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It works like magic, but it’s really science: Boiling water in the $149 PowerPot can charge any USB-powered device during a power outage or while camping. Tea, anyone?

PowerPot with cord

Ever hear of thermoelectric power? That’s OK, you don’t have to know how it actually works to use it. You just need a way to turn heat into energy and that’s exactly what the PowerPot does: boiling water in this special receptacle will actually charge up your phone, tablet or any other USB-powered handheld device.

The $149 PowerPot works with any heat source, so you don’t need a special stove: Electric (although that would be silly, no?), gas or a plain old fire will do the trick because you’re just boiling water. The bottom of the PowerPot transforms heat energy into electrical power. A plug-in cord attached to the pot funnels that energy through a USB 2.0 cord and regulator:

I could have used a PowerPot a few months back when Hurricane Sandy hit the area. We lost power for nearly five days even though the cellular networks were still up and running nearby.

Our home uses propane for heat and cooking — we have a 1,000 gallon tank buried in the yard — so we were able to cook and heat water. With a PowerPot, we could have turned some of that water into gadget juice. And although I’d use one in the home, I can see others finding value on camping trips and such.

  1. Well if that ain’t the darndest thing. Very cool!

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  2. Does anyone know of any legit reviews for this? I found one on examiner but what about like emergency prep type of review?

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  3. Reblogged this on Eastern Expeditions and commented:
    For everyone going on a long camping trip that just can’t leave their phone at home (or any other electronic device for that matter)

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  4. marcellenormand Friday, February 8, 2013

    “heat into energy” ?? Really !?

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  5. Reblogged this on Bat City Outdoors and commented:
    There’s a time and place for phones. Normally, neither coffeehouses nor backcountry qualify. But, backcountry is a perfect place to make an iPhone movie and so on. The Power Pot charges your phone so you can keep running. Now, I haven’t used it, so I can’t endorse it. But, it looks pretty cool.

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  6. Itsmemiahkai Sarte Sunday, March 10, 2013

    does anybody knows who is the researchers behind the making of the powerpot??

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