If you've ever seen the finale of Epcot's fireworks show, then you have some idea of what the Third Rock Fire Pit ($1,700) is about. Although this model doesn't float, shoot roman candles, or sport a slew of LEDs on the outside, it is made from quarter-inch thick carbon steel, and features an iron oxide finish, cutouts of the world's landmasses, an interior coating of high-temperature-resistant paint, and a rain drain on the bottom. Overpriced drinks optional.
Instead of spending big bucks on battery packs for your phone that will be useless as soon as you upgrade your handset, why not spring for something that can power damn near anything. The Solar Joos Orange ($150), which charges about 3.5 times faster than other portable solar chargers, features high-efficiency solar cells that are set into a durable, injection-molded polycarbonate case that's waterproof, sandproof, and generally rugged. It sports a 5400mAh lithium-ion polymer battery and a USB port for charging or powering everything from an iPad to a low-wattage fan. In addition, you can hook it to your computer to see reports on your power consumption and generation. It's like your own portable power plant, minus the overweight, donut-eating workers. [via]
There are plenty of different ways to cook your food when you're out in the wild, but if all you want/need is hot water, the Backcountry Boiler ($100) is a perfect tool for the job. Based on the chimney kettles made popular by Irish fisherman and WWII soldiers, it's a lightweight tool that will run on virtually anything that's flammable, boiling up to 16 ounces of water in roughly 5 minutes and warming up to 20 even quicker than that, serving as a canteen when not in use. Perfect for campers, hikers, or incredibly lazy preppers.
Is it a portable stove or a gadget charger? How about both. The BioLite ($130) is a compact, portable stove that burns sticks, twigs, pine cones, and other renewable resources instead of petroleum gas, lighting quickly and bringing water to a boil in no time. In addition, it packs a USB port on the front that draws its power from the heat of the fire, letting you charge your phone, GPS, or LED lights miles from the nearest outlet.
Ensure you'll have great-tasting, healthy water wherever your day takes you with the CamelBak Groove ($20). Available in a variety of colors — as well as stainless steel — the Groove is BPA-free and features an integrated plant-based filter that does its job every time you take a sip from the spill-proof bite valve, meaning that you get the freshest-tasting water possible.