Yesterday BioLite announced an updated version of its CampStove, appropriately named CampStove 2. The gadget allows you to burn wood twigs or BioLite wood pellets to cook your food and generate energy that is harnessed and stored in a battery pack for charging USB powered devices.
This is a camping gadget for people who like to bring their tech and other gadgets into the wilderness with them. This is becoming an increasingly common practice with the proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and digital cameras. In fact you could use the BioLite CampStove to power and charge some computers, like the new Apple MacBooks, which rely on USB for charging.
CampStove 2 Capabilties
The difference between the current CampStove and its predecessor is the new model features a LED interface that provides real time data about the strength of the fire, the power stored in its battery, and the airflow level. Additionally, BioLite has increased the power generation capabilities to allow the CampStove 2 to output up to 3-watts via the USB port on the device.
The CampStove 2 works by using a thermoelectric generator to capture energy to spin a fan to increase airflow to the flame to allow it to burn hotter. Excess energy generated by this process is diverted to the on-board 2,600mAh battery for charging devices via the USB port.
Other BioLite Products
BioLite also updated much of the rest of it’s product line as well, including its LED lights and lanterns that can be powered by the CampStove 2. They also introduced a brand new accessory for the KettlePot, which is literally a cooking pot specifically designed for the CampStove. The new accessory is a french press, again appropriately named CoffeePress. The CampStove 2 costs $129.95.