There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping. Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me. Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook at a campsite? I recently had the opportunity to review the Power Pot V, by Power Practical, which can do just that. Originally a Kickstarter project in 2012, the Power Pot is a thermoelectric generator that converts heat into DC electrical power. Let’s take a look!
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The PowerPot is made of hard but lightweight anodized aluminum. The pot alone measures 4.5” x 5.5” and weighs 12.1 oz. With the included lid it’s 4.5” x 8” and weighs 18.2 oz.
All you need to do with the Power Pot is add water to the pot and place it on a flame or heat source to boil the water. It will start to charge the USB device that is connected to the pot! The generated output is 5W maximum at 1A.
This is the USB port on the other end of the regulator cable.
You can plug in the included LED light or the 3-in-1 charging cable.
We also tried my Nexus 4 cell phone, and that charged right away as well. I didn’t leave the stove on for a long time, but the advertised average charging time for a cell phone is 60-90 minutes.
I really like the Power Pot and can see it being very useful in a time where there is a power outage in my house or if I go camping. It can charge almost any USB device, including cell phone, cameras, GPS units etc. The Power Pot V is available online on their website for about $149 for just the Power Pot V, or with various bundles that go from $169 – 189. There are also many accessories available, including battery banks and a PowerPot Stove. There are also stores in the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom that stock the Power Pot.