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Eton has developed a solar-powered  iPod/iPhone dock for the great outdoors - seen here at...

Built to provide music outdoors, Eton's Soulra solar-powered sound system has a rubberized exterior to help withstand the odd bump and being splash-proof too, it's designed to cope with unpredictable weather conditions. When the sun does shine, folding out the high-efficiency solar panel will keep the music playing on whilst also charging the docked device.  Read More

VuQube VQ3000 portable satellite system

When I think of camping I think of open starry skies, the sound of crickets humming in the warm summer night, talking with friends and family around the camp fire and leaving the madness of the city behind. If however, your style of camping involves dragging as many creature comforts as possible with you, the VuQube VQ3000 could well be on your wish-list. Billed as the first fully automatic, light-weight, self-contained, portable satellite system with in-motion capability, the VQ3000 promises uninterrupted satellite TV reception wherever you roam.  Read More

The Yanmai Waistband Amplifier

It’s not often that you see a new product which caters to a market as potentially massive as the Waistband Amplifer's – the tiny belt-mounted speaker offers up to 10 watts of amplification to broadcast your voice, or any audio source (SD/MMC card, MP3, iPod, etc) to the immediate vicinity for 8+ hours, making it perfect for teachers, outdoor instructors, tour guides, in-store spruikers, scout masters, construction site supervisors, soap box orators, sidewalk religious zealots or maybe even personal outdoor karaoke.  Read More

iSolar: portable, lightweight, folding solar panel kits

UPDATED June 14, 2010: Portable solar kits aren't new, but the performance and design of these off-the-grid power solutions is continually improving. iSolar's 20 and 40W kits are the latest examples to come to our attention... and with even the 40W kit folding down to only 30 x 25 cm, this is getting into seriously portable territory.  Read More

Gizmag takes a look at the cutting edge in camping gear

As summer kicks in for our readers in the northern hemisphere, their thoughts may turn to camping. Where to go... what to do... and what gadgets to take! Well, we kinda like gadgets – and camping – so we looked back through the cream of camping kit covered recently on Gizmag and compiled a list of some of our faves. Here’s what we came up with...  Read More

The Joby Gorillatorch Flare

Last August, we told you about the wonderfully-named Joby Gorillatorch. It’s an LED lamp mounted on a Gorillapod tripod, the bendy, knobby, magnet-tipped legs of which allow it to be mounted almost anywhere - it can wrap around branches, cling to a car’s fender, or hang from the inside of a tent. Now, Joby has announced that the Gorillatorch is being joined by a souped-up big brother... the Gorillatorch Flare.  Read More

The Black & Decker Alligator Lopper LP1000 makes light work of branches and logs up to 4 i...

Black & Decker has a tool that fits comfortably between a chainsaw and a branch lopper. It’s the Alligator Lopper LP1000 and can cut through branches and logs up to four inches thick. It uses its patented scissor action to grab the offending piece of wood, clamps it tight and then powers through it with a 4.5Amp motor driven chainsaw.  Read More

The power pack packs clips easily to the exterior when removed to create a cook stove that...

Consider the humble camping stove. It requires fuel - perhaps some unwieldy bottle that air carriers object strongly to. Maybe it needs batteries to run a fan, or billows out smoke so you smell like smoked sweatshirt for the rest of the trip. The solution might be the BioLite stove - it's a collapsible wood-burning cook stove that uses almost any forest-found fuel and converts its own heat energy into electricity to achieve efficient combustion with ultra-low emissions.  Read More

The Dualbrella

Recently, we’ve seen a modern take on the umbrella, and one made especially for dogs. Now there’s the Dualbrella – a clever twist on the traditional umbrella that provides ample cover for two and can be held with one hand. It’s also an ideal way to befriend that cute person at the bus stop when there's an unexpected downpour – without having to think of a catchy (and possibly ineffective) pick-up line.  Read More

CGear Multimat

If you spent last weekend camping at the beach or in the desert dunes, chances are you'll be spending a good chunk of next weekend removing sand from tents, sleeping bags and pretty much every bit of gear you own. Take it from someone who did go camping last weekend - you just can't seem to get rid of the stuff. One solution would be to avoid bringing so much sand back in the first place, and the CGear Multimat provides a clever way to help you do just that. Its dual-layer design creates a one-way-street for sand, dirt and dust, so particles fall through from above, but don't come back-up through the mat. The result - a clean area to plonk your chair on or spread in front of your tent to help keep sand at bay.  Read More

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