9 best festival gadgets

With festival season approaching, we've rounded up nine of the best festival gadgets that'll help you stay charged, stay entertained, and capture your whole experience on camera for you to look back on in a less intoxicated state.

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  • Braven BRV-1
  • Soulra BoostSolar
  • Soulra Boost Turbine 2000
  • Mophie Space Pack
  • Eyefi Mobi
  • Incipio's Stowaway case
  • Fitbit Flex
  • Biolite Camping Stove
  • Lava BrightSounds
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Best festival gadgets: Braven BRV-1

Braven's BRV-1 portable speaker is designed to withstand the elements, so is perfect for keeping the music going at festivals even when the artists aren't on the stage. It's water-resistant, and has rubberised shock-absorbing exterior to ensure durability for the more adventurous user. The device is wireless, with up to 12 hours of Bluetooth audio streaming time, and also acts as a speakerphone with a built-in noise cancelling microphone. Additionally, you can use the BRV-1 to charge your iPhone, and a battery check indicator lets you know how much battery life the speaker has left.

£90 (was £150), Amazon.

See also: Best speakers for iPad, iPhone

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Braven's BRV-1 portable speaker is designed to withstand the elements, so is perfect for keeping the music going at festivals even when the artists aren't on the stage. It's water-resistant, and has rubberised shock-absorbing exterior to ensure durability for the more adventurous user. The device is wireless, with up to 12 hours of Bluetooth audio streaming time, and also acts as a speakerphone with a built-in noise cancelling microphone. Additionally, you can use the BRV-1 to charge your iPhone, and a battery check indicator lets you know how much battery life the speaker has left.

£90 (was £150), Amazon.

See also: Best speakers for iPad, iPhone

Best festival gadgets: Soulra BoostSolar

One of the biggest issues at festivals is battery life. You'll be using your iPhone to take photos, record videos, call your lost friends and check what the musicians are writing on Twitter, so it's bound to drain your battery. But with no power sockets to be found in your tent, how can you charge it back up?

That's where the solar-powered Boost Solar backup battery pack comes in handy. In addition to helping you charge your iPhone using only the sun's rays, it's also rugged and splashproof, so it should withstand most festival conditions. It can charge your iPad, too.

£37, Amazon

Read our tips to extend battery life on your iPhone.

Best festival gadgets: Soulra Boost Turbine 2000

If the rainy British weather concerns you, you may want to opt for the Soulra Boost Turbine 2000 instead of the BoostSolar. It'll take a bit more effort on your part – you need to crank it up to give it power – but for one minute of cranking the hand turbine you'll get enough power for a four-minute phone call and some texts, apparently. You'll burn off a few of those beer calories, too. Don't expect miracles, but if you're willing to put in some effort this gadget could prove to be a life saver.

£40, Amazon

Best festival gadgets: Mophie Space Pack

Aiding the battery life problem at the same time as adding more storage space to your iPhone 5 or 5s for photos and videos is the Mophie Space Pack. It's the world's first battery case for iPhone that comes complete with built-in storage. It's available in 16- or 32GB models in black or white.

If you've got a 16GB iPhone and find yourself regularly running out of space, here's your solution. You'll be able to add an extra 16,000 photos, 14 hours of video and 9,000 songs. What's more, the Space Pack could double the battery life of your iPhone. Cool, right?

£77 (was £129), Amazon

Best festival gadgets: Eyefi Mobi

For keen photographers out there, the Eyefi Mobi card could be a huge boon at a festival this summer. If your camera takes an SD card it's likely it'll be compatible with the Eyefi card, which sends photographs wirelessly in real time to your iPhone, iPad or laptop. There will be no need to transfer photos from your camera to your iOS device for sharing on social media – they'll be there as soon as they've been captured.

£41.99, eyefi.com

Best festival gadgets: Incipio's Stowaway case

Incipio's Stowaway case for iPhone is designed to be impact resistant, stylish and practical. Available in eight colours, the new iPhone case has a back compartment that can hold up to three credit cards and also doubles as a handy stand. Perfect when you don't want to travel lightly, removing the need to carry around a wallet or purse. Just be weary of pickpockets!

There's an option for iPhone 5 or 5S as shown here, or a new version for iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

£15 (was £29.99), Amazon.

See: Best cases for iPhone

Best festival gadgets: Fitbit Flex

With all that dancing you'll be doing, you might be interested in the Fitbit Flex fitness tracker to help you keep track of how many steps you've taken, how many calories you've burned, and even how well you've slept (if you slept at all).

The Fitbit Flex fits around your wrist, so you won't be worrying about losing it, and it should last for a full five days without needing to be recharged. It's waterproof too, so no need to take it off if it starts raining.

With a handy silent alarm that vibrates to wake you up, you'll be able to make sure that you don't oversleep too.

£79.99, Amazon.

Best festival gadgets: Biolite Camping Stove

This one's pretty unusual but rather cool. The Biolite Camping Stove lets you cook a tasty meal (or not so tasty depending on your cooking skills), helps you stay warm, and charges your iPhone at the same time.

It uses an internal fan to create airflow, which combines with the fuel chamber to create fire, the heat from which is converted into electricity using the Power Module to help keep your iPhone charged.

Optional Camping Stove accessories include the Kettlepot (for a nice cuppa) and the Grille BBQ Attachment for cooking a good burger or sausage.

£139.99, Firebox.com

Best festival gadgets: Lava BrightSounds

Smart lightbulbs are the latest addition to the smart home, but what about when you're away from home? We love this Lava BrightSounds smart lamp and portable Bluetooth speaker, and reckon its one of the best gadgets you'll take camping this year.

You can read our full review here: Lava BrightSounds review.

£39, Amazon

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