Father's day is one of the best shopping times of the year to buy electronics, according to many tech companies. Shelves and websites are stuffed with endless choices. Here, they're narrowed down to about a half-dozen options for Dad's Day and beyond:
The odds are in your favor, if you get the Monster SuperStar Backfloat wireless waterproof Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone that you'll get as much use out of it, if not more than your dad.
It's made with a durable silicone shock proof shell, enabling it to float in the pool, attach itself to your kayak or just sit in the rain and listen to some tunes.
The SuperStar BackFloat speaker sound is loud and powerful with Pure Monster Sound and is available in black/neon blue or black/neon green color combinations.
You connect your media player to the speaker via Bluetooth or in a non-waterproof manner with the 3.5 mm aux line out connection.
While your smartphone or tablet isn't waterproof on its own, the speaker can act as a hands-free calling device with it's built in mic.
The Pelican 2380R is built with Slide-Beam technology, to go instantly from spot to flood lighting.
You can charge the internal 2600Ah Lithium Ion battery via USB (charging cable included) or you can use a pair of CR-123 disposable batteries with the included battery canister for power.
There's also a battery level indicator and the compact design is made with aluminum type II anodized body for ultra rugged protection.
The Pelican 2380R has three modes; high, strobe and low. The high mode will work for about 3 ½ hours, while the low mode will give you 30 lumens of light for about 25 hours of use.
It's built to be water resistant out of water and water proof submerged to 39-inches (1 meter) for up
to 30 minutes. It also has a high carbon steel clip built into the body of the flashlight
The iHome SoundFlask is a great replica of a drinking flask on the outside with a four-speaker stereo system on the inside.
It pairs via Bluetooth with your media device and volume is controlled with the top cap button.
The iHome iBT32 (4.57-by-5.71-by1.69-inches, $99.99) is a metal body with a black leather looking backside and a black speaker grill on the front.
An internal rechargeable battery (USB) will last about 11 hours and there's also a built-in-mic for hands-free calls.
A smaller version, the iBT12, measures 3.94-by-4.57-by-1.38-inches and sells for $49.99.
The iGrillmini from iDevices is an app-enabled Bluetooth meat thermometer.
It measures about 1.5-inches in diameter and sits in a rubber base, which can be angled for easy viewing. It's shaped like a mini hockey puck with a smart LED on top and runs off a single CR2032 battery.
Information is displayed on your smartphone or tablet with the free iGrill app, which is available for iOS and Android devices at the App Store and Google Play.
The app displays the temperature (minus 22 up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit) of your meat as it cooks and allows you to set alarms and custom temperatures along with a minimum and maximum temperature range required.
Using the iGrillmini is simple; just plug one end of the included thermometer probe into whatever is being cooked, the other end of the 4-foot cable into the iGrillmini. Then watch the temperature until the meat needs to be flipped or put on your kitchen table.
The science fiction looking Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi router with six antennas connects to your existing Wi-Fi and extends it to areas you need it.
The instructions are well-explained, so it shouldn't take too much time to get it up and running, even for non-tech heads.
With the Tri-Band feature inside, once it's connected you can easily have multiple users on one network without anyone slowing down. This includes streaming from Netflix, while another family member is gaming and others are surfing on tablets or computers.
Wireless speeds up to 3.2Gbps are available and with its Smart Connect intelligence, everyone will be guaranteed optimized for the fastest speed possible. This enables those who require more bandwidth to get it while those who don't need that much, only get the amount they need.
It also has a USB 3.0 port for connecting a USB storage device (not included), which can be used for storing any digital files you want shared. With ReadySHARE, you can stream the shared content to any media player or TV on the network.
TYLT's Capio 2.0 (available mid-July) is great for mounting most any smartphone in your car.
The setup takes seconds; just find a place on your windshield or dashboard to secure the micro-gel suction cup. Then place any smartphone with up to a 6-inch screen securely in the bracket and move the flexible arms in and out to securely hold it in place.
The footrest keeps it from sliding down and also has an opening for charging cables to charge your phone while it's mounted in place.
The backplate and arms have a rubber finish to ensure nothing gets scratched and the holder is full adjustable for any viewing angle.
Gregg Ellman, who writes this weekly column, can be reached at greggellman greggellman.