In the winter, we give you tech tips and gadgets to keep you warm. In the summer? We’ve got you covered (or uncovered) with tech gadgets to help you cool off.
This shopping list includes wearable technology, desktop cooling devices, portable ways to cool off and gadgets for outdoor adventures.
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Wearable technology to cool your body
Wearable cooling vest: Not sure we’d classify this as “technology,” although it’s made with technology to keep your body cool.
The AllTuff body cooling vest is lightweight and comes with freezable inserts. It fits under your clothes, and you can buy extra inserts. We found similar items priced for less and more, but this mid-priced cooling vest seems to check off all the boxes of what we’d recommend for outdoorsy types.
Necklace fan: In perusing customer questions, we learned that people have used the O2Cool necklace fan to keep cool on the subways of New York City, while vacationing in Jamaica, and to help with hot flashes! It runs on AA batteries, so while it may not be the wind tunnel you’re looking for, it provides a little breeze when nature doesn’t. Oh, and it comes in four fashionable colors.
Cooling technology for the office or your desk
Bladeless electric fan: This Dyson Air Multiplier is a bladeless fan that, although it is a bit pricy (over $200), gets high marks from customers. The Air Multiplier requires an electric outlet, and it features a sleep timer, remote control, and 10 airflow settings. It comes in four colors.
Mini tower desk fan: If you’re looking for something less expensive but just as quiet and good-looking for your desk, Honeywell’s QuietSet Mini Tower Table Fan sells for a fraction of the Dyson fan and it gets nearly as good customer reviews.
Air cooler and humidifier: One more gadget to check out is the Evapolar Personal Evaporative Air Cooler and Humidifier. It’s a portable air conditioner that’s priced between Dyson’s Air Multiplier and Honeywell’s tower. The product description says it uses only 10W of power and operates anywhere there is a USB power source.
Protect your computer, tablet and phone from overheating
Pouch for cooling your phone: The Phoozy thermal phone case can be used to keep your phone cool in the summer or warm in the winter.
We noted that some customers said it didn’t keep their phones cool when they left them in their locked cars for a long time in the summer heat, and others noted that it didn’t work well in the winter. However, it seems to be a good option if you work outside and need to keep your phone from overheating.
Laptop cooling pad: Whether you work indoors our outside, a warm laptop on your lap can make you uncomfortable. You’ll find a bunch of devices for cooling your laptop, including this TeckNet Laptop Cooling Pad, powered by USB, and it comes with extra USB ports so you can plug in other things. The description says it works with most 12- to 17-inch laptops.
USB desk fan stands for phones and tablets: This little stand from WTIAW comes in five colors and accommodates a variety of mobile devices. The description says it’s quiet, but some of the customer feedback begs to differ. Sometimes, a little white noise from a fan can be a good thing, especially in a noisy workplace.
Cool gadgets for camping, outdoor adventures
Ceiling fan/lamp for camping: Odoland’s Portable LED Camping Lantern runs on two D batteries, so pack extras. It has 360-degree rotation and stores flat when not in use.
Portable shower with foot pump: Really? This is a thing? It is — take your shower with you on the next road trip or camping adventure. It’s also great for cooling off the dog and kids on a hot summer day playing outside. It holds 22 liters of water, has a 10-foot hose, and comes with a carrying case.
Solar shower bag with solar heating: The Risepro Solar Shower Bag portable shower is intended for hikers and holds 5 gallons of water. The pouch absorbs heat, so you can take a warm shower at the end of a day of climbing or hiking. The built-in thermometer lets you know when the water has reached your ideal temperature.