Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:09 pm

BioLite Camping & Charging Stove

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Sometimes an invention comes along that is so simple, you just sit back and say ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’. Well the BioLite Camping Stove and Home Stoves are just that. And not only are they great products, they were thought of by what seems amazing guys as well!

Sometimes an invention comes along that is so simple, you just sit back and say ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’. Well the BioLite Camping Stove and Home Stoves are just that. And not only are they great products, they were thought of by what seems amazing guys as well!

After two years in making and testing, we are pleased to say the BioLite will now be shipping in 2012. Now this isn’t your average stove, and for two main reasons.

Firstly it doesn’t use usual expensive and environment harming gas canisters. Nope, instead it uses any flammable biomass. This could be wood, twigs, branches, pine cones, whatever you get your hands on. This gives two main advantages that we can see. 1. less to carry, no fuel or anything, you just need to find something you can burn when you get there! 2. the environment, no harmful gases being burned into the atmosphere and no empty cannisters blocking up landfill sites. Win Win!

The second, and possible most interesting feature. Is the fact it is also a power source. Yes A POWER SOURCE! Using the heat, the stove actually generates electricity which can be used to charge any USB device, including your smartphone, or used to charge USB lights and the like. Quite cool hey?

Now there doesn’t seem to be much information on how long it takes to cook food, or boil water (we are sure pressured gas must burn hotter) or on the amount of power you receive from say running it for 20 minutes. This is disappointing, and makes us worry a little but we are sure it will work great guns and this will be a re-sounding success.

Not only is there the portable BioLite Camping Stove, they have also produced a Homestove as well. No, this isn’t for your flat (though I guess it could be!), but aimed at helping third world countries who use open wood fires. Over 1.6 million people die from wood related smoke death each year, and as the BioLite cuts smoke emissions by upto 90% it is sure to be a huge success when pilot schemes are launched this year.

The camping stove is very cool to look at, and it is tiny! Just 8cm high when packed! You can pre-order now at $129 each (for the portable camping stove), and then the products will be shipped on first come first served basis over the coming months.

For more information, please do check out the BioLite website, or watch the humbling video below.

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