What's 5x8 inches, a little over two pounds, and can charge your iPhone while also cooking your bacon? The BioLite CampStove, of course.
For just $129 you can purchase this first-world camping accessory that lets you stay connected to the modern world while also allowing you to stay green.
"Using BioLite's patent-pending thermoelectric technology, BioLite Stoves convert heat to electricity that powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient. Extra electricity can be used to charge small electronics like mobile phones and LED lights," says the company.
According to BioLite, the CampStove needs about 1.6oz of wood to boil one liter of water - and that will take about 4.5 minutes depending on the fire's intensity. For an iPhone 4S, the device can provide an hour of talk time in 20 minutes of charging.
Apparently, camping isn't the only scenario where this gadget could come in handy.
"The CampStove isn't just for camping; it's great to have on hand when 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," says BioLite.
With Hurricane Sandy serving as a reminder that Mother Nature is one undiscriminating, unforgiving mama, it never hurts to have more options out there for alternative power.
[via Business Insider]