UPDATED ON: May 1st, 2015
Admit it. You’re addicted to your smartphone, right? Honestly, what was life like before we had phones with the world of communication at our fingertips? Despite a few old-school haters of smartphones, the fact is they are a life-saver. And while I blame them for distracting me from my mission while in the treestand, they are a priceless tool for hunters, with countless apps, tools, and navigation while outdoors. We love them. We rely on them. Now here’s a few really slick tools for smartphone addicts everywhere that will keep your phone in business, even outdoors.
Kenu: Highline for iPhone 6, 6Plus
It hasn’t happened yet, but I have had a few close calls. And I’m sure sooner or later my cell phone will take the fall from high above the ground while I sit in my treestand and peck out text messages and hunt updates to my buddies. The new Highline from Kenu ensures that iPhone users stay connected, no matter where their outdoor adventure takes them. Whether you’re in the treestand or bowfishing over the side of your boat, the Highline will keep your phone connected. The clever case and leash system of the Highline provides safety and security for your iPhone no matter what task you’re trying to accomplish with your phone. Risky photo and video opps? No problem with the Highline. The UV coated, crystal clear snap-on case made of tough polycarbonate for maximum protection against abuse, scratches, and scuffs. The Lightning Lock system of the Highline plugs safely into IPhone’s lightning port, while locking to a tiny notch in the case to create a simple, yet secure, connection. The unit is available in black/orange for IPhone 6 and black/green for IPhone 6 Plus.
Check it out at Kenu.com.
As much as we love the multitude of tasks we can accomplish on our cell phones while outdoors, the long periods of time on social media, emailing, texting, and photo edits take a huge toll on the battery life of our phones. We’ve looked at how to stay connected to our phone, now let’s take a look at how to stay charged.
The FlameStower allows you to charge any USB-compatible device from your campfire or other heat source, (stove, coals, etc.). The FlameStower is genius! It converts heat from the fire into a thermoelectric circuit and powers your electronics. As hunters and outdoorsmen, we rely on our phones for photos, videos, navigation, and communication. Now you can keep things charged up when you get back to camp. The product is super lightweight, weighing in at just 10 ounces and is very compact. See this unique product at Flamestower.com.
One of the reasons we love our smartphones so much is that they allow us to multi-task. We can hunt, answer emails, check on family, and much more with these slick phones. Now there’s a heat source charger that allows you to multi-task while in hunting camp. The BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. Burning only wood, the CampStove creates a smokeless campfire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes. Setup is easy, fuel is free, and flames are hyperefficient with performance on par with white gas stoves. See more at Biolitestove.com
Brunton Revolt 9000
The Revolt 9000 is a really cool unit to keep your USB-optimized hand-held electronics charged while in the backcountry. Shockproof and weatherproof features come standard with the unit’s Adventure Armored housing. Due to the compact size of the Revolt 9000, you can easily put the power in your backpack and take recharging abilities anywhere your hunt takes you. Other features include a shock absorbing exo-shell to protect the unit from abuse in the field, Vibram undercarriage grips, high-yield lithium cells, and 3 in 1 adapter cable. The Revolt 9000 provides up to 6 smartphone charges while in the backcountry. Check it out at Brunton.com.
What 3D archery range is complete without the ability to broadcast your favorite tunes via your smartphone? Make that task easier with the Voombox-Outdoor from Divoom. Applications are endless for this powerful little stereo speaker. Whether you’re flinging arrows at targets out on the range or from the comforts of your back porch, you can add music to the mix. Take it with you while you work in the garden, fish on the boat, or hang out around the campfire. This rugged and compact unit is pricless! The Voombox-Outdoor features a rugged design to take the abuse you dish out while outdoors. It has a water-resistant case that protects from splashing water and dust. Bluetooth function lets you wirelessly stream audio from your iPhone, iPad, other smartphones, and tablets. The Voombox-Outdoor features a built-in mic to take calls wirelessly on your own or in a group. A 12-hour rechargeable battery gives this rugged and weather resistant outdoor stereo speaker ample run time to keep you entertained outdoors. Check it out at Divoom.com
It’s a new day in the world of technology. The new advancements and opportunities will blow your mind! The same great products that aid the business world can also help us as hunters to do things better and enjoy our time outdoors in an even greater way. Check out the previously mentioned products for great gadgets designed to keep you in the outdoors longer.