Yes, candles and flashlights can provide light during an emergency — but candles can be fire hazards, and flashlights require you to make sure their batteries are fresh. The Eton Blackout Buddy H2O eliminates both these problems by providing lighting using nothing but water. Thanks to a Magnesium-oxide battery module, this compact light can run for up to 72 hours just by placing it in a small cup of water and adding a little more liquid once a day. And if you can't find water during an emergency, well, odds are you have bigger problems than a lack of lighting.
The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world — and the shooters in the new models are the best yet. Make them even better with the Bitplay Snap 6. This clever case adds a number of camera-focused features to your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, including an integrated grip, a dedicated, physical shutter button, a wrist strap to make shooting with one hand less nerve-wracking, and a series of add-on lenses for wide-angle, macro, and polarized shots. Of course, it also protects your phone, while offering a touch of personalization by giving you a choice of four metallic colors.
Give your kicks as much travel protection as your clothes with the Shrine Sneaker Duffel Bag. Designed to carry two pairs of sneakers up to size 20, this specialist bag features matte finish, weather resistant shoe compartments on either side of the main cavity, which is covered in charcoal herringbone fabric. Other features include a rear zippered pocket for your tablet, a quick-access front velcro pocket, a dedicated watch pocket, and enough room for three outfits and a dopp kit.
Let's face it: owning a different bag for every possible travel or adventure situation can get a bit cumbersome. But not every bag is suited to every scenario. Enter the Tessel Anti-Gravity Pack System — this modular backpack allows you to customize your bag at will, making it suitable for everything from a weekend trip, to a day hike, to your commute to the office. It uses magnets to allow you to add on backpack components as you need them, leaving behind everything you don't. And with coated fabrics and zippers, it's also pretty resilient against the elements. What more could you want?
So you just moved into a new apartment, and you've got all your furniture set up, but with all those bare walls it still doesn't quite feel like home. It's time to hang some art. Instead of haphazardly adorning your wall with crooked frames, making it look junky, you want to make sure everything's level and square — and the best way of doing that is with the DeWalt Self-Leveling Line Laser. With just the push of a button, this incredible little device will level itself perfectly, casting a laser across your walls so you'll never have out-of-whack art again. Welcome home.
Let's face it, just because you wore your shirt for one day to work, doesn't make it necessarily dirty — you sit at a desk all day, it's not like you're working up much of a sweat. The makers of Swash recognize that, giving you an alternative to taking your shirts to the dry cleaner after only one wear. It removes wrinkles and odors, while preserving and restoring your shirts for another wear. And because of its compact design, you can store it pretty much anywhere, saving you time and money at the dry cleaner, while keeping you looking great every day at work.
You don't need to have an affinity for old-school switches and knobs to appreciate these Buster & Punch Light Switches, but it certainly doesn't hurt. Made from solid Marine Grade Steel, this range of switches and dimmers features diamond-cut knurling on the controls themselves for a fantastic, hefty feel, as well as signature oversized screws that only help add to the industrial feel. Available in brass, steel, bronze, black, white, and several combinations thereof.
You can't get enough of camping — experiencing nature first-hand, campfires late into the night, access to the great outdoors — but you could probably do without the whole sleeping on the ground bit. And with the Disc-O-Bed Cam-O-Bunk, you can leave the days of sleeping on the cold, hard ground in the past. These cots are incredibly comfortable, giving you a supportive, flexible sleeping surface without the need for a center bar. And best yet, they're bunk-able, so you can sleep two people in the same space you'd normally sleep one. Just think of all the extra space it will give you in your tent to do activities.
Snorkeling is a great way to take in the sights and sounds under the sea without the need for bulky scuba equipment or certification. But it does have one big drawback: you either get used to breathing solely through your mouth, and keeping your head high enough that no water comes in, or you deal with water in your mouth and fogged up goggles. Unless you're wearing the Easybreath Snorkeling Mask. This revolutionary mask fits over your entire face, allowing you to breathe normally underwater without fear of fog, and features a dry-top system on the top that plugs the air intake when immersed, preventing water from entering.
There's nothing quite like a nip of the good stuff to keep off the cold during a long Fall hike or run down the bunny hills — and there's no better way to discreetly stow it than the Stanley Adventure eCycle Flask ($20). It's leak proof, so you never have to worry about waste, or spilling on your expensive outdoor gear. A two-stage lid makes cleaning and filling a breeze, while still making it easy to take a quick pull. And with a 12-ounce capacity, you can forget about running out at inopportune times (like getting stuck on a chair lift).
Not everyone needs (or even wants) a full-fledged RV when they take to the road, and for some, even a small towable trailer is overkill. For the guy who doesn't need much, but still wants the comfort and security of an enclosed space to rest his head, there's the Firefly Trailer ($TBA). Designed and built by a former NASA architect who specializes in small habitats (and being sold by the company behind the unique Cricket Trailer) , this lightweight aluminum living space drops easily into the bed of a pickup truck. It features a folding couch perfect for sleeping and sitting, plenty of storage space to hold your essentials, and lunar-lander-like legs to keep it safely off the ground.
You never know when a situation will call for more than just your average pocket folding knife, and it's always better to come prepared than wish you had. The Emerson Multitasker EDC Multi-Tool ($185) is built with your every day carry in mind, so you'll never be caught wishing you'd packed something more substantial. It features a three-inch blade, phillips and standard screwdrivers, a punch, and more, all packed into an under seven-inch handle that weighs less than a half pound. An additional clip-on tool includes wrenches of various sizes, pry bars, scrapers, and a bottle opener.
Home automation can be great — it helps you efficiently keep everything in your house chugging along smoothly and on schedule — but at some point all of your connected devices get a bit overwhelming. With the Revolv Home Automation Hub ($300), you can keep everything working as it should, all with the convenience of one app. Instead of opening up a bunch of different apps to control your Nest Thermostat, your Phillips Hue lights, your smart locks, and your Sonos speaker system, this single app will sense your proximity to your house and do it all for you. The hub automatically connects with all your devices (it supports Z Wave, WiFi, and Insteon, with support for additional protocols like ZigBee coming soon), removing all the pain in setup, and is packed with a wealth of sensors designed to make your life easier.
Get a little more mileage out of your regularly-scheduled trips to the dentist with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black Edition ($190). More effective than your typical toothbrush, this one removes double the plaque, resulting in healthier gums and whiter teeth. The set includes a durable travel case for when you're on the road that also doubles as a USB charging station, as well as a unique charging glass that gives the batteries some juice while it sits on your sink. And with its all-black finish, chances are your roommate won't mind you leaving it sitting out.
Roof boxes are a necessary evil from time to time — so why not make sure they do something more for you than just carry your stuff? The Boatpack ($1,600) is an ingenious box that, as the name suggests, doubles as a boat. Crafted from Acrylic-capped ABS plastic, the 'pack is double-skinned, offers a capacity of 650 Liters, and can unclip from its base in seconds. As a boat, it weighs under 50 lbs., and includes a wooden seat, folding oars, and rowlocks. It's a great way to make your summer adventures a little more fun.
Used to be that if you wanted to stay in touch outside of cell phone range, a gigantic satellite phone was your only option. The InReach SE ($300) promises to provide off-the-grid communications without the need for a bulky phone. The SE itself is waterproof, dustproof, and impact-resistant, with a color screen, GPS, and a battery that lasts for up to 100 hours. It can send and receive texts (sorry, no voice communication), trigger an SOS signal that goes to the company's 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center, and track your GPS coordinates and share them via Facebook and Twitter. It also pairs with your smartphone or tablet over Bluetooth, giving you even more features while letting you take advantage of the larger screen — but just remember that while the InReach is fairly rugged, your smartphone probably isn't. [Scouted by Scott]
Not satisfied with the IR-only capabilities of the Logitech Harmony Touch? Feast your eyes on the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote ($350). True to its grandiose name, this powerhouse might look a lot like the Touch, but uses RF signals to communicate with a Hub that in turn issues signals over Infrared and Bluetooth to everything from TVs to PS3s. It also controls Philips Hue lights, and offers its own 2.4" touchscreen — but if you'd rather use something a bit larger, you can download the Harmony app and control the whole show from your smartphone or tablet.
Stuffed burgers can certainly be delicious — but if you've ever tried making them, you probably know they can be a little difficult to build. The Stuff-A-Burger Press ($12) makes it easy. This plastic burger press comes with plates that help you create half-pound or three-quarter-pound stuffed burgers with ease. Of course, you still need a way to keep them together once they hit the grill — so if you don't already have a grilling basket, you might want to order the complete set ($24) that includes both the press and the basket, giving you everything you need to become the neighborhood's burger champ.
Forget the silly name — Pyragon? Really? This is a toy gun we're talking about here. Anyway, the Nerf Vortex Pyragon Blaster ($35) looks to satisfy your — or your offspring's — insatiable thirst for more ammo. Thanks to an enormous magazine, this piece of plastic weaponry can fire off up to 40 discs without reloading, and offers a "Slam-Fire" handle that lets you fire off multiple rounds while you hold down the trigger. Probably not the best for covert missions, though — with an oil filter-like magazine, your co-workers are sure to see you coming.
We've seen add-ons for locks to try and make them smarter, but it's about time the locks themselves gained some intelligence. Kevo ($220) is the first we've seen. This smart deadbolt uses Bluetooth 4.0, your iPhone, and a companion app to let you open your door using nothing but your finger. A ring around the lock lights up blue when it senses your presense, and turns to green once you've unlocked your door. The set also includes a wireless keyfob that offers the same functionality, and should you need to resort to old-school ways, it'll still open with a standard key, as well. Coming this summer.