One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is reviewing hardware that is completely unique, and that's the case with The PowerPot V (US$149.00). The device is a thermoelectric generator in the form of a camping cook pot; put it on a heat source suitable for boiling water -- a campfire or camp stove, for example -- and it bumps out 5 W of power (5V, 1A) to charge your favorite electronics.
Charging an electronic device while camping can be as simple as boiling water, thanks to a local company. Power Practical is continuing to perfect its PowerPot portable generator that can double as a device charger and cooking pot. The original PowerPot V received the Editor's Choice Snow Award from "Backpacker Magazine" in 2013
When even batteries fail, there are still ingenious ways -- such as a tricked out cooking pot -- to get a phone working so that help can be sent to your location (or so you can whine on Facebook). The $150 PowerPot V uses a thermoelectric generator to convert heat into electrical current to charge a connected device.
Solar power is a popular choice for camping and outdoor activities. Sunlight is free, and a good solar panel can collect a lot of energy during the course of a day, enough to fully charge most smartphones (and then some).
But what happens when it’s too cloudy, or once the sun sets? That’s where the PowerPot V truly shines
Power Practical is also at CES, showing off its new PowerPot X thermoelectric generator – a saucepan, with two USB sockets, that generates up to 10 Watts of power while you heat it. The idea is that the PowerPot X lets you recharge your smartphone (or other USB devices) while preparing a meal in the great outdoors.
Some friend or family member convinced you to go camping this weekend, but you'd like to keep it civilized: You want to bring your smartphone and other gizmos, and you want to keep them charged. That's hard to do if you're miles from a socket, so how about using your campfire? You can do so with the Power Pot, a thermoelectric generator that converts heat into electrical power.
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