One inexpensive tea candle can power a 25 LED bulb for up to four hours or charge an auxiliary battery pack using the patent-pending device, tPOD1. Great for when the power goes out or in a natural disaster.
Pronounced ‚Äútea-pod,‚ÄĚ the invention converts energy from heat into electricity. tPOD1 is a product from a company called Tellurex, based in Traverse City, Mi. The project is currently seeking $85,000 of funding on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding platform. There is 20 days to go and a little more than $40,000 left to raise.
Richard Harmon, engineering manager at Tellurex tells¬†Mashable¬†that at first he figured the tPOD1 would be useful in developing countries such as Africa. He read that a lot of people in Africa walk miles to charge their basic cellphones at community places with electricity.
‚ÄúI developed a product where they could charge the cellphones over their cooking fire,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI started doing a lot more research‚Ä¶.one of the downsides is I would be encouraging people to burn wood.‚ÄĚ He decided to use tea candles instead.
Kickstarter link¬†–¬†If you pledge $10 or more you will receive a thermoelectric module, the magical component of the tPOD1 that produces thermoelectric power.