What products would interest people who own a cell phone signal booster in 2021? That’s what this list is all about. If you’re in the market for a signal booster or already own one, we think the items on this tech gift guide 2021 list will peak your interest.
1. Moultrie XV-6000 Cellular Game Camera
The first item on our tech gift guide 2021 is a cellular trail camera. It uses built-in cellular capability to store and send/transfer photos in real time (or however frequently according to your settings) from wherever you set it up. The picture quality is 16 megapixels.
It is motion activated and takes nighttime and daytime pictures, using infrared technology in the dark. It has strong nighttime illumination range and trigger speed (0.9 second). You need to stick either a microSD or regular SD card for it to work properly.
You need to sign up for a monthly plan to have access to all the features. The minimum plan only costs $5 and they go up from there. You can still use the camera without paying for a plan, but some features will be limited.
This camera can be used on either a Verizon network or an AT&T network. If you have a Verizon phone but you get terrible service where you want to put the camera, but you know AT&T gets great service, then buy an AT&T camera because it’s not connected to your cell phone plan at all. Also, make sure the area you want to film in has 4G service. If there isn’t 4G service, the camera won’t work.
It runs on 12 AA batteries with the option of solar power (accessary sold separately). Also, the settings you chose have a big impact on battery life. For instance, if you set your camera to send photos to you every single time it takes a photo, the battery on your camera is going to run out in 2 weeks or less on average.
However, there are two features that really set this camera apart from its competitors. The first is that it does not have an external antenna. Most trail cameras on the market have a long, black antenna sticking out. This one does not. To compensate, this camera is slightly larger than other trail cameras. But thousands of users say they like it much better this way.
The second thing that sets it apart is that it’s the only cellular trail camera that we know of that gives you free species auto-detect with every monthly plan. Whatever animal comes by, the camera knows what species it is and adjustments the lens settings accordingly.
Quick note: Do not try and use two cellular trail cameras right next to each other at the same time. If you set them up like that (one right above the other, for example) they interfere with each other and you may end up with no photos at all. Also, this camera can take video as well as photos, but the videos can’t be sent to you. They just get stored on the SD card.
Finally, the camera comes with a 3-year warranty and customer service is US-based.
2. XGIMI Halo Projector
If you’re using a cell phone signal booster in a remote location such as a cabin, cottage, or RV, a projector is a fantastic thing to add to the mix. The XGIMI Halo is an exceptional one.
It produces 1080p quality picture and has built in Hamron/Kardon speakers that sound way too good for a device this small. Many users say this (in tandem with the small size) is the projector’s biggest selling point. It has a built-in rechargeable battery as well as an adjustable stand on the bottom so you can customize the angle and position it to your liking. It has USB and HDMI inputs.
There are play, pause and volume up/down buttons directly on top of the projector in case you can’t find the remote. The interface runs Android 9 so you have access to the Google Play store and download Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, etc. It also comes with a file browsing feature so you can view or play photos or videos stored on external devices.
This projector is great for gaming, as well.
3. Satechi Dock5 Multi-Device Charging Station
With the amount of tech the average home has in 2021, there’s one problem that almost every household has: lost charging cords. If you have kids, you know what we’re talking about. Everyone in your family constantly looking for charging cords or asking if they can use yours. With this nifty purchase, not anymore.
This is a multi-device charging station that will get rid of all your charging anxiety, keeping everything nice and organized. It has 2 USB-C power delivery ports, 2 USB-A ports, and a wireless Chi charging pad. You can simultaneously charge up to 5 devices while also decluttering your desk or countertop by doubling as a stand. Though the holding slots are not customizable, they are big enough to comfortably fit everything from an iPhone and iPad to a handheld Nintendo Switch.
A device like this might seem like an unnecessary luxury at first. But when you buy one and start using it, your mindset quickly changes to, “I don’t even remember what we did before we got this.”
4. Anker Portable Power Bank
Many people who’ve never purchased a portable power bank before assume that these are only necessary for circumstances like hikes, car trips, camping – things like that. Not true. If you get into the habit of carrying one of these around in your purse or work bag, it will soon enter the never leave home without it category. For some people, it replaces wall chargers all together simply out of sheer convenience.
There are many brands and styles of power banks. But we recommend Anker products because of their longevity, durability, and really good customer service. Anker has a long list of varying products, power banks being just one category. But these are the best you can buy at this price point. And honestly, you don’t truly need anything nicer than these. These work wonderfully and don’t break the bank.
Anker has power banks with 1 all the way up to 5 charging ports and you get models with all sorts of combinations of ports. USB-A, USB-C, and more. If you’re only looking to charge your phone, then just get one with one port. If you have multiple devices that get near-equal amount of use (like an iPad or a Kindle), consider getting a portable power bank with 2 charging ports.
5. Ember Smart Mug 2
Okay, we know what you’re thinking. “A mug that costs $99? You’re kidding, right?”
Again, this is one of those products that you didn’t know you needed until you have one and find yourself using it every single day. The Ember Smart Mug 2, upon first look, simply looks like a really sleek mug with an LED light and small charging port on the bottom (and a power button on the underside). But it’s so much more than that.
This mug keeps your drink at whatever temperature you set…with the mobile app! That’s right. When you buy the mug, you also download that companion app on your smartphone and use the settings there to customize your drinking experience.
For example, when you pour something into the mug, it detects the liquid and immediately begins heating it at a comfortable, default temperature. If you have app open when you do this, you can see the response in real time as the mug instantly identifies the current temp of the liquid. You can set temps from 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (it also has a Celsius mode).
No more needing to microwave or reheat your coffee and tea. This is definitely an item that turns heads and receives comments like, “What is that?” followed by “I want one. Where did you get it?”
If you drink a lot of coffee and your drink it slow, you will absolutely love this thing.
Note: this mug does not keep drinks cold. It’s strictly a heating mug. Also, it’s not dishwasher safe. Wash it by hand.
6. TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip
We know this is the third charging-related item we’ve mentioned on this tech gift guide 2021. But if you’ve got a cell phone signal booster or are thinking of getting one, you’ve got devices that need charging on a daily basis. And charging is often an inconvenient affair. Charging devices like this one truly make life easier in 2021.
The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip is not your ordinary surge protector. First of all, it’s got two USB ports on it. Second, the three regular power outlets on it are spaced further apart than on a traditional power strip. This means you don’t have to worry about one plug taking up too much room and rendering the neighboring port unusable. And third, each one of the 5 ports on this device is individually controllable via the mobile app.
The app allows you monitor the charging status of any device that plugged in. You can also set charging timers and turn on/off any individual plug at will. For example, if you can set the power strip to charge any devices plugged in from 10 pm to 2 am and then turn off afterward. You can save energy this way and also feel safer.
It also has multiple mounting capabilities on the underside of the device, making it possible to mount underneath your desk, on the wall, or really anywhere.
Tech Gift Guide 2021: 6 Awesome Devices For Signal Booster Owners – Conclusion
Have you used any of these devices on our tech gift guide 2021 before? Let us know below. What other tech products go nicely in a home with a cell phone signal booster?