PadGadget Essentials: This Week’s Apps and Accessories for The Great Outdoors

This week, the Padgadget team of writers ventured out of our comfortable homes and into the great outdoors. We told you how to preserve battery life while away from a power source, introduced you to remote tools and gave you some ideas for outdoor eats.  Here is a roundup of this week’s outdoor living adventure.


For our weekly app series, we gave you a list of five great outdoor grilling apps including Weber’s on the Grill ($4.99), Great Backyard Grilling ($3.99), Grill-It! XL ($1.99), Southern Living Big Book of BBQ ($7.99), and Food Network Magazine (Free).

We also introduced you to some fun hunting and fishing games for the iPad, including three Deer Hunter games, Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunters ($2.99), iFishing HD ($3.99), Real Fishing 3D($4.99), and Spear Fishing 2 HD (Free).

To capture everything around you, take beautiful panoramic photos with the 360 Panorama app ($0.99) or the Panorama 360 Camera app ($0.99). These convenient apps don’t require third-party software and are easy to use for even the most amateur photographer.

If your little ones aren’t going to be running through the sprinklers this summer, there are a few apps that will keep them occupied and remind them of the outdoors. Check out Tiny Wings HD ($2.99), My Horse (Free), Temple Run: Brave ($0.99), Skylanders: Cloud Patrol ($0.99), and Madcoaster (Free).

If you are hoping to plant a garden and begin or maintain healthy eating habits, check out our gardening and cooking apps list, including Gardening How-To (Free), Vegetable Planting Calendar (Free), Quick & Healthy- Easy Recipes for Diabetics ($4.99), Paprika ($4.99), and How To Cook Everything ($9.99).


The BioLite CampStove promises to charge your iPad while burning fire for heat and cooking. Using thermoelectric energy, the device heats up a power module that churns out five watts of energy, which is just enough for a slow charge for any USB compatible gadget.

The next time you have a picnic or BBQ, you may want to have a waterproof case like the Seattle Sports Dry Doc Waterproof iPad Case, Otterbox Defender Case or Jawbone’s JamBox wireless mobile speaker.  If you want to pair your iPad with a wireless speaker that will only fit your iPhone, check out the upcoming Pear device.

Looking for a good quality speaker dock for your iPad that doesn’t need a wall plug? We found a couple of battery powered speakers for your mobile needs, including the iHome Portable Speaker System, Altec Lansing’s Portable Speaker Dock, and iMainGo XP’s Portable Stereo Speakers and iPad case.

If you are looking for some stylish protection for your iPad while you’re on the go, we tracked down a few good-looking, yet rugged iPad bags, including the Istanbul Continental Special, the Copper River Safari Bag, the Timbuk2 Messenger, and the McManus Classic iPad Case.

We’ve told you about some of our favorite outdoor living iPad apps and accessories, but we’d like to know about your favorites, too. Do you take a special bag on your camping trip or have a favorite set of outdoor speakers?


About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

  • Ryan Chavis

    The iBackFlip somersault sling pack is great for the outdoorsman or women!