Heat your meals, charge your phone

BioLite CampStove

January 31, 2012 Sports and Outdoors : Camping By VIA

They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks — but the same axiom apparently isn’t true for the wood burning camp stove — the oldest camping gear dog of all. Like any other timber burnin’ stove, the BioLite CampStove is great for cooking, since there’s no risk of fire-starting chemicals flavoring your grub. Lugging fuel isn’t an issue either, as long as pellets, sticks, pine cones, or other random flammable biomass are lying about. Unlike every other stove out there, however, the Biolite can convert heat energy from the fire into electric power for charging gadgets via USB. How much power is generated isn’t directly shared, but BioLite says charge rates are similar to a laptop USB port. The complete kit also weighs a feathery 2 lbs and can pack down to 8.25 x 5″ (which is roughly the size of a Nalgene), making it suitable even for ultralight backpacking.

All of this innovation will surprisingly come at a reasonable price point of $129 when it goes on sale later this spring. Eager buyers can reserve the first series off the factory floor today, though, via the link below. Who thinks your decision to buy that kumbaya app was dumb now?

Special thanks to the team over at The Gear Junkie for bringing this to our attention.

Buy Now: $129 (Available Spring)

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