Electricity is one of those things you definitely take for granted until you are in a situation where you don’t have it. It can be extremely difficult to come by if you are not prepared for a widespread power outage or SHTF scenario. Whole home generators and solar arrays are the best solution when staying put, if you are on the move they are not so useful. We have compiled a list of portable solutions that are all small enough to travel with if needed. Here is the list of six great electricity-generating gadgets:
BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove
Using heat to generate electricity just makes sense for emergencies. Unlike propane stoves where the fuel is in limited supply, wood can almost always be found to burn in this stove. The Biolite Stove converts the heat to energy to charge small devices such as cell phones. This unique capability allows the stove to be a triple threat. You can generate heat for warmth, use it to cook with the optional grill attachment, and charge your small electronics- all at once. The BioLite stove weighs just two pounds and is as small as a 1-liter bottle, so it packs quite the functionality punch for its size. As electricity-generating gadgets go, this is about as versatile as they get. BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove
Similar to the BioLite, the FlameStower turns heat into energy. Unlike the BioLite, the FlameStower does not come with an attached stove, allowing you to use whatever stove or campfire you want. It folds up very small to be extremely portable. It does require a reservoir to be filled with water, but that is a small limitation for such a versatile charger. FlameStower Charger
Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Kit
An all-in-one kit that includes solar panels and a power pack. The high marks in their reviews are par for the course with Goal Zero since most of their products are very well made. The Venture 30 kit is waterproof and can charge almost anything easily with a little sunlight. You can conveniently charge multiple devices at the same time. The power pack makes a huge difference, allowing you to charge the pack during the day while you use your devices, and then charge your devices off the pack at night. Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Kit
Powermonkey Portable Charger
A smaller solar kit than the Goal Zero, the Powermonkey still provides a good charge for small electronics. With its smaller package, it is more portable and easily fits into a Bug Out Bag or Everyday Carry kit. The Powermonkey charger is the stow-and-go portable solar option you may have been looking for to keep your electronics charged. Powermonkey Portable Charger
K-Tor Hand Crank Generator
Hand crank flashlights developed by the Russians have the same pros and cons as this K-Tor hand crank generator. You can crank it for energy regardless of the weather conditions or your situation, but it will tire you out quickly if you crank it for long periods. K-Tor also makes a pedaling crank generator, which will not wear you out so quickly but is much less portable. The hand crank generator is great as a portable backup, and the K-Tor is rugged enough to not have to worry about it breaking when you really need it. K-Tor Hand Crank Generator
K3 Wind and Solar Charger
The K3 combines a few charging capabilities to give you a portable option that you can easily pack and carry. You can charge devices using the internal battery that harnesses wind power or solar energy. The internal battery has a large capacity and can hold multiple charges for most small electronics. The K3 is durable and weatherproof, making it a great choice for expanding your electrical charging capabilities. K3 Wind and Solar Charger
The Final Word
Do you know of any other electricity-generating portable tools worth adding to the list? Leave a comment below if you know of any more gadgets that generate electricity that you keep in a Bug Out Bag.
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