Love camping? Love your iPhone? Have I got something to show you.
A company called BioLite has developed a unique iPhone accessory that charges your phone while you cook your catch of the day or roast marshmallows at night. The BioLite CampStove is a device with two parts: a furnace that burns twigs and bits of wood, plus an attached thermoelectric generator that houses a fan and a USB port.
Unlike conventional camping stoves, the BioLite doesn't use petroleum-based gas to light your fires. It only uses the twigs you put into it. The fan in the attached thermoelectric generator optimizes the fire for maximum cooking efficiency, and excess energy from the fire's heat can be used to charge small electronics, like an iPhone or LED lights.
Besides being an awesome way to blend nature and technology, the BioLite rocks because it is completely carbon-neutral and keeps you connected at the same time. The company says that for users with an iPhone 4S, 20 minutes of charging via the BioLite equals 60 minutes of talk time on your phone (though, depending on the strength of your fire, charging time can vary).
Whether your camp-out is planned in advance or forced by circumstance, the BioLite may fit the bill. Currently there is a small wait time on CampStove orders due to popular demand. Orders placed today won't ship out until November 16th. In the mean time, check out the video below to see the BioLite in action. The BioLite CampStove is US$129.00.