How to Stay Well-Powered (Even When You're Off the Grid)

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Whether you’re a seasoned camping veteran, a city slicker looking to reconnect with nature, or at a music festival hoping to keep your smartphone juiced all weekend, it can be tough navigating the big wide world of outdoor gear.

A company called BioLite aims to cover you on all fronts. Their mission to bring "energy everywhere" is focused on developing areas around the world, but their new line of products is targeted at the technologically savvy who want to stay powered during outdoor excursions. Their PowerLight Mini—one of three recent rollouts—is a card-sized portable 135-lumen lantern and power bank with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 52 hours when used as a light. (For less outdoorsy types, you can use it to add a boost to your phone's battery—gotta keep those tweets flowing.)

Meanwhile, the SolarPanel 5+ is exactly what it sounds like: a personal solar panel that lets you charge your devices with the almighty power of the sun. The device even has a sundial to take the guesswork out of finding a good spot to set up. “Propping a panel up on rocks just doesn’t cut it,” BioLite CEO Jonathan Cedar said in a press release. “When you’re not directly aligned to the sun, you can miss out on up to 30 percent of the watts your panel could be producing.” 

Finally, the CookStove is a “streamlined version” of BioLite's flagship CampStove. The device uses combustion technology to provide a smokeless fire fueled by sticks, twigs, or pellets. The rechargeable battery inside keeps the fan spinning for up to 30 hours on a single charge, and there are four fan settings that control the intensity of the flame. Check out the video below to learn more about the features of the stove and how it works.

All images via BioLite.