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Does anyone else use a low wattage kettle to maximise their use of solar electricity and minimise topping up from the grid on dull days?

If so which one?
 

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Sure do, the other half always complains how long it takes to boil but free is free 馃榿 & to be honest its only a few minutes longer than a quick boil kettle..
Everyone want things instantly, no patience these days 馃檮..
I got mine from a camping shop a few years ago..
 

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Great idea. Hate seeing my smart meter display go red when i turn on the kettle! When the current one claps out i will go lower.
 

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We are using a Swiss Luxx 650W stainless kettle which was bought online some four years ago. Works well and have really never noticed the time to boil, I suppose we just don鈥檛 stand watching and waiting.

I have always wondered why no one advertises a 鈥楽olar鈥 kettle especially for houses with PV generation, or is it just too difficult to explain why it is a good idea.
 

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For decades the japanese have used always on hot water pots which dispense water for tea/coffee. I first saw these in the late 70's. They are low power (500-900 watts) due to the power constraints on the domestic supply, back then 3kW supply to the home, thats 30A at 100v so everything was low power and still is.

A common brand of these thermo pots

These are available from various vendors in the UK now and are probably a good match for Solar + battery. Search for thermo pot. Not all are low power in europe though.
 

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Could you give us the first letter of the name of the shop?
Well when I say shop, it was more a stall at a country fair I was at, they specialised in camping stuff but any camping supplier should do them in store or online ...
 

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We have a "Caravan" kettle that we bought from Aldi. 1,000Watt element. Also have an Air Fryer that is 1400Watt, which is ideal for cooking most things without the need to put the oven on. A lot of the time it means we can boil the kettle or cook a meal using our PV power.
 

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Does anyone else use a low wattage kettle to maximise their use of solar electricity and minimise topping up from the grid on dull days?

If so which one?
I did have a 900 watt kettle, but it was a plasticiky affair and leaked after 18 months. Now have a 1800watt temperature Hublmex, vacuum insulated.

Actually a bigger gain on the solar was making the washing machine heater element thyristor controlled, sitting about about 1200 watts. It's no big deal in time if most washes are at 40.
 

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I have always wondered why no one advertises a 鈥楽olar鈥 kettle especially for houses with PV generation, or is it just too difficult to explain why it is a good idea.
... or a dishwasher, or washing machine, or tumble drier. All it needs is a 'solar friendly' button to reduce the heater power.
I have a camping kettle from Sainsbury's although it is 1kW, it still helps me minimise the water I use which adds to the savings.
 
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