Stove Burns Wood, Charges USB-Powered Gadgets on Side

A camp stove that heats your food and charges your mobile devices long after sundown? You heard right, the BioLite CampStove does just that. Heat generated from the stove is converted into electricity, allowing you to plug in via USB and charge your gadgets.

The creators of BioLight became interested in a “sustainable stove” that lessens emissions and eliminates a camper’s need for petroleum-based fuels as well as batteries. It claims its namesake BioLite stoves “make cooking on wood as clean, safe and easy as modern fuels while generating electricity to charge phones, lights and other electronics off-grid.”

Charger unit on side converts heat to electricity, and a USB plug delivers the juice

This is at least the second version of the flame-for-electricity stove concept from the company. TechCrunch and other publications covered the first generation stove. The images here are a new version, which has several upgrades and a new form factor.

Personally, I am excited for this solution. Having enough time and sunlight to charge my devices on paddling or backpacking trips has always been iffy. As a result, I’ve been a bit reluctant to lean too heavily on solar chargers. But a stove with this sort of compatibility would let me decide when and where I charge my electronics, most likely at night in camp while dinner is simmering and we’re hanging out under the stars.

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Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.