Whether you’re a prepper or an outdoor enthusiast who likes to get away from the modern world for days at a time, you know that there are still a pesky few electronic devices that you would like to keep charged even when a power source is miles away.
There are several options like solar panels and hand cranks for providing off-grid power; but often — for preppers and backpackers alike — space is a major concern when already packing a heft of gear.
A new camp stove design by a company called BioLite, however, can help you keep your pack light and still let you charge your cellphones and other small electronics by converting the cooking heat to electricity.
The $130 unit uses a small fan to keep a wood fire going in the compact 8.25-by-5-inch wide camp stove. The stove then steals energy away from the burning wood and converts it to power compatible with a USB plug with the help of a tiny thermoelectric generator. Though some reviews of the product complain that the small size of the stove requires constant addition of biomass to fuel the fire, the company claims the powerful unit can boil a pot of water in just less than five minutes.