‘BioLite CampStove’: Heat Your Food to Charge Your Smartphone [Video]

This innovative stove is wood-burning for heat and cooking but also allows to charge an iPhone while camping.

It seems like campers and hikers found an innovative way to charge their mobile devices back up whilst away from the grid. New BioLite stove which is fitted with a USB ports allows to recharge smartphone while cooking the food. Packed size: 8.25 x 5″, weight: 935 grams.

At first glance it looks like a garden variety portable stove. But instead of using a petroleum based fuel source, it works with twigs, pine cones, pellets and other biomass, such as pine needles or leaves.

The BioLite stove works in a traditional manner by burning twigs, sticks, pine cones, or other natural stuff for a nice hot flame instead of using the modern method of burning expensive and polluting petroleum gas, explains Digital Trends.

The wood-burning fire is roasting marshmallows or cooking a good meal that won’t be flavored with unknown chemicals, but to add to its allure it has a USB port on the front of the stove that can charge just about any gadget you might have with you.

The stove transforms the thermal energy from the fire into electrical that can charge a USB-powered device. There aren’t any specifics yet on just how fast that charging would be, but we’ve heard word that it will be similar to a laptop USB charging port.

The BioLite teams explains: “Open wood fires are inefficient, wasting potential energy and creating toxic smoke due to incomplete combustion.”

“Carefully designed stoves that use fans to blow air into the fire can dramatically improve combustion. However, such stoves require small amounts of electricity to power their fans and most people who cook on wood are without grid or battery access.”

The designers also suggest: “Like a campfire, you can sit around the CampStove and watch the flames dance as you roast marshmallows and tell stories with friends.”

And they also urge to save environment and to a certain extent prevent global warming: “By using renewable resources for fuel instead of petroleum, you’re reducing your carbon footprint. You’ll also keep fuel canisters out of the landfill.”

“Half the planet cooks on open fires, leading to 2 million premature deaths each year and contributing to global warming. We’re using the same technology inside the CampStove to bring clean, safe energy access to families across the developing world.”

The device will be also useful in case the power goes out in a storm or other natural disasters. You’ll be able to cook and keep electronics charged while power lines are down.

It sells for $129 and will be released in the spring of this year. The device is already available for preorder on its official site.

The designer of the product, BioLite, develops and manufactures advanced energy products that make cooking with wood as clean safe and allows charging USB-devices by transforming the energy.

The BioLite team has already worked for OXO, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Lego, Church and Dwight, Pepsi, GE, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Motorola, and Bosch.

The team has also created The BioLite HomeStove, designed for the people who cook on smoky, open fires, provides LPG-like cooking performance while serving as an affordable source of electricity to charge life changing devices such as mobile phones and LED lights.

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