The nights are getting cooler and the leaves are starting to turn. Now's the perfect time of year to experience the great outdoors.
And now there's a new piece of outdoor equipment to pack when you head out to the campsite: the BioLite CampStove. This nifty piece of gadgetry turns the heat generated from its wood-burning stove into electricity. And naturally (or else we wouldn't be reviewing it) it's got a USB port so you can charge your smartphone as well.
We've already taken a look at some other convenient charging systems, such as a pedal-powered charger and a hydrogen electricity generator, but this one generates electricity using the same logs or kindling you'd normally use when camping.
Here are the basics of how it works:
Basically, the combustion of fuel inside the stove creates heat, which is converted to electricity. Some of this electricity is used to power a fan, which improves the efficiency of the combustion. The excess electricity is then pumped out of the USB port for your charging pleasure. According to the instructions, 20 minutes of charging is enough juice for 1 hour's use on an iPhone 4S.
The BioLite supports the following devices:
Cell phones, smartphones, mp3 players, LED flashlights, headlamps, rechargeable batteries, etc.
Which means it can handle plenty of other gadgets in addition to your smartphone. Having a source of electricity when you're out in the wilderness opens up a lot of convenient options.
The official site offers detailed specs: it weighs a total of 947g with compact dimensions of 127mm x 210mm. It also includes a 650mAh (3.7v) lithium-ion battery that provides a max of 4W@5V to the USB port. And in case you were worried, it clearly states that it supports the iPhone 5.
The CampStove is already available for purchase online at a price of US$129. Delivery is expected before the end of 2012, which is a little late for those wanting to hit the trails this fall with their new CampStove in tow.
Translation by Jason Morgan