Low wattage 240volt kettle

Submitted: Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:14
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I don't know if such a thing exist as I haven't been able to find one in my googling but thought the learned folk on this site might be able to help out. I'm looking for a low wattage (<500 watts) kettle of about 1litre in size to carry with me in the truck. Does anyone know of such an appliance?
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Pete
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Reply By: Member No 1- Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:33

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:33
why low watts it will still take the same amount of energy to boil any given qty of water...be it with 500watts or 2kW
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:53

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:53
Sorry shoud've indicated in the original post that I was just sussing out wether or not something is available to run off a 500 watt inverter.
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Reply By: psproule - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:36

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:36
I'm guessing 'cause he wants to run it off an inverter.

I haven't seen one at all but I have seen 12v kettles. Said to be not very good though.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:55

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 16:55
Yeah psproule I tossed one of those into a roadside bin somewhere - they are next to useless.
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Reply By: Muddy doe (SA) - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 17:33

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 17:33
To suggest an alternative, we use the $20 butane stove and a 1 litre billy/kettle.

Take anywhere and boils in around 10 minutes. Does not flatten your battery either! You can also cook on it. Can be left packed in vehicle for emergencies.

Even 500w @ 240v is a lot of amps at 12 volts. I could probably work it out but can't be bothered. Much less of course than a normal 2000w kettle but it just means it will take 4 times longer to boil. This is probably not an issue and just means 10 minutes instead of 2 minutes (about the same time as gas).

Suffice to say that gas is WAY more efficient for heating water than a 12 volt battery.

Cheers
Muddy
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Reply By: piddlefimp - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 19:11

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 19:11
Hi Patrol22, yes such an animal does exist!!!

I got one from Aldi, it's a (Mezzo Travel Kettle KR 303 600w .4ltr), a bit bigger than you want.

I use it with a 1kv Yamaha genny, it works great and quite fast to boil, then again it's only 4 cups of water.

What's really good about it is on very hot days your not adding more heat to the van with the gas burning to heat a standard kettle

Hope you get what you want.

cheers

piddlefimp
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Follow Up By: Steve Ellis - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 20:01

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 20:01
What about taking the butane stove and kettle outside ?
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, May 15, 2009 at 20:55

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 20:55
Hi Pete

I keep looking for that sort of stuff and have not come across one.

Even tonight after watching new star trek movie we wandered though havey Norman and at less saw a small snack oven which only used 500-600w for our smaller inverter.

So we stick with our long life thermos , and dangle one of those 150w 12v immersion heaters in it as required.

Jaycar had a proper coffee perc machine which was closest I have seen advertized claiming 300w direct of 12v , however 300w of 12v direct is a lot and I couldn't verify from it documention if this was true , I suspect thats a peak , and also its a perc machine not just a kettle however I might get one just to rip out its element and see if it can be put to use. ( CAT. GH1381)

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Reply By: Patrol22 - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 07:53

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 07:53
Thanks everyone...as I suspected there probably isn't such a beast. Guess I'll just keep on using the gas burner and fill the thermos each morning.
Cheers
Pete
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Reply By: Honky - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:09

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:09
I am sure I seen 12 volt travelling kettles and supercheap or autobarn.
Honky
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Reply By: Horacehighroller - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:33

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 09:33
When we were travelling around Europe my we had a 12V immersion heater.

It only took a couple of minutes to boil enough for 2 cuppas.

Peter
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Reply By: V64Runner - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:47

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:47
I`ve had one of those things that you plug into the cigarette lighter since 1986 and the darn things still works a treat. Holds enough water to make three cups of tea/coffee etc and clips onto the window sill, so boil hile you drive and when ready pull over and you have ready made boiling water. Still see them in camping shops here in Perth
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:16

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:16
Thanks for the tip V64Runner I'll be in Perth in early July so will have a look if I can't find one in the meantime.
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Reply By: V64Runner - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:51

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 12:51
When next I am in a camping shop I`ll try to remember which shop I was in and where to get them, but I know I have DEFINATELY seen then around. Maybe an Army surplus store would have them as well.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:38

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:38
Not Quite but close pete

In Ray's today , saw a 650w 240vac unit specifically for travelling with just a 2 cup capacity.

Would be what you after if you had an inverter setup.

As heaters are resistive it would probably work off the standard 600w size item.

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Follow Up By: Patrol22 - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:59

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 17:59
Thanks for the tip Robin..there is a Ray's just down the road from me so I will drop in for a looksee.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, May 18, 2009 at 07:59

Monday, May 18, 2009 at 07:59
Expensive little tem about $60 , it was on a stand with a travel iron , both under name "Travel Mate" at Victorias nunawading store.
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