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As title.......i have had a car kettle for years,cheap one though.

Just tested it ( with engine running ),took 20 mins to boil two cups worth and the lead got quite warm,not good.

Anybody got any better versions in their Rav ,for those " just in case" winter breakdowns.

As its the time of year for hat,gloves,torch, and the all important mobile phone charger !.

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Hi Jamie,

We've had a couple of those. One of the best was bought in Boots, a long time ago.

IIRC, most of them are 12v and around 120W. That's a 10A load (roughly), but the manufacturers often skimp on the quality of the connection cable. It's worthwhile replacing this (DIY), and going for something with around 2.5mm2. A length of 2-core flexible mains cable will do fine. With this, the valuable heats gets generated in the kettle element, not in the lead!

Chris

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I had one of those, years ago. The flex was fine but the cigarette-lighter-style plug got VERY hot and either that or the socket melted in the end - can't remember which. Also it's possibly not very safe to trundle along with a boiling kettle in the footwell and I wouldn't like to sit with the engine idling for 20 minutes to boil water for two cups of tea. My advice would be to take a thermos... or a primus!!

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My advice... campingGaz stove http://www.campingaz.com/uk/p-25974-camp-bistro.aspx small and portable. Takes gas cartridges which are cheap in packs of 3. Small kettle and your away. The whole lot should come in at under £15. I use this when I'm out in my truck.

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To be honest, the whole concept of boiling a litre (or even half) of water with 12v is fairly ludicrous. And I agree totally with recognizing the hazards of doing this "on the move"!

A large truck cab, with decent "kettle holder" and 24v makes a bit more sense, I suppose . . .

Enjoy the brew.

Chris

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My advice... campingGaz stove http://www.campingaz.com/uk/p-25974-camp-bistro.aspx small and portable. Takes gas cartridges which are cheap in packs of 3. Small kettle and your away. The whole lot should come in at under £15. I use this when I'm out in my truck.

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Take one of these when out for day.

Dave

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I take the boiling water out of the rad...that's ok, isn't it??? :o lol

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These are good but should not be used in an enclosed space.

In my van I will be using a 240v travel kettle for a brewup (using the customers power of course ;) ) and also refill a themos :)

My advice... campingGaz stove http://www.campingaz.com/uk/p-25974-camp-bistro.aspx small and portable. Takes gas cartridges which are cheap in packs of 3. Small kettle and your away. The whole lot should come in at under £15. I use this when I'm out in my truck.

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Take one of these when out for day.

Dave

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True about an enclosed place, but crack the windows open for 5 mins and happy days. Truckers up and own the land use them everyday with no problems.

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And they warm the cab up in the morning as well as making that first important essential brew !!!!

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Absolutely Crofter. I'm not a full time trucker, I do the odd couple of days here and there. It's a hobby more than anything.

If you've got a stove with you in the car, may aswell have a tin of soup with you aswell. A mars bar wrapped in insulation tape is also a vital item of survival equipment :-)

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My advice... campingGaz stove http://www.campingaz...amp-bistro.aspx small and portable. Takes gas cartridges which are cheap in packs of 3. Small kettle and your away. The whole lot should come in at under £15. I use this when I'm out in my truck.

Cheers Dominic

Thats a great idea,this is all about makeing a cuppa from scratch from a bottle of water stored in truck......if need be, my Rav4's getting a bit old now,and with 115'000 on the clock and those dark cold drives home.

IF i do break down,and get cold.....be nice...even crucial to make a hot brew,whilst waiting for assistance ( i always keep choccy bars in glove box for something to eat ).

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Don't forget the Kendel Mint Cake ;)

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The gas canisters last a good while, and the stoves come in a handy storage carry case. The ideal back up solution really, as a 12v kettle still requires 12v from somewhere.

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