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What Is The Best Tablet To Bring On a Camping Trip?

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

I love to go camping, but I also love being able to do things on my tablet, so I thought I would write an article about great tablets for camping.

When it comes to getting the best that you can, what are the best tablets to get on a camping trip?

  • The Apple iPad mini (wifi, 64GB) - Gold (Latest Model)

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5", 128GB wifi Tablet Cloud Blue - SM-T860NZBAXAR

  • The All-new Fire HD 8 Tablet, 8" HD display, 32 GB, designed for portable entertainment, Black

  • The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – 12.3" Touch-Screen - 10th Gen Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 128GB SSD (Latest Model) – Platinum with Black Type Cover

When it comes to picking out a tablet, it is not enough to merely know the best tablets. You should also know what you need them for. The best tablet for playing games won't necessarily be the best for watching movies. Do you need to have a cell connection, or do you need to have a lot of storage when you are offline? These are vital to know before you go on your trip so you can have what you need.

What do you need the tablet for on your trip?

When deciding which of these tablets that you need for your trip, there will be a few elements that we will need to get clear about. First is whether this will be a gaming pad, in which case you will need a lot of RAM and some good visual processing. If you plan on watching movies and tv, you might need a lot of storage depending on how much you want to watch. The are other things that you might use a pad for, such as work, and for reading, these may have some requirements.

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When it comes to gaming, I would have to say that the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is a good choice. The tablet is more like a flat portable pc due to its screen size and the fact that it has an intel core i5 processor. The ram is also good at 8gb, so I think you will be able to play and variety of good mobile games and maybe even some simple or older pc games that don't require a lot of hardware to run. This, of course, also qualifies this pc for work, but it works well for games.

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Reading is another fun activity when you are out on a camping trip, and the tablet that best suits this is the All-new Fire HD 8 tablet. I think that the fire tablets are a really good choice for those whose sole goal is reading. Since the tablets are automatically set up for amazon kind and audible, they are more or less all set up for the avid reader. You can also add google play and google books to the device if that is more your style. The device runs well, and if you wanted to use it for videos, it would be a good middle of the road option.

What if you want to watch movies on your trip? I think that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5" is a good pick if this is what you are looking for. This tablet gives you a pretty good sized screen to watch movies and tv on over ten inches. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 has a 128gb storage system onboard, which gives you large storage space for both movies and tv no matter what app you use. I do have to say that the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 could also be good in this role, but I thought it worked better for gaming.

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But what if you want a great all-rounder that you could use for any or all of these? Well, the answer is the Apple iPad. I have found that the iPad's storage allows it to be used for various purposes and can be used very efficiently. The iPad graphics are also really nice and will work great for reading and watching movies and tv. The only thing that it might not be as good at is games as you could only play mobile games. The fact that iPads are more portable than some tablets makes up for this small detractor.

What power bank and charger should I bring on my trip?

You are choosing a charger and power bank for your trip especially important because if you will be out of power for more than a day. If your conservative, you might make two to three days, but the fact is that we use devices all the time now. You can use the charger and power bank for your phone as well.

I think that a solar power bank is the best way to charge you for devices. These power banks will have just as much storage as a standard power bank, but with the added benefit, you can replenish the power you use by placing the charger in the sun. Many of these devices also come with a good flashlight, which is always a good thing to have when camping. You can use any charging cord with these, but I would recommend a strong and rugged one.

Solar Charger, 25000mAh Battery Solar Power Bank Portable Panel Charger with 36 LEDs and 3 USB Output Ports External Backup Battery for Camping Outdoor for iOS Android

I like the Solar Charger, 25000mAh Battery Solar Power Bank, one of the solar power banks. This solar power bank has pretty large storage at 25000mAh. This number allegedly will charge an iPad Pro one and a half times according to the description. This is a pretty good charge for such a small device, making it practical for hiking and camping.

One other thing that I wanted to bring up for this power bank is that it has a flashlight on board. This flashlight is not a small little light bulb at the top of the device but instead is thirty-six LEDs on the bank's back. This light has four settings that range from the offsetting to a full-on high power beam.

Solar Power Bank, Qi Portable Charger 10,000mAh External Battery Pack Type C Input Port Dual Flashlight, Compass, Solar Panel Charging (Orange)

The second power bank that I wanted to let you know about is the Qi Portable Charger 10,000mAh External Battery Pack. This one is purely for iOS users as the charger will even charge apple products wirelessly. There is also a flashlight on this charger located at the top of the device. The 10,000mAh is not as large as some power banks, but it is a solid number that will let you charge your devices. I will say that while this is a good charger, there is no mention of how well the charger will work on iPads other than the iPad mini.

Do I need a case?

I would highly recommend using a case for your tablet or pad when you are going on a camping trip. The pad is a sensitive device that needs protection from the elements you will be exposed to while on your trip. I cant a one size fits all suggestions for the case, though, because the tablets will vary in size and style. This makes pinning down a standard case kind of difficult.

Why can't I just bring a computer?

In truth, you can bring a computer on your camping trip, but a computer is not always considered practical. They are bigger than tablets and will take up more space in your bag and often way more, but this isn't true about all laptops. I do have to say laptop because there is no way you are taking a desktop out tenting. Some laptops, such as Macs or Lenovos, are thin and light enough to be useful for camping.

The other considerations are, of course, how fragile the laptop is and how you are going to charge it. The laptop is light or heavy, you will need to charge it, and the fact is you will need a bigger power bank or maybe even a generator to charge them. How fragile the laptop is will probably come down to how it is built and what it is made of. Put simply, the heavier the laptop, the stronger it will be, but the more it will weigh you down.

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