A watched pot never boils, but it can charge your smartphone

Shane Townsend:

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.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

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.


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