'Tis the season for bonfires, campfires, and cookouts galore. And just in time for the timely festivities comes a new charger that really proves the iPhone has gone to pot. Thanks to the latest innovation from Japanese company TES NewEnergy, avid campfire enthusiasts won't have to run indoors (or to the nearest portable, and probably very convenient, charging station) when their iPhone runs out of juice. Instead, they just have to get closer to the fire.
What we have here is a pot - yes, one you would boil water in - that is designed to convert excess heat into electrical energy. And for only 23,000 yen, or $278, this "must-have" iPhone charger can be yours. Called the "Hatsuden-Nabe," the pot pictured above has a cable affixed to its underside. When enough heat is generated, the "juice" is fed back to the iPhone.
They say that heat of bonfire could be over 900 degrees Fahrenheit, but energy over 212 Fahrenheit are not used for boiling water and wasted. This pan will convert the waste heat into cellphone charger. It can charge up iPhone by 3-5 hours.
To learn more about TES NewEnergy and how to directly convert heat-waste into electrical energy, check out the official TES website.