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Initially good and then not
on December 20, 2014
Changing my review from a 4 to a 1
The next time I went to use this coffee maker, the plug got fairly hot, not just warm. I called RoadPro, and they told me that the unit should not heat up and must be defective. They advised me to return it. That was after I called at least a half dozen times at various times throughout the day and received a recorded message. Once I finally did get to speak to someone, she was courteous and seemed to know the product.
The only reason I'm not returning it is because I like the 16 oz metal carafe. and it works well with my home coffee maker.
I purchased this coffee maker for my 5th wheel camper, which is equipped with two beefy two deep-cycle batteries. I haven't taken any specific readings, but have noted that the battery meter hasn't taken a big dip when comparing the before and after. The plug does get warm but seems okay. I turn the unit off as soon as it's done brewing anyway.
As other reviewers have indicated, it takes about 15-20 minutes to brew coffee, and it's very warm but not hot. Good enough for me. What do you really expect from a 12v coffee maker?
If you're planning to use this with anything but a large truck or deep-cycle battery, you'll probably blow fuses and be disappointed. The manufacturer should do a better job of advising the requirements and set expectations.
I personally don't like the built-in filter. It may be handy for some, but I much prefer using the small brown paper filters from the grocery store.
The mounting bracket is fairly useless, so get out a small philips screwdriver and remove it as soon as you take it out of the box. The mounting bracket causes the unit to be lopsided and is only valuable if you're going to permanently mount the unit.
This is the only 12v coffee maker that doesn't have a glass carafe. Why oh why would any manufacturer include a glass carafe with a 12v coffee maker??? As a result, this is the only real option for a 12v coffee maker.
All in all, it's good but not great. I worry a bit about how hot the plug gets, so I wouldn't leave the coffee maker unattended.