'Best in Show' Award Winners represent Greatest New Gear for 2014

‘Best in Show’ Award Winners represent Greatest New Gear for 2014

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Fire Power — Another unique power product at the OR Show, the FlameStower was created by two Stanford engineers. You put the device’s outstretched tab (the “blade”) over a flame and the heat is converted to electricity.

Explains the brand, “once the blade is in a fire, thermal energy is transferred to the thermoelectric generator. The hot side gets hot, the cold side stays relatively cool, and the temperature difference generates electricity.” You can then plug in a phone or other device to charge at about the same rate as seen on a laptop USB port, the brand cites.

—Editors and reporters Stephen Regenold, Sean McCoy, Jason Magness, Chelsey Magness, Sam Salwei, Patrick Murphy, and Amy Oberbroeckling contributed to this report.

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.