Charge Your iPhone With Burning Pine Cones


The first time we saw the BioLite camping stove, it was a fantastic idea that seemed sadly like vapourware. Now it's real, redesigned, available for sale at $US130, and will be awesome for wilderness geeks everywhere.

The idea is brilliantly simple: burn whatever you find in the woods -- sticks, leaves, pinecones, whatever -- and let the stove transform the heat into electricity you can use to charge via USB -- and it should provide about the same output as your laptop. No bulky solar panels, no extra battery packs -- though it will add an extra 8 pounds to your kit. And since it's a real fire and not some extra charging gadget, you can actually use it to boil water and cook with -- and that's really why you're sitting out in the wood anyway, right? [BioLite via BoingBoing]


    Why is this article in uncategorised? You mean you don't have a pine-cone-to-USB-charge section on the site? Shame!

      What about freakin-cool-camping-gadgets?

    It's pretty cool but at that weight it's not really width while unless you are car camping or something.

      but it does double as a cooker, so still would take as much room as your normal cooking things I guess

    The "iphone" part is obviously complete nonsense, it's USB so you can charge any phone at all with it- certainly any Android or Windows phone and probably Nokia too.
    I imagine it'd be great for charging any low power device that has a USB cable for that purpose. The "iphone" slant certainly makes it sound a lot less useful and limited.

      look at the picture, thats a usb port, not just for Iphones

    Ordered one two weeks ago for my mates present. He has a fetish for fire..... And i don't like that he burns everything including food! Treats fire like a bin.

    It would also be great for powering low powered LED lights.

    I could seriously find a place in my camping kit for this!

    If you're using it for other things then it's probably useful, but much easier to carry a solar charged battery pack surely?
    Doesn't mean it isn't cool though.
    And +1 to the misleading title post.

    If you were planning to use this in an Australian national park, you would also have to carry your own fuel as scavenging from the bush is a no no.

    It needs a smoker attachment so you can smoke meat/fish while you charge

      At first sight, I thought of an attachment which would appease a more *ahem* herbivorous appetite :-J

    This is a terrible idea. It's using a Seeback(/Peltier) device, so you'll be only seeing milliamps from the recharger. A big part of truly 'being Green' is /not/ wasting resources, which I think someone trying to recharge a watt-scale device by running the stove for hours more than necessary won't be doing. :/

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