We were contacted regarding PowerHunt 12 Volt products by a representative of the firm.
Vicki replied that she had visited their site some months before but that the contact provided the impetus to revisit.
Update: On October 28, 2011, we became aware that the Power-Hunt.com website had gone down. The links to their pages that had been shown below have therefore become invalid. We have therefore removed the links and placed the URL in text form for reference purposes. Vicki also revised the verbs to past tense.
The website said
This is an advantage, they say, because "40% (up to 1000 Watts) of battery power is lost during DC to AC conversion." [http://www.power-hunt.com/efficient.php]
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 were:
In reviewing the website for information about their 12 volt products, Vicki made a number of observations:
Although PowerHunt said they had 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."
Let's look at that guarantee again: 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 appeared 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 A/C 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
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 were sturdier than other 12-volt products, Vicki questions whether their quality matched or exceeded that of regular A/C-powered appliances.
One indication of the supposed quality of the PowerHunt 12 volt griddle was its ability to heat up to 400°F, but Vicki points out that her electric skillet does the same thing.
PowerHunt stressed the mobility [http://www.power-hunt.com/12-volt-mobility.php] of their products. Although the Mobile Pack required no wiring (such as to a driver's truck's batteries), the PowerHunt 12 volt products drew power off a battery with "up to 35 minutes of usable power between recharges."
Recharging requires plugging the unit into the "vehicle's lighter/accessory socket." While this is more mobile than using shore power, for a professional truck driver this is about as mobile as a battery-connected inverter.
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 any truck stop.
Perhaps the quality of PowerHunt 12 volt products is so superior that these observations melt away to nothing. So, you tell us:
If you are a professional truck driver and you use one or more PowerHunt 12 volt products (or have used one within the last 6 months), we invite you to review it/them on this page through the form below, answering questions such as these: