Credit: The PowerPot
If you've been following ZRT, you know that we LOVE alternative energy/power sources. We believe in solar & wind power and are always looking for alternative methods of energy.
So, it's time to spill the beans: for the past couple of months we've been in talks with the good people at The PowerPot and they have agreed to giveaway a PowerPot in May.
What is a PowerPot, you ask?
Kenyon, a representative from The PowerPot who has been so helpful and graceful during this process of doing a giveaway, had provided some amazing information.
Many people simply don't understand what it is and how it works, so we're hoping this blog not only informs, but excites you about the possibility of having a PowerPot of your very own. Here at ZRT, we jumped at the chance to purchase one for ourselves in 2012. And we were so pleased we did, because this thing is absolutely amazing.
The pot just needs heat to generate power. Boil water on a camping stove, a kitchen stove or over a fire.
By generating power through boiling water over a stove (using propane or even coals) or over a fire, you can charge your USB devices, such as your iPhone.
How it works
The PowerPot® converts heat into electricity to provide power to a USB device. Here are the basics:
· The temperature difference between the bottom side of the PowerPot generator system (on the heat source) and the inside of the pot (holding water) is harnessed to create electricity. The greater the difference between the heat and the inside of the pot, the more efficient the process. (Speed things up by boiling snow or ice in your PowerPot!) As the water starts to boil, either increase the heat source or cool the water to maximize the output.
· The PowerPot thermoelectric generator works by transforming some of the energy going from the flame into the water into electrical power
· Our voltage regulators are designed to safely power USB devices from the raw output of the PowerPot
What to do before using the PowerPot:
Fill the pot at least half full with water.
Connect the regulator cable to the PowerPot and close the handles around the cable to guide away from heat
Place the pot directly on a heat source; avoid flames so high that they wrap the sides
Wait for the green indicator light to turn on, which tells you power is being generated and you’re ready to plug in USB devices
Use the included USB cord and adaptable tips to charge devices (the provided tips ensure you are maximizing output—some charging tips will limit the output to something less than 5 watts)
What does it charge?
Type of device | Battery capacity | Time it takes to charge
Flip Phone - 0.75 - 45 minutes
Smart phone - 1.65 - 1 hour, 30 minutes
Headlamp - 0.9 - 50 minutes
Adventure Camera - 1.05 - 1 hour
Lithium 1800 - 1.8 - 1 hour, 45 minutes
Considering the type of devices that we're talking about above, these are impressive results!
Here are some FAQ's:
Can I cook food in the PowerPot?
We recommend that only water be used in the PowerPot to achieve optimal power production. If possible, start with very cold water (or snow or ice). Using water will achieve the longest lifetime for a PowerPot and will produce the most consistent results.
How do I make sure I am getting maximum power?
To achieve maximum power, replace boiling water with cool water periodically and use a hot flame. However, engulfing the PowerPot in a large flame will not increase power generation and may cause damage to the PowerPot. Water does not have to be boiling. There just needs to be a transfer of heat from the bottom plate into the body of the pot.
Can I break it?
Yes. Letting the pot boil dry will break it. Don’t do that! Be sure to add water to the pot as the water boils down.
The PowerPot® comes with a lid that can double as a bowl, a 5-volt USB regulator cable and a USB 5-volt LED light that can be used for night-time charging. Adaptable tips also are included to work with different devices. We recommend using the USB cable that is included, not the one that came with your device.
Will the cable melt?
No, the cable has three feet of heavy-duty flame-resistant wire so it’s safe to use near flames.
How do I wash it?
The PowerPot should be washed by hand. The surface is hard-anodized aluminum and will not scratch.
Excited? I know you are.
Stay tuned for the giveaway in May, 2013!
In the mean time, stay safe, by staying prepared!