Off-the-grid power with just heat and water.
Bring the charging power of a wall outlet to a place where there are no walls with the BioLite KettleCharge Battery. Ready day or night as long as you have water, the KettleCharge is compatible with a variety of heat sources, including gas ranges, backpacking stoves, the BioLite CampStove, or any concentrated flame. It produces ten watts of power that charges phones, tablets, or any other device you might need juiced via a USB port. All you need to do is add water to the stainless steel kettle, bring it to a boil, and the electricity produced gets sent to the Power Handle, leaving you with potable water and 10W of usable power. The smart LED interface monitors the strength of your heat source while providing real-time feedback on how much electricity you've generated and the USB extender keeps your devices out of harm's way from the heat.
- 750mL Stainless steel kettle
- 10W On-Demand power
- Smart LED dashboard provides instant power feedback
- Multi-stove integration for versatile use
- Flexible USB Extender
- Q & A
10 watts of power. Boiled water. On any stove. Inspired by the outdoors while also keeping you prepared at home, the KettleCharge provides off-grid power and potable water in a matter of minutes. Unlike solar panels, the KettleCharge is ready night or day, and at 10 watts, it will charge USB devices as fast as a wall outlet, even tablets.
Great charging, awful pouring
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Really wanted to love this product but the pouring and spitting due to the "spout" (really just a hole) design makes it incredibly difficult and somewhat dangerous to use. If they fixed the spout design by making it a true elevated pouring tube, I'd give it 5 stars.
Ok but just how annoying is it to have water spitting all over? Well, if you are in the backcountry or even car camping where you don't have a tap, it is incredibly frustrating. You could lose 0.5 cups of water in 5 minutes easily, which is a lot since the capacity of this kettle is not much.
You can ONLY use plain water in the kettle, so plan to do your cooking by soaking, make coffee, or just treat water by boiling. I'm fine with this, but for the weight some may prefer a more multi-functional product.
It does charge as advertised and it charges well. It puts out 10 W, equal to the maximum an iPad can take and the nicer wall chargers you have at home. I got full power (according the the 4 LED indicators on the orange handle) using an electric kitchen stove, a JetBoil Flash stove, and the BioLite CookStove (wood burning stove, the blue one). The charging is far better than the BioLite CampStove (the orange one). It also has a built in battery so you can charge your stuff when you're not cooking.
Pro tip: once you turn off your fire and empty the hot water to cook with, refill it with cold water. It will continue charging as the unit cools down...because science (thanks Peltier!).
This is too bulky and heavy for backpacking, IMO, unless you are doing a base camp trip with many people. I use this for car camping and bug out bag, and I would use it for road trips, kayak camping, maybe bike camping. Daily home use (if you are used to making tea on the stove) would be nice too.
Overall I do recommend it but with serious reservation due to the frustration, safety, and water loss issues caused by the terrible spout design.
How much does this kettle weigh?