Best Camping Tech for 2021

If you are going camping this summer, you are going to want to check out this list of the best camping and outdoor tech.

While it is certainly nice to step away from the busy tech-focused world we live in, leaving our phones and computers behind, there is also something to be said for getting away on an adventure with the best outdoor tech and gadgets available. 

Check out my list of the best camping and outdoor tech for 2021 


BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE 2 – $299.95

I covered the BIOLITE CampStove 2 back in back 2017 when it was first released. The CampStove 2 is a portable wood burning stove that converts heat into electricity. 

BioLite’s patented core technology captures waste heat from the fire through a heat probe attached to the stove’s power pack. The captured heat is converted into electricity via a thermoelectric generator. This powers a fan and sends electricity to a USB charging port. Excess power is stored in the internal. The internal fan injects air back into the burn chamber which improves combustion and creating a cleaner, more efficient burn.

The CampStove also comes with an array of accessories such as a lamp, kettle and cooking grill.

Check out the BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE 2.  


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LUMINAID PACKLITE LANTERN – $49.99

The LUMINAID PACKLITE LANTERN is something I have never considered needing before. However, when I think back to every time my family and I have gone camping, one thing that inevitably happens is we arrive to the site late in the day and are trying to setup camp and cook dinner since we are all starving after a long drive. 

I have used trouble lights, oil lanterns or even our van’s headlights, but none of those are ideal. When I came across the LUMINAID I knew it needed to be on this list! 

The lantern is solar powered so you will need to do a bit of planning to ensure it has a charge to get you up and running. You can also charge via a USB port if solar is not an option, however.

Delivering up to 150 lumens of LED light at max power and can supply up to 50 hrs. of light in low power mode. 

My suggestion is to pick up 4-5 of these lanterns to illuminate your entire campsite. They are also waterproof with an IP67 rating so they can stay setup for the whole trip. 

Check out the LUMINAID PACKLITE LANTERN


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LIFESTRAW PERSONAL WATER FILTER – $25

The LIFESTRAW PERSONAL WATER FILTER is something you are going to want to have on hand if you are going to be away from a potable water source on your next camping or hiking adventure. 

The LIFESTRAW filter removes a minimum of 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns. It does this without the need for iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. 

You can place this in any body of water like a river or stream and drink through the straw delivery clean, filtered water that will not harm you. A must if you are going to heading into the back county.

Check out the LIFESTRAW PERSONAL WATER FILTER 


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AKASO V50 PRO NATIVE 4K 30FPS 20MP WI-FI ACTION CAMERA WITH EIS TOUCH SCREEN – $189.99

Now we are into some real gadgets in the Gadget Syrup sense! You likely have not heard of AKASO before but think of them as a poor-man’s GoPro. And that is not a bad a thing! 

The AKASO V50 ACTION CAMERA records in up to 4K/30FPS, shoots 20MP stills and has WI-FI to transmit your content a smartphone for editing and sharing. 

This action cam also offers EIS or Electronic Image Stabilization to ensure your videos and images are stable and clear. There is also a 6-position gyroscope onboard to ensure the camera always knows which direction it is oriented. 

This camera bundle includes 2 x rechargeable 1100 mAh batteries, chargers, a remote-control wristband, and lots of other useful accessories. 

AKASO V50 Pro Action Cam
AKASO 14 in 1 Action Camera Accessory Kit

If you really want to step up your action camera game, you should also consider the AKASO 14 IN 1 ACTION CAMERA ACCESSORY KIT. This add-on kit only costs $24.99 CAD and includes useful add-ons such as the chest strap, mini tripod, and floating wrist strap. 

Check out the AKASO V50 PRO ACTION CAMERA 


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JBL FLIP 5 PORTABLE WATERPROOF WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER – $149.98

The JBL FLIP 5 is one of the best rugged and waterproof speakers available and comes in a variety of assorted colours. Eleven to be exact.

Look at all those colours!

The 4800mAh battery provides up to 12 hours of playback time and the speaker is IPX7 rated, which means it can be submerged in up to 3 ft of water with no fear of damage. 

Its cylindrical design also makes the FLIP 5 easy to pack in your back, taking up minimal space.

The FLIP 5 also supports pairing with other “partyboost” speakers giving you the ability to create a stereo pair.

Check out the JBL FLIP 5 PORTABLE WATERPROOF WIRELESS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER


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JACKERY PORTABLE POWER STATION EXPLORER – From $259.99

A few years ago, the family and I went camping in Northern Ontario. The site we selected was a no-power site. We figured we would be fine without electricity and we could use the battery from our SUV to keep our cooler running overnight. Using the car each day to keep the battery charged for the next night would be fine. We woke up on day two and the battery to the SUV was dead and our food was warm.  

Sigh. We moved to a powered site immediately. 

Had we planned better we would have brought one of these with us. 

The JACKERY PORTABLE POWER STATION EXPLORER will let you power and charge your devices when you cannot get to a wall charger. You can power up to 4 devices at a time including smartphones, laptops, small heaters, and lights. 

The JACKERY PORTABLE POWER STATION EXPLORER also can be recharged via solar, but you will need to purchase the solar panel separately. 

Its biggest limitation is that it cannot power devices like a kettle because of the wattage requirements. 

Check out the JACKERY PORTABLE POWER STATION EXPLORER 


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VANKYO BURGER 101 3D PICO PROJECTOR – $276.99

The VANKYO BURGER 101 3D PICO PROJECTOR may be a bit of an unnecessary camping item, but it sure is a lot of fun. I have long been a user of the Motorola Z line of phone and Moto Mods. The mod I have used most has been the Incipio InstaShare Projector which snaps onto the back of the phone, turning it into a fully functional projector. 

The VANKYO BURGER 101 3D PICO PROJECTOR does not snap onto the phone, but instead connects via Wi-Fi or HDMI to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. 

This projector provides up to the equivalent of a 100” screen size at 1080p resolution and has a built-in 5200mAh battery which is more than enough to get through a movie or a few TV shows on Netflix. 

All of this comes in a device that weighs about the same as an iPhone 12. 

The projector also supports 3D playback if you have 3D glasses, which are not included. However, I would not buy this for its 3D capabilities, but more for its size and convenience.

Don’t forget a big white sheet and some rope to create a makeshift projector screen!

Check out the VANKYO BURGER 101 3D PICO PROJECTOR 


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That is it! There are hundreds of other fun and useful gadgets you could take camping with you, but these are some of my favourites. I hope you enjoyed and let me know in the comments what type of tech you take with you when venture to the great outdoors.


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Navatics MITO Underwater Drone Preview

Meet the Navatics MITO, launching today on Kickstarter. It is an underwater drone that is being touted as the “most stable underwater drone that makes marine photography accessible for everyday consumers and professionals alike. Well, that’s a big claim if you ask me, let’s dive into this a bit further.

The market for drones has been and continues to, grow rapidly. They offer a lot, whether it is for business or pleasure, a drone can be a very useful investment. There is a new segment of the drone market that is growing even more, and that is underwater drones.

Meet the Navatics MITO, launching today on Kickstarter. It is an underwater drone that is being touted as the “most stable underwater drone that makes marine photography accessible for everyday consumers and professionals alike. Well, that’s a big claim if you ask me, let’s dive into this a bit further. Sorry; not sorry for the bad pun!

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What is the Navatics MITO

The MITO is an underwater drone capable of exploring at depths of up to 130 ft and can shoot 4k video at 30 frames per second.

The MITO also comes equipped with a 50 meter/165 foot tether to ensure your drone does not wander too far. The 165 ft tether is required for use, however, the tether comes with a buoy that is also a wireless transmitter that extends the range of the MITO an additional 500 meters.

There are many use cases for an underwater drone whether you are a diver, work in marine maintenance or a professional marine videographer. 

Key Features

Outside of the obvious 4k30fps video capabilities, the drones optics are also stabilized using a four-axis active stabilization algorithm developed by the Navatics team. According to Navatics, this stabilization system will allow for the MITO to “hover” and keep its orientation in various underwater conditions for up to four hours. I think this is pretty impressive, but take note, that is not 4 continuous hours. The MITO comes equipped with an 80 Wh battery which has a range of 2 to 4 hours of usage, depending on the marine conditions you’re operating in.

The MITO is also controlled by your smartphone. Not a proprietary controller, which is a key point for me. Being able to leverage to power of your phone and its various types of connectivity, MITO pilots can instantly share or stream video and pictures from the MITO app to Instagram, Facebook and WeChat. Note: 1080p limitation when streaming.

Speaking of the app, have a look at the user-interface below. By all accounts, it appears to be chock full of functionality but does not appear to be overwhelming. 

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Full Specifications

  • Components: Navatics MITO, a tether floatation and a remote controller
  • Stability: Advanced four-axis active stabilization algorithm
  • Weight: 3 kg / 6.6 lbs. (including battery)
  • Dimensions: 360mm x 300mm x 135mm / 14” x 12” x 5”
  • Mobility: Equipped with four thrusters enabling it to tilt up and down to 45° angles while holding its
  • depth, heading and orientation
  • Recording / Images: 4K video recording up to 30 fps (mp4) and 8 MP still images (JPEG)
  • Video Transmission: 1080 HD at 30 fps live video within 500 m / 1640 ft. (powered by Senseplay)
  • Storage: 64GB Micro SD card
  • Depth: maximum 40 m / 135 ft.
  • Tether Length: 50 m / 165 ft.
  • Tether floatation: 4-hours runtime, equipped with a solar panel to extend the duration of usage
  • Speed: Up to 2 meters per second / 4 knots
  • Interchangeable batteries: 80Wh, providing a minimum 2-hour runtime
  • Lighting: 2 1000 lumen LED lights
  • App: Available for both iOS and Android
  • Colour Correction: Integrated into smartphone app for easy correction
  • Social Sharing: Share directly to Instagram, Facebook and WeChat

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MITO Gallery

Where To Buy The Navatics MITO Underwater Drone?

The MITO is available for pre-order today (May 29th) on Kickstarter for a super early bird price of $1,199 USD. For this really low introductory price the MITO ships with a 4k camera, one battery, a remote controller cradle for your smartphone and a 50-meter/165 foot tether.

Navatics expects the MITO to start shipping in September of 2018.

If you would like to back the campaign or learn more about the MITO underwater drone check out their Kickstarter page or visit www.navatics.com.

Let me know what you think about the Navatics MITO Underwater Drone. Will it be making it onto your wish list this summer?

LynQ: Meet The World’s Most Advanced Long-Range Tracker

We have all been there. You’re at an amusement park, a large festival or camping somewhat off-grid and you get separated from your group, spending the next several hours wandering off on your own trying to track down the other half of your group. Trying your cell phone proved worthless because you’re in a no-signal zone, or those who you are trying to track down do not have a phone with them. 

Those days could be gone if the LynQ lives up to the hype of being the “world’s most advanced long-range tracker.”

We have all been there. You’re at an amusement park, a large festival or camping somewhat off-grid and you get separated from your group, spending the next several hours wandering off on your own trying to track down the other half of your group. Trying your cell phone proved worthless because you’re in a no-signal zone, or those who you are trying to track down do not have a phone with them. 

Those days could be gone if the LynQ lives up to the hype of being the “world’s most advanced long-range tracker.”

What is the LynQ?

The LynQ is a “smart-compass” that locates anyone without the need for phones, subscriptions or cellular-based infrastructure of any kind. It works by leveraging GPS, LoRa (Long Range, Low Power Wireless), a custom antenna and a set of proprietary algorithms and communications protocols developed by the LynQ team to create a unique peer-to-peer connection.

LynQ is calling this device the most accurate, long-last and, long-distance device that can locate people anywhere in the world, without the needs for phones, infrastructure or even a map.

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LynQ Features

Using a very intuitive and friendly interface, which allows 12 simultaneous pairings, users see where others are on the single back-lit display. The display will tell you how far away others are, which direction and display a username, if you’re pair to multiple other LynQs.

The LynQ should be able to take on all elements as well, as it is weather-proof and manufactured from “military-tested” materials. LynQ didn’t list the IP rating online, but after reaching out to them they told me that the device is IPX7 rated and is made from PC-ABS plastic. They also noted that they are trying to improve upon the IPX7 rating before the LynQ is available commercially.

 The LynQ weighs in at 73 g and is only 4
The LynQ weighs in at 73 g and is only 4″ tall!

Depending on the landscape you find yourself in, the LynQ has a signal range of up to three miles, so despite being marketed of being able to track “anyone, anywhere in the world”, be sure to keep the real-world use in mind The LynQ will work anywhere in the world, yes, but you have a range to other paired LynQs.

The LynQ software allows users to set a home base, ensuring everyone meets up at the correct location. Possibly even more important than the home base feature is the “Safe Zone” feature which ensures that one does not stray too far. If a user leaves the safe zone, paired devices will vibrate and ring to alert you to the event.

LynQ notes battery life of up to three days on a single charge. I hope this translates to real-world battery life. If you are taking this off-grid, you don’t want to worry about the need to charge daily.

Perhaps the most notable feature for me is the messaging capability the LynQ offers. In cases where you are off grid and perhaps have not made it back to the home base on time. The LynQ allows users to send short messages to paired LynQ devices. It is an added comfort for those you are out with, to let them know you are safe and could play a key role in the even you get into a situation where you need immediate help.

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LynQ Use Cases

The LynQ team has given a pretty good list of the devices uses;

  • Child safety – Parents can feel comfort in knowing exactly where their children are while allowing them the freedom to explore.
  • Any off-the-grid activity – Adventure seekers, such as skiers, hikers, travellers or cyclists, no longer worry about phone signal, maps or phone battery life.
  • Alzheimer’s / Elder Care – Caretakers and family members can monitor their patients of loved ones that are a risk to wander.
  • Special Needs Care – Wandering is a leading cause of death among Autistic children.
  • Public Events – From music festivals to sporting events, networks are often overloaded, eliminating cell signal while maps are useless in crowds and without landmarks.
  • Disaster Recover and First Responders – When locating people is a matter of life and death, and infrastructure is destroyed, LynQ is able to save lives.
  • Military Applications – LynQ was selected to participate in U.S. and Thai government join R&D exercises centred around the location or wounded and unconscious soldiers. The U.S. government cited a 61 percent reduction in response time locating wounded soldiers when using LynQ – literally the difference between life and death
  • Pets – Keeping tabs on pets during hikes or animals in open fields has never been simpler.

That is a pretty broad set of use cases, and I am sure there are plenty more applications for a device like the LynQ. 

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Where Can You Get The LynQ?

LynQ is available now for pre-order on Indiegogo and for a limited time a “super early-bird special price snags you a 2 pack of the LynQ for $154 (USD). That’s a savings of 48%! Hit the Indiegogo logo below to check it out!

You can also learn more about the LynQ at https://lynqme.com/


What do you think about the LynQ tracker? I personally think it could finally be the tracking device we have been waiting for. Let me know what you think in the comments. I would love you hear from you.

OneUp: The First Truly Portable and Ultra Compact Life Preserver

You’re probably asking right now, “Why am I reading about a life preserver on a gadget blog?” That’s a great question! The reason, however, is a simple one. Some of the coolest tech and gadgets out there are not AI-powered robots, laptops or smartphones. Some of the coolest tech I have looked at since starting GadgetSyrup.com has been outdoor techs such as the Skycamp from iKamper, HURU’s all-weather backpack and the BioLite CampStove 2.

I recently came across another really interesting outdoor piece of tech; OneUp. Check it out

You’re probably asking right now, “Why am I reading about a life preserver on a gadget blog?” That’s a great question! The reason, however, is a simple one. Some of the coolest tech and gadgets out there are not AI-powered robots, laptops or smartphones. Some of the coolest tech I have looked at since starting GadgetSyrup.com has been outdoor techs such as the Skycamp from iKamper, HURU’s all-weather backpack and the BioLite CampStove 2.

I recently came across another really interesting outdoor piece of tech; OneUp. Check it out below.


What is OneUp?

OneUp is the billed as “World’s Most Compact Self-Activating Life Float” and comes in can the size of a Monster Energy drink.

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What Does OneUp Do?

It is fairly obvious based on the description, but OneUp, when thrown into the water, rapidly transforms into a full-sized inflated life preserver. The process is quick too, according to OneUp the device takes only 2 seconds to transform from its energy drink sized can into the life preserver.

OneUp is pretty impressive device too, given its size. As I mentioned, it is no bigger than an energy drink can and weighs less than one pound, but when inflated can hold up to 330 lbs or 150 kg.


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How Does It Work?

Using tech commonly used with aeronautical & naval safety and security, OneUp is equipped with a small salt pod and a CO2 sensor that is triggered by contact with water.

When the OneUp lands in the water, the salt pod instantly dissolves, revealing the CO2 inflation sensor and therefore, causing the rapid release of CO2 into the contained inflation device.

What makes OneUps life preserver even more fascinating is its reusability. Deflation and repack into its container takes a little over a minute and but you will need to replace the salt pod and CO2 cartridge after each use. 



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What Else?

According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional deaths globally, with an estimated toll of 360, 000 lives or 42 deaths every hour. That is a staggering number.

Being equipped with a device, like that of the OneUp, water safety can be dramatically improved no matter where you are, be it the beach, the local swimming pool or when traveling by boat on a large body of water.

Saúl Arteta, CEO of OneUp, has said that the mission of “OneUp is to improve water safety forever while giving people an easy-to-use tool they can rely on during any water activity.”


Until now, life
preservers have been bulky and difficult to manage. With our new device, people can still enjoy
their time on the water and trust that if an issue arises, OneUp is there to save anyone in just
seconds.

— Saúl Arteta, CEO of OneUp

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Finally, a little fun behind the name. OneUp was selected as the name of this device as a throwback to classic video games of the ’80’s and ’90’s because extra lives were commonly referred to as “OneUps” And that is exactly what OneUp is; it is an “extra life” approach to aquatic safety. It is nice to see a company using a little nostalgic fun with their naming conventions.


Where to Buy OneUp?

Early-bird pricing is available today, April 4th, on Indiegogo for $49. OneUp plans to ship their life-saving device sometime this summer.

For more information head over to OneUpSaves.com.


What are your thoughts on the OneUp? Is it a game-changer for you? Personally, for myself, a father of 3 small children, I absolutely plan to purchase a few of these to keep on hand. You never know what is going to happen when out on open water. In a perfect world, you never need to use a device like OneUp, but I would rather have it on hand and not use it, then need it and not have it.

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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