Reviews of PowerHunt 12 Volt Products
None of the PowerHunt products [http://www.power-hunt.com/12-volt-appliances.php] has the pot-like cooking capacity of a crock pot, hot pot or electric skillet. But the flat surface of an electric skillet comes closest to their 12 volt Griddle [http://www.power-hunt.com/12-volt-griddle.php].
The other PowerHunt 12 Volt products are:
In reviewing the website for information about their 12 volt products, Vicki made a number of observations:
Although PowerHunt says they have a "100% Satisfactory Guarantee [http://www.power-hunt.com/guarantee.php]," "Customers may return Power Hunt products within 7 days of receipt of shipment for a refund."
Not 30 days, not 60 days, not a year, but 7 days. To us, this seems hardly enough time for a long haul professional driver to test a product, let alone enough time to get it back to the post office for a return if it doesn't work well or falls short of his/her expectations.
As of February 2011, the PowerHunt 12 volt products appear to have a proprietary plug that can be used only with their own power kit -- not be plugged into a standard 12-volt cigarette lighter outlet or standard AC outlet.
So in the event that a truck driver has a change in situation and leaves his/her truck for a period of time (such as during time off, during vacation, or retiring from the trucking industry), the appliances with a proprietary plug will be unusable. The same can be argued for using other 12-volt appliances with cigarette lighter plugs where only AC electrical outlets are available.
The price [http://www.power-huntstore.com/category_s/44.htm] of the 12 volt Griddle
In February 2011, Vicki priced a PowerDrive 1500-Watt Inverter (a product she and Mike have used in their truck) at $114.53, and a brand new AC-powered Presto 16-inch Electric Skillet (which is similar, if not identical, to the electric skillet she and Mike use) at $46.96 -- for a total of $161.49. This isn't a big difference from the PowerHunt combo product.
While it appears that PowerHunt 12 volt products are sturdier than other 12-volt products, Vicki questions whether their quality matches or exceeds that of regular AC-powered appliances. One indication of the supposed quality of the PowerHunt 12 volt griddle is its ability to heat up to 400°F, but Vicki points out that her electric skillet does the same thing.
We also observe by first hand experience that DC-to-AC inverters can be purchased at major chain truck stop locations and electric skillets can be purchased in many discount retail stores. We have never seen PowerHunt products on sale at a truck stop.
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