On any trip, saving space is always something to keep in mind; the less unnecessary stuff you take, the better. However, when a device as small as this serves multiple purposes, it’s worth making an exception for. The Outdoor Tech Buckshot pro is a triple-threat: powerbank, wireless speaker and torch, all wrapped up into a compact cylinder.

Most phone batteries take a kicking in cold weather, so being able to give yours a boost could really come in handy, especially in an emergency. Just plug your charger cable into the USB port on the Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro, and the juice will start flowing from its lithium-ion battery into your handset. It’s also ideal for resuscitating your action camera when the battery’s dead but the session’s still firing.

"The Outdoor Tech Buckshot pro is a triple-threat: powerbank, wireless speaker and torch, all wrapped up into a compact cylinder"

Back at the apartment, the Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro can provide the soundtrack - just wirelessly link it to any Bluetooth-enabled music device, then control playback via the chunky buttons built in to the grippy rubber exterior. On a full charge it can play for up to 10 hours, and can connect to a device up to 32 feet (almost 10 metres) away. It can handle any accidental splashes from your hot-tub/cheap Euro lager (delete according to swankiness of holiday), and the built-in microphone means you can answer any calls that come through your phone.

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Realistically you’ll use the lamp less than the other two, but you never know when it might come in handy. It’d certainly be worth packing on an overnight backcountry camping mission - and in the off-season, use the handlebar mount (included with purchase) to use it as a bike light.

Essential? Maybe not. Convenient? Most definitely. The Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro punches well above its weight. Given its small size and durability, there’s no situation we can think of where you wouldn’t want to bring this along.

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