Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-15-2012, 12:50 PM   #1
Site Team
 
WVvan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,293
Charge your USB device from a campfire

I'd never heard of this type of product before until I stumbled across it today while searching for MRE jalapeno cheese packets.

Quote:
Fire Powered DC Generators
Quote:
Able to boil water and cook soup while generating power and charging devices.


link--> Theepicenter.com
__________________

__________________
Open the pod bay doors Hal.

Once I exit Hal, this is what I do.
http://larry.wvnet.edu/~van/pics/lic...late-small.jpg
WWW.WVBIKE.ORG
WVvan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Ultrasport12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bay Area ,CA
Posts: 761
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

Very cool (or should I say hot) idea but at those prices they make solar look really cheap...

...Jamie
__________________

__________________
2008 Ford E-350 V-10 EB
Transformer Interior
U-Joint Off Road 4x4 kit in the garage
2004 F-350 Dana 60
Ultrasport12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2012, 10:38 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
jage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Franktown, CO
Posts: 7,597
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

It answers the question, "You can get power from many places, but should you?"

OR

"But I don't want stew again!"

"Sorry, daddy needs to charge his iPod."

--------

It's... revoltingly stupid if you ask me. Permanently tying it to a pot. It's ... absurd. Idiotic. Daft.

Really when would you ever need it or use it, except in your home kitchen to impress your hipster buddies? Where would you stow it? What about all those times you want boiled soup but don't need to charge anything?
__________________
and then
everything changed
jage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 12:11 AM   #4
Member
 
fancypants's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 82
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

I really like the idea of harvesting power from unusual/unexpected places. The pots are interesting but, I agree, a little impractical.

Here's another interesting idea/product I've been following the last couple years: http://biolitestove.com/.
__________________
KeVan: '06 E350 4x4 V8 "Transformer"
fancypants is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 12:30 AM   #5
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 9,806
Garage
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

My charger is a little bigger...I sit in it and it's called a Sportsmobile.

I guess if I was planning to backpack, having something like those would be a different story.
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
Site Team
 
WVvan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,293
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

Quote:
Here's another interesting idea/product I've been following the last couple years: http://biolitestove.com/.
The Biolitestove makes a lot more sense than the pot. Biolitestove doesn't require you to keep adding water to create the temperature differential like the pot does.
__________________
Open the pod bay doors Hal.

Once I exit Hal, this is what I do.
http://larry.wvnet.edu/~van/pics/lic...late-small.jpg
WWW.WVBIKE.ORG
WVvan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 11:30 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Ultrasport12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Bay Area ,CA
Posts: 761
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

The Biolitestove thing is really cool and to me makes more sense than the pot to me. If I was back packing or something I would get one of those its a very good idea. I like that it has a fan that helps heat the fire.

One thing I will add is that after all of these years USB is still a good standard for 5volt connections and no end in site.

But in truth when camping I am like daveb I will just use my van for power...



...Jamie
__________________
2008 Ford E-350 V-10 EB
Transformer Interior
U-Joint Off Road 4x4 kit in the garage
2004 F-350 Dana 60
Ultrasport12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 01:40 PM   #8
Site Team
 
BroncoHauler's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern New Mexico
Posts: 8,873
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

Anyone have any firsthand recommendations on a hand powered (crank, dynamo) USB emergency charger? Wouldn't mind keeping one in the house, one in my travel bag, and one in each of my vehicles.


Herb
__________________
SMB-less as of 02/04/2012. Our savings account is richer, but our adventures are poorer.
BroncoHauler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2012, 08:00 PM   #9
Member
 
fancypants's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 82
Re: Charge your USB device from a campfire

Quote:
Originally Posted by daveb
My charger is a little bigger...I sit in it and it's called a Sportsmobile.
Funny because it's true. I definitely love having a solar panel.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultrasport12
The Biolitestove thing is really cool and to me makes more sense than the pot to me. If I was back packing or something I would get one of those its a very good idea. I like that it has a fan that helps heat the fire.
I agree. I haven't tried it yet to verify, but another possible advantage is that it seems to cut the smoke output WAY down. Would love to also check out how much heat output it gives.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultrasport12
One thing I will add is that after all of these years USB is still a good standard for 5volt connections and no end in site.
Yeah, amazing isn't it? Who knew. I'm sure the original developers/engineers are still amazed at the life span of the original design.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BroncoHauler
Anyone have any firsthand recommendations on a hand powered (crank, dynamo) USB emergency charger? Wouldn't mind keeping one in the house, one in my travel bag, and one in each of my vehicles.
I'm guessing you're talking about something like the Eton Charger that REI carries? Haven't tried one but is inexpensive enough (~$15). It probably takes about a year, or an arm falling off, to get a full charge though.
__________________

__________________
KeVan: '06 E350 4x4 V8 "Transformer"
fancypants is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.