When you’re out camping or enjoying a picnic, the convenience of preparing a meal and the ease of heating a beverage/food are two important aspects for a good time. Portable microwave ovens have to an extent made this possible for us, but the traditional options have their own demerits: Unappealing design and power consumption for instance. Stepping up with a stylish new form factor and battery-powered design, the Campo is a fine solution to our requirements in the great outdoors.
Portable microwave ovens that work without electricity have made a huge difference to how we travel and camp. They make it convenient to cook a meal briskly or defrost frozen foods and heat beverages during the outing. The market is flooded with low-wattage microwaves for camping that include all the important elements of making a camper happy. Despite their minimum power requirement, however, these ovens tend to drain your car’s battery quickly.
Designer: Siyun Bae
Before you plug your microwave into the vehicle’s battery and end up draining it down to the point where your vehicle refuses to start; spare a thought for the Campo microwave oven. This is microwave powered by a rechargeable battery to let you do the heating and cooking without requiring continuous juice up from your car. It would be a good idea to just carry your microwave like a helmet and place it on a flat surface to begin preparing the meal instantly.
The Campo, inspired by the curves of an Apple Watch and the concept of a portable EV battery, is made in nature-friendly colors. Its helmet-like design, where the visor (the lid in this case) can be rolled up with a handle. Inside you have a magnetically fastened plate, over which you can keep the item you want to cook or heat and set the timer (which is displayed on the handle you can roll back down to start the microwave). The ease of portability is ensured by a locking mechanism on the side of the unit, which locks in place when the handle is rolled up or pushed down flat.
Given its appealing shape and design, the Campo could easily fit in the center console of your vehicle, so you can even enjoy a piping hot cup of joe while driving. In addition to its application in the outdoors, a microwave of this sort can come in handy during unexpected power outages or an uncalled backyard party, which turns a normal day into a surprising camping event.