I got this travel cooker when I was constantly outstation. At times I would be out in no man's land for weeks and I was sick and tired of their local diet which is either bread or fries. Constantly eating out was also eating into my budget.
The great thing about having this cooker when travelling, if you are hungry in the night, you can whip out an instant noodle easily or make yourself a hot drink. When I was in India and ran out of drinking water, I use this cooker to boil water from the tap just to be on the safe side. The cooker comes with multiply voltage selector so that you are able to use in most countries and in also include a build in safety protection.
Now in Taiwan and since most of the campsites has an electrical outlet, I decided to make this little cooker part of my camping gears. It is very ideal for boiling water or cooking rice and you don't have to waste a drop of your liquefied butane fuel.
Size: 77 x 155 x 155 mmWeight: 977 grams
Capacity: 1.3 Litres
Power Consumption: 120/ 240 V : 360 Watts, 200/ 240 V : 250 Watts
Power Source: 110-120 volts, 220-240 volts
Overheat prevention device
Voltage reset buttons
The Sanyo Travel Cooker comes with an aluminium non-stick pot, lid, plastic bowl and a selectable voltage heating element.
The aluminium pot has a foldable handle so that it does not take up packing space
the interior of the pot has a non-stick coating similar to electric rice cooker
the sprout at one corner which is convenient for right handed person
bottom of the pot is grooved in so that it sit on the heating element to prevent the pot from topping over
(the burnt stain on the pot was not from the heating element, I have used a solid fuel with the pot and it stained the pot)
the heating element comes with 130cm wire and multi connection plug adaptor
the base of the heating element has a dual voltage selector switch and a circuit breaker
the wire is coiled around the base of the heating element and it comes with a plug holder
total weight of the travel cooker
weight of the heating element
The Sanyo Travel Cooker is one of the most compact travel cooker set around. It is very ideal for people who are frequently travelling to cities. With the internal safety protection, it is safe to use in any hotel room and you are not at the mercy of the hotel late night supper. My cooker set has seen action in Australia, Vietnam and India. Never did it once failed me. The only setback I find is the weight of the heating element but with the convience of cooking at any time, what more can I ask for.
Update Mar 2011
I received few queries on how to cook rice with this cooker. Here's how I did it.
- 1 cup of rice - sufficient for 2 people (our volume)
- fill water to the L marking.
- place pot on heating element and let it boil for 15mins (timing is important)
- off the heating element and allow rice to self cook for another half hour
UPDATE Feb 2013
Currently it is very difficult to find this Sanyo Travel Cooker, there is a almost similar cooker selling for USD45.00. It comes with an Aluminium alloy non-stick pot, fork and spoon, pot lid, bowl and a heating element. If you are interested, you can find the product HERE.