The Biolite Campstove is a very cool piece of tech.
It’s a combination of a stove that you can use for heat AND a charger for your USB gadgets – such as iPhones.
And it’s not “pie in the sky” – this is an actual real working device – they were using them in New York last week during the storm.
It retails for $129, so if there’s an impending zombie apocalypse it’s probably a good investment!
So what can it do? You can use it for heat and for cooking. It uses twigs and any other combustible material you can get your hands on.
Here’s the full tech specs:
Packed Size Height 8.25 inches
Width 5 inches
Weight 33 oz (935 grams)
Fuel Renewable biomass (twigs, pinecones, wood pellets, etc.)
Fire Power Output Peak: 3.4 kW (LO), 5.5 kW (HI)
USB Power Output Max continuous: 2W @5V, Peak: 4W @5V
Compatible Devices Powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones.
Charging Time iPhone 4S (2G): 20 minutes of charging provides 60 minutes of talk time. Charging times vary by device and by strength of fire.
Boil Time 4.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water. Varies based on strength of fire.
Fuel Quantity 1.6oz (46g) of wood to boil 1 L of water
In the box BioLite Stove
USB Cord (for internal battery charging)
So it’s roughly the same size as a water bottle:
Would you buy one?