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Review: BioLite's CampStove fuels your gear with fire

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:00 AM

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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

Okay, at first, I was skeptical. But after reading the whole review, I'm really intrigued by this device! I think a solar charger is still more practical for powering smartphones and such when you're away from AC power, but this could augment my emergency kit nicely.
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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:26 PM

I told a fellow worker about this campstove with a USB port and he thought i was pulling his leg. My understanding is that this was initially developed for 3rd world countries where indoor heating and cooking with open fire is common and presents respiratory hazards. The fan promotes a largely smokeless flamb. Remote areas may have cellphone service in areas with no power grid, so the USB port is logical. The recreational and emergency utility of this is compelling.
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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

This is too cool. I don't go camping and I suspect that using a car charger is more efficient in an emergency/power failure situation but I still want this thing :)
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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:02 PM

This stove is about as useful as your can of fuel. Once that's gone, so is the stove's ability to charge anything.

What you want to get yourself is a crank-powered electric flashlight with a built-in USB charger for re-charging your cell phone, iPod, etc. The only way to run out of juice is for your arms to fall off.

Eton makes some pretty nice gadgets like this (no, I don't work for them - I just buy their stuff cause it's worth the money).

http://www.etoncorp....uctDbId=1517029
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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

One other thing - if you're only looking for backup power for portable electronics, Eton also makes this very cool device:

http://www.etoncorp....uctDbId=1869045
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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

Will it power a usb light?
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  Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

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This stove is about as useful as your can of fuel. Once that's gone, so is the stove's ability to charge anything.


Up here in Canada, we have what are called 'forests', which are made up of 'trees'; these trees in turn are made of 'wood', which is the fuel used by the the Bio-Lite stove. As we have several million square miles of wood producers, running short of fuel is not really a short-term problem, yet.

Cheers
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  Posted 07 December 2012 - 04:50 PM

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This stove is about as useful as your can of fuel. Once that's gone, so is the stove's ability to charge anything.

I think you may want to re-read the review a little more closely. There is no "can of fuel" involved here.
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