Top 10 Gadgets to Get You Through the Wet Weather

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Even when the darkest clouds are in the sky we have a number of gadgets and tech bits to enjoy a day out or get the job done. Take the plunge with these 10 top technologies that excel on rainy days.

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Up Cycle

First up is the perfect add-on for the committed cycle commuter or urban biker: an adjustable umbrella mount for those rainy day rides. Lightweight and simple design allows the user to adjust the umbrella to suit their height and riding position, simply attach it to the handlebars and angle it perfectly to stay dry in showers or sudden downpours. Great for pushchairs or wheelchair users too and can be folded away for easy storage. 

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Sticky, not Wet

Turning up to a business meeting or a presentation drenched to the skin is embarrassing enough, but finding that water has seeped into belongings and ruined precious electronic files is another thing. This Corsair Flash Survivor is a stand out among waterproof USB sticks. Not only is it waterproof to 200 metres, it is protected by an anodised aluminium housing that is both vibration and shock resistant. Attach it to any keychain safe in the knowledge that images, presentations, documents and other files will survive the journey.

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Camera Carriers

Outdoor shooters are always subject to the whims of the weather. Camera shoots on wet days, or to locations only reachable by bike or on foot, need a weatherproof carrier. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to keep a video HD camera, DSLR or compact camera dry on rainy days. Perhaps the pick is a sturdy camera shoulder bag, easy to carry and often with built in shock protection padding. Throw in waterproof cases and protectors for those wildlife shoots on days that are ideal for ducks but not for digital cameras.  

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Handy Torch

Finding house keys or even the keyhole on dark blustery nights can be a problem without a little light to guide the way. Throw in a heavy shower or downpour and a portable pocket torch is worth its weight in gold. Having one of these waterproof keychain LED torches at hand can be a lifesaver. Small, bright and battery efficient torches can fit just about anywhere and are useful on those spontaneous camping trips, hikes or at music festivals where the weather is less than perfect.  

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Covering Up

Saving electronic gadgets from moisture is essential. We nearly all carry a mobile phone these days so protecting a smartphone from the rain means saving those precious phone contacts, appointments and pictures from damage. Options include buying a rugged smartphone with waterproof body or spending a bit of cash on a protective phone case. Waterproof cases range from zip bags to watertight plastic coverings that keep phones dry and ready for that important call or message.

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Humble Brolly

One gadget that is an essential pick during wet weather is the humble umbrella. Go with a pocket-sized brolly as a solid pick that fits in a small bag or raincoat, or with something a little more extravagant. How about the Super-Brella, which is more of a weather shelter or small tent – ideal for fishing and camping. Or if you really want outlandish try the Nubrella 'hands-free' umbrella, sort of an  umbrella hat, with the added advantage of allowing the wearer to use a phone or other gadget while they walk.

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Dropping Beats

Beats and raindrops do not mix: unless the music player is waterproof. There are a wide range of MP3 players, headphones and radios that music lovers can use in wet weather, the swimming pool or just relaxing in the bath. Being out in stormy weather does not mean having to miss out on the latest hot tunes. All-weather runners will really appreciate having a device that allows them to keep a steady rhythm even while it is pouring down.

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Hot and Cool

Reheat and dry out quickly indoors with a hot air heater. This high velocity Dyson heater uses trademark air multiplier technology, unlike conventional fan heaters, to heat up rooms quickly. It is perfect for those rainy days when a blast of hot air is just what is needed to drive out the dampness. Doubles up as the perfect air cooler for those hot and humid summer days. Air drawn in at the base is accelerated through a tiny aperture and channelled into a highly directional heated blast to dry you out.

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Wristy Tech

Get the latest in smart technology with a highly desirable waterproof smartwatch . Wristwatches now offer all the functionality of a mobile phone without having to store it in a bag or pocket. Run apps, send emails, listen to music or just simply find out the time with a touchscreen smartwatch. Add in waterproof features and wearers can use it even when others are running for cover. 

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Quad Hero

Action cams have changed the way that people record bike rides, ski runs and even diving expeditions. Leading cam companies like GoPro were the first to add waterproof features to their range of Hero cameras and a variety of mounts so people could attach them to helmets and other equipment. With the GoPro Hero 4 they have added high definition 4K resolution for the best quality video shots. Never mind the rain, or even the waves, with one of the best wet weather gadgets around people can record high quality images without pause.

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