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SolarCooler Keeps Drinks Cool With Sun Power

Solar Cooler

 

Can something hot be used to cool other objects down? You don’t have to think too hard before answering “yes.” That’s precisely what the SolarCooler does. It’s a portable cooler of sorts that’s powered by solar energy. It has solar panels covering its surface to harness the power of the sun, which is used to cool down the contents of the cooler.

The applications of the SolarCooler go beyond keeping those six-packs of beer cool for your road trip. It can potentially be used to transport vaccines in areas of the world where they are needed. In fact, the team behind the cooler plan to sponsor a pilot run of Vaccine SolarCoolers in Africa.

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CES 2014: Cat B100 Phone is Tough As Nails

Cat B100

 

Rugged and outdoorsy types, this is the phone for you. Many phones that are geared for people with active lifestyles have been released by various manufacturers over the past few years, but none are quite like the Cat B100 by Caterpillar. The brand takes “rugged” to an entirely new level, as the B100 is IP67 certified and provides MIL 810G protection. That’s coded speak for dust-proof and water-proof, and it can be immersed up to three feet deep. It’s also shock-proof and will keep on working even after it’s subjected to extreme temperature changes.

The Cat B100 features a 2.2-inch 240 x 320 resolution display and is equipped with a 3-megapixel camera. That might not be much compared to most other phones, but you have to keep in mind that this probably wasn’t meant for people who take a gazillion and one selfies or food shots a day.

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Campfire Fishing Rod Makes Roasting Stuff Infinitely More Fun

Campfire Fishing Rod

 

Plain old sticks and metal prongs are boring. If you want to roast marshmallows, hotdogs, sausages, and other stuff over the bonfire, then do it with the Campfire Fishing Rod and go fishing instead. So your mom might’ve taught you not to play with fire or with food, but this is one instance where doing both at the same time won’t get your in trouble or put anyone in harm’s way.

The roasting stick is made up heat-resistant wooden handles and a stainless steel line with roasting hooks at the end. No bait required. Just pierce veggies, marshmallows, corn, sausages, and whatever else you want to roast and cast out your line into the fire.

The Campfire Fishing Rod is priced at $29.95.

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Rite In the Rain Notebooks Stay Dry, Even When It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Rite in the Rain

 

Got clammy hands? Take a lot of notes outdoors? Then these Rite as Rain notebooks are the ones that you need. They’re water-proof, which means that it’s resistant to rain and humidity. In a way, it’s also klutz-proof–especially against people who spill drinks or foods on their stuff a lot. Aside from plain old water, these notebooks are sweat-proof too, so you don’t have to worry about anything blotting when you rest your sweaty palms on the paper.

The earliest version of the Rite as Rain notebook was developed by Jerry Darling back in the 1920s. It’s evolved over the years and they’re now available in a variety of bindings, sizes, and sheet types.

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This Stake-Out Kit Has Everything You Need to Keep An Eye on Santa

Santa Stake Out Kit

So you’re a quarter of a century old, and you haven’t met Santa Claus yet? Year after year, you get presents from family and friends from all over the world, and sometimes something special and unexpected from the big guy. Isn’t time to thank him properly, face-to-face, man to man?

Providing everything you’ll need to stake him out and more is this stake-out kit by PlanetOptics. It comes with a bevy of disguises, protective gear, and gadgets that protect you from the elements without compromising your mission.

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Solar Kettle Boils Water Using Nothing But Solar Energy

Solar Kettle

Can’t live without hot water? It’s unfortunate, but you’ll have to learn to live without it if you’re traveling or spending some time in the great outdoors. That’s only if you don’t have the Solar Kettle, though.

As its name implies, the Solar Kettle is a portable thermos of sorts that uses the sun’s rays to boil the water stored inside it. There’s no need for any other power inputs, which means you can use it to heat water whenever and wherever there’s sunlight.

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Baladeo Folding Cutlery Set Makes Fine Dining on the Go Possible

Baladeo Folding Cutlery Set

Going on a camping trip? Planning to travel soon? Then you need to get yourself one of these Baladeo Folding Cutlery Sets. It’s like having a complete set of utensils all in one neat, little package.

The Baladeo Set resembles a Swiss Knife when it’s all folded up. But unfold and disassemble the entire thing and you’ll find that you’ve got a spork, a knife, a can opener, and a bottle opener. It’s compact and lightweight, weighing in at only 52 grams, and made from stainless steel. Just because you might be roughing it up outdoors doesn’t mean you have to eat with your bare hands. And it would be pretty useful to have this around especially if you’re going to chowing on a can of pork of beans for dinner, right?

The Baladeo Folding Cutlery Set is available from Moontrail for $49.

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The Chaheati Chair Keeps Your Rear Warm

By Chris Scott Barr

It’s cold outside. If you’re reading this somewhere that is warm, then I envy you. My thoughts are currently of very warm things, such as this Chaheati Chair. This might look like your average folding chair, but it is anything but. While most other such chairs simply give you a place to sit, this one gives you a warm place to sit.

This chair features a heating element that is guaranteed to keep your rear (as well as your back) nice and toasty for up to six hours at 100-degrees. If you’re attempting to endure some seriously cold weather, then you can crank it up to 145-degrees and still milk a good 1.8 hours out of it. That actually seems like it would almost be too warm, but who am I to judge. This awesome chair will set you back $90, which seems well worth it if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the cold.

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Need A Photography Studio? Bring One With you

By Chris Scott Barr

Being a photographer isn’t easy, especially if you don’t actually have a studio to shoot in. Yes, you can do wonderful things with outdoor shots, and maybe find a place in your house that will work, but those aren’t always the most ideal places. So what if you had a portable studio that you could setup anywhere that you had a large open space? That might come in handy.

That’s the idea behind this IPS (Inflatable Portable Studio). These studios come in two sizes (12x7x10ft, or 20x12x10ft) and can be set up in just three minutes. The enclosure is made from a thin plastic that is guaranteed to block out any external light. The contraption will cost you $330 or $350 if you order it sans fans. If you want those (which you’ll need to inflate it, unless you have a large fan lying around) it will set you back $70 or $150 depending on which size you get. It may be expensive, but it sure beats paying for a studio every month.

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