Beat the Rainy Weather
with These Essential Gadgets
By Kyzia Maramara
The weather is increasingly becoming unpredictable: one minute it feels as if it’s still summer, the next you’re trapped in a downpour that will ultimately get you stranded well into the night. As students or employees living in urban areas, we’ve got to be prepared for whatever’s going to be thrown our way this rainy season. Assemble your own rainy weather kit with these affordable gadgets and accessories!
1. Power bank
Php 300 – Php 1,000, TechnoPop! Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang
There’s nothing more annoying and sad than getting stuck in traffic or stranded on a road from a heavy downpour and finding out that your phone is about to die. Power banks are handy and not only useful during out-of-town trips but for city emergencies as well. Entertain yourself for hours without fearing of running out of battery!
Jaguar Electronics offer power banks from 5,000 mAh to 24,000 mAh with some including a flashlight feature! Get yours at an affordable price at the newly opened TechnoPop! Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang. For other TechnoPop! branches, click here.
2. Water resistant watch
Php 868, Lazada
This Skmei Sports Watch has a large and bright LED display that could also be backlit in the dark. It can set alarms, can be converted into a compass, and also has the stopwatch and countdown feature. It’s suitable for handwashing, swimming, and other minor water-related works.
Php 1,530 (Armitron, overseas)
Armitron’s Digital Sports Watch features dual time zone, alarms, timer, and backlit functions. It’s also water resistant up to 330 feet, a great wrist watch for swimming!
3. Water-resistant Bluetooth speakers
Php 895, TechnoPop! Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang
Blasting music from your rainy day playlist, while it’s raining outside your window, is one of the coziest feelings ever. Bluetooth speakers are heaven-sent; you can bring and share your music with anyone, anywhere! You can go on a rainy day hike and bring your music with you or you can even start a small music party during office breaks.
Elliot Audio offers an easily portable and water resistant Bluetooth speaker that can fit in your hand. If you’re looking for something louder, Langford Signaturi’s premium Bluetooth speaker (Php 955) can do the trick. These are available at TechnoPop! branches near you.
4. Rain shoe covers
Php 250, Dry Kicks PH
Instead of packing slippers and switching your office or school shoes midday, purchase rain shoe covers. They don’t require you to remove your shoes and store it in your bag and most importantly, they protect your feet from all the bacteria waiting for you in the flood water.
Php 1,100, DrySteppers Manila
These Dry Steppers Manila rain shoe covers provide creative sneaker prints for a quirky look, but if you’re more of a minimalist, their clear shoe cover will do you fine. The dry steppers are up to a few inches above the ankle and can be zipped to protect your shoes.