BioLite Makes Eco-Friendly Camping Products That Run On Sticks And Cook And Charge Things

BioLite makes eco-friendly camping stoves that cooks and charges, portable solar panels and rechargeable camp lights. It's a wonderful company with awesome products.
BioLite delivers energy in various forms

BioLite makes a range of brilliant camping products, including cooking devices that run on wood and charge mobile phones.


Who says you need to rough it when you’re roughing it?

You should be enjoying your surroundings when you’re out hiking or camping, not struggling with equipment. It’s about delighting yourself in God’s creation.

Besides, the mozzies will be giving you enough hassles.

I’m not saying you should pack your TV when you hit the trail, but when it comes time to cook out in the sticks, do you want it to be a chore?

And when you need light around the camp at night, do you want to walk around with a flambeau?

You might nail the Indiana Jones look, but you’ll be burning fuel by the tanker. And you might set fire to your surrounds.

Two blokes from the USA started working on a camping stove as a weekend project back in 2006. Since then, their company, BioLite, has been responsible for creating amazing camping equipment.

The core of their business is energy delivery. They do this with a range of cooking stoves, solar panels and camp lighting that receive high praise from customers.

On top of heaps of customer praise, BioLite won 19 awards over a period of four years.

Let’s look at this company and their offerings…

Warranty

You get a one year limited warranty on all BioLite products.

If you want a fast response time on a warranty claim, register your product.

Registration also ensure that you receive safety and usage updates about your BioLite product.

Money back guarantee

For added peace of mind, BioLite offers a 30 day money back guarantee with these terms:

  • You must buy from bioliteenergy.com.
  • BioLite could deny you a refund or return if you opened the item or damaged it.
  • BioLite does not offer exchanges, only refunds.
    • The closest you’ll get to a refund is if you buy the desired product, before or after you receive your refund on the original order.
  • Your return package must include an unused product, inside the original packaging, with all manuals and accessories intact.
    • BioLite will decline your return if anything’s missing.

Camp stoves

You must use solid biomass on a BioLite stove for it to work as advertised.

In a forest or bushy region you’re surrounded by fuel.

It’s a different story in a desert or prairie. If there’s no wood, you won’t be using your BioLite. This is where a few packets of wood chips or pellets save you from having to gnaw on raw meat.

All BioLite stoves come with a rechargeable side-mounted airflow mechanism that acts as a temperature control system.

One of BioLite’s USPs is their smokeless stove tech. But you must use the stove as per usage instructions, else it won’t offer smokeless cooking.

Let’s take a look at the BioLite stoves.

CookStove

The BioLite CookStove is their entry level camp cooking device
The BioLite CookStove is their entry-level camp stove.

In the box:

  • CookStove
  • Stuff Sack
  • Firelighters
  • Recharging Micro-USB Cord
  • Instructions

The CookStove is BioLite’s entry-level smokeless camp stove. At $79.95, tt’s their cheapest offering.

The CookStove’s side-mounted airflow mechanism offers up to 30 hours usage on a single charge. The four speed fan lets you enjoy a gentle camp fire or a cranked up cooking campaign.

The CookStove does not come with a battery for converting heat to electricity. It’s used for cooking only.

The CookStove does not offer a side-load function. You have to load your fuel from the top.

You load sticks into the fuel chamber and regulate heat with the airflow mechanism on the side.

This airflow mechanism gives you four settings:

  • Campfire
  • Simmer
  • Boil
  • Turbo

To use the CookStove without interruption, you need the BioLite portable grill. You don’t need it if you want to cook or boil, but if you use a standard pot or grill, you’ll have to remove it from the BioLite if you want to refuel the CookStove.

Specs

The side-mounted airflow mechanism gives the following burn time:

  • Turbo – 10 hours
  • Boil – 20 hours
  • Simmer – 25 hours
  • Campfire – 30 hours

BioLite claims that the 30 hours is equal to 20 gas canisters, although I’m not sure which size gas canister they’re referring to. Battery charge time for the mechanism is 1.7 hours via wall outlet. You can also charge with a BioLite solar panel.

Specs for the BioLite CookStove.
 MetricImperial
Boil time4.5 minutes for 1L4.5 minutes for 33,81 fl oz
Dimensions (packed)197 mm x 114.3 mm7.75 inches x 4.50 inches
Dimensions (unpacked)210.1 mm x 114.3 mm8.25 inches x 4.50 inches
Weight725 g1.60 lbs

CampStove (2)

The BioLite CookStove is the CookStove, upgraded
The BioLite CampStove is the next level up from the CookStove.

In the box:

  • CampStove
  • FlexLight
  • Stuff Sack
  • Firelighters
  • USB Cord
  • Instructions

The CampStove (now in iteration 2) is a powerhouse personal camp cooker.

It’s far more expensive than the CookStove, but offers a boatload of functionality.

The CampStove features an integrated 2600 mAh battery, as well as an LED dashboard that shows your device’s current status.

Like the CookStove, the CampStove gives you a smokeless fire that cooks and boils like a machine.

But…

The CampStove gives you an added bonus.

It turns heat into electricity.

That’s correct. Use the integrated battery to charge your phone. So while you’re cooking, pop in a USB cable and charge your phone. Then snap the CampStove and share it to social media and see your friends squirm with jealousy.

The CampStove is a top-loader. You have to interrupt your cooking to refuel it, unless you use the BioLite portable grill.

The airflow mechanism gives you four settings:

  • Campfire
  • Simmer
  • Boil
  • Turbo

Specs

The side-mounted airflow mechanism gives the following burn time:

  • Turbo – 10 hours
  • Boil – 20 hours
  • Simmer – 25 hours
  • Campfire – 30 hours
Specs for the BioLite CampStove.
 MetricImperial
Boil time4.5 minutes for 1L4.5 minutes for 33,81 fl oz
Dimensions (packed)127 mm x 201 mm5.0 inches x 7.91 inches
Weight935 g2.06 lbs
Battery2600 mAh
Fan speedsFour
FlexLight100 Lumens, tap on/off, powered via USB
FuelRenewable biomass (sticks, twigs or pellets)
InputsMicro USB charge-in
Live power output3 watts peak TEG generated; 5V, 2A USB output
OutputsUSB charge out

BaseCamp

The BioLite BaseCamp is the Big Daddy camping stove
The BioLite BaseCamp is the Big Daddy camp stove.

In the box:

  • BioLite BaseCamp
  • Firelighters
  • Fuel Rack
  • Ash Tray
  • Gooseneck USB light
  • Instructions

This is a monster camp stove, both in size and price ($199.95). It’s not for the single person. This is a group food tool. It’s like the CampStove, but it’s the big brother; a mother of a big brother.

Unlike the CookStove or the CampStove, the BaseCamp is fueled from the side. You chuck wood into the fuel chamber from the side and grill to your heart’s content, no interruptions.

The BaseCamp has a lever you flip to turn it from cooking surface to concentrated boiling flame. Your awesome cup of AeroPress coffee is a finger flick away.

The side-mounted airflow mechanism does not come with four power levels like the CookStove and CookStove. It does generate 5 W of power.

It also shows you your fire’s temperature, as well as the level of energy generated.

The BaseCamp is heavy. It makes the other two stoves look like starved fashion models.

Specs

Specs for the BioLite BaseCamp.
 MetricImperial
Cooking area350.52 cm²138 in²
Diameter33.66 cm13.25 inches
Weight8.16 kg17.92 lbs
BatteryLithium ion, 2200mAh
Charging time30 min of charging = 5 hours talk time, 5 hours video, 20 hours of audio (average smartphone).
Compatible devicesCharges most USB-chargeable devices, including smartphones.
FuelSolid biomass (twigs, firewood, wood chunks etc)
MaterialsStainless steel, cast iron, high-temperature plastic.
USB power output5W@5V, charging times vary by strength of fire.

Stove add-ons

Here are some add-ons made for BioLite stoves.

Portable grill

The portable grill is an add-on for the CookStove and CampStove
The portable grill is an add-on for the CookStove and CampStove.

The portable grill works with the CookStove and CampStove. If you want nuisance-free cooking, get the portable grill. It lets to add fuel to the chamber without having to remove whatever it is you’re cooking or boiling.

It’s only $59.95.

The portable grill allows you to fuel the CookStove and CampStove without removing the grill
The portable grill lets to fuel the CookStove or CampStove without having to remove the grill.
Specs
Specs for the BioLite portable grill.
 MetricImperial
Cooking area354,84 sq cm55 sq inches
Unfolded size241.3 mm x 304.8 mm x 266.7 mm9.5 inches x 12 inches x 10.5 inches
FuelSolid biomass. For use with CampStove only.

PizzaDome

The PizzaDome turns the BaseCamp into a pizza oven
The PizzaDome turns the BaseCamp into a pizza oven.

The PizzaDome turns your BaseCamp into a pizza oven. Or if you prefer flatbreads, make those.

It features a thermometer to help you control temperature. The food safe ceramic stone makes for an evenly heated cooking surface.

If pizza’s your thing and you love your BaseCamp, you need the PizzaDome.

The PizzaDome sells for $69.95.

Specs
Specs for the BioLite PizzaDome.
 MetricImperial
Diameter370 mm14.5 inches
Height140 mm5.5 inches
Weight2.0 kg4.4 lbs
Cooking time5-10 minutes per pizza. Varies by temp.
Heat up / Cool down timeApproximately 10-15 minutes.
MaterialsStainless steel, high temperature FDA approved ceramic for the stone, silicone for cool touch handle.

StickSnapper

Use the StickSnapper to snap sticks for the CookStove and CampStove
Use the StickSnapper to snap sticks for the CookStove and CampStove.

Need a little help with breaking sticks? BioLite’s got you covered.

With the StickSnapper, resilient sticks give up the fight in a snap. In no time you have a pile of sticks ready for the BioLite stove.

And once you’ve done all the hard work, kick back and snap the top off a beer bottle with the same tool.

Made from forged aluminium. Costs $9.95.

You can use the StickSnapper to open beers too
Use the StickSnapper to open beers too.

Charging technology

BioLite makes a range of charging tools such as portable solar panels, as well as portable chargers.

Let’s take a look…

KettleCharge

The KettleCharge lets you charge electronics using hot water
The KettleCharge lets you charge electronics using hot water.

In the box:

  • BioLite KettleCharge
  • Heat-Resistant Flexible USB Extender
  • Instructions

This is an interesting inventions.

The KettleCharge lets to use hot water to charge your electronics.

Place the KettleCharge on a heat source, such as a BioLite stove, plug in a USB cable and charge your electronic device.

It sells for $149.95.

Specs

Specs for the BioLite KettleCharge.
 MetricImperial
Height (handle up)74 mm2.91 inches
Height (module up)186 mm7.32 inches
Max fill750 ml25.36 fl oz
Weight907 g31.99 oz
BatterySafe lithium iron phosphate (LiFeP04), 1250 mAh.
Charge time15 min charge = 5 hours talk, 5 hours video, 20 hours of audio (output varies by strength of heat source).
Compatible devicesPowers most USB-chargeable devices including tablets.
MaterialsStainless steel, aluminum, high-temperature plastic.
USB power output10 W (5V, 2A)

Portable chargers

The BioLite Charge 10 portable charger
The BioLite Charge 10 portable charger.
The BioLite Charge 20 portable charger
The BioLite Charge 20 portable charger.

In the box:

  • Charge 10
    • Charge 10
    • Micro USB cable
    • Instructions
  • Charge 20
    • Charge 20
    • Micro USB cable
    • Instructions

BioLite makes two portable chargers. These slim chargers feature stainless steel casings for durability and silicone gaskets that make them dunk-proof.

The smaller one, the Charge 10, comes with a 2600 mAh power supply, while the Charge 20 comes with a 5200 mAh power supply.

Prices:

  • Charge 10 – $24.95
  • Charge 20 – $39.95

Specs

Specs for the BioLite Charge 10.
 MetricImperial
Height21 mm0.82 inches
Length103 mm3.98 inches
Weight92 g3.2 oz
Width21 mm0.82 inches
Battery2600mAh, 3.6 V lithium-ion.
MaterialsStainless steel, durable ABS plastic, silicone.
Outputs(1) USB @ 1 A.
Weather resistanceIPX6 (heavy splashes & rain).
Specs for the BioLite Charge 20.
 MetricImperial
Height21 mm0.82 inches
Length103 mm3.98 inches
Weight92 g3.2 oz
Width21 mm0.82 inches
Battery2600mAh, 3.6 V lithium-ion.
MaterialsStainless steel, durable ABS plastic, silicone.
Outputs(1) USB @ 1 A.
Weather resistanceIPX6 (heavy splashes & rain).

Solar panels

BioLite makes a range of portable solar panels.

SolarPanel 5

The BioLite SolarPanel 5 does not come with a battery. You can only charge real-time
The BioLite SolarPanel 5 does not come with a battery. It only charges real-time.

In the box:

  • SolarPanel 5
  • USB Cord
  • Instructions

This is BioLite’s mini solar panel that offers real-time charging. It doesn’t come with a battery, so it can’t keep a charge. You must plug your device into the solar panel to charge it.

Specs
Specs for the BioLite SolarPanel 5.
 MetricImperial
Dimensions257mm x 208 mm10.12 inches x 8.19 inches
Panel + Charge out depth24 mm0.94 inches
Panel only depth6.6 mm0.26 inches
Weight340g12 oz
Cell typeMonocrystalline
Daisy chainableNo
OutputsUSB Out.
Power Output5 Watts per Hour (peak sun).
Weather resistantIPX4

SolarPanel 5+ & SolarPanel 10+

The BioLite SolarPanel 5+
The BioLite SolarPanel 5+.
The BioLite SolarPanel 10+
The BioLite SolarPanel 10+.

In the box:

  • SolarPanel 5+
    • SolarPanel 5+
    • USB Cord
    • Instructions
  • SolarPanel 10+
    • SolarPanel 10+
    • USB cable
    • Instructions

The SolarPanel 5+ and 10+ are upgrades of the SolarPanel 5.

Whereas the SolarPanel 5 can’t save a charge, the SolarPanel 5+ and SolarPanel 10+ both contain batteries that keep a charge for later use.

The 5+ contains a 2200 mAh battery, while the 10+ contains a 3000 mAh battery.

Both + models have  a 360 degree kickstand. This helps you position your solar panel on uneven ground.

The SolarPanel 5+ sells for $79.95 and the SolarPanel 10+ sells for $129.95.

Specs
Specs for the BioLite SolarPanel 5+.
 MetricImperial
Length257 mm10.12 inches
Panel only depth6.6 mm0.26 inches
Thickness24 mm0.94 inches
Weight390 g13.76 oz
Width208 mm8.19 inches
Battery3000 mAh
InputsMicro USB In.
OutputsUSB Out.
Power output5 watts per hour at peak sun.
Weather resistanceIPX4
Specs for the BioLite SolarPanel 10+.
 MetricImperial
Length257 mm10.12 inches
Thickness24 mm0.94 inches
Weight550g1.21 lbs
Width208 mm8.19 inches
Battery3000 mAh
InputsMicro USB charge in.
OutputsUSB Charge out.
Power output10 watts at peak sun.
Weather resistanceIPX4

Lighting

BioLite makes a range of handy camp lights.

PowerLight Mini

The BioLite PowerLight Mini
The BioLite PowerLight Mini.

In the box:

  • PowerLight Mini
  • Micro USB Cord
  • Bike Mount (30mm Diameter)
  • Instructions

This is the smallest member of the BioLite camp lighting family. It’s three tools in one:

  • Bike light
  • Headlamp
  • Lantern

It fits inside your pocket.

The lantern lights up a 10 metre radius, while the torch shines up to a 100 metres.

The PowerLight Mini contains a 1350 mAh rechargeable battery which gives you up to 52 hours of light.

Or use it to give your mobile phone a charge boost.

Price – $44.95

Specs

Specs for the BioLite PowerLight Mini.
 MetricImperial
Length85 mm3.35 inches
Thickness15 mm0.59 inches
Weight80 g2.82 oz
Width51 mm2.01 inches
Battery1350 mAh Li-on, USB Rechargeable.
Burn time (hours)52 LO/5 HI
InputMicro USB In.
Lighting modesWhite Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe, White Point.
Lumens135 Lm
OutputsUSB Charge Out.
Water resistanceIPX4

PowerLight

The BioLite PowerLight
The BioLite PowerLight.

In the box:

  • BioLite PowerLight
  • USB cable
  • Instructions

This is the bigger brother of the PowerLight Mini. Contains a USB out with 4400 mAh battery.

Price – $59.95

Specs

Specs for the BioLite PowerLight.
 MetricImperial
Length133.9 mm5,27 inches
Light range (lantern)10 m radius32.8 feet radius
Light range (torch)100 m328,08 feet
Thickness29.2 mm1.15 inches
Weight210 g7.05 oz
Width56.4 mm2.22 inches
Battery4400 mAh lithium-ion 16 Wh storage.
Burn time (PowerLight + SiteLights)22h LO/4h HI
Burn time (PowerLight only)72h LO/6.5h HI
InputMicro USB In.
Lighting modesWhite Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe, White Point.
Lumens250 Lm torch, 200 Lm lantern
OutputsUSB Charge Out.
Water resistanceIPX4

BaseLantern XL

The BioLite BaseLantern XL
The BioLite BaseLantern XL.

In the box:

  • BaseLantern
  • USB cord
  • Instructions

This is the Big Momma of BioLite’s lighting range.

This is the sort of thing you take out when you’re in need of serious camp lighting for a group of people.

Connect with your BaseLantern via the BaseLantern LE Bluetooth app and set up sleep timers, real-time battery feedback and proximity activation.

Price – $129.95

Specs

Specs for the BioLite BaseLantern XL.
 MetricImperial
Length129 mm5,07874 inches
Thickness44 mm1.73228 inches
Weight648 g1.43 lbs
Width127 mm5 inches
Battery12000 mAh
Bluetooth appRuns on Bluetooth Low Energy (LE). Compatible with Android and iOS. App not required for basic lantern functionality.
Burn time (hours)78 LO / 7.5 HI
InputMicro USB In.
Lighting modesWhite Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe, White Point.
Lumens500 Lm
OutputsUSB x2
SiteLights port x2
Water resistanceIPX4

Camp site lighting

BioLite makes camp site lighting too. These include:

  • SiteLight Mini
    • $19.95
  • SiteLight
    • $29.95
  • SiteLight XL
    • $29.95

The SiteLight Mini is a string that contains four lights. SiteLights can be daisy-chained together. The SiteLight XL is perfect for hanging from a tree.

Check out their website for more info.

Gear kits

Apart from the single products, BioLite offers bundle packages of their products.

For instance, their CampStove 2 bundle includes:

  • Stuff Sack
  • Instructions
  • USB Cord
  • CampStove 2
  • FlexLight
  • Firelighter
  • KettlePot with stuff sack
  • Portable Grill with cover

Order that package and you’re good to tackle the great outdoors with confidence.

Check out their website for more info.

Final thoughts

BioLite’s products are amazing.

Their smokeless stoves, especially, look like terrific contraptions, bringing high-tech without sacrificing usability.

Their CookStove and CampStove products are perfect for single campers.

If you’re camping with your family, the BaseCamp offers you a fantastic family camp grill with side-load functionality.

On top of grilling functionality, the CampStove and BaseCamp gives you the ability to charge your mobile phone or other electronic devices.

Need camp lights? They can help.

Portable solar panels? Yep.

Take a look at BioLite’s sensational products. You’ll love it.

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