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Old 02-06-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Charge your stuff on your campfire?

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Old 02-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #2
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Not a lot of detail at the site. My guess it's most likely a semiconductor thermoelectric device similar to a pelitier device used on the coolers only the opposite direction. Heat in gives electricity out. A step up from a thermocouple. One watt out would give about 1/5 amp charging on a USB (5v.) plug. Fun stuff. Thanks for the post. Raz
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Neet idea. No mention of power output, or technology used to produce it. I am just guessing, but it is probably the reverse of solid state refrigerators. suspect that it would produce in the area of 1 to 4 watts, at the most.
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Neet idea. No mention of power output, or technology used to produce it. I am just guessing, but it is probably the reverse of solid state refrigerators. suspect that it would produce in the area of 1 to 4 watts, at the most.
Click on technology at the top of the ad they show a picture with a 1 watt output.
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Click on technology at the top of the ad they show a picture with a 1 watt output.
They say one watt for the fan, and excess for charging. I wonder how much excess there is?

My company sells a unit for the oil and gas industry that produces ~2 watts and another that produces ~6 watts, by burning natural gas. A typical application is cathodic protection for pipelines. They are quite expensive.

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I think it's a great idea whose time has come. Green type products that work! I'm seriously thinking about getting one.
Thanks for the post!
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I think it's a great idea whose time has come. Green type products that work! I'm seriously thinking about getting one.
Thanks for the post!
Me, too, though I like being able to cook on it as much as the charging aspect. It would be great for power outages assuming I could figure out a safe place to use it, obviously not inside! I think I will wait for it to actually come out, though.
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Me, too, though I like being able to cook on it as much as the charging aspect. It would be great for power outages assuming I could figure out a safe place to use it, obviously not inside! I think I will wait for it to actually come out, though.
The cooking is also what I'm about. The charging is bound to come way up in the future. This is pretty much a proto-type if you ask me. I'm sure they are trying to raise capital from "pre-buying" even though you don't have to pay until delivery.
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Old idea in a new container. I remember years ago, probably in Popular Science, seeing a picture of a gadget that fit on the chimney of a kerosene lamp. They were being used in rural China to power small radios.
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A very close friend is heavily involved in developmental works in some of the less developed areas of Africa. I forwarded the addy of this thing to him, for his consideration as a potential aid to living in those circumstances.

I collect info on making tools from scrap and send that info along to him, too. (Most recent thing I sent was a set of instructions for making a machine that can cut screw threads)

His org is called "Hands Up For Africa", and he organized it as a memorial to his daughter who died a few years ago. She had previously been a volunteer aid worker in a remote area of Africa. She returned from Africa, became involved in raising assistance for that area, got married and then died in childbirth.
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I pre-ordered one.
I couldn't find the price of the homestove, I think it would be my first choice, though.
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