The Power Pot Portable Electric Generator
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- 1.4L (46 oz.) hard anodized aluminum pot doubles as a thermoelectric generator to convert heat into DC electrical power. ~ To achieve maximum power, start with the coldest water possible and periodically replace boiling water with cool water. PowerPot V comes equipped with a standard USB (5V) port, making it compatible with most mobile electronics.
- Included cable consists of three feet of heavy-duty, flame-resistant wire. Perfect for use in a campground, in the backcountry, or even at home if you lose power. PowerPot V will charge cell phones, GPS units, iPods, and Li-ion batteries; can also run speakers, lights, fans, and other low-power USB appliances.
- Includes a USB 5 LED light, a surprisingly bright light (25 lumens) perfect for illuminating the campsite or reading in bed. Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 in. without lid, 4.5 x 7 in. with lid. Generator output: 5W max; 1 Amp max at 5V (DC).
- In the box: PowerPot V, bowl/lid, 5V USB regulator, and a USB 5 LED light. Weight: 12.1 oz. (345 g) pot only; 19.5 oz. (554 g) with lid and cord.
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The PowerPot® by Power Practical works as an innovative, thermoelectric, power generator producing electricity to charge most of your USB devices, lights, speakers, smartphone, GPS navigation, GoPros, digital cameras, headlamps, radios, water purifiers, etc. The PowerPot® gives you the power to charge your electronics anytime, in any situation. Use it in the backcountry or at home during a power outage. Add water to the pot and place it on a heat source appropriate for boiling water. The PowerPot® will immediately start powering up your mobile electronics- just as fast as it does from a standard outlet. Heat the pot over a stove, campfire, wood stove, propane/butane heat source, home range, or even a hot spring! The PowerPot is waterproof, flame-resistant, and extremely portable-weighing in at just 12 ounces! Unlike solar panels, it works anytime-even in bad weather, at night, and indoors! Wake up to hot coffee and some extra juice to your electronic devices, all provided by the PowerPot. Perfect for backpackers, hunters, and campers.Comes equipped with a standard USB (5V) port, making it compatible with devices you already have.Includes: The PowerPot® with bowl/lid 5 V USB regulator (pictured above).Material: Hard anodized aluminum.Size: 4.5" x 5.5" or 4.5" x 8" with lid.Weight: 12.1 oz (343 g), 18.2 oz (516 g) w/ lid + cord.Capacity: 1.4 liter (46 oz).
Size: 2 Qt.
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I have just returned from a week long trip in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where I got to try out this seemingly amazing device. I first tried it out on my stove at home to be sure it functioned before taking it out on a long trip. Upon placing it on the hot gas stove, the green indicator light immediately glowed green signifying it was ready to charge my device. I plugged in my Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and it showed that it was taking a charge. Great! Now off to the woods.
The directions state that the PowerPot can be used on a stove or a campfire to boil water and charge your device. First test was on a camp stove. I use a MSR Pocket Rocket with isopropane fuel. It again indicated it was charging my phone. Unfortunately, backpackers do not have limitless fuel when backpacking so after the 7-8 minutes it took to boil the water for my supper I unplugged my device and checked the battery level. No change. Not unexpected after only charging for 8 minutes.
Next test, the important one, campfire. So I created a substantial fire loaded with hot coals and proceeded to place the PowerPot into the flames. I placed it on two wet birch logs with hot coals underneath. I was able to get about 90% of the bottom element in direct contact with the coals. The green indicator light showed up in about 10 seconds and we were ready to charge. I plugged in my phone and watched. Two and a half hours of watching and maneuvering. No change. My battery stayed @ 40%. I rotated the pot to always be in the hottest part of the fire. I tried direct flame and indirect flame. I always made sure the pot was full of water and that the green light was on. This was NO easy task. Maintaining a fire and collecting wood in the wilderness is not easy and dealing with this pot was a major pain. I was in disbelief. No charge. I tried having the phone turned on while charging and having the phone powered off. I tried my hiking buddy's phone, a Casio G'Zone Commando, no charge. In fact in the process of trying to charge his phone, he lost 8% battery power! I tried this pot on none of the other devices because I could not risk loosing my headlamp or UV water sterilizer.
So to sum it up;
-Nice big sized pot
-The USB charger cable did not melt during heavy testing
-Put up with a lot of abuse
-Fantastic idea and would be a game changer
-Comes with a USB LED light
-Does not charge smartphones on a well built fire
-Heavy Item, Over 1 pound empty
-Very bulky, cannot pack this into a backpack easily
-Impractical to use with a camp stove
-Rubber on handles began to melt in indirect fire
Suggestions for the manufacturer:
-Make a smaller pot, same diameter just shorter. Backpackers only need 14 oz of water to cook a freeze dried meal.
-Don't use aluminum, use titanium. Aluminum burns!
-Create a gauge instead of just an indicator light, I noticed the intensity of the light varied on the temperature of the water and the temperature of the flame. A bar graph showing the effectiveness of the position of the pot would increase it's efficiency.
-Clearly explain in description of product the ideal circumstances that this pot works. As in best water temperature/level and flame temperature. Or, This product works best when... Cold water is heated versus maintaining a boiling pot of water.
I really wished this had worked. I was so excited to show it to a buddy who's climbing the Appalachian Trail. If it had worked I would have gifted it to him. Maybe the technology is just not there yet. If anyone wants pictures or more information about this trip, comment below.
Now I have a car camping pot with a useless cord.
1) Not intended for gas stoves-while it works you would need a lot of fuel to keep this thing charging for the time it takes to fully charge a device. after all it takes over an hour to charge most phones in a wall outlet
2) Great for emergencies or campfires that have a grate, I think this tool would be best as an emergency option or with a camp fire with a good way to support the pot. the bottom is nice and flat and would work well for a variety of surfaces.
3) works best with the device in airplane mode, and screen off. I see some complaints about the pot charger not charging peoples large phones or other devices. while I wasn't there when they tested this tool I found it worked quite well. I left my IPhone 5S in airplane mode and the screen off. if you have your GPS on, and are watching something on your phone it's probably not going to charge as fast. remember this isn't a wall outlet, it's a versatile alternative power source. If your looking for a power pack for backpacking I would recommend a battery pack and charge it before you head out.