Cargo Area AC Outlet - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Road Test

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe: Cargo Area AC Outlet

February 7 , 2014

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

So last night it was my turn to cook. I'm a fan of sugar meat so I made pulled pork for sandwiches. Took the slow cooker to the dinner spot knowing full well that the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe has an AC outlet in its cargo area. Figured I could use that combo to warm dinner before it was time to eat.

No such luck.

Turns out, the outlet is rated at 150 watts and the slow cooker draws 240. Not even close. I should have known better. I'm yet to find any useful electronic device with power demands low enough to be functional when plugged into these low-power outlets. Even small car vacuums don't make the cut.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor


  • barich1 barich1 Posts:

    A laptop is about the only thing I can think of

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    chargers for anything that doesn't plug into the 12V outlets

  • ryster ryster Posts:

    You should have been able to plug the slow cooker in and set it to "low" or "warm" with no issues. Putting it on High would not be advisable. You could probably get a 2 plug adapter and run both a laptop and an inkjet printer from that outlet.

  • kirkhilles1 kirkhilles1 Posts:

    Hmm, too bad. When I first saw the picture I thought "wow, great idea!", but if you can't use it for tailgating related activities (fridge, electric grill, etc) then its pretty pointless in that area. That's different from one around the entertainment center which would house mostly electronics.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    im having a hard time finding something usefull to use that for too besides a phone/gameboy charger. maybe a small travel dvd/tv combo. maybe an electric air compressor or a corded impact wrench (probably not enough power for those)

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Get real - no car 110V outlet is going to support much in the way of resistive heating element appliances. You know those items that draw by far the most power in your home, the electric range and electric dryer? Yeah - resistive heating elements.

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    I always see these things as plug ins for recharging phones, laptops, and Tesla cars.

  • willin58_ willin58_ Posts:

    Did you try it on the "Low" setting? That has worked for me in the past.

  • darex darex Posts:

    I have one of these in my Hyundai Veloster. In over two years of ownership, I have yet to find a need to use it.

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