Outdoor gear item of the week for Sept. 12

Practical Power’s PowerPot thermoelectric generator.
Practical Power’s PowerPot thermoelectric generator. TNS

PowerPot charger

THE SITUATION: Some gear items are essential; others are more about comfort or novelty.

A SOLUTION: Power Practical’s PowerPot Thermoelectric Generator may actually fit any of those categories, depending on your situation. Whether you’re stuck without power and need to charge an electronic device for an SOS signal or just want to impress your friends with an ingenious gadget that shows your tech-savviness, the PowerPot has you covered. Harnessing the thermal energy from the included heating pot, it generates 5-watt power that can charge a device via the attached USB cable.

You provide the heat source and liquid, and the PowerPot charges any compatible electronic with a USB connection. Charging time is actually comparable to a standard outlet, about 1 to 2 hours to fully charge a phone.

THE DETAILS: The generator is portable at 4.5 by 5.5 inches (8 inches tall with lid) and has a 46-ounce capacity that allows you to cook your dinner while you charge. It’s waterproof and fire resistant, and includes 3 feet of fire-resistant cable.

The PowerPot with bowl and lid, 5-volt USB regulator and USB 5 LED light are included. A heat source not included.

Price: $99.99.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase or find additional specifications, visit practicalpower.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service