Top tent-accompanying tech

Planning a camping trip? Here are a few new toys you might want to consider before heading into the woods.
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Top tent-accompanying tech

Welcome to festival season

This weekend marks the beginning of the British festival season with Isle of Wight attracting music fans from all over the world. But, keeping in touch with fellow festivalgoers isn’t always so easy when you’re lugging around a smartphone with no battery.

Sure, the likes of Glastonbury have introduced EE’s Powers Bars and there are often charging stations dotted around, but there’s no shame in dreaming a little bigger - here’s to the future of camping technology.

Camping tech

Take, for example, solar powered phone chargers, which harness the sun’s energy and convert it into clean, free power. Perfect if you’re setting up camp in the sunny south, but perhaps not so helpful in the Lake District. For a more direct route however, Japanese phone manufacturer, Kyocera, is already building the technology directly into its phones, with charging panels lodged behind the screen. Check out more information about here.

Taking a different approach, scientists at Queen Mary University in London and Nokia are developing a charger that will replenish a mobile phone’s battery using sound. How great would that be at a music festival?

Although this is still at concept level, researchers have managed to generate five volts of electricity purely through collecting sound, which is enough to juice up one phone.

Dr. Joe Briscoe from the university said: "I believe charging phones this way could be a part of the future, but there probably isn't enough energy in sound to remove the need for conventional charging completely." That’s good enough for us, Joe.

But there’s another element out there that is known for its great power – thought, at one stage, to be man’s finest discovery. Fire.

The USB BioLite Wood Burning CampStove does pretty much was it says on the tin. This thermos-sized gadget burns wood, and converts the energy into power. This means that you can cook your evening meal on the stove, and with a nod to the thermo-electric generator, charge up your smartphone at the same time.

Happy campers, indeed.

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