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How to Pack for an Unforgettable Camping Trip in 2018

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Camping is a key ingredient for an Ontario summer. 

Tent? Check. Cooler? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. But this is 2018, and there are a few more necessities to add to your camping list if you want to have a good time. 

 

GoPole DualCharge Solar Portable Charger

Battery dead? Don't sweat it. The Dualcharge 2 from GoPole harnesses the energy of the sun to charge your digital must-haves. With 2 USB ports you don't have to worry about your phone or GoPro losing juice because you can charge them simultaneously. 

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Features

  • 5000 mAh solar powerbank
  • 2 USB ports 
  • Solar panels automatically recharge  when exposed to solar rays
  • Water- and dust-resistant 
  • Includes a carabiner to keep the Dualcharge 2 secured to you as you go

 

Lifeproof Aquaphonics Speaker

 Music is a must on a camping trip. With AQ10, the mid-sized AQUAPHONICS Bluetooth speaker you can jam on the water without worrying about ruining your speaker. This is definitely a staff favourite right now.  It even has a dry-box storage spot to hideaway keys, cards and cash. You can't go wrong with this one. 

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Features

  • 13 hour battery life
  • 3.28 feet / 1 meters underwater for 30 minutes
  • Floats in water
  • Built in mic- works as a speakerphone
  • Survives drops from 1.2 meters 
  • Available in multiple sizes 

 

Lifeproof Fre Phone case

Because our smartphones are practically our fifth limb, it can be daunting to protect them on an outdoors adventure. Nothing ruins a camping trip like a broken phone (or limb). That's why we don't go anywhere without the Lifeproof Fre Phone case, the fully enclosed case made to withstand extremes. Not many phone cases can withstand being submersed 2 meters deep for up to an hour. 

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Features

  • Survives drops from 2 meters high
  • 360° protection with built in screen cover 
  • Shields ports, mic, and speakers 
  • Light-weight

All of the products mentioned are available at Altair Electronics at 750 Progress Ave.
in Kingston. Our knowledgable team of experts can help you with all of your tech needs. 

Gadgets Worth Checking out this Month

At Altair Electronics we have an array of products and gadgets. Cables, chargers, cases- you name it, we've got it. Here's a list of some of our favourite gadgets from April. 

Mantis Desk Stand for iPad

How does it work?

The POS app and iPad have been adopted by plenty of businesses in the last few years. The Mantis Desk Stand mounts the iPad to any surface, keeping it secure and functional. The Mantis Desk Stand glides into any horizontal or vertical position with the lightest touch, making it easy to adjust. These sleek mounts aren't only for iPads either. There are various styles, including wall mounts for TVs and monitors. 

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What do we use it for? 

Our boss, Mark, uses this on his boat. When his boat rocks, the iPad stays secure in one place. Brilliant! 

 

Belkin Lighting Audio and Charge RockStar

How does it work?

The latest models of iPhones don't have an audio jack, making it next to impossible to listen to your music while charging your phone. The Belkin Lighting Audio and Charge RockStar solves that problem. This adapter plugs directly into your iPhone jack with two lighting ports on the opposite end of the adapter. One in a charging port, and the other is an audio jack to plug in headphones or an aux cord.

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What do we use it for? 

Our staff uses this gadget on long drives to listen to music with an aux cord and charge our iPhone at the same time. This gadget is definitely a favourite at Altair. 

 

Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive

How does it work?

This ultra-small drive provides extra storage for your laptop or computer so you don't have to buy more ram or cart around a big hard drive. You can transfer a full-length movie from one device to another in less than 30 seconds. That's 15 times faster than USB 2.0 drives. All of the data stored on this flash drive comes with a password-protected private folder too, so even if you lose it your data will still be protected. 

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What do we use it for? 

Our staff uses the Ultra Fit USB 3.0 flash drive on business trips. This way we have access to larger files at all times but our laptops still run at top-speed because they're not crowded with files. 

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All of the gadgets mentioned in this article are in-stock at Altair Electronics, located at 750 Progress Ave. in Kingston. 

Protect your iPad with These 3 Recommendations

Ten years ago, when Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, he was faced with the challenge of introducing not only a new product, but a new category of portable devices, sized between the Mac and iPhone.

Jobs’ prediction was accurate. $300,000 iPads were sold within the first week, and today they are still one of our best sellers. Ideal for traveling, reading e-books, and even classroom learning, iPads are the perfect mobile device.   

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Except for one thing.

iPads are composed of glass and metals, which as a whole are notoriously fragile. When traveling with a device, it’s easy for accidents to happen. You drop the iPad, it gets scratched by something in your bag, the list goes on. Because there aren’t any predictions of there being a life-proof version of the iPad being released in the near future, using durable and quality protective gear is critical.

The following is a list of our top 3 protective accessories for iPads, based on durability, reputation, and design.  

 

Urban Armour Gear iPad Case

 

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Urban Armour Gear makes heavy-duty cases with impact resistant soft cores. We’d recommend this case for anyone, but it’s especially good for those who travel, and families with children. These cases have excellent, tactile grip, so it’s much less likely to slip out of your hands (or your little one’s).  

 

LOGIIX Phantom Glass HD

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This one is a personal favourite of our staff. The Phantom Glass protector is made with anti-shatter tempered glass, meaning two things: it will never break, and it is exceptionally clear. The screen is almost invisible, making for a sleek look on any iPad. Plus, its outer layer of coating is designed to repel oil from skin to keep the screen looking clean.

 

AppleCare+ 

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We’ve never experienced a customer be disappointed that they purchased AppleCare+. For $99, Apple certified techs, like the Altair staff, will repair your damaged iPad for only $49. AppleCare+ covers accidental damage too. So if you ever accidentally drop your iPad in the pool, or run over it with the car, it’s still protected!

You can find all of these necessities at Altair Electronics in our Kingston and Belleville locations.