 16 feet for up to an hour and 33 feet for up to 10 minutes. The ACR Electronics ReQsLink Locator Beacon has up to five years of battery life and weighs just 4.6 ounces.

Price: $280