The Best Microwave For Truckers 2017-10-09T15:19:27+00:00
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Having a microwave inside your truck is very convent and will save you a lot of money. Lets take a look at the best microwave for truckers and other helpful appliances I used when I was a OTR driver. Most truckers today have a power inverter that is rated for about 1000 watts of power. So the optimal microwave for truck drivers would be in the 600 to 800 watt range. Do not buy a microwave with the same wattage as your power inverter or you will have electrrical issues.

Using a microwave in a truck will pull a large amount of energy from the trucks electrical system. For optimal microwave performance at idle you must increase the idle RPM’s to 1,000 -1,200 . You will find that your microwave will cook much faster than simply idling your truck.

The Best Microwave For Truckers

Danby 700 Watt – .7 cubic Foot Microwave (Budget Friendly Option)

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This Microwave made by Danby is rated at 700 watts and is only priced right. This is the perfect wattage for a thousand watt power inverter and it is small enough to fit just about anywhere in your truck or RV.

  • Runs quite
  • 14″ Internal Cook Compartment
  • Sturdy Power cord
  • 17 1/2″ W X 10 3/16″ H X 13″ D (outside)
  • 10 Power levels
  • Available in black, stainless and white

Panasonic 950 Watt – .8 cubic Foot Microwave

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This Panasonic microwave is just under 1,000 watts and will provide faster cooking times than the 700 watt microwave. With that being said you should probably have a larger power inverter  greater than 1,000 watts.

  • Outside measures – 11″ x 19 3/16″ x 14 13/16″
  • 950 Watts

 

RoadPro Portable Stove (12 Volt Only)

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Out of all the 12 volt appliances this oven by RoadPro is probably the most functional of them all. Simply insert a disposable aluminum liner and bake or cook whatever you want.

  • Reaches about 300 degrees
  • Draws 12 Amps – 144 Watts (Only use while engine is running/idling)
  • Will heat up a frozen breakfast sandwich in about an hour
  • Decent quality overall quality with air tight lid (use less water for cooking than normal as it does not evaporate)
  • Fits cheap disposable 8″x 4″ aluminum tins
  • Cooks meat, rice, noodles/pasta veggies, bread and just about everything else
  • Reheat leftovers easily
  • Power cord is about 5 feet long
  • 12 volt ONLY

Novopal – 1000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Power Inverter

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This an excellent, high quality and safe power inverter. With 1,000 watts of continuous power and a peak/start up of 2,000 watts you will be able to power just about anything in your truck. This is a high end inverter without a  the high end price tag.

  • 3 outlets – manual on/off switch
  • LCD read out for – power input, output/use and battery level
  • Produces PURE SINE WAVE (safe for all electronics)
  • Automatic shutdowns if unit detects issues such as overheating, overload and over/under voltage
  • 13 month warrenty
  • Replaceable 25 amp fuse (easy to get to)
  •  Wired remote On/Off switch with a 9.5 foot cable. This allows you to turn of the inverted from a switch rather than having to use the switch on the inverter.