The PowerPot V is an interesting adaptation on a traditional camping pot/bowl combination. Some of you may recall seeing it on Kickstarter. The PowerPot has a power lead and can charge portable electronics, at home, on the trail, or wherever you may be. Thermoelectric technology is used to convert heat into electricity. Temperature differences between water and heat source are used to generate electricity. This charger, under ideal conditions, can output up to 5 watts (5V, 1A).
The pot requires water to work, so if you are camping in areas with an abundance of cool water and can build a campfire this would be a great way to charge a GPS or GoPro or any other USB device out in the field. It does take a while to charge most devices, so building a fire is probably a better bet than burning off a ton of camp fuel for a full charge. Water is a valuable resource so if this is your only power source, plan wisely.
I was able to get my phone to charge with the PowerPot V. Depending on usage, and water and heat source temperature, charging times may vary. I used a gas range top for testing, and my Samsung Ativ S Neo. I did notice as the water approached boiling that the charging efficiency decreased. After adding 2 cups of ice the charge was more efficient. Overall I was impressed with the performance and build quality. It is a little heavier than my current backpacking pot/bowl at 12 ounces, but the added benefit that I can charge my GPS in the field is a huge plus.
The PowerPot V includes a lead for Apple devices (30-pin connector), Mini and Micro USB, a lid/bowl, and a mesh storage bag. List price from Practical Power is $149, and it’s available at Amazon, the company website, and other sources.
There are additional options available for the Power Pot V including a camp stove and battery pack.