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SunFocus catches rays to cook good eats

Solar energy is slowly becoming more and more commonplace, and for good reason: the benefits are innumerable to list. Despite solar’s potential, its one sore spot has to do with the generally inefficient methods of harnessing it. Fortunately, plenty of crowdfunding campaigns have sought to fill this void with new attempts at doing so.

The SunFocus is a three-in-one solar electric oven able to switch seamlessly from solar to electric energy and back automatically, with a plug-in option just in case. The portable oven roasts, steams, bakes, and boils up to 12 lbs. of food, using up to three curved focusing lids to reach temperatures as high as 350°F efficiently.

It does this so efficiently, in fact, that even cloudy or nighttime cooking pose no challenge, making it perfect for everything from tailgate parties to evening patio lounging. The SunFocus’ non-electric model is $369, while the solar/electric combination is $429, slated to ship in December 2015. The campaign is looking for $85,000 by June 28th, 2015.

The SunFocus is extremely similar to the GoSun Grill, which isn’t a bad thing by any means — the more technology like this out there, the better it is for our planet.

Nicholas Echevarria currently calls Shanghai home but is a Brooklyn native at heart. He writes about lifestyle, tech, and design and, whenever he gets the chance, indulges his addiction to biking and Hearthstone. Check out some more of his work at https://clippings.me/nicholasechevarria.