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Volume III
March 30, 2012

Weekly Home / Cook'n & Eat'n

Patty's Preparedness Corner: The Power Pot

By Patty Liston

I love the power of technology to inform, stimulate thinking, and help us share information that we may otherwise miss. I want to give a big "thank you" to my friend Tammy who Facebooked me with information about the "PowerPot", something I would have missed without her post. Let me say right off that I don't get any kick-back from this organization. I just believe in sharing with the DVO Preparedness readers the new fandangled gizmos that may be relevant to each one of us as we think about home and family preparedness.

The PowerPot was designed by 2 university students and introduced just this year. In a nut-shell, their pot uses thermoelectric power to transform heat into electricity. (For you math whiz's the thermoelectric formula can be found on their web-site, Once the water in the pot is heated, it can charge iPhones, iPads, MP3players, and power LED lights and fans. Perfect tool to have if there is an emergency where the lights go out and connecting with others is imperative.

The PowerPot is a water proof, fire resistant, portable generator that weighs less than 1 pound. This makes it an excellent article to put in your 72 hour kit or take camping or back-packing.

Let me just quote from their site.

"But the PowerPot is not your ordinary cooking pot. It's an electrical power generator that transforms boiling water into electricity. The PowerPot works with many heat sources such as a wood fire, propane stove, kitchen stoves and so on. It even produces enough power to light some LEDs using a hot spring and some snow.

The PowerPot has a standard 5V USB port, so it works with a large number of mobile devices. Use it to charge smartphones, MP3 players, GPS units or to actively power an LED-lantern, portable speakers, et cetera.

This device has an indefinite shelf life and can be used in any situation where a sufficient heat source and water can be supplied. It is very durable and fire/water resistant. This makes the PowerPot a great accessory to both outdoor recreation and emergency preparedness enthusiasts, or anyone that wants an on-demand power source completely independent of an electrical grid."

The following are pictures from their web-site, where all of your questions will be answered. (

This first picture is of the PowerPot charging speakers. The other two pictures show you what it looks like.

I do believe that this is an ingenious product. I would love to know what you think of it once you have been on their site.

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