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PhotonGrill, An Inflatable High-Power Portable BBQ

PhotonGrill, An Inflatable High-Power Portable BBQ


The PhotonGrill is an inflatable, portable BBQ that uses the power of the sun to cook your food. It’s great for places where you’re not allowed to start a fire, since it uses no flames and no fuel to get the cooking pan scorching hot. It’ll reach temperatures of 500F/260C in as little as 5 minutes, which is faster than charcoal grills. It does this by letting you unfurl and inflate a parabolic mirror that focuses the sun’s rays exactly where the pan itself sits. The entire setup takes 3 minutes, and the pan provided with the kit is “solar-optimized”, whatever that means. The PhotonGrill neatly folds away into a backpack, making it easy to take with you on your adventures. If the idea of cooking your food with the planet’s only true source of extra-terrestrial energy tickles you, you’ll have to pledge around $225 to their Kickstarter campaign.


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  • Michael Bauer

    The solar-optimzed pan is coated with a special material on the bottom. A solar optimized pan is getting much hotter than a normal pan, because the coating increases the amount of light energy the pan can absorb.