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9 Cool Gadgets for Summer

Summer brings sunshine, longer days and vacation — which makes it the perfect time to try out new tech gear.

Whether you plan to take a road trip, lounge on the beach or stay home and watch Netflix, we’ve put together a list of items that will ramp up your summer without blowing your budget.

1. Solar-powered weather radio and flashlight: $19.99

Ideal for camping or hiking, theiRonsnow IS-088functions as an LED flashlight, weather radio and smartphone charger. You can charge itusing solar power, its built-in hand crank or a micro-USB cable.

2. Bluetooth tracker: $24.99

If you’ve got a flight to catch or are rushing off to the beach, you don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to find yourkeys. Attach theTile Bluetooth trackerto belongings you frequently lose — such as your keys, wallet or phone — and use the app to locate the item if it goes missing, or request an audible signal from the tracker itself. It caneven keep tabs on your luggage while you’re traveling.

3. Wallet iPhone charger: $24.99

Oftenfind yourself out and about with a low battery? The Nomad wallet ensures you’ll always have a charger handy. It features a built-in Lightning cable that’s able to fully charge aniPhone.

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4. Wi-Fi camera: $36.97

Ion’swaterproof Air Pro Lite Wi-Fi cameralets you document your summer adventures with HD pictures and videos. You can capture action shots by attaching it to your surfboard, bike, helmet or other equipment. And it connects to smartphones, tablets or laptops viaWi-Fi, letting youeasily share images on social media.

5. Waterproof Bluetooth speaker: $49.99

UsetheAomais IPX7 wireless Bluetooth speakertolisten to your favorite summer jams at the beach or by the pool without worrying about ruining your speaker. It’s designed to float, is waterproof up to 7 feet and has a 10-hour battery life for all-day play.

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6. Automatic ice cream maker:$55

Beat the heat with something cold and sweet. Make your favorite frozen desserts and drinks with the Cuisinart ICE-20 automatic ice cream maker. This machine makes up to 1 1/2 quarts of ice cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet in about 20 minutes, and you don’t have to stir by hand.

7. Portable projector: $78.49

Take advantage of warm nights bywatching a movie outdoors with theTronfy portable projector. Pair it with your laptop, game console or other deviceto turn your backyard or campsite into your personal movie theater.

8. Electric travel cooler: $80.27

The Koolatron 14-quart electric travel cooler plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter and keepsyour food and drinks picnic-ready, even on long road trips. It’s lightweight and comes with an adjustable shoulder strap, making it easy to carry once you’ve reached your destination.

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9. Automatic grill cleaner: $112.35

Backyard barbecues are fun, but cleaning up charred messes and caked-on grease? Not so much. Rather than rolling up your sleeves, try theGrillbot automatic grill cleaner, whichacts like a Roomba for your grill.

Lauren Schwahn is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: lschwahn@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @lauren_schwahn.

The article 9 Cool Gadgets for Summer originally appeared on NerdWallet.