Your dad’s birthday – or even worse, Father’s Day – is coming up in a few days and you forgot to get your dad a gift. Crapola!

But what do you get? Your dad is not just any boring dad. No. Your dad has grit. He’s a desperado. A modern day mountain man. Ok, maybe I’m going too far. But he likes to explore the outdoors! Well fret not, for I present to you three affordable tech gadgets you can gift to your outdoorsy dad and get shipped to you quickly.*

*Assumes Amazon Prime membership, otherwise you’d have to pay for express shipping.

Anker PowerCore 10000 Power Bank

If your dad ever spends extended time outdoors (camping, fishing, hiking, etc.) then he’s probably faced the issue of his phone battery getting low. This can be made even worse with cold or hot weather.

Anker PowerCore 10000 power bank with cords
The Anger PowerCore 10000, sized right to be both useful and portable

Enter the Anker PowerCore 10000 Power Bank. This baby will keep your dad’s adventure going, allowing him to stay in touch with family while he’s out, take more pictures, listen to more music or podcasts, or use GPS for longer. Just pair with a phone charging cord and he can charge his phone from 0% to 100% at least twice.

If your dad likes things a little more compact (maybe they’re an ultralight freak), then shoot for the Anker PowerCore 5000 instead. It’s a bit smaller but then also holds less recharge potential.

BigBlue 28W Solar Charger

Want to make your dad’s phone charging last even longer? Throw in the BigBlue 28W Solar Charger. This device consists of 4 solar panels and a USB charger hub contained in a folding canvas / plastic cover. For extended camping, backpacking, or hunting trips this will allow your dad to charge his power bank back up and get more up time on his phone or other device.

BigBlue 28W solar charger in the grass
The BigBlue 28W solar charger, soaking up some rays at high noon

I can attest to how fast this solar charger works. I’ve charged up a power bank in just a couple hours. Your dad not the stationary type? Not a problem! It includes a carabiner so he can clip it to his pack and charge on the go.

This product was rated best portable solar charger of 2022 by OutdoorGearLab, so the quality is there and has also been tested by others!

It is highly recommended to use this solar charger to charge a power bank, then use the power bank to charge your devices. Using the solar charger to charge your devices directly will not be the most efficient method.

Casio Men’s Tough Solar Sport Combination Watch

Finding an affordable watch that can take a beating in the outdoors is no easy task. The Casio Men’s Tough Solar Sport Combination Watch is just the watch you’ve been looking for. This watch is extremely affordable, rugged, waterproof, and solar powered to boot! It does lack many of the features of its more expensive cousins, G-Shocks.

Casio Men's Tough Solar Sport Combination Watch in green
The Casio men’s Tough Solar sport combination watch, charging up on my picnic table

But this watch just works! Whatever outdoor adventure your dad gets into, this watch is up to the task. And in the event your dad mangles this baby while fending off both a cougar and grizzly bear simultaneously on your next camping trip – because it doesn’t break the bank you can get him a new one if really necessary.


If your dad likes the outdoors, but could use a little bit of a tech boost to extend his trips or increase his enjoyment, we presented to you three affordable options. You don’t have to break the bank to find useful tech gadgets for your outdoorsy dad!

Have other affordable tech gadget gift ideas? Good or bad experiences with the products I listed? Comment below! As always thanks for reading!