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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. 

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.