Best festival tech: The 12 gadgets you need this festival season

With festival season approaching fast, we've rounded up twelve of the best bits of festival tech that'll help you stay charged and entertained.

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  • Braven BRV-1
  • Soulra Boost Solar
  • EasyAcc power bank
  • Mophie Juice Pack
  • Apple Battery Case
  • Waterproof phone bag
  • Fitbit Flex 2
  • Xiaomi Mi Band
  • Nokia 105
  • Kodak cameras
  • Biolite Camping Stove
  • Lava BrightSounds
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Braven BRV-1

  • RRP: £149.99, US$99.99

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.

See also: Best speakers for iPad and iPhone

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Braven BRV-1

  • RRP: £149.99, US$99.99

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.

See also: Best speakers for iPad and iPhone

 

Soulra Boost Solar

  • RRP: £59.99

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.

Read our tips to extend battery life on your iPhone.

 

EasyAcc 15000mAh

  • RRP: £79.99, US$79.99

EasyAcc makes some great tech products at amazing prices and this power pack for your portable devices is no exception. 15,000mAh basically translates as 5x the size of the average smartphone battery, so claims it can, for example, charge an iPhone 6 5.5 times before running out of juice.

It’s got 3 separate USB ports that you can use simultaneously, so if you and your mates insist on using smartphones for the whole of Glastonbury, this could well turn out to be an excellent purchase.

Read also: Two more EasyAcc products feature in our rundown of the best power banks available in 2016

 

Mophie Juice Pack range

  • RRP: From £49.95, From US$59.95
  • Buy from Mophie

Mophie has a great range of battery pack cases if you’re an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy user (with a few other devices supported too) and want another full charge on the go as easily as possible. Available for iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6/6S, iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus, the Galaxy S6/S6 edge and soon the Galaxy S7/S7 edge, there are several different variants in the Juice Pack line depending on your phone, with prices starting at £49.95, providing between 60-120% extra battery capacity.

The packs are attractive and ergonomically designed to ensure you get the power you need without turning your beautiful phone into an ugly brick.

Read also: 15 of the best battery packs for iPhone and iPad

 

Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case

  • RRP: £99, US$99
  • Buy from Apple

Although Mophie has been doing it for years, Apple launched its own battery case for the iPhone 6/6S, 6 Plus/6S Plus, and 7. Unusually for a battery case, it is one piece and isn’t made of hard plastic. You can slip your phone into the silicon case and into the Lightning connector. It also charges over Lightning, unlike most over battery cases that still use Micro USB, so you only need your regular Apple cable.

It works very well and is typically intuitive for an Apple product, with two battery statuses for both your phone and your case. It should give you up to 25 hours more power, meaning you can fit in a fair few extra Instagram posts of sunsets and cider.

Read also: 15 of the best battery packs for iPhone and iPad

 

3iART Waterproof Case

  • RRP: £29.99, US$19.99

So you've committed to taking your smartphone to a festival, fair play - but you may want to consider protecting it from the elements (or an unplanned drop into a toilet) with this waterproof case.

Rather than a normal clip on phone case, this is a fully waterproof, floating dry bag. If you accidentally drop your beloved phone (it fits all sizes of touchscreen smartphone with screen size up to 7in diagonally) into a muddy puddle at least it wont sink! The touchscreen is fully operational through the transparent plastic front too.

It even has an audio jack built in to attached headphones, so you can keep it useful all year round.

Read next: How to buy festival tickets

 

Fitbit Flex 2

  • RRP: £79.99, US$79.95
  • Buy from Fitbit

With all that dancing you'll be doing, you might be interested in the Fitbit Flex 2 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 2 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.

 

Xiaomi Mi Band 1S Pulse

  • RRP: £22.04

If you fancy tracking your (obscenely high) step count and (severe lack of) sleep this festival season but don’t want to spend the earth, look no further. The Xiaomi Mi Band 1S Pulse is truly exceptional value for money for what it can do.

Costing a ridiculous £20, this new updated version released in 2015 also comes with a heart rate monitor. When paired to a smartphone it can also be set up to vibrate when you receive a call or message, as well as act as an alarm clock. When useful gadgets come this cheap, and with month-long battery life perfect for festivals, it comes highly recommended.

Read next: How to watch Glastonbury 2016 on iPad or iPhone

 

Nokia 105

If all the expenditure and faff of keeping a smartphone going all the way through a 5-day festival isn’t for you then here is the alternative: a feature phone, aka a 'dumb phone'. However, there’s nothing dumb about this decision when the 105 claims to offer 15 hours of talk time and 35 days standby time. 

It feels just as hardy as the classic Nokia phones of the 2000s, so you can chuck it in a bag without worrying. You can pick one up for under a tenner – true value right here.

You might even keep using it after you get home…

 

Kodak Fun Flash Disposable Camera

  • RRP: £14.95, US$16.34

These will go nicely with your budget Nokia – why risk breaking your beloved smartphone mid crowd surf by snapping that perfect shot on one of these two disposable cameras? Working out at about £7 and 39 exposures each, pre-digital tech such as this shouldn’t be completely left out of your options if you’re a festivalgoer that doesn’t want to worry about smashing your iPhone during the Chemical Brothers (which, really, should be all of us).

 

BioLite CampStove

  • RRP: £150

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.

 

Lava BrightSounds 2

  • RRP: £39.99

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.

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