When a natural disaster hits, you best be ready. That means stocking food, water and other necessities.  However, there probably isn’t much you can do about your power grid.  Sure, a battery would suffice, but inevitably that source of fuel will eventually run dry.

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The BioLite Campstove is a brilliant solution that solves a whole host of problems.  It’s great not just for emergency scenarios, but for those that like to camp.  At first glance it looks like your garden variety portable stove.  And don’t get us wrong, it is.  But instead of using a petroleum based fuel source, it works with twigs, pine cones, pellets and other biomass, such as pine needles or leaves.  And while you cook your dinner, or boil off that bacteria laden water, you can also power up your phone or just about any 5V gadget thanks to the built-in USB plug.  You see, the BioLite is able to convert thermal energy into electricity, and while it will take a fair bit of twigs to fully charge your iPhone, it most certainly is a great resolve for those in a pinch. The whole system packs down into a some what portable  8.25 x 5″ shape  and weighs 2lbs.

Expect the BioLite to ship sometime soon, though you can reserve one now for $129.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."