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This Device Turns A Charcoal Stove Into A Cell Phone Charger

• Kelsey D. Atherton via

VOTO is a new device that turns fire into a power source for cell phones. Now, where there's fire, there can be modern civilization!

The key is a fire-activated fuel cell. The fuel-cell end of the device is placed into a stove, below the charcoal, and can stay there while the stove is used for cooking. The rest of the device juts out from the stove, looking like a pot handle, and the cell phone charges from a cord at the end of the VOTO (away from the fire, thankfully). Using oxygen from the air the fuel cell converts the burning carbon and hydrogen biomass into electricity.

VOTO isn't the first device to pair stoves and cell phones. There's already a campstove that turns waste heat into electrical energy. What VOTO does differently is insert the fuel cell directly in the fire of a stove someone already has.

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