Cook dinner and charge electronics with just a handful of kindling.
No fuel to buy or carry. The Biolite CampStove cooks your meals with nothing but the twigs you collect on your journey, eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use.
Charge your gadgets. By converting heat from the fire into usable electricity, our stoves will recharge your phones, lights and other gadgets while you cook dinner. Unlike solar, BioLite CampStove is a true on-demand source.
By using renewable resources for fuel instead of petroleum, you're reducing your carbon footprint. You'll also keep fuel canisters out of the landfill.
The CampStove isn't just for camping; it's great to have on hand when the power goes out in a storm or other natural disasters. You'll be able to cook and keep electronics charged while power lines are down.
Support a better world
We're using the same technology inside the CampStove to bring clean, safe energy access to families across the developing world.
Like a campfire, you can sit around the CampStove and watch the flames dance as you roast marshmallows and tell stories with friends.
Packed Size Height 8.25 inches Width 5 inches
Weight 33 oz (935 grams)
Fuel Renewable biomass (twigs, pinecones, wood pellets, etc.)
Fire Power Output Peak: 3.4 kW (LO), 5.5 kW (HI)
USB Power Output Max continuous: 2W @5V, Peak: 4W @5V
Compatible Devices Powers most USB-chargeable devices including smartphones.
Charging Time iPhone 4S (2G): 20 minutes of charging provides 60 minutes of talk time. Charging times vary by device and by strength of fire.
Boil Time 4.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water. Varies based on strength of fire.
Fuel Quantity 1.6oz (46g) of wood to boil 1 L of water
In the box - BioLite Stove - Firelighter - Stuff Sack - Instructions - USB Cord (for internal battery charging) - Note: Most devices come with specific charging tips. In an effort to reduce waste, we have not included charging cables for devices.
How it Works
Using BioLite's patent-pending thermoelectric technology, BioLite Stoves convert heat to electricity that powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient.
Extra electricity can be used to charge small electronics like mobile phones and LED lights.
For more information on how it works, visit http://biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/how-it-works/#sub
April 05, 2013 by Leslie Lettera Recommended
With all our crazy Midwest weather my BioLite Campstove arrived on a Monday, about a week later than Fresh planned to get it to me. So I did a preliminary test under not so ideal conditions (& certainly not camping conditions).
I have some photos up on my Twitter if you would like to look at them. Follow me @emalita1.
First I was surprised by how light the box was, about 2 lbs, which makes it easier to pack & carry with your gear. It comes with everything you need to get started - Even a USB cable & fire starters. It is easy to set up, but you will need to charge the battery via a regular outlet for up to 6 hrs to start (or if it has been unused for over 6mos).
Since I wasn't camping in the middle of the week, with two kids running to various activities, I set it up on our deck to give it a go. It was very easy to get a fire started, but you do need to constantly maintain it depending what you are trying to do/cook. For my first try I just wanted to see how fast it would bring water to a boil. With a good flame I was able to get 2 C to boil in less that five minutes.
In the 45 minutes I played with the stove I was never able to get the bar at the USB port to glow green indicating that I could change my phone. I'm going to get my almost Eagle Scout son to play with it over the weekend and see how hot/long it takes to get that to work. My guess is you really need to build a good hot fire & maintain it so you can generate enough energy to power the charger. In my opinion that may be hotter, & more sustained, than you would be using to cook a meal.
It mentions in to directions that you need to make sure the power module is never downwind of the flame. As a seasoned camper I'm not sure how you could do this consistently under unpredictable camping conditions. You would have to keep turning the stove if your wind was anything other than calm. However, then power module stays cool to the touch and I did notice that the perforated outer metal also stayed fairly cool to the touch.
Hopefully Fresh won't "punish"me, but I am going to keep this a few more days to test it further so that I can evaluate the charging ability.
Overall, I think this product has iced up to my expectations and I would easily include it with my gear when camping with my Girl Scouts. I like that it is compact, easy to use and environmentally friendly. I want to keep it, but for sure I will buy one!