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FIRE POWER

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This is going to be awfully tough to top. If there were an Adventure Capitalist awards show, critics would be calling BioLite the odds-on favorite for the top prize, a tour-de-force of ecotech; an instant-classic. The BioLite CampStove converts heat energy from fire into electricity. Here’s how it works: you stick some twigs or a pine cone into that tin can, light it on fire, then plug your phone or other accessory into the USB port there on the side. High-five, you are now charging stuff with fire.

Here is why you’re shaking your head in amazement right now: this device is only one degree of science separation from the Mr. Fusion reactor that powered the DeLorean in Back to the Future 3! We’re almost there! I’m serious, what would it take to scale the CampStove into something that could power a Prius? BioLite megaminds, we salute you.

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|  February 11th, 2012
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