In planning my 2017 Travels in my Prius, I wanted to find a way to cook rice on the road without setting up my stove and sauce pan to cook the rice when I am not in need of cooking other food. I enjoy my RoadPro 12 volt 20 oz water heater so I decided to look for a 12 volt product to cook rice.
The reason I don't use the RoadPro 12 volt water heater is that at the bottom of the RoadPro the heating element is immersed in the liquid and cooking rice means that the rice would get attached to the element.
It took some research to find the 12 volt rice cooker in the picture above. I checked Amazon and eBay but found nothing. I finally found this product on AliExpress for under $30.00.
They make the rice cooker in different voltages. Here my packaging shows that it also comes in 24 volts and the website also had 120 volts and 220 volts. Of course, running this product off of 12 volts is more efficient than running it at 120 volts off the inverter.
Size was also important to me living in my Prius. I was happy to find this product was a mini rice cooker. Thus the size should be accommodated in my Prius travels. In the case of the rice cooker it is not a need but a want. I have lived in my Prius for 4 months for two separate years and didn't have a rice cooker so I can live without it, but I wanted to try it.
This 12 volt rice cooker comes with a small pan on top and this can be used like a double boiler, with the rice on the bottom and a small piece of fish or some chicken cooking on the top. Remember that this is small and will make rice for two but the top pan will cook about enough fish for only one.
The rice cooker accessories come inside the bottom of the pot, except for the serving spoon that is supplied in the box..
The rice cooker comes with a the power cord, measuring cup and extra clips. The clips are a nice feature as the cover is held tightly on with two clips to keep the cover from falling off. There is a small hole on top of the cover to act as a vent to let the expanding air from boiling water pressure out
Check out the handles that flip up from the lid. This makes moving the rice cooker when hot easy without pot holders.
The cooker is 6" tall and 6" diameter at the widest part clip to clip.
Above is the serving spoon supplied with the rice cooker in the box but does not fit into the rice cooker for storage.
My test of cooking rice was done with a spare Prius AGM 12 volt battery.
As I said above the serving spoon would not fit in the rice cooker so a little sanding on my belt sander to the plastic spoon allows me to store it int he pot with the rest of the accessories.
Here are all the accessories now stored in the bottom of the pot including the spoon.
Next I place the top pan back in the rice cooker,
Finally the top of the rice cooker is clipped on and I am ready for the road. Note the small vent hole on the upper right corner with writing that says caution hot.
Another consideration is how many amps does it draw for my Prius 12 volt power system. I fuse my 12 volt Prius circuit at 10 amps. A test shows the rice cooker draws just under 7 amps.
Note that cooking in the rice cooker is not as fast as heating water and cooking on my butane stove, but it gives me flexibility in cooking options. It took me about 30 minutes to make rice.
Of course I will use this cooker on the Prius 12 volt system that I have wired in the back of my Prius with heavy wires to prevent power loss, while the Prius is in "Ready Mode" so the 12 volt Prius battery is not depleted. Just as I do when heating water with the RoadPro water heater.
Since the rice cooker has a wide bottom and sealed lid it will be ok to use while driving. Thus I can plan and have my meal ready when I arrive somewhere and if it is bad weather conditions for cooking with the stove I have the ability to still cook a meal inside the Prius.
After getting my rice cooker I was able to think of other usages of the cooker beyond the rice and cooking meat or fish on the double boiler. Since the inside is coated for easy cleaning, there is no reason whey I can't heat canned soup, make prepackaged dry soups by adding water, cooking beans and cut hot dogs, oatmeal cereal, and so on.
Here is my finished rice and I am ready to use my 12 volt rice cooker on my 2017 travels.