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Hmmm.. The 2lbs weight and it's size are a drawback for me.. In that weight I could bring along a few extra cell phone batteries, my stove w/ fuel, my pot, my eating tool, my phone and not have to worry about finding dry wood the right size when I get to camp....

not a bad Idea though.. and I am just not sure it is really a solution
 

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Agreed. Awesome concept but like most chargers and things, much heavier than carrying extra batteries. Perhaps if you were out for several weeks or something without a resupply... very cool though.
 

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I'm looking at it for car camping. I've emailed the support team to ask what the output is. 5v at what mah. We'll see what type response I get back.
If the average fire burns for 1 hour, but it takes 4 hours to charge a phone then it's not really worth it. NOTE I made up these numbers I have no idea, but I asked all the questions in my email and I'll be sure reply to this thread again when I have the answers.
 

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I'm looking at it for car camping. I've emailed the support team to ask what the output is. 5v at what mah. We'll see what type response I get back.
If the average fire burns for 1 hour, but it takes 4 hours to charge a phone then it's not really worth it. NOTE I made up these numbers I have no idea, but I asked all the questions in my email and I'll be sure reply to this thread again when I have the answers.
I dunno man. I think you'd be better off with one of these for car camping. Half the price too! :)

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I dunno man. I think you'd be better off with one of these for car camping. Half the price too! :)
I have one of those, but there's no cool factor there. Read my early quote about why keep it simple when you can make it complicated.
In the end I'm gadget man. May or may not actually buy one, but I want to know all about it.
The joking aside, I do have one more or less like the one pictured. I do take it when we go car camping it works, but if this stove thingy actually works reasonable I might buy one just so I "could" take it out on backpacking trips if I wanted. You're not backing with the larger battery pack for sure. This stove deal might work for bicycling.
 

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I'm looking at it for car camping. I've emailed the support team to ask what the output is. 5v at what mah. We'll see what type response I get back.
If the average fire burns for 1 hour, but it takes 4 hours to charge a phone then it's not really worth it. NOTE I made up these numbers I have no idea, but I asked all the questions in my email and I'll be sure reply to this thread again when I have the answers.
Yes, this would not be logical for short backpacking trips but for extended trips without access to a power supply or for emergency situations where there is no power I think this would be great. There were a bunch of people asking questions on Facebook about power output. The asnwer that Bio Lite gave for power output was that it was comparable to plugging your device into a PC to charge so I believe around 500mA per hour is what PCs charge at. Most cell phone batteries are around 1500mAh so this would take approximately 3 hrs to charge it fully. For me this wouldn't be a big deal because when I'm in the backcountry I usually sit around the campfire for that long every night. Bio Lite said they would be releasing an official spec sheet in the near future.
 

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Yes, this would not be logical for short backpacking trips but for extended trips without access to a power supply or for emergency situations where there is no power I think this would be great. There were a bunch of people asking questions on Facebook about power output. The asnwer that Bio Lite gave for power output was that it was comparable to plugging your device into a PC to charge so I believe around 500mA per hour is what PCs charge at. Most cell phone batteries are around 1500mAh so this would take approximately 3 hrs to charge it fully. For me this wouldn't be a big deal because when I'm in the backcountry I usually sit around the campfire for that long every night. Bio Lite said they would be releasing an official spec sheet in the near future.
Thanks for the info. I agree with what you're saying about sitting around camp fire anyways. So you might as well charge your phone. I still want to know how long an average fire will burn. I don't want to have to restart the fire 2 or 3 times in one evening just to charge a phone.
 

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Thanks for the info. I agree with what you're saying about sitting around camp fire anyways. So you might as well charge your phone. I still want to know how long an average fire will burn. I don't want to have to restart the fire 2 or 3 times in one evening just to charge a phone.
I believe it works just like a regular campfire/wood stove. You just keep adding wood to it for as long as you want it to burn.
 

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Got a response back. Cool that it was so quick. Odd that it came well after hours...
Here it is for those interested.

Hi,
Thanks for your interest in BioLite! We'll be releasing some more detailed specs on burn time shortly. The power output is similar to charging through a laptop computer- 5V, 500 milliamps. You can plug in a USB-chargeable battery pack. We're testing charging times for specific devices now.
Thanks again!
Adele
 

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