If your Dad is the outdoorsy type, or if he likes camping or hiking, but he's also a bit of a techy, then you'd be in a bind trying to find him an appropriate gadget that's not a USB battery pack. But we can help you out. Here are four high-tech toys that your outdoorsy Dad will love this Father's Day.
Charging your gadgets when you're hiking or camping is a pain. You can take along a USB battery pack, but eventually it'll run out of juice itself and then your Dad is properly stuffed. A solar panel charger like this Anker PowerPort — which comes in various sizes and wattages — will keep him running for as long as he needs, as long as he's camping in a sunny area.
Dads like flashlights. Guys like flashlights. Look, everyone likes flashlights, and they should because they're awesome. And this is the king of flashlights: it packs 2000 lumens of power, more than enough to stun the intruder whose eyes you flash it in. It's USB rechargeable, and it takes a massively powerful 25650 battery cell that gives it a hell of a lot of heft for its size.
These slim little SunJack LightSticks come in two sizes — regular and Mini — and look like an old-school glow-stick, except these ones you don't crack over your leg and throw down into a crevasse. These LED light-sticks have enough juice to run for 60 hours without a USB recharge, and the larger LightStick will even charge your phone itself if you plug it in.
We love Leatherman tools — and we think that every Dad should own one. The Signal is one of the newest, and incorporates important, maybe even life-saving, survival tools like a firestarter flint and a safety whistle along the usual blade, pliers and serrated saw. Plus it's made to last, and it's made to be used and punished for every single day that your Dad owns it.