Fast food may be the quickest and most convenient way to eat on the go, but it’s usually not the cheapest or healthiest. If you spend a lot of time in your car, whether you’re a trucker or a road-traveler, then a car bain-marie may be the best way to maintain a healthy, frugal diet.

What types of food warmers are there?

There are three main types of automotive food warmers: microwave ovens, combination warmers/coolers, and specialty cookers that use some type of heating element. One of the things that most of these devices have in common is that they are powered by 12V. You can usually plug them into your car’s cigarette lighter without a fuse.

In other cases, you may need to use an accessory socket or install a circuit with your own fuses. The main emissions are automotive microwaves, which are reduced microwaves intended for use in recreational vehicles (RVs) and boats. These little microwaves are great if you need to reheat some pre-cooked meals, but they require a lot more energy than conventional food warmers.

If you want to cook raw food, you may need to install car inverter with its own dedicated circuit and fuse.

Automotive food warmers and cookers

Multicooker RoadPro 12 V

A 12V multicooker is one of the most reliable ways to cook or reheat food safely on the road.

Car food warmers can heat up slowly. This makes them well suited for those who spend a lot of time on the road, but there are several different types worth considering.

One of the best ways to reheat or cook food on the go is with a slow cooker or slow cooker. Based on the «slow and slow» principle, a slow cooker that is compatible with your car’s electronic system is a great way to prepare meals on the go if you have a lot of free time.

If you want to reheat food on shorter trips, you may want a dual-powered AC/DC device that runs on either 12V DC or 120V AC. This will allow you to start lunch on the road, then plug it into the wall at work and have it ready for dinner. Of course you can always to plug car inverter and use a travel bain-marie powered by 120VAC.

Electric lunch boxes and combined car food warmers/coolers

Portable food warmer

Portable food warmers such as the RoadPro 12v portable stove can heat, reheat or cook food.

Electric lunch boxes are great if you have hot food that you want to keep warm. These devices are not capable of cooking and are not suitable for reheating food that is cold, but they can keep hot food hot until you are ready for it.

Some devices are capable of reheating leftovers, so be sure to check the specs if that’s what you’re looking for. Combo units are similar to electric lunch boxes but provide much more utility. The actual warming and cooking remains the same, so you won’t be able to cook breakfast on your way to work. However, these devices can be used as coolers to keep drinks cold.

Automotive microwave ovens

The best type of car food warmer for people with short trips is the microwave. Unlike traditional car food warmers, car microwave ovens can heat up or cook food very quickly. But they require a lot of energy.

Given the amperage requirements, you may need to connect the microwave to the fuse panel or directly to the battery using the built-in fuse. Running such a power hungry device with the engine off is a great way to discharge or discharge the battery .

Looking for the best car food warmer

There are several use cases that are suitable for certain situations. A traditional heater is a good choice if you’re on the road for long periods, but a microwave can get the job done faster.

You should not solely look at devices sold as car food warmers. While there are many devices in this category, there are many more cookers, heaters, and other cooking gadgets designed for the RV market. And since most of these devices run on 12V DC, they can probably work in your car too.

Just make sure your alternator and battery are up to the task. For example, some automotive food warmers and microwave ovens with particularly high amperage requirements may require high output power generator .

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