Portable power generators have been in use for ages, but none offer up the added uniqueness of providing power by cooking food like David Toledo’s PowerPot. The electricity created by the device is caused by what’s known as thermoelectric power generation. The principal is that electricity can be created by temperature differences across thermal-conductive material. The PowerPot houses thermoelectric modules located in its aluminum hard-anodized base that can create electricity using a traditional stove or even a camp-fire as long as there is water in it to create that temperature difference.
PowerPot V (via thepowerpot.com)
The power-generator transfer’s electricity to your mobile devices using a fire-proof regulator cable equipped with an LED indicator and USB port (for 5V) and that has a maximum 5 watt output. As it stands right now, the PowerPot comes in two flavors; which include the PowerPot V ($150.00 US) that holds 1.5 quarts of water and is compact enough to make it ideal for backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts. The next version, PowerPot X (199.00 US), is slightly larger and holds 2 quarts of liquid and can generate 10 watts of power over the V model. A 15 watt model (XV $500.00 US) that holds 1 gallon of water is currently in development and should be ready for purchase soon.
How the cables are protected from the fire, I have no clue.