The 10 Waterproof Gadgets Every Pool Party Needs
A beach amp the size of a beer fridge included
This is just one installment of 37 Things a Man’s Gotta Do This Summer, our annual compendium of everything worth seeing, doing, eating, drinking and generally making time for in your neck of the woods between now and September.
Beach? Pool? Pool of your own sweat?
Even in summer, water isn’t always your friend … especially where your gadgets are concerned.
Let’s help you out: 10 waterproof devices you’ll definitely need on any waterward sojourns this season.
Since you’re gonna put a LOT of wear ’n’ tear on these, we occasionally opted for price over style — but always with performance in mind. (Ed. note: Prices based on listings and sales at time of publication.)
Your earbuds: SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
If you’re not going for looks, you can’t do much better than these noise-cancelling, legitimately waterproof (IPX7 ranking) ‘phones, which are fairly innocuous and now a whopping 78% off.
Your flashlight: JIAJIA Spring
Nice stats: A spotlight that project up to 600 feet. Lasts more than 100,000 hours. Water-resistant (IPX-6 rating) and built from military grade aluminum alloy. Oh, and again, on sale, at 85% off.
Your phone case: Lifeproof FRE
Makers of several colorful phone cases (Grape riot! Plum haze! Cowabunga blue!), these beach-ready covers for the iPhone 7 are submersible up to six feet for an hour — and on sale (price dependent on color). As well, there are similar covers available for earlier iPhone and Samsung models.
Your lantern: Etekcity ROCO
An LED rechargeable, waterproof torch with a magnetic base and handle so you can mount it pretty much anywhere. Features seven lighting modes and a USB port to recharge your devices. Now 63% off.
Your (small) speaker: UE ROLL 2
A bungee cord allows you to strap this ultralight, waterproof speaker to pretty much anything — and with a Bluetooth range of 100 feet, you can let it go (or float) wherever you want. Currently 33% off.
Your (large) speaker: Black Pelican
Boomcase’s suitcase boombox feature a 100w amp, two 6.5” woofers, two dome tweeters and a 4” midrange speaker. Closed, nothing’s gonna harm this, and grills protect the speakers when you pop it open.
Your beach party: Pathfinder
This new speaker from ION Audio is a behemoth: a waterproof cabinet that delivers 100 watts of peak power and 75 hours of sound before recharging. Also, it’s the size of a large cooler. You’ll actually need the built-in wheels, side handles and telescoping top handle to lug this giant around. The multi-color LEDs, cup holder, USB charger and mic transform this into a beachside karaoke wonder.
Your daily camera: Fujifilm FinePix XP90
Waterproof up to 50 feet, survives drops from six feet and features a 16.5 megapixel with 5x optical zoom. Colorful, too. This particular bundle (which is $50 off) comes with a flexible tripod, floating wrist straps, a 32GB flash memory card and a whole lot more.
Your action camera: GoPro HERO5 Black
Waterproof to 33 feet (without a case!) and you can preview, play and trim your swimming-with-sharks 4K footage from the device itself.
Your home away from home: The Sealander
It’s a caravan. It’s a boat. It’s your land-and-sea mobile home.