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๐Ÿ’š Claudia from Blaxland sent us these pics of her very healthy hydrangea shrub. We love seeing our plants happy in your homes and asked Claudia for some hydrangea care tips to share.
๐ŸŒธ Plant them near taller and hardier plants or against your house to shield from hot afternoon sun
๐ŸŒธ It’s best they get a good amount of morning sun through to shade later in the day
๐ŸŒธ Mulch well around the plant
๐ŸŒธ Water at the base of the plant, not leaves and flowers as this can cause fungal issues
๐ŸŒธ Feed and fertilise every 2-3 months or so
๐ŸŒธ Cut flowers to enjoy in the house and to encourage more blooms

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Care Advice
โ˜€๏ธ Position in full sun in an acidic soil (pH should be between 4.5 and 5.5) or choose an acidic potting mix such as one for azaleas and camellias.
๐Ÿ’š Feed every spring with an acidic fertiliser such as Gyganic for Fruit and Citrus
โœ‚๏ธ In spring, prune out dead branches and after harvest, prune out the branches that bore fruit to leave the new branches to fruit the following season

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The PowerPot Review

The PowerPot is an anodized aluminum cook pot that has a built-in thermocouple in its base that is capable of generating electricity from heat. The PowerPot blows the Biolite away in terms of power generation efficiency and speed. Not only that, itโ€™s completely stove and fuel independent, so you can generate electricity using a wood stove, isobutane gas canisters, white gas/Coleman fuel, Esbit tablets, denatured alcohol, and propane. You can even use it on your stove at home to generate power in an emergency. This product is a game changer!

The Power Pot has a thermocouple built into its base that transforms heat into electricity

Components

While there are number of different PowerPot kits available from Power Practical, the makers of the PowerPot, every one has two basic components: a hard anodized aluminum pot with a thermocouple built into the base and a power cord with a female USB end and built-in meter that lights up when the PowerPot is generating electricity. The sample I received also included a small frying pan which can serve as a lid for the power generating pot and a 5 LED stick lamp that you can plug into the USB connector for instant gratification (it lights up) when the pot is generating power. But these two additional components are nice-to-haves and not essentials.

  • A 1.4 liter PowerPot with built-in power generating thermocouple (11.9 ounces)
  • A heat-resistant cable and power meter that plug into the pot with a female USB plug at the end (2.2 ounces)

The PowerPot generating electricity to power an LED stick lamp

How it Works

The PowerPot generates electricity using a thermocouple. This is a device that creates a voltage when there is a different temperature applied to each side of it. The thermocouple is welded onto the bottom of The PowerPot (the copper-colored base of the pot, shown the picture above.) The conversion of temperature differences into electricity was discovered in 1821 and is the origin of the term thermoelectricity.

To use The PowerPot, fill it with cold water and put it on top of a stove or wood fire. The colder the water, the better, because this will create the biggest difference between the cold side of the thermocouple which touches the bottom of the pot, and the hot side which faces your stove flame or wood fire.

In practice, youโ€™ll find that The PowerPot will generate electricity faster when you add cold water to the pot and that the rate of electricity generation will slow down the hotter the water becomes. For optimum performance, itโ€™s probably best to get the water you put into the pot directly from a cold water source like a spring or stream, or from snowmelt, rather than using water that has warmed to air temperature.

Charging different USB-enabled devices with the PowerPot (headlamp, smart phone, external battery pack, light)

Recharging Fuel Amounts

I recharged a number of different USB powered devices when I tested the PowerPot including a Samsung Smart Phone, a USB external battery and the USB battery pack of an LED Headlamp. Since I was using isobutane canisters, I was mainly interested in the amount of fuel required to recharge these devices rather than the speed because that would be the limiting factor in your ability to charge, say a cellphone, if canister fuel was the only fuel source you had available (or were legally able to use) on a backcountry trip.

After a series of test, I found it required 1.0 ounce of isobutane fuel, on average, to generate a 7.5% increase in the charge of my smart phone โ€“ more than enough for an emergency phone call or text message.

Granted, these tests were purely anecdotal and I didnโ€™t control for stove make or model, isobutane fuel mix, flame size, fuel type, wind speed, battery type, external air temperature, and start or stopping water temperature. Still this result was extremely compelling for me and convinced me about the value of the PowerPot for backcountry use, since I often camp with canister gas.

Practical Considerations

One ounce of isobutane fuel can be quite a significant amount of a long trip and you wouldnโ€™t want to โ€œspendโ€ it just to generate electricity for your cell phone unless it were an emergency. As a matter of everyday practice, youโ€™d probably collect the energy generated by The PowerPot when you boiled water for dinner as a by-product of the cooking process rather than using it just for power generation.

For longer trips, cooking with wood or some other plentiful fuel source that you donโ€™t have to carry is the way to go. In that case, the amount of energy you could generate with the PowerPot would be only limited by the amount of fuel you could collect.

Likes

  • Fuel independent
  • Fast charging (5W output)
  • Heat resistant charging cord

Dislikes

  • A flat lid should be provided with the pot
  • Not recommended for cooking, only boiling water
  • A lighter weight,smaller volume UL version would be nice

Recommendation

Iโ€™m impressed with the PowerPot. Quite impressed. This is one of the most efficient power generating options available today for backpackers and campers who are off-the-grid for extended periods of time but need electricity to recharge battery-powered devices. If youโ€™re using a solar charger/battery pack combo like the PowerMonkey Extreme (16 ounces) or the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit (19 ounces) for backpacking adventures, you should take a look at using the PowerPot instead. Itโ€™s a lighter weight solution (14.1 ounces) that is seasonally and weather independent. Now if theyโ€™d only come out with a still lighter and smaller UL version.

Disclosure: Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) received a sample PowerPot from Power Practical for this review.

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The PowerPot is an anodized aluminum cook pot that has a built-in thermocouple in its base that is capable of generating electricity from heat. The PowerPot blows the Biolite away in terms of power generation efficiency and speed.