The number of options for powering your devices while in the outdoors is growing by the day but some of them don't last and others are bulky. I set out to test this new technology to see if this could be a better option for my hikes and trips into the bush. What I found is that the BioLite is light weight, small and more importantly - it works. By lighting up a handful of twigs you'll soon have power from the USB plug to charge up your phone, rechargeable camp lights, GPS, and other electronics. What's more is that the BioLite includes a grill so you can do your cooking at the same time! Pretty nifty if you ask me.
One of the great advantages of creating power from fire is that it is not reliant on fuel, recharging from a power source or from sunlight. You'll actually be surprised by how few twigs are needed to get it going. In fact if the twigs at camp are wet then you can even use a few marshmallow sticks to light it up. Since there is relatively less wood used than with a normal fire and because the heat is incredibly concentrated there is very little smoke created by the BioLite so you won't have red eyes and smoked clothes afterwards.
The design of the BioLite is pretty clever too as the charging device fits inside of the fire canister to save space. The grill also comes in a small seal-able container to keep it clean or to keep everything else clean if you don't have time or water to clean the grill after cooking on it. The BioLite camp stove creates 2 watts @ 5 volts simply using the heat of the flames. 20 minutes of charging will give you about 60mins of talk time on an iPhone.
If you're looking to add a clever, sustainable and user friendly power and cooking solution to your outdoor gear then the BioLite is it. Feel free to contact me (Warrick) or anyone at Action Gear to find out more. firstname.lastname@example.org / 011 781 1323