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    well, it's sort of electrical.,

    has anyone ever found and used a car kettle that doesnt take 18 mins to boil the water.

    thinking of stashing one in the car jsut in case when we go away if we are stuck we still have the option of noodles etc but an 18 minute wait seems extreme tbh

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    The problem you've got is that you can only pull about 120W from a cig lighter socket. That's all the wiring and connectors are designed to handle. Compare that to your kettle at home, which will be around 3000W.

    If you connect directly to the battery though, with suitably rated cable, you can do better as you can draw maybe 1200W safely. Still not in the league of mains electricity, but closer.

    Have a look at www.roadking.co.uk for truck type kettles and microwave ovens, they're going to be the best you can do.

    What we do when going out green laning in the Pajero is to take a small camping gas cooker to boil water for tea.

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    i did think of a camping stove tbh, might be a better option if i stash it somewhere in the boot.

    hhmm hooking up to the battery sounds interesting.

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    Obviously you can't use a camping gas stove in the car, you'll have to get out and put it on the ground.

    If you know you're going to be needing a noodley snack, you could just fill a thermos with boiling water before you go.

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    yeah i know i would need to use it outside, which is what made me think of the kettle tbh.

    yeah i know thats also an option, think it makes more sense than an 18 minute wait or keeping gas bottles in the car.

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    A converter and a house hold kettle

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    i did think of that but most invertors are low wattage and the high ones are very expensive.

    be cheaper to find a restaurant and eat there lol

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    you can get a three pin plug converter that goes in your cigarette socket .

    Aux socket on one end and three pin holes on the other .

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    Even with an inverter, you'll still only be able to pull 120W from the cig lighter socket. Just because it bumps the voltage up to 230V and converts it to AC, it doesn't magically allow you to get more current. Plus they're less than 100% efficient, so you're actually worse off than using a 12V DC kettle.

    You can get higher power inverters that connect directly to the battery, but if you want more than 900W, they start getting expensive. I've got a 750W one that I can just about run a power drill off, but only for short bursts before it cuts out because the inverter is too hot.

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    think the flask might be the better option then.

    or crisps and a mars bar lol

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