Festival season is well and truly upon us, so we checked out the very useful Festival Survival Kit from Bitmore.
With a range of products such as a speaker, power bank, selfie stick and a pair of earphones included in the waterproof drawstring bag, Bitmore ensures you have everything you need for a few days away.
We tested out each of the different products to see whether this ‘survival kit’ represents good value for money for all you festival-goers.
- Good variety
- Incredibly useful
- Function well
- Highly convenient size
- Earphones were poor
- Lanyard was awkward to use
- Slightly expensive
Bitmore’s 3W wireless speaker is very small, fitting comfortably in the palm of your hand, but that doesn’t mean it’s incapable of playing your music loudly and at a decent quality.
Unsurprisingly it cannot compete with more high-end speakers in terms of volume and audio quality, but considering you’re at a festival it does all it needs to do. After all, you wouldn’t really want a bulky, expensive speaker, as you’d be worrying about it being broken or stolen most of the time.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the speaker has a built-in microphone, allowing me to take hands-free calls, as I didn’t expect such a small, budget speaker to have one.
3,000mAh rechargeable power bank
This is my favourite piece of tech in the festival survival kit by far, and one I’m looking forward to using for a long time.
It’s a similar size to a lighter, and not much heavier, making it highly portable. While its tiny size means you won’t be able to recharge your phone (or other devices) too many times before it runs out of juice, it’s still a lifesaver when you’re right in the middle of the crowd on just 3 per cent battery.
Incredibly simple to use, I just had to plug the microUSB cable (which comes included) into my phone’s charging port and it instantly began charging. It takes a couple of hours to charge but it is compatible with Android and Apple products, which is highly useful.
The main shortfall of the tech in Bitmore’s festival survival kit was the poor quality of the earphones. The audio was not very crisp and clear, and the earphones themselves were uncomfortable to wear.
While they did perform the job, for the price of the survival kit I would have expected a slightly better performance from these.
The universal selfie stick works very well, extending to a nice range while remaining very stable. It holds my phone very securely, giving me confidence that it won’t come loose and fall out, becoming damaged or lost in the process.
After plugging in the attached cable to your phone’s headphone jack you are ready to take photos, which simply requires you to press the camera icon on the handle.
What else is there?
Aside from the tech products, the festival survival kit also contains:
- Disposable waterproof poncho
- Quick-dry micro fibre towel
- Do Not Disturb eye mask
- A ‘Neck Phone Hugger’ – a lanyard for your phone to give you quick access to it (helpful if you don’t have pockets!)
- Three pairs of foam ear plugs
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
While these aren’t high-quality products, the price of the survival kit does at least reflect this fairly well, and they certainly all do the job.
The poncho kept me and my phone dry in the rain and the conveniently sized towel also worked very well, saving me from taking a bulky towel along, so I was especially thankful for these.
Currently, the Festival Survival Kit costs £29.99 on the Bitmore website, down from £34.99.
I would have to say that £30 is the limit that I would be willing to pay for the kit, because I could get a lot of these devices individually for cheap prices, coming close to a grand total of £30 for the same items.
However, because this kit is much more convenient and means you only need to make one purchase, it is probably the better option than buying everything separately.
Should you buy the Bitmore Tech+ Festival Survival Kit?
On the whole, I think the Bitmore Festival Survival Kit is a good purchase. While I feel like the individual product quality could be improved slightly for the £30 to £35 price, you still get a good range of handy products, a number of which you can use again and again after your festival is finished.
The speaker was surprisingly good, allowing me to keep the music going when I got back to my tent without annoying others with fuzzy, poor-quality audio, while the tiny power bank was incredibly useful and will definitely accompany me on many day trips I take in the future.
I’m not a regular user of selfie sticks, but I could easily work out how to use this one and it performed very well. My fairly large Samsung Galaxy S7 was held securely in place and allowed me to take some surprisingly good pictures.
I wasn’t too impressed with the earphones, but again for a cheap pair that was to be expected really, and they will still do the job.