What the Tech: Gadgets for the big game

This past weekend many of you were enjoying the first game of the high school football season. In just a few more weeks we’ll be in the middle of college and pro football. There’s a bunch of new technology you might want to take along with you.

Everyone should have a portable power stick and an extra cable. These pocket sized power blocks can extend the life and even charge a phone’s battery. The Astro will charge some smartphones up to five times before it needs to re-charge itself.

The RAVPower portable battery bank is small enough for a pocket. Re-charging dead batteries isn’t it thing though. The $11 power stick will give you up to 9 extra hours of talk time. It’s got a flashlight on one end that’s strong enough to cast light 40 feet away. RAVPower Element is a little larger with two USB charging ports. It’ll charge a smartphone 4-5 times.

For tailgaters, the solar powered Rukus blue-tooth speakers will run for hours off the sun and have surprising sound and thumping bass. It also has a USB port on the back to keep a smartphone charged during the party.

A Kickstarter project called The Coolest Cooler has its own bluetooth speaker, bottle opener, an LED to light up the inside, wheels, USB charger, cutting board, built in plate storage, secret compartment, and a built-in blender. The Coolest Cooler raised over $13 million on Kickstarter. It started shipping this summer, but unless you pre-ordered one you can’t get it before the season opener, maybe by the bowl game though if your team makes it.

The Coolest Cooler is one of Kickstarter’s most successful campaigns. People who backed the project paid just $125 for one. For everyone else, the price is $485.

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