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Jonathan Kosakow

Jonathan Kosakow

Brooklyn NY

Jonathan Kosakow's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Snowshoeing

Jonathan Kosakow's Bio

North America Sales Manager at BioLite. Burning Wood since 2012.

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Jonathan Kosakow

Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The SolarPanel 5+ is BioLite's best selling solar panel for a reason. It's onboard battery eliminates the need for an external power pack: if you don't have anything that needs a charge "now," just leave the SolarPanel 5+ ins the sun - it stores power so you can charge your gear later. The 2200 mAh battery is good for about 1 phone charge, and by using the Optimal Sun System, you'll know you're getting the most conversion of energy from the sun possible.

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a BioLite employee and frequent user of all our products, I would say the BaseLantern is one of the most fun and impressive in our line. You can really see the Edge Lighting at work here, with so many tiny prisms reflecting light to create an even glow throughout the lantern. The array of colors you can achieve either by pressing/ holding the top button on the lantern when it's in "color mode" or by using our Bluetooth LE app (iOS and Android compatible), is great for low light settings when you don't want to see white light, or just for sitting around and having a modern lava lamp controllable from your phone.

The BaseLantern also acts as a great hub for our "SiteLight" series of string lights, and you can use the BaseLantern to string up multiple SiteLights in a row, or dim them when you only want lower light.

If you're debating between the BaseLantern and BaseLantern XL, the main difference is battery size. The BaseLantern's 7800 mAh battery will get a few phone charges and is great to have with you for a 2-3 day camping trip, depending on how many phones you have to charge (the BaseLantern and XL each have 2 USB out ports to charge your gear) and what kind of lighting setup you need. If you feel more comfortable having a larger battery and more backup, go with the 12000 mAh BaseLantern XL.

Quick Tip: Use the BioLite app for enhanced features like Strobe mode, "Chill" mode (rotating colors) and newly added BPM matching. You can utilize all necessary and basic features from the light itself, but the app opens up a bunch more.

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hey Guys - It's Jonathan from BioLite.
The CampStove 2 Bundle is our most popular item for a reason: not only does it include our new and improved CampStove 2, but it also comes with the KettlePot and Portable Grill - all at a $40 savings vs. buying all those items separately. Nest the CampStove 2 inside the KettlePot when not in use, and slide the Portable Grill into your backpack (don't worry, there's a plastic cover so you don't get your gear all greasy) for a full camp kitchen on a day trip or overnighter.

Don't worry about running out of gas again - as long as their is dry wood around, you have the fuel you need to cook your meals and power your phone!

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hi Guys - I'm Jonathan from BioLite. Five years of user feedback taught us a few things about our CampStove 1, and we upgraded the CampStove 2 with you in mind. The new CampStove has 4 main upgraded features:
1. An onboard, 2600 mAh battery. Now, the fire charges a battery, and you can use the power pack to charge up your phones, camera, or GPS even when you're not cooking. This also allows for a more efficient charge, so you're not relying on flame temperature to dictate how fast your phone charges.
2. 4 fan speeds so you have more control of your fire - Simmer on Low, Boil on High, and a couple "MED" settings for an overall better cooking experience
3. More outbound power - Now 3 watts of outbound power for faster charging.
3. Real Time LED Feedback so you can monitor flame temperature, fan speed, and battery life.

Even with all these upgrades, we kept the weight the same (2.06 lbs), and made sure that the CampStove 2 is backwards compatible, so it still fits with our accessories, the Portable Grill and KettlePot.

Don't worry about running out of Gas again, and shed weight/space as hike - as long as their is dry wood, you've got fuel to cook and power your phone.

Please give us your feedback and let us know how we did!

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Who ever thought cooking pizza in the backcountry could be so easy? A simple easy to use accessory for the BioLite BaseCamp, the PizzaDome includes a pizza stone and lid with built-in thermometer so you can monitor the temperature of your cook without lifting the lid. Check out some great, easy pizza recipes on BioLite's YouTube Channel! One of my favorites is also below. If having pizza for breakfast is wrong, I don't wanna be right.

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Jonathan Kosakowposted an image about on September 26, 2017

Cook!

Here's a photo of BioLite's product engineer, Tim, cooking what very well could be bacon. The light shining towards the camera is our FlexLight - a bendable 100-Lumen USB light that plugs right into the USB port on the power pack of the BaseCamp so you can see what you're cooking and be sure not to overcook that meat! The FlexLight is included in the box with your BaseCamp.

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Jonathan Kosakowposted an image about on September 26, 2017

Burning Wood

To light a good fire, start with small pieces of kindling and a firestarter inside the burn chamber, then add logs like the ones pictured. As the ends burn away, don't forget to push the unburned sections into the burn chamber to keep your fire going.

Tip: the higher the fan speed, the hotter the fire. Depending on what you're cooking, you generally won't need to set the fan to "high" in order to achieve a hot enough flame to cook over. Use a low fan setting for a mid-size or small flame, which will also increase burning time of the wood.

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

Perfect for Big Groups
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Hey Guys - It's Jonathan from BioLite. You know how they say wood-fired food tastes better? Well, they're right. The BaseCamp is a great option for large format cooking in the outdoors, or at home. Our company took a couple of these on a recent camping trip and cooked all weekend for 30 people.

3 words: Wood. Fired. Bacon.

Switch between grill and open flame (for boiling water or pan cooking) and you can make virtually anything. While it's definitely not meant for backpacking, it's great for car camping, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed and don't want to rely on a 2-burner stove running out of gas, etc.

Warning: the attached photo contains no bacon.

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Jonathan from BioLite here. Full disclosure: I am hardly human without coffee. The CoffeePress is designed to be used specifically with the BioLite KettlePot, and can boil up to 6 cups of coffee per boil. Just boil water, add coffee grounds, stir, let sit for 5 minutes, push the coffee grounds down with the CoffeePress, secure the top of the KettlePot on, and pour. The Press unscrews and nests inside the KettlePot when you're done too - so nothing is taking up too much space in your pack.

Pro Tip: you can use the CoffeePress as a strainer for boiled pasta, veggies, or rice, too.

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Jonathan Kosakowwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hey Everyone - I'm Jonathan from BioLite. I may be a little biased, but the PowerLight Mini is one of my favorite products of ours. I literally carry this thing every day and use it regularly. It's a great battery backup to give a quick boost to a cell phone after a long day, and acts as a great bike light if you're out late and need to bike home in the dark. Works great as a camping light too - clip it to your shirt in place of a headlamp, or hang it inside your tent to light up the whole space.

Pro Tip: if you have two of these, you can put one on the back of your bike and set it to Red or Red Strobe, and another on the front using the Point setting - then clip them off when you're done riding to have a great flashlight/portable power pack in your pocket.

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