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CNET News Video: Cool camping gear includes phone-charging stove

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CNET News Video: Cool camping gear includes phone-charging stove

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Trick out your campsite this summer with the niftiest outdoor gadgets. CNET's Sumi Das rounds up the best tech for your tent and more.

[MUSIC] Whether you're heading for the hills or escaping to the river, here's the state of the art gear you need for your camping adventure. The fact that we're able to take technology outside and have fun with it and basically build a bond with their family, bring more people from the inside to the outside, I say technology is our best friend. First, don't just pitch any old tent. The highly engineered $300 Big House 4 from Big Agnes is a roomier alternative to most four person tents. Two doors front and back plenty of mesh so it allows for ventilation so you don't get that condensation building up on the inside. Add this tablet holder, specifically designed for the outdoors, and you have your very own in tent entertainment system. When it's time for a campside jam, the Turtle Shell speaker from Outdoor Tech, plays music from your phone via Bluetooth. This $130 device also has a built-in microphone so you can take calls Charlie's Angels style. Try not to disturb your fellow campers though. Once the sun sets, the $80 Golds Era lighthouse LED lantern helps you avoid campsite stumbles, and power up your devices. On the top of the lantern, there is a switch where you can actually hand crank it, and you can charge the lantern that way as well to emit light. Or you could use it to also charge the battery and charge your device from there. Biolife wood-burning camp stove also pulls double duty. Use it to rustle up dinner, and power up with a USB port. The $130 stove doesn't require fuel. Just throw in twigs, light them, and an internal fan kindles the flames. Another way to boost battery life, the $150 Snow Lizard SL Extreme 5, a waterproof iPhone case that features a built-in solar panel. With its tough PVC skin and sturdy aluminum frame, the Ally canoe is certainly seaworthy, but also space saving because it's foldable. Weighing about 45 pounds, the boat breaks down to fit in this oversized bag. At $2100 it is a bit extravagant, but if you love being on the water and don't have room to have a 17 foot canoe, it may be well worth it. Finally, pick up a $6 pack of Stormproof matches. So it has a coating on the outside of the stick of a normal match stick, and it'll stay lit until it dies. Because you can't let a little wind keep you from roasting marshmallows. In Moss Beach California, I'm Semie Dass, CNet.com for CBS news.

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