Summer gadget giveaway!


The official first day of Summer is still more than 2 weeks away, but we’ve already had some 90 degree days here in Southern Indiana. To celebrate the sun and fun of Summer, we are holding a big Summer Gadget Giveaway! One person will win 11 prizes that are perfect for outdoor fun and indoor fun too. Everyone has the same chance of winning and entering is easy. So click through to submit your entry for a chance to win this great prize pack!


1 winner will win a prize pack consisting of 1 of each of the products below:


Small, water-resistant Bluetooth speaker blasts your jams with backup battery bank for your phone

  • BRAVEN gives outdoor enthusiasts 12 hours of music for any outdoor adventure, no matter how wet and wild
  • Water-resistant (IPX5) speaker is also shock absorbent, ultra-lightweight and compact
  • Palm-sized speaker delivers high fidelity sound with 6w of power and speakerphone function for hands-free calls
  • Battery power bank (1400mAh) means you can charge your phone from anywhere
  • Comes in Lava (black with orange) or Glacier (gray with a blue grill)

Available at:
Price: $179.99


Kenu: Highline for iPhone 5/5S
Clever case and leash system provides safety and security while capturing life’s adventures

  • Leash solution keeps iPhone safe from accidental drops, absent-mindedness and even deters theft
  • Ideal for taking photos and videos while on a chairlift, whale watching, zip lining or entertaining your child
  • UV coated, crystal clear snap-on case made of tough polycarbonate and protective rim for maximum protection against drops, scratches and scuffs
  • Proprietary Lightning Lock™ system plugs safely into iPhone’s lightning port, while locking to a tiny notch in the case to create a simple, yet secure connection
  • Braided, Kevlar reinforced elastic coil leash goes from pocket to fully extended in moments
  • Abrasion-resistant Kevlar extends into a loop featuring a tough, thin design to easily wrap around zippers, belt loops, stroller straps, purse-handles, d-rings, carbineers and more

Available at:
Price: $34.95


Rapoo: A3060 Bluetooth Mini Speaker
Cylindrical, portable speaker delivers big sound while on the go

  • Fits easily into any purse, backpack, carry-on or pocket to play favorite tunes anytime, anywhere
  • Features Bluetooth 4.0 for easy streaming from any smartphone or tablet
  • Intelligent Voice Prompt provides audio status updates including when speaker is pairing to device, battery life and volume changes
  • Integrated controls on the top allow users to control volume, pause/play music and go to next/previous track
  • Built-in microphone allows for hands-free calling
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Available in six metallic shades – silver, green, orange, yellow, blue and black

Available at:
Price: $49.99


booq: Viper hardcase
Tough and lightweight hard case intelligently molded to offer additional space, protecting your tablet or laptop and basic accessories in any environment

  • 1680 denier ballistic water-repelling nylon exterior provides superior protection from abrasive surfaces and elements
  • Padded interior outfitted with non-scratch neoprene and nylon twill to keep your laptop snug
  • Handle-less design slips easily into your favorite bag
  • Premium construction rounded with YKK zipper to tightly seal case without coming in contact with laptop
  • Available in three sizes perfectly fitted for a plethora of devices: 7” (7 and 8-inch tablets), 11” (Macbook Air and Chromebook) , 13” (Macbook Air and Chromebook Pixel)

Available at:
Price: Viper hardcase 7” ($40), Viper hardcase 11” ($45), Viper hardcase 13” ($45)


Blackfire: Clamplight
Innovative and versatile LED flashlight lights up every situation by clamping to virtually anywhere, making chores easier and play better

  • Quality grade CREE LED’s provide 100,000 hours of bulb life and up to 100 lumens
  • Resilient spring clamps securely to shelves, doors, pipes, branches and a plethora of other objects, keeping both hands free and flashlight out of the way
  • Two axis swivel head pivots and directs light where you need it
  • Nonskid feet lock open and convert into a stand when there’s nothing to clamp to
  • Braced with high impact ABSplastic with non-slip TPR for a comfortable yet rugged look and feel
  • Maximum portability allows you to fit in a belt, pocket, or anywhere else
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Available at:
Price: Clamplight MRSP $27.99 / Clamplight Junior MSRP $18.99


Urban Armor Gear: Apple iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 5C
Hard armor shell, soft impact resistant core and unique rigid structure combine to deliver a light-weight case packed with heavy-duty protection

  • Feather-lite armor shell and impact resistant soft core composite construction
  • Meets military drop test standards (MIL STS 810G 516.6)
  • HD screen protector guards against scratches
  • Easy access to buttons and ports
  • Glare-free flash photos and uncompromised audio
  • Scratch resistant skid pads
  • Available in Aero (Navy), Aviator (Green), Maverick (Clear), Navigator (White), Outland (Orange), Scout (Black) and Valkyrie (Pink)

Available at:
Price: $34.95


PureGear: DualTekXT Extreme Terrain for iPhone 5S/5
Engineered for dustproof, shock proof, and water resistant protection

  • Certified IP65 rating for dustproof and weather proof protection
  • Shock absorbing corner impact protection controls shock by isolating vibration
  • Durable layered materials combine strength, toughness, and flex
  • Built-in screen shield for scratch protection
  • Slim + Sleek design provides stylish impact protection without adding bulk
  • Lanyard Loop with nylon lanyard and quick-release clip
  • Ergonomic grip for a secure yet comfortable feel

Available at:
Price: $49.99


Penclic: Mini Keyboard (K2, Wireless)
Wireless mini keyboard’s compact size and quiet-touch keys create a unique visual and ergonomic experience while maximizing work space and productivity

  • Sleek, Scandinavian design combines superior functionality without sacrificing comfort for size; compact size allows you to centralize your work position, creating better focus and maximized desk space
  • Optimal 5 mm profile and ergonomic design decreases strain on the wrists, serving to counteract and reduce Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Quiet-touch keys reduce noise and offer great tactile feeling, allowing you to utilize small keystrokes and minimal pressure when typing, leading to quicker results and productivity
  • Compatible with Windows XP and later, Mac OSX version 10.1 or later and most Linux/BSD systems
  • Nano USB- receiver with wireless reach up to 16 feet; rechargeable battery lasts up to 2 months before additional charging is required
  • Available in several language variations and contemporary and relaxing colors that make the keyboard as easy on your eyes as it is on your fingertips

Price: $79.95


Bracketron: TruRunner
Lightweight, reflective pack makes it easy to carry your smartphone and other essentials while working out

  • Perfect for recreational and competitive runners, this lightweight pack provides handy storage for your workout essentials
  • Stays in place with a fully adjustable belt for bounce-free stability and comfort; no slack or chafing
  • Features an easy-to-see, built-in reflector so passing driver and cyclists can easily see you
  • Slim-designed pocket expands for roomy, protected storage of smartphones, cash, IDs and more

Price: $19.95


Zepp Labs: Zepp 3D Multi-Sport Motion Sensor
World’s First sensor that allows users to review and replay their swing in 360º, plus providing detailed analysis and trend reports sent straight to any iOS® or Android device

  • 3D motion sensor easily attaches to any bat, club, or racket using innovative sport-specific mounts
  • Sensor wirelessly transmits data to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth after every swing
  • Users can review and replay their swing in 360 degrees
  • Baseball: track bat speed, path, timing, angles at impact, trends and more
  • Golf: track speed, tempo, club plane, hand path, backswing position, hip rotation and more
  • Tennis: track shot type mix (serve, forehand, backhand, smash), power and spin (topspin, slice, flat) and more
  • Able to compare swings to pros and friends and share your swing data with others
  • Zepp application records critical data and provides analysis, personalized tips, drills and coaching
  • Sensor has an 8 hour battery life, weighs 6.3 grams and measures 1.1” x 1.1” x .39”
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Available at:
Price: $ 149.99


WeatherFlow: Wind Meter
Take accurate wind measurements using your iOS or Android device

  • Instantly measure wind speed, direction, average & gusts from any iOS or Android device
  • Download the free WeatherFlow Wind Meter app and plug in Wind Meter – it’s that easy
  • Calibrated at the University of Florida’s Aerospace Engineering Department, its operating range extends from the smallest puff to hurricane force winds
  • More accurate than any other handheld anemometer on the market (accurate to the larger of +/- 0.5% of the reading)
  • Reads in meters/second, miles/hour, knots, kilometers/hour & beaufort scale
  • Rugged and eco-friendly packaging serves as a reusable storage case
  • Share onsite reports within the WeatherFlow app or via Instagram, Vine, Twitter, SMS, Email and Facebook

Available at:
Price: $34.95

How to enter (please read carefully – any missed steps and your entry will be disqualified):

1. Between now and 06/06/2014 11:59PM EST leave a comment on this page telling us your favorite place to spend your summer vacation.

Get a 2nd bonus entry by tweeting:
Win a super summer gadget prize pack from @thegadgeteer

Make sure you come back and leave a 2nd comment on this page with a link to your tweet.

2. At some point on 06/07/2014, I’ll pick 1 random winner using The winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to claim their prizes. If I do not receive an answer to my emails in that time period, I’ll do other drawings till the prizes are gone.


1. Only one entry per person (warning: I check IP addresses).

2. Gadgeteer writers, family members and close friends may not enter this contest.

3. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

4. is not responsible for the winner not accepting their prize within 48hrs. The winner will be posted on the contest page, contest comments and will be emailed. Check your spam folder.

5. Winner must have a US shipping address.


The winner is #22 Ken Oberkrom. Congrats to Ken and thanks to everyone who entered and for the companies that sponsored the contest.

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297 comments… add one
  • Jim Dyson June 5, 2014, 5:12 pm

    My favorite summer vacation spot is on any of the Disney Cruise Ships. I love going to the Caribbean.

  • anson June 5, 2014, 5:12 pm
  • Steve June 5, 2014, 6:14 pm

    Anywhere with a good book, some sun, and a comfy chair.

  • Tab June 5, 2014, 6:16 pm

    My favorite vacation spot is Kasawari Resort in the Lembeh Straits area of Indonesia.

  • Ben June 5, 2014, 9:09 pm

    My favorite place to spend summer vacation is in the mountains of GSMNP!

  • Steve June 5, 2014, 9:33 pm

    My favorite place is Kiawah Island, SC…. in July ….on the beach, with my family.

  • Ben Read June 5, 2014, 9:38 pm

    One of my favorite places to spend the summer has to be door county, WI. I love everything about that place in the summer!

  • Dean Krei June 5, 2014, 10:32 pm

    I love to vacation at Yellowstone. It is an amazing place and a wonderful experience for anyone that loves the outdoors.

  • Dean Krei June 5, 2014, 10:36 pm
  • melinda g June 5, 2014, 10:49 pm

    My favorite place to spend summer vacation is Colorado. There is so much outdoor stuff to do, I love it!

  • josue ayala June 5, 2014, 10:52 pm

    I’d love to go to madrid to watch real madrid play Barcelona.

  • Israel June 6, 2014, 12:24 am


  • Alex June 6, 2014, 5:26 am

    My favorite place to spend summer vacation is Western Europe

  • Norman Fong June 6, 2014, 7:53 am

    The Shuswap in BC is beautiful. Everytime I go there it melts the stress away.

  • heatwave16 June 6, 2014, 8:18 am

    I love going to Pittsburgh to see friends and family. Plus, going to Kennywood to ride a few roller coasters is awesome as well.

  • TonyW June 6, 2014, 8:50 am

    We used to go to Niagara Falls every year when I was a kid, I look forward to taking my kids there.

  • TonyW June 6, 2014, 8:52 am
  • JackB June 6, 2014, 9:38 am

    My favorite summer vacation destination would definitely be Outer Banks, NC… nothing else like it!

  • JackB June 6, 2014, 9:39 am
  • Alan June 6, 2014, 10:17 am
  • ArturU June 6, 2014, 10:30 am

    My favorite spot is anywhere in the mountains in Vermont,

    Peace and quiet and rest from all the things

  • ArturU June 6, 2014, 10:34 am
  • Fred June 6, 2014, 10:38 am

    My favorite place this summer would be Brazil

  • Mike June 6, 2014, 10:56 am

    My favorite place to spend my summer vacation so far is an international cruise. No cell reception can completely unwind and forget about the day to day grind. Plus lots of cool sites to take pics of and way to much food!

  • paul June 6, 2014, 10:59 am

    I like to take time off and hike in the Swiss Alps.

  • Nilay Shah June 6, 2014, 11:00 am

    San Diego – LaJolla rocks

  • Mike June 6, 2014, 11:00 am
  • Eric Machan Howd June 6, 2014, 11:02 am

    My favorite place for summer is in Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod. Whale watching, beach combing, and reading are what I’m planning to do! Eric

  • Eric Machan Howd June 6, 2014, 11:05 am
  • Joseph June 6, 2014, 11:12 am

    I love spending time in Montauk, New York. I love the water and my family and I usually go out there for a long weekend.

  • Nilay Shah June 6, 2014, 11:43 am

    I love vacationing in San Diego – La Jolla, CA.

  • Aaron Renshaw June 6, 2014, 11:52 am

    BEST place to vacation for the summer is a little place in North Iowa called Clear Lake! Two hours North of Des Moines and South of Minneapolis, this spot has a great lake for sailing, boating, skiing, beach, and during the 4th of July the carnival is a can’t miss!

  • Ruben June 6, 2014, 12:10 pm

    It could not other place but SPAIN 🙂

  • Arthur Tassinello June 6, 2014, 12:20 pm

    Best place to vacation is where I live in La Jolla. However, when I do vacation I still like beach spots in the Caribbean, such as the Bahamas.

    BTW, I love that you bring me so many unique products and that you’re candid about what they do, how they work for you and whether you think of its quality and usefulness. Thanks!

  • Arthur Tassinello June 6, 2014, 12:21 pm
  • Alan June 6, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Argh! I deleted the tweet by mistake, here is the new one:

  • James Lowell June 6, 2014, 1:18 pm

    Though I still find myself wandering quite a bit, New Zealand is so far my favorite place during their summer.

  • Andre Clay June 6, 2014, 3:03 pm

    I too stay at home as I live in Alaska. After suffering through a long winter, summer is our reward.

  • Andy June 6, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Nantucket is a wonderful place to spend any day during the summer.

  • Andy June 6, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I like the way you ‘tricked’ us into looking at the your paying ads. I like this method. I hope it gets you the click count you are looking for.

  • Richard Kingston June 6, 2014, 5:46 pm

    Just anywhere, with my PC, books and a brain to study what I want with the same effort I expend at work.

  • Phil Becker June 6, 2014, 5:54 pm

    The Boundary Waters Area in northern Minnesota. Quiet, peaceful and beautiful.

  • Phil Becker June 6, 2014, 6:00 pm
  • Ray Tanaka June 6, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I’ll spend my summer vacation on the beach loving the warm blue water and soft sand under my toes. Doesn’t really matter which beach. I’ve been to a few and loved them all.


  • Jhon June 6, 2014, 7:01 pm

    El Capitan State Beach. Camping and a short drive to Solvang and reasonably close to various wineries.

  • Jeremy June 6, 2014, 7:31 pm

    My favorite place to spend summer vacation is along the Florida Gulf Coast! Destin and Pensacola beaches have the most beautiful sand and best local restaurants with fresh seafood. If you haven’t been there, it’s a must!

  • Ross Goldberg June 6, 2014, 8:58 pm

    My favorite place to spend summer vacation is at the beach with my family. We try to get out there at least once a year when the crowds aren’t too overwhelming. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ross Goldberg June 6, 2014, 9:02 pm

    Here is the link to my promotional tweet:

  • Suzie June 6, 2014, 9:10 pm

    The Caymen Islands. The most beautiful place I have ever been.

  • Alvin Belflower June 6, 2014, 9:11 pm

    My favorite place for a vacation would be anywhere with gentle winds so I can enjoy flying kites with my granddaughter… And have a good cookout.

  • Maria AM June 6, 2014, 9:30 pm

    My fav place to vacation is Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario Canada. Its a pristine national reserve the size of Maine!

    I love yor prizes. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Maria AM June 6, 2014, 9:33 pm
  • Al June 6, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Favorite place(s) for summer vacation… Maine Lobster Roadtrip!

  • James Marcelino June 6, 2014, 11:58 pm

    I have been to San Diego for work, but I’d like to visit for fun.

  • Roger White June 7, 2014, 2:20 am

    Favorite place to vacation is the Dover, DE area. Plenty of shaded hiking trails and 45 mins to the ocean.

  • Lloyd Viente June 7, 2014, 5:35 am

    I haven’t been one for vacations, and since I live in a vacation destination anyway, I can always take a quick break, so I’ll have to say Las Vegas.

  • Julie Strietelmeier June 7, 2014, 10:48 pm


    The winner is #22 Ken Oberkrom. Congrats to Ken and thanks to everyone who entered and for the companies that sponsored the contest.

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