6 Great Electronics Tools for Professional Nomads

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

6 Great Electronics Tools for Professional Nomads


Spending long hours on the road can now be as enjoyable as spending time at home. With the proliferation of electronic devices, life on the road can provide all the amenities you want, whether it’s for communication, entertainment, or eating.

Truck driving might not exist as a profession in the future, but for now, truckers can benefit from technology just like the rest of us. No longer are truckers limited to truck stop coffee and activities, they can enjoy their favorite meals and beverages at their leisure.

1. Warmers/Coolers

Several brands of warmers and coolers are available that let you either keep your food warm or cold by plugging into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter. These units will keep food as cold as 45 degrees F or as warm as 50 degrees above the ambient temperature. Many include exterior cup holders and carry straps.

Iceless coolers are also readily available and function as small refrigerators but can also function as ice chests. Sizes range from about 15 quarts to about 40 quarts.

2. Cookers and Coffeemakers

Eating out can be expensive and unhealthy. A variety of 12-volt cooking appliances provide the trucker with healthy, home cooked meals and snacks at reasonable prices. The 12-volt stove reaches temperatures to 300 degrees and is great for warming or slow cooking using regular cookware.

Twelve-volt slow cookers, sauce pans, and frying pans are available that can fry bacon and eggs, popcorn, or make a very satisfactory stew.

Coffee makers and hot pots can plug into the cigarette lighter and have that morning caffeine ready in no time. An automatic shut off feature means the pot won’t overheat and be ruined in case you forget to turn it off.

3. Dash Cams

No trucker should be without a dash cam. Driving for a living almost ensures that at some point you’ll encounter an accident or crime in progress. A dash cam can be an invaluable asset, particularly if you’re involved in an accident.

Dash cams can also document vehicle tampering or an attempted break in. Some models have lane collision warnings, Bluetooth capability, and lane departure warnings. A dash cam should be on the essential-item list for anyone who spends a substantial amount of time on the road.

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4. Power Inverters

There may be times that you need to convert your 12-volt power to AC power. A power inverter is the answer. It plugs into the cigarette lighter and provides you with the AC power you need. Many inverters are available with multiple outlets so that you can use more than one AC appliance with your single, 12-volt connection.

5. Entertainment

When relaxing after a day of driving, it’s important to have some entertainment, such as a TV for semi-trucks. Truckers who have a smart phone with mobile TV can connect it to their TV and watch TV anywhere they have phone service.

Many TV’s are available with DVD players so you can watch your favorite movie or show independently of your mobile phone. You’ll want quality sound, so a set of 12-volt speakers is a necessity, and they’re available in a variety of price ranges.

By  Claire StewartEmbed

Claire Stewart is a freelance writer and blogger focused on writing about health, travel, and business among other topics. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors in Women’s Studies and currently lives in Seattle with her goldfish, Merlin.


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