travel buddy oven

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 20:24
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I have used my travel buddy oven on 3 trips so far but today the plug melted
What would cause the plug to melt the oven was working at the time .
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 20:39

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 20:39
Are the plug and socket rated for the current demand?

If the rating is ok and the plug has worked ok before, then the most likely cause of melting would be arcing due to poor contact, ie plug not plugged in properly, the contacts have lost tension, a loose wire etc.

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Follow Up By: Andy K1 - Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 21:36

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 21:36
HKB
You are spot on I changed the plug but the oven did not work but when I wiggled the cord at the base of the oven the unit worked again.
This shows me that there is a poor connection with the power wire inside the unit it's self and causing it to arc.
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 20:48

Sunday, Mar 29, 2015 at 20:48
were you cooking hot chilli at the time, LOL
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Follow Up By: Bazza - Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 15:03

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 15:03
I have one myseld. Great unit. Remove the damaged original lighter socket plug and replace with an anderson or merit plug & socket. You will need to run a larger cable ( 6mm would be good ) straight from the battery to where ever you want the socket. Do this and you should have no further problems. Make sure that you also protect the cable run with either a fuse or circuit breaker.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 18:49

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 18:49
These ovens are DC voltage only aren't they? like 12v or 24v. About 6 amps draw.

My best guess is that you had a poor connection with the plug/socket, causing high resistance and a resulting build up of heat. Perhaps the plug quality is also questionable?
Although this oven is supposed to plug into a standard cigarette socket, the connection can be very dicey, especially while traveling?
The best option is to install a fused circuit from the battery, terminating in a Merit/Hella style plug/socket combination. This will give a much better contact area and less chance of poor contact, resulting in excess heat buildup.
Alternatively, you can replace the melted plug with a Merit/Hella style plug which includes a red collar to provide a better fit into the car's ciggy socket. This is what I would try first.


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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 20:08

Monday, Mar 30, 2015 at 20:08
What most don't realise Andy is that many cig lighter plugs may have 2 or more spring arms that make mechanical contact but that in some only one of those contact surfaces makes electric contact.

The solution is to use a plug with 4 contact arms e.g. lion brand.



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