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This is Extraordinary Innovation: The BioLite Camp Stove
It is small and about the size of a coffee can and very easy to carry in your backpack for hiking and camping. It is most unique, using only twigs to propel its fire to cook with out on the trail. Once the fire is going, use the small turbo fan to increase the flame's intensity to super hot. While you are grilling, you notice your cell phone is losing battery power, well, just plug it into the stove and charge it! As the fire burns, it converts the energy into electrical power via a USB to charge a smartphone or use the power for other small devices (cell phones, smartphones, MP3 players, LED flashlights, headlamps, and rechargeable battery packs). For an Apple iPhone 4S (2G), 20 minutes of charging with a strong fire can provide you with 60 minutes of talk time. Amazing!
How the device works is that heat is generated by the fire (the hotter the better) and then converted into electricity in our Power Module, which automatically recharges the lithium ion starter battery. The battery is good for thousands of cycles depending how often it is used.
The stove also has an optional grill for easy cooking, when combined with the stove and grill, the total weight is a mere 4 lbs and much of the device folds up into your backpack. The stove itself weighs 2 lbs.
Cooking on it is just cool. It is easy and so portable. The peak fire output is rated at 3.4 kW (LO), 5.5 kW (HI), while the USB power output is 2W @5V, Peak: 4W @5V. A typical fire takes about 4 minutes to boil a quart of water.
Using the grill really is a must for its 55 sq. inches of space for meat and whatever. The cost of the stove itself is $130 and the grill is $60. So, considering what the unit does for you when out in the wild and nowhere near a stove, $190.00, is a good investment to make if you are a frequent flyer on the trail. Even if you are not a camper, consider owning it just for emergency situations!