There are two types of umbrella buyers: One, who look for durability, sturdiness and the price; Second, who look for all these along with a touch of quirkiness (colour changing umbrellas, anyone?). We, for one, like the umbrella to be all of the above. And every monsoon, we try to look for something different (and yet economical).
This year, our search for the unique led us to Happy Umbrella by Sagar Sons, who have this year launched two innovative umbrellas: Power Bank and Bluetooth umbrellas — speak about satiating your inner tech geek!
The Power Bank umbrella will definitely be a life saver when you are stuck in Mumbai rains and the phone battery is running out. The power bank is built in the handle of the umbrella with the string doubling up as a USB cord — you can use any USB cord as well. The best part about the string-cum-USB cord is that it is waterproof and has a two-in-one charging pin. With a flip of the pin you can charge both iOS and Android phones.
You can also charge Kindle, iPod and tablets with it. The power bank sports a 2000 mha battery and can give you one full charge. The handle can be detached and used as just a power bank once the monsoon is over. Just like any other power bank, this one needs to be charged as well after use. One drawback is that the umbrella doesn’t have an open and close button; it is manual. Also, it comes only in one size (three-fold) and one colour, black! A bit of a bummer for women who want feminine colours and designs. (This one is selling on Amazon for Rs.998, you can also check with retail outlets near you).
The Bluetooth umbrella can be connected with any phone and also comes with a memory card slot, so you can insert a memory card and listen to your favourite songs. The buttons on the umbrella’s handle allow you to answer phone calls—so long as you are willing to sacrifice your privacy.
rawback is the speaker, which though of good quality, it’s not exactly waterproof. This one too comes in one size (three-fold) and one colour, black! (This one is selling on Amazon for Rs.1224, you can also check with retail outlets near you).
The best part about these umbrellas is that they are wind resistant—as in, they will stand against heavy winds without overturning or breaking. The nylon fabric means no matter how hard it rains, the material of the umbrella will not get soaked and leak through. Overall, we were quite taken by the innovativeness of both the umbrellas and wish they come up with more colours, designs and sizes next year!