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Running a Hot Water Kettle on Solar Power Inverter in Cades Cove

Need my coffee and teas even when camping way off-grid

We love our coffee. We also love the simplicity of an electric hot water kettle. Therefore, running a hot water kettle on solar is a no-brainer. I have the start the day off on the right foot. Running the electric hot water kettle on solar uses a lot more energy than most people think. I wanted to show everyone how much power it takes to heat water using this method.

Water kettle running on power inverterRunning our water kettle off our IC-2000 Inverter Charger

Plugging in the hot water tank into the back of our Sprinter van is easy. We will let our solar and battery system do all the work. It does a great job, but it really drains our battery bank. Take a look at the DC load the hot water kettle draws from our battery bank. Our Go Power 2000 Inverter Charger shows the real time DC drain when running items on our batteries. As you can see we are draining 148.5 Amps to heat our water. 

Remote for IC-2000 shows the amp draw from inverter charger.148.5 Amp Draw using water kettle on the inverter.

It takes about 15 minutes to heat, but when our battery is low from over use, we needed to head out into the sun. While this is a big load, it is only temporary and we decided we didn’t care because hot coffee is alright by us. It was too shady at our National Park campsite in Cade’s Cove. No worries, a little drive into the sun will let our 320 Watts of solar charge the battery back up in no time.

Camping off-grid in Cade’s Cove in Smokey Mountain National ParkOff-grid camping in the national park.

Adding in a little coffee or tea in the afternoon always makes my camping experience a little better. Knowing that I can do it on electricty created by solar power makes the coffee taste better :)

Since we wrote this article I have switched back and forth from French Press, Pour Over and Espresso. need to do an article on running my esspresso maker off grid as well.


This is a great entry levelf Go Power's Inverter Charger Kit. They offer the Elite and Extreme kits. These have different amounts of solar and also different size Inverter units.

The Go Power! Elite Solar Kit - IC-2000 - 380 Watts of solar

We have found these kits contain much of what you need for getting going with off-grid solar and inverter power. We have also added lithium battery and sealant as well