Crouching next to an outlet in an office or airport terminal may be undignified, but at least there’s a ready source of power to huddle around.
People who want to stay connected while camping have to get creative. BioLite has a new portable charger called KettleCharge that’s lightweight yet can also help light up a campsite.
The KettleCharge has an 8-inch diameter, 3-inch-thick disk that is filled with water and placed over a heat source. As the water boils, a thermoelectric generator converts the heat energy into electricity. The device will work with one of BioLite’s own stoves, or any other small camp stove.
This eco-friendly process can produce up to 10 watts of electricity, enough to charge most small electronic devices. Phones, tablets, and anything else you’ve lugged into the wilderness can plug in via a USB port.
An LED display tells when the KettleCharge is at the right temperature, when it’s ready to charge your gadgets, and when it’s getting too hot. All of that can be yours for $149, with deliveries expected to begin in September.