Best Electric Camping Kettle | 4 Electric Kettles for Hot Water – Fast!

Heating up water on a brisk morning outdoors can be made as simple as the push of a button when you’re working with the best electric camping kettle! Use your campsite electric box or your car’s cigarette lighter to power these kettles and get that coffee brewing!

Sneak Peak

Best Electric Camping Kettle for Wall Outlet

LOUTYTUO Ultrathin

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  • Five minute boil time
  • Collapsible design takes up very little space
  • Weighs less than two pounds
  • Reliable auto-shutoff safety

Best Electric Camping Kettle for Cigarette Lighter

Qiilu Electric Car Kettle

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  • Largest capacity electric camping kettle
  • Does not require a wall outlet
  • Weighs less than two pounds
  • Reliable auto-shutoff safety

Overview

LOUTYUTUO Ultrathin

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Qiilu Electric Car
Kettle

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IronRen Portable Electric Kettle

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Fdit Portable Car Electric Kettle

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Best Electric Camping Kettle

Best Cigarette Lighter Camping Kettle

Wall Outlet
Value Pick

Cigarette Lighter Value Pick

Electric Source

Outlet

Cigarette Lighter

Outlet

Cigarette Lighter

Capacity

29 oz / 0.85 L

40 oz / 1.2 L

29 oz / .85 L

34 oz / 1.0 L

Time to Boil

5 Minutes

20-25 Minutes

2-5 Minutes

20-25 Minutes

Weight

0.5 Lbs

4.4 Lbs

0.5 Lbs

6.25 Lbs

What to Consider When Selecting the Best Electric Camping Kettle for You

Electric Source

These kettles are made for car campers! With two major sources of electricity, your major decision is if you’ll always have access to an electric outlet or not! Half of the electric camping kettles on this list use the normal wall outlet style plug, just like what you might find at home to plug in the TV or vacuum.

The other two kettles plug directly into your cigarette lighter! On the one hand, you’ll need to use gas and turn the car on to get the juices flowing but this is far more reliable than reserving an RV pad just so you can make some tea.

Capacity

The last major consideration is the capacity of the kettle. Keeping in mind that one cup of tea may run you 8 – 16 or even over 20 ounces of water (0.5-0.6 L), depending on which type of camping mug you’re using, a family will need significantly more capacity than a couple boiling water using these electric camping kettles.

The portable kettles made for wall outlets on this list hold significantly less than their cigarette lighter counterparts so even though the Ultrathin may only take five minutes to boil, you’ll need almost three pots to reach the same amount of hot water as the Qiilu cigarette lighter kettle.

Time to Boil

With such different power sources and sizes, it’s no surprise that these will take dramatically different timespans to get water near-boiling. The traditional outlet focused models have a low time to boil at 5 minutes or less while trying to boil water from your car engine is likely to take 4 or 5x as long.

While that sounds like a clear dealbreaker – remember the smaller capacities in other portable kettles as well as the reliability of always having your car around. Even at twenty minutes, the best electric camping kettle is the one that doesn’t require making a fire while you’re still groggy from the morning sunrise.

1. LOUTYUTUO Ultrathin

Best Electric Camping Kettle

best electric camping kettle

The aspect that immediately stands out about the best electric camping kettle for plug-in outlets is its small packaging – the ability to collapse down to just 2 inches high gives you much more space than one of the larger more traditional open fire kettles and weighs significantly less! The silicon exterior won’t insulate as well as our second pick for plug-in kettles and likely won’t last nearly as long as a more sturdy stainless steel exterior but we think the size convenience makes up for those drawbacks!

With dual-voltage, you can use this electric camping kettle almost anywhere around the world where you can find an outlet. Get your water boiling today with Loutyutuo’s ultrathin collapsible camping kettle!

2. Qillu Electric Car Kettle

Best Cigarette Lighter Camping Kettle

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For the van dwellers and car campers among us, the Qillu offers a great source of hot water through just a cigarette lighter! With a five cup capacity, you’ll be able to make coffee or heat up some ramen for the whole crew.

As with all cigarette lighter electric camping kettles, you’ll need around 20min to head up the water but you can use that time to warm your toes up too if you sit with it in your vehicle! With an insulated exterior, your water will stay much hotter inside the thermos of water the kettle produces (especially compared to the silicon kettle above)!

3. IronRen Portable Electric Kettle

Wall Outlet Value Pick

619jngiyMyL. AC SL1500

The IronRen kettle is a wall outlet electric camping kettle that offers similar boil time and capacity as the Loutyutuo Ultrathin housed in an insulated stainless steel interior & exterior. More suited to hold water for a longer time, this kettle has a design and profile than most portable kettles but cannot collapse like the Loutyutuo.

For a great all-around outlet-based travel kettle that offers great insulation camping in the cold, this is the kettle for you!

4. Fdit Portable Car Electric Kettle

Cigarette Lighter Value Pick

71GZb2iYfZL. AC SL1001

This cigarette lighter electric camping kettle is the closest thing you’ll find to the traditional kettle design, but with a more portable power source! A little smaller than Qillu’s car kettle, this will also boil water in about twenty minutes when hooked up to your car. About two pounds heavier than Qillu’s, this electric camping kettle might add some more to your overall loadout but shouldn’t affect too much since you’ll be using it primarily in your car!

With a primarily plastic exterior, this kettle is a great pick if you aren’t ready to splurge on the absolute best electric camping kettle and want to drop a lower dollar amount on your first try!

Conclusion

Hopefully, you’ve found a great way to heat up your water while braving the elements in your car or van! If you want a more rustic experience, check out our favorite open fire kettles! Ready for a cup of backcountry joe? We’ve also found the easiest ways to make great coffee with ultralight gear.

If you’re like me and leave your drink around for twenty minutes before remembering to drink it – check out our opinion on the best insulated vacuum mugs for camping!

Robbie
Co-Founder | Editor at Midwest Camping | Website | See related work

Robbie is a Co-Founder and editor at Midwest Camping. Robbie has backpacked over two hundred miles of the Appalachian trail, visited seventeen national parks, and camped regularly for the last two decades.

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