9 Cool Tech Items You Need To Get Before The End Of Summer

If you’re anything like me, the words “tech” and “summer” don’t usually tend to run through your mind at the same time. Tech tends to give off cool, impersonal, wintery vibes, while summer, insofar as the old cliches go, is a time to ~unplug~ and ~relax~ and, like, eat ice cream on a barge on your way to a no-cell-phones-allowed yoga retreat, or something. I don’t know. The point is that these two things are, at first glance, total antithesises of one another.

But you know what? Not to be incredibly controversial here, but I am of the belief that a cool gadget is a cool gadget at any time of the year. You’re always plugged in in some way anyway–like, you’re totally curating your summer activities around how they’ll affect your Instagram feed, aren’t you?–so you might as well be plugged in in the right ways. Plus there are a ton of items that have come out specifically for this summer in particular that have exceptionally summer-y vibes. The best part? All of them are totally affordable, meaning that you can score some cool tech without going into debt for summer. So, check out these cool tech items you need to get before summer ends:

BUQU Power Bank

If you're out and about over the summer, you can bring your phone charger with you everywhere you go, and cross your fingers that you'll come across an outlet. Or, you can just get one of these BUQU power banks, which come in a variety of themes--they have a pineapple, a rubber duck, a pig, and a grenade shape--and charge your phone in a flash. No wall outlet-fighting required.

Buy it at BUQU for $29.99

Trianium Charging Case

If you don't want to bring a power bank around with you, that's fine. Use this Trianium charging phone case instead. It protects your phone, charges it quickly, and actually looks pretty cute, unlike most self-charging cases, which tend to look like painted-over bricks.

Buy it at Amazon for $39.99

LuMee Case

LuMee is a (Kardashian-approved!) phone case that has LED lighting on both sides to give you a soft ~glow~ whenever you use the front-facing cam. Some people might judge you for using it, but honestly? They're not the ones who are getting gorgeous, natural-looking lighting in their selfies, so that is 10000% their loss, baby.

Buy it at LuMee for $54.96

Smartphone Lens

Up your Instagram game even further with a lens for your smartphone. This enhances the detail and focus of every photo you take, giving it a perfectly professional quality for that extra edge on the 'gram.

Buy it at Best Buy for $79


Ringly is a rare example of a tech accessory that actually helps you step away from your tech--it vibrates every time you get a call or text, as well as other apps that you can select yourself. So, if you're out with friends and want to stay in the ~moment~ you can tuck your phone away and only take it out when you absolutely have to.

Buy it at LuMee for $195

Misfit Ray

If you're in the market for a fitness wearable, you should probably check out the Misfit Ray. It tracks your sleep and fitness, and acutally looks, you know, wearable, due to its sleek, minimalist design. It's also waterproof, so you can jump in the pool or ocean without a second thought. Plus, like the Ringly, it notifies you every time you're getting a text or call, so you don't have to be glued to your phone all the time.

Buy it at Misfit for $99

Lifeproof Waterproof Case

Hey. Maybe you're going to get pushed into a pool this summer. Maybe not. I don't know your life. Either way, be prepared with a Lifeproof waterproof case.

Buy it at LifeProof for $39

DIY Smartphone Projector

Host a movie screening wherever you go with this smartphone projector--all you have to do is fold together some cardboard, and you can make a movie theater out of any blank wall you come across.

Buy it at Urban Outfitters for $28

UE Roll Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

There's not much to say about this speaker except that it comes in a bunch of cool colors, has 360-degree sound, and is totally waterproof, making it the perfect poolside speaker.

Buy it at Amazon for $80

What do you think of these tech items? Are you going to get any of them? Let us know in the comments!

You can reach the author, Sara Hendricks, on Twitter and Instagram.

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