This isn't a thermos — it's a portable microwave called the Adventurer

As idyllic and nostalgic as campfires and portable burners may seem for our outdoor adventures, let’s be honest — cooking in the great outdoors can be something of a chore. But hikers, rejoice! You don’t have to settle for protein bars and reheated beans anymore. At least, not if this portable microwave oven is everything it promises to be. Meet the Adventurer from UK company Wayv, which claims to be “the world’s first portable solid-state RF food heater ‘microwave.'”

The technology for our handy food heaters has been around for decades, but the design of microwaves hasn’t changed all that much since the days of WWII. But now, they’re getting a massive overhaul and, perhaps more importantly, getting much smaller. The Adventurer, which looks more like a thermos than anything else, contains 200 watts of power that can heat up to 500 milliliters of liquids or solids in around four minutes.

Created in partnership with NXP Semiconductors, the Adventurer has a rechargeable battery that will let you use the mini-microwave for about 30 minutes at a time, which is handy for a meal on the go. But if you’re living in a tiny apartment and just don’t have the space for a full-sized microwave, the Adventurer can serve as a solution as well — just plug it in and you’re good to go, ostensibly in perpetuity.

The microwave works using laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductors (LDMOS) in order to create heat, abandoning the traditional vacuum tubes or magnetrons. This allows for the Adventurer to be thinner, more lightweight, and generally more portable — in fact the whole thing weighs under three pounds. And because of the LDMOS technology in the portable oven, the Adventurer purports to heat food evenly and thoroughly.

“The new Wayv Adventurer takes on-the-go smart cooking experiences to a new level,” said Dan Viza, director of product marketing for RF cooking at NXP. “We’re excited to work with Wayv and unveil this new innovation into the market.”

Product Review

You don't need Alexa in your microwave, but you'd be surprised what she can do

Amazon has added to its long portfolio of products with the AmazonBasics Microwave, a small appliance that works with Alexa. We took the microwave for a test drive to find out more.
Smart Home

Thanksgiving in an Instant ... Pot? Here are our favorite recipes

Did you know you can cook the majority, if not all, of your Thanksgiving menu items in your Instant Pot? It's all about picking the right recipes. These are our picks for the best Instant Pot recipes for Turkey Day.
Product Review

Tovala cooks delicious, idiotproof meals healthier than takeout. For a price

The Tovala Steam Oven is a countertop appliance that can serve up dinner in about 20 minutes with zero prep. The drawback is that the ready-to-heat meals, while tasty, are $12 each.
Smart Home

How to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner in an Instant Pot

We collected some of our favorite recipes and created an Instant Pot Thanksgiving dinner guide. Here’s how to ditch the oven and cook your entire Thanksgiving Dinner in an Instant Pot.

Xfinity indoor/outdoor camera zooms in on Grinch’s faces and license plates

Comcast's Xfinity Home security cameras can help the police catch Grinches who steal delivery packages from your home. The cameras use artificial intelligence to analyze moving objects and zoom in on faces at your door and license plates.
Smart Home

Airbnb hosts are offering free rooms to those displaced by California wildfires

Several thousand Airbnb hosts in California are opening their homes to help those displaced by the devastating wildfires in the state. Free accommodation is being offered to those affected through November 29.

Shop early Black Friday deals on Philips Hue products from Amazon, today only

Avoid the Black Friday hassle and shop great online deals. Amazon is offering huge discounts on refurbished Philips Hue smart lighting products to help light your home. For today only, you can grab a range of smart home tech from Amazon.
Smart Home

Here's our comparison of the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL Link View

Looking for the right smart display? We're comparing the Lenovo Smart Display vs. JBL Link View, two excellent smart displays that are made for different audiences. Here's what you need to know about both displays and what they do.

All the Best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Smart Home

New wireless power kit puts a charge into your smart speakers via infrared light

Wireless power technology is coming fast, and Wi-Charge is leading the innovative trend with a new wireless power kit that can transform Amazon and Google smart speakers into fully functional, wire-free devices.
Smart Home

Save Smart: The Best Black Friday Smart Home Deals

The number of Black Friday sales can be overwhelming. Here are some of the best bang-for-your-buck deals you'll find this year on the most popular smart home products on the market.

Amazon’s new trade-in and recycling programs gives your gizmos a ‘second chance’

Amazon is generating a new level of sustainability into its platform with Amazon Second Chance, a new portal that encourages consumers to trade in and recycle their old electronic devices.
Smart Home

Amazon rejoins the fight against HIV/AIDS with a (Red) second-gen Echo

Now you can rock out to U2 and give to a good cause by buying Amazon's red Echo, a limited edition of the smart speaker that also donates money to the humanitarian organization Project (Red), founded by Bono.