Are you looking forward to the return of festivals this summer? If you’ve bought your tickets and picked out your clothes, the next thing you need to do is make sure you’re stocking up on gear.
From an (almost) unbreakable phone to a power bank to boombox speakers to keep the party going, we’ve handpicked our top picks of the festive gadgets you’ll need in your bag to make sure you’re prepared.
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Nokia 6310 4G
Whether you’re worried about pickpockets or your own festivities, swapping out your £1,000+ smartphone for a £50 dumbphone for the weekend might not be a bad idea.
The Nokia 6310 4G takes us back with its classic design with a physical keypad and a 2.8-inch non-touch display. While it’s made almost entirely of plastic, it looks like it’ll withstand your standard festival knocks and drops without issue – just be sure to keep it away from water as there’s no IP rating here.
You’ll want to take a better camera with you as the 0.3MP snapper isn’t much, but there is excellent battery life that makes the 6310 4G a must-have for a celebration. With about 20 hours of talk time and over 20 days of standby, it’ll keep you on the grid with friends and family for an entire weekend, and probably without A charger that you can take with you anywhere,
No festival is worth risking your hearing, and the Loop’s earplugs have to be the prettiest and smartest we’ve seen. We tried the Experience version, which reduces noise by 18-20 decibels while keeping the sound and voice clear.
They do this by mimicking the function of your ear. The loop part of earplugs that gives them their name isn’t just to make them look good, it’s actually an acoustic channel. When sound passes through it, it emulates the length of your ear canal, delivering natural sound at 4x less volume.
In use, the earbud sits comfortably in the ear canal, with the loop portion (available in silver, gold, black or rose gold) resting gently in the outer ear. They’re so lightweight and comfortable you can easily forget you’re wearing them, and they come with a pocket-friendly carry case to keep them safe when you’re not.
anker 313 powerbank
If you can’t separate from your smartphone over the weekend, you’ll need a portable battery to keep your phone charged, when access to a plug socket is best.
Anker 313 Powerbank is a great option. It’s also one of the thinnest 10,000mAh batteries you can buy, so it’s easy to slip into your pocket or bumbag, and promises more than two full charges of an iPhone 12 and 1.5 charges of a Galaxy S20. You can charge anything with it, of course, so just add a USB-A or USB-C compatible cable of your choice (you only get microUSB in the box).
Featuring Anker’s PowerIQ and Voltage Boost technology, the 313 promises fast charging for power-hungry devices, but we liked the trickle charging option, which is safer for low-power devices like wireless headphones and Bluetooth speakers. , Provides optimized charging.
soundcore motion boom
When the music on stage stops and you want to be able to take the party back to your tent, you need a portable speaker that’s up to the job. Enter the Motion Boom, a powerful speaker that’s waterproof to IPX7.
At face value, we love its retro ‘boombox’ styling, complete with easy carry handles. But the real beauty is the performance this relatively compact speaker is capable of. Inexpensive speakers can often bog down mid-range in an effort to add weight to the presentation, but vocals are crisp and clear. Even with Bass Boost on, the weight is focused on the low end, keeping its confident and authoritative sound even in the open air.
With 24-hour battery life, it can easily give you a weekend’s worth of tent parties, plus it doubles as a charging point if your powerbank is out of juice.
So you have your phone, and a powerbank to keep it charged, the next problem is trying to get a signal to keep in touch with your friends. At a festival, a large number of people in an area can mean that the network becomes congested and your messages take longer to send, or not send at all.
There are a few ways to avoid this, but our favorite option is gotena mesh. This light sign is a pair of devices that look like USB sticks. When you connect your phone to them, you can send texts and GPS location without any internet or signal.
They are small enough to fit in your pocket and have enough battery life to keep you going for the entire festival. However, the range is pretty limited, so if you’re partying on opposite ends of a big celebration, you might struggle to reach each other.