Spring Charging Your BioLite CampStove

BioLite Stove Recharge

If your BioLite CampStove stove has been hibernating for the winter or you just haven’t used it for while, then chances are you should take a little time to make sure that it is ready for Spring by pre-charging the internal starter battery.

Ever wonder what the little bright yellow USB cable that came with your BioLite was for? Much like a car, the CampStove’s starter battery helps you kickstart your fire before the stove begins generating its own electricity from the heat of the flames. Before heading out this Spring, make sure you top up the starter battery of your BioLite stove using the nifty little yellow USB cable that was provided.

BioLite Stove Recharge

Just plug the orange power module in to a nearby computer using the yellow USB cable and let it charge for 2-4 hours. You will know it’s charging when you see the light above the USB port blinking orange. Once it’s charged for a few hours you are good to go!

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Disclosure: The author paid for the BioLite CampStove with his own funds and was one of the original backers of the Kickstarter project that made this stove possible.

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  • http://twitter.com/JYAHiker Just Your Avg Hiker

    What are your thoughts on the Biolite? Its sheer size makes me think sticking to one or two emergency chargers for my smartphone is a better option, especially because I can shove one here and one there, rather than having a bulky item like this.

    I am still on the fence, I definitely like having technology with me, but I am also an isobutane stove man. I guess the tradeoff would be finding fuel in the wild, versus carrying it in with me. My fuel does however fit nicely inside my GSI pot (http://justyouraveragehiker.com/2013/03/12/my-kitchen/), so it is not taking up much extra room as it is…

    Where will we be 20+ years from now with technology infused backpacking? :)

  • Snctool

    Brian,

    Have you checked out the grill attachment for the Biolite yet? I had to order one…looks pretty cool.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      I haven’t checked it out mostly because I didn’t think I’d use it with my kids. However, they are getting more and more into grilling lately so I may well have to bite the bullet and get one.

  • Ryan Larsen

    I am just wondering the durability of the Biolite. I go on a lot of off trail excursions where I put my gear through some tough situations I am just curious on how this holds up?

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Ryan, I wouldn’t consider the BioLite to be a hardcore rugged backpacking stove despite it’s solid build quality and weight. I’d treat the BioLite like any lightweight or UL stove, taking care not to damage the stove in anyway.

      Do I think it will last a long time and continue to work for many years – yes! It’s made extremely well and using the right materials, if it’s looked after I’m confident it will function well for many, many years.

      While a huge fan of the technology behind the BioLite and an advocate for it, the current model is too heavy for me to carry it on anything other than a family camping trip. I wouldn’t personally take it with me for a multi-day backpacking trip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t.

      Time will tell on how the BioLite stove hold up, my guess is that they will age well, but we won’t know for sure until we’ve all had more time with them. Mine is about a year old and going strong. Hope this helps. ^BG