THE SITUATION: Camping includes lots of gear, and new gear camping is always fun to find and buy. These items might not be necessities, but they’re still pretty cool and would be good additions to your camp kit. Like it or not, electronics are creeping into the outdoors like ants onto a dropped ice cream cone. Most of the time there’s a vehicle nearby to recharge them, but not always.
AN ANSWER: The FlameStower FireCharger is a compact and lightweight USB charger for small electronics, powered by any heat source, like a stove or a campfire. The product was designed for developing countries where cellphones are abundant and power sources to recharge them scarce. It’s now also available for campers.
THE DETAILS: It weighs just 10 ounces and collapses down to 7.75 inches by 2.25 inches by 1 inch, so you could take it on a backpacking trip or river trip where space and weight are at a premium. The company says each minute of charging will produce enough power to talk on a cellphone for two minutes.
AVAILABILITY: To learn more or to buy, go to flamestower.com.
Roger Phillips, Idaho Statesman