How to Boil Water While Traveling (12v Kettle Boiling Time)

When it says while traveling, it does not mean that you can boil water while you are actually moving. A little common sense is involved in this process and a little common sense will prevent any injury and damage to your vehicle when you try this activity.

A 12V hot water kettle take up to 30 minutes to boil water and running your car during that time is not economical.

To learn more about boiling water while traveling just continue reading our article. The content is based on the fact that you are traveling in your car and do not have a trailer, camper, or RV to use to make this process faster.

12v Kettle Boiling Time


Traditional 12v water kettles can take between 28 to 30 minutes to boil water. But their use requires you to keep the car running. If you don’t run your car, you could drain your battery.

The amount of time it will take to get boiling water will depend on how much water you want to boil. Larger amounts take longer than smaller amounts. Unfortunately, even modern technology doesn't come to your rescue.

More up-to-date 12v water kettles can take up to 45 minutes to get the water hot enough. The good news here is that not all modern water kettles are that inefficient.

You can get some devices that will heat your water somewhere between 15 to 18 minutes. The time it takes to boil water is not your only drawback when you want fresh hot coffee while on the road.

You will need to factor in the size of the water pot as well as the cost of the device. many are not cheap, especially the good ones. Once you have considered all the factors, you may end up buying an old-fashioned gas stove and use that to boil hot water.

How can I Heat Water in my Car?

The best way to do this is to plug in a water kettle designed to work with your cigarette lighter. There are a lot of vehicles that have these outlets and they are not just to heat up a burner so you can safely light a cigarette.

The water kettles that are made to be used in your car, come with the right plug to fit that outlet. All you have to do is fill the kettle with water, place the kettle into your cup holder and plug it in. After plugging it in, just turn it on and wait.

While we said it is not smart to do this while driving, it is possible to do this process safely as you drive down the road. The key is to be on smooth roads for the next 20 minutes or so.

If the kettle takes longer to boil than advertised, it is possible that the connection between the power source and the kettle is not good. You may want to have your cigarette lighter checked out to see if it is the problem.

Also, when you are going to heat water as you drive, make sure you buy a kettle that will fit inside your cup holder. That will reduce any possibility of things going wrong.

How to Boil Water While Traveling


This is a lot simpler than you think. The process can be done while you are driving but that is not always the best method to try. If you can find one right away, stopping at a rest stop or pull out and boiling your water is the best situation.

The key is to have the right equipment to do the job effectively. Here are a few options you can consider:

1. Traditional travel water kettle- needs the car running to work best. Takes a long time to get the water hot enough to call it boiled.

2. Car kettle- these are smaller and more modern than most traditional 12v water kettles. Some have automatic shut-offs so they are safe to use. They also come in different designs and sizes so you would have to look through the selection and see which one fits your situation best

3. Internal Flame Ghillie Camping Kettle- these are handy little devices to have long for the trip. You do need to be stopped to use them but it is said that this option takes only 3 minutes to boil water.

4. Gas stove- not the big Coleman style but those little gas stoves that have the burner attached to the gas canister. These are lightweight, safe to use, and should not take 15 minutes to get your water hot.

5. Jetboil System- this is like a gas stove but only more powerful and faster. No matches are needed to get a flame and it only takes about 2 minutes to heat the water to a boil. They are great for locations at high altitudes.

6. Old-fashioned campfire- may take a while and you are not always allowed a campfire in many locations but at least the water gets hot and you can boil enough to cover you for the rest of your trip.

7. Bucket heaters- there are two styles for this option. One is a wand that you stick into the water and heat it up. The other is a blanket style that you wrap around the bucket. They also heat up a large amount of water.

Some Final Words

If you do not like stopping as you drive but like to drink hot coffee while on the road, then you should consider one of these options. They are safe, easy to use and you get hot water in a reasonable amount of time.

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