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I will be going away this weekend coming and we need a new kettle, will the cheap ones from Asda be ok, as i noticed they are rated at 2200 watts ?

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We use the cheap ones for our kettle and toaster. ..ours were from Tesco a couple of years ago. ..they work just fine but we only use one 'big power' item at a time, for example electric heating goes off before we turn kettle on etc. As long as you are 'power aware' you should be just fine. ..beats paying the over priced low wattage stuff.

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We bought a new kettle for the caravan yesterday from comet. Its smaller than most domestic ones at 1 litre, so is a nice size for the caravan and power rateing is 1. 8kw, so should be ok on ehu. It was about £20, we also bought the matching toaster to go with it. http://www. comet. co. ...r-Filter/716405

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I know you can run electric kettles and toasters for free when you have EHU, but aren't you missing that lovely smell of toast cooking under a gas grill and the sound of the kettle whistling on the gas hob, the ideal morning accompaniment to the fresh bread roll or, if in the UK, the sizzle of bacon?

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Depends on the EHU where you are going and the rating of the breaker on your van consumer unit for the van sockets.

 

A 6A rating on either will trip the breaker when you put the kettle on.

 

 

 

 

 

Hi All

I will be going away this weekend coming and we need a new kettle, will the cheap ones from Asda be ok, as i noticed they are rated at 2200 watts ?

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http://www. jobsite-generators. com/power_calculators. html

 

The link will help you easily work out which appliances will work together on the site EHU if you know what Amperage the Ehu is . On a 10 Amp EHU my Asda kettle and toaster work together . 6 Amp EHU and I use the gas to boil water .

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I know you can run electric kettles and toasters for free when you have EHU, but aren't you missing that lovely smell of toast cooking under a gas grill and the sound of the kettle whistling on the gas hob, the ideal morning accompaniment to the fresh bread roll or, if in the UK, the sizzle of bacon?

 

Well, funnily enough we carry a whistling kettle for those instances where we don't have EHU or as has previously been mentioned when on a CL with low amp ehu. And yes, grilled toast is better but if my bacon is under the grill getting nice and crispy on the edges, it allows me to do my toast at the same time. ..I'm getting hungry now! :D

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I will be going away this weekend coming and we need a new kettle, will the cheap ones from Asda be ok, as i noticed they are rated at 2200 watts ?

 

2. 2kw equates to 9. 1 amps so if your on a 10 amp hookup and your fridge happens to kicks in at the same time it almost certainly cause the EHU to trip.

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2. 2kw equates to 9. 1 amps so if your on a 10 amp hookup and your fridge happens to kicks in at the same time it almost certainly cause the EHU to trip.

 

And there is nothing worse than having to go cap in hand to reception, in the rain, in your pjs, to get them to reset the trip when there is no reset button on the EHU post. This happened to us in San Remo one dark and stormy night, and we were definitely not flavour of the month at the site when we found that the fridge was all we could work.

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We have been using the cheap Asda kettle and toaster for a long time after spending a lot more for specialist caravan stuff that didn't last. As for the amps we have used the toaster / kettle etc on low amp EHU site and my simple answer is if in any doubt pop the electric heating / water off when you use the kettle/ toaster and only use one at a time never tripped an EHU here or in France yet :)

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We have been using the cheap Asda kettle and toaster for a long time after spending a lot more for specialist caravan stuff that didn't last. As for the amps we have used the toaster / kettle etc on low amp EHU site and my simple answer is if in any doubt pop the electric heating / water off when you use the kettle/ toaster and only use one at a time never tripped an EHU here or in France yet :)

 

Perhaps so but a domestic house kettle most of which are rated at 2kw certainly wont run on 6amp which many European campsite's have there EHU set at .

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Perhaps so but a domestic house kettle most of which are rated at 2kw certainly wont run on 6amp which many European campsite's have there EHU set at .

 

Yes but the Asda Smart range kettle we have is 1200w (all were at the time of us buying) and at 220v that equates to 5. 4A

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We have always used a low wattage kettle from accessory shop. Reasonable fast boil and a same size as a domestic kettle,. For the toaster though, we just use a cheap supermarket one as most of them are only 700w anyway. I hate tripping of the electric as it is really annoying when other people do that.

 

We go on a CL in Yorkshire which only has 6amps and it forever trips off when people overload. You can only have the fridge plus either, kettle, toaster, hot water or heating on at once. People just don't understand this and the poor owner is forever having to re-set the electrics. Hopefully next year they are upping it to 9amps.

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When using EHU on site when available we use Asda cheap kettle / toaster / microwave (not all at once obviously) and have been fine. As said just pop the heater or whatever off and only run one item at a time if in doubt. I read an article on new caravans and another advert selling specialist "caravan" appliances only to find the caravan appliances were almost, if not the same wattage as the cheap Asda smartprice stuff or whatever so just goes to show what a profit people make on the "specialist" stuff. B)

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Got mine from Tesco value range both 750 watts so no problems tripping . About £8 for the two .

 

 

 

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I know you can run electric kettles and toasters for free when you have EHU, but aren't you missing that lovely smell of toast cooking under a gas grill and the sound of the kettle whistling on the gas hob, the ideal morning accompaniment to the fresh bread roll or, if in the UK, the sizzle of bacon?

 

I love that smell as I'm waiting for the bread to turn to charcoal under the gas grill and waiting for it to 'pop' I must be such a good cook as the smoke alarm usually starts cheering me on!! :lol:

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If you van in France etc, beware if you use a high wattage appliance, you will trip, as most are 6amp, we have always had low wattage appliances for that reason. Having said that, our new van has a Microwave so need to watch power consumption, we would hate to trip the site bollard especially on CL's.

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Thanks for all your replies, i have bought a kettle/toaster from sainsburys for less than a tenner, and i will use one or the other,

 

Cheers

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Yes, caravan accessory shops are expensive places to buy these low wattage items. Quite apart from tripping out here and in France (these are often marked 6 amp but are actually more), low wattage items tend to be 'travel' orientated and so smaller and lighter, both of which are relevant to caravanners.

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