If you want to be able to charge up your gadgets while in the backcountry, without carrying an extra piece of equipment with you, you can do so at the same time you’re cooking dinner, as long as you have a BioLite CampStove.
Not only does the BioLite charge your gadgets for you, but it also cooks your dinner for you. And you don’t have to haul any fuel for it, as it provides all the heat (and power) you need by burning twigs, pine cones, or small scraps of wood.
The BioLite CampStove ($129) uses a small internal fan to increase the airflow through an innovative fuel chamber, which enables very efficient burning due to improved combustion in the chamber itself. The device is claimed to take just 4 1/2 minutes, and just 1.6 oz of fuel, to boil a liter of water.
Once the fire is going, a “Power Module” on the side of the device converts the heat generated from the fire into electricity, not only charging the battery for the fan, but also sending power to a USB outlet for charging mobile devices.
According to BioLite, the stove will charge most devices that take a charge through a USB port, including mobile phones and smartphones, MP3 players, rechargeable battery packs and flashlights, and more. The Power Module can put out a maximum continuous current of 2W @5V, or up to a peak of 4W @5V, and is said to be able to provide up to an hour of talk time on an iPhone 4S with just 20 minutes of charging with the stove.
BioLite also offers another version, the HomeStove, which is geared toward replacing the dirty cookstoves used in the developing world. Not only does the HomeStove burn cleaner than alternatives, lessening the amount of pollutants and smoke inhaled by users, but it also provides them with a reliable power source for charging mobile phones, LED lights, or radios.
Find out more about these unique stoves at BioLite.
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