SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can, Dallas News explained.
Companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers and paddle boarders by making an expanding number of products that protect smartphones from hard falls and water and keep electronic devices charged up for as many hours as possible, Dallas News reported.
One company makes a backpack with a built-in solar panel that charges a phone while a person hikes up the mountain. Dallas News noted another makes a portable battery that attaches to a GoPro helmet camera and doubles how long it stays charged.
“In order to enjoy the outdoors, it used to be a just a knapsack and some freeze-dried food,” said Walter Kaihatu of Brunton, a company that makes portable battery chargers, to Dallas News. “Now people are bringing $5,000 to $10,000 worth of equipment.”
To read the full story by Dallas News, click here.