Add fun to your adventures with all-weather gadgets
Heading out of town? Here are seven gizmos that can survive a trip around the globe
If your business stopover plans include a trip to some exotic locations, you’ll probably want to bring some tunes or a book to keep you occupied, and a camera to capture the fun. But a number of gadgets don’t play nice with sand and water; one quick shower can ruin your favourite device. Luckily, more and more phones, cameras, and audio players are now water-resistant or waterproof. So if you are heading outdoors, make sure you pack one of these devices:
JBL Charge 3
The JBL Charge 3 is an outdoorfriendly portable Bluetooth speaker that packs a considerable bass punch for its size. It’s offered in black, blue, grey, red, and teal, with an IPX7-rated water-resistant shell. Its built-in rechargeable battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and charges smartphones and tablets via USB.
Olympus Tough TG-5
Built for adventure, it is a go-anywhere camera with a fast lens, speedy response and 4K video. Olympus rates the TG-5 for use as deep as 50 feet underwater, states that it will survive seven-foot drops, 220 foot-pounds of pressure, and work in temperatures as low as 14-degree Fahrenheit.
GoPro Hero6 Black
The Hero6 Black debuts a new image processor and the GP1 chip, which gives it some incredible slow-motion video options, bumps the maximum 4K frame rate to 60fps, and adds impressive video stabilisation. Designed waterproof to 33 feet, and with improved dynamic range and lowlight performance, it’s one of the best action cams you can buy today.
Amazon Kindle Oasis
Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is the waterproof e-book reader that can take your chocolate syrup and lets you rinse it off (not with soap). It works fine even after you drop it in a sink full of water, or take it in the bath. The screen has to remain dry while you are reading, because water can trigger the touch response in unexpected ways. But this is one place that the physical page turn buttons come in handy, as they let you turn pages with wet hands.
The Fitbit Versa offers just the right blend of smartwatch and fitnesstracking features for a competitive price. It is waterproof up to 50 meters, or 5 ATM, meaning it’s safe for both the pool and shower. Beyond personalised workout assistance, it has customisable clock-face, connected GPS and multi-day battery life.
The travel-friendly Jaybird X3 wireless earphones deliver high-quality audio in a comfortable, securefitting design. The eartips are sweat-proof, water resistant and small enough to fit under helmets, making them ideal for exercise — or just lounging by the pool-side.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9 puts the latest LTE bands and a great low-light camera into a smaller form factor than the S9+ for the best one-handed phone right now. It’s IP68-certified water resistant, so it can withstand a splash when you are trying to snap photos by the pool-side.