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All 12-volt coffee makers have a 12V DC plug that fits into a socket once described as the cigarette lighter on your RV’s dashboard. Every appliance will have its own pros and cons, and you will have to learn about them beforehand. We’ve rounded up coffee makers that are ideal for lone road warriors who simply can’t do without the 12-volt option.
Getting a hot cup of Joe on the go
Focusing on the end result here, we included not only coffee makers but also electric kettles and even battery-operated espresso machines. You could definitely use all of them in any vehicle - a pickup truck or even a car. They hold special value for RV'ers seeking a cup of coffee while boondocking without any shore power.
1. MobiBrewer Portable Coffee Maker
This nifty device is both a coffee maker and a travel mug. And to make it even more convenient, it uses K-cups for brewing. No need to worry about loose coffee grounds making a mess. The system can heat water of any temperature but will brew quicker with warmer water.
It's super compact and easy to take with you wherever you go. A 12V car adapter is included with the shipment.
2. Conqueco Portable Espresso Maker
Espresso on the go? You betcha! This portable espresso maker is compact and easy to operate. All you have to do is insert a Nespresso pod, pour water to the marked line, press the button to boil water, then pump it and enjoy your espresso. You'll enjoy a hot espresso in about 12 minutes. It comes with a 12V car charger.
3. Makita Cordless Coffee Maker
This neat cordless coffee maker is battery-operated with the help of an 18V LXT battery. On one battery charge, it can brew up three 5-ounce cups of coffee. It can brew one 5-ounce coffee in a matter of 5 minutes. You don't even need to use a paper filter as the permanent drip filter allows for the grounds to be directly poured into it. It stands just under 9 inches tall.
4. Portable French Press Coffee Maker
If you love the taste of French press coffee, you can now enjoy it on the go, too. This portable French press coffee maker is vacuum insulated with a 12-ounce capacity. It has a full immersion and a pressurized plunger press. The stainless steel filter is reusable. It takes about 4 minutes of brew time before you can enjoy your coffee.
5. Wagan Stainless Steel Heated Travel Mug
Say goodbye to the days of cold coffee in a travel mug. This travel mug features a nifty 12V plug-in heating apparatus that keeps your coffee warm. In less than 30 minutes, it can heat up the contents to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The double-walled stainless steel construction maintains heat for up to 2 hours after it has been unplugged.
6. East Mount Smart Travel Mug
This smart travel mug makes it easy to keep your beverage warm. The 12V cord easily plugs into your vehicle. Then, all you have to do is use the (+) and (-) buttons to set your desired temperature between 86 degrees F to 194 degrees F. You can even pick from two sleek colors: black or white.
7. Travel Holiday Coffee Maker
This 12-volt coffee maker looks like any other house appliance, and will instantly look familiar in any setting. Like other electric coffee makers for RVs, this device plugs into your RV’s cigarette lighter socket. It has the capacity to store up to 1 liter of water at a time, making it possible to brew 4 cups of coffees in the same batch.
8. 12-volt Portable Coffee Maker by BeautyShe
You probably haven’t heard of Oushiba before, but they’re a popular appliances brand in China, known for making high-quality electrical appliances with a stylish appearance. Their 12-volt coffee maker is no different, and it uses smart aesthetics that can overhaul your RV’s appearance. It has the capacity to brew one cup of coffee at a time, which is convenient for lone RV travelers.
9. Portable Car Electric Kettle by Fdit
Another lesser-known manufacturer made our list because of their commitment to making high-quality electric appliances. This coffee maker can brew up to 4 cups of coffee in one batch. It has various safety features to ensure that there is one less worry on your travels, and this includes the auto power-off feature that promptly shuts off the device when it’s boiling. Furthermore, this device is easy to use and can be plugged into your dashboard’s cigarette lighter socket.
10. Electric Coffee Maker by Uniox
Uniox is a popular appliance manufacturer but isn’t too popular in the United States. Their electric coffee maker for RVs caught our attention because of its stainless steel cylindrical shell. It utilizes several safety features such as food-grade silicone and stainless steel for high quality. Furthermore, the use of a digital temperature display to help you keep track of temperature makes it all the more useful.
This device can prepare one cup of coffee in one batch. It utilizes thick film heating technology for faster, more reliable heating.
11. Wacaco Pipamoka Portable Coffee Maker
It's easy to brew your coffee and drink it out of this single device. The pressure brewer produces coffee in about 2 minutes. All you have to do is fill the water chamber and drop the coffee basket into it. It's important to note that this device doesn't heat up the water.
12. Stainless Steel Travel Kettle
Heat your water or other beverages on the go. When plugged in, it takes about 30 minutes for it to heat the contents to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It will fit in most vehicles' cup holders with no problem. When the water reaches the boiling point, the light on the kettle will turn from red to green.
13. Gulrear 12V Electric Kettle
This travel kettle has a double-layer design to keep you safe and the contents warm. It has a display screen where you can set the desired water temperature. It also comes with clips and car holders so you can place it in the most convenient spot.
14. 12-Volt Coffee Maker By Choice
This 12-volt coffee maker is easy to use and gets the job done. It can bring 300 ml of water to a boil in as little as 10 minutes. It makes use of 304 food grade stainless steel which does not corrode when it comes in contact with water. The cup is easy to clean with a neutral detergent.
15. Electric Coffee Maker by QIN.J.FANG
This premium coffee maker is designed for the RV traveler who is always on the road. It adopts a 304 stainless steel to ensure both safety and ease of use. The plastic cover looks elegant and provides a stable grip and is insulated from heat.
The device can boil 1.3 liters of water in just a few minutes, making it perfect for fans of coffee.
If you're new to RV'ing and wonder why you can't just use a regular coffee maker (you actually can - as long as you have shore power), we invite you to learn more about the topic here:
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