Drivemate 24 Volt Microwave

The Drivemate has arrived.

After a gruelling 2 years product development we have taken delivery of the first batch of our new 24 volt microwave ovens.

We can now offer an in vehicle cooking solution for any 24 volt vehicle. The Drivemate is based around a 3000 watt pure sine wave inverter. It has the capability to ‘invert’ 24 volts to 240 volts mains to power the microwave oven as well as other small devices in the cab.drivemate-view-001

Connected via a 50 Amp Anderson connector to the battery feed to the cab, the unit has its own isolation (power) switch, 2 x USB charging ports for mobile phones and tablets and a specially designed display to report the battery power available. Specially designed (patent pending) circuitry also prevents operation of the unit if the voltage is too low that the vehicle might not start.

The Drivemate is available in 2 variations. Either as a complete unit attached to the 20 litre, 800 watt microwave/grill oven or as a stand alone power supply to power your own microwave oven with the option of mounting straps to secure it in a different cupboard or under shelf.

Click here for specifications of the Drivemate microwave oven

Click here for specifications of the Drivemate power supply


Both units are now available in store here in Sellindge or at our online shop:

click here for Drivemate microwave oven

click here for Drivemate power supply

We are already selling these units as fast as we can make them. We expect them to replace the Samsung Roadmate. If you have a Samsung Roadmate we can still repair them but they are no longer available new.

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Microwave Fudge – probably the easiest and tastiest recipe ever.


microwave fudge

microwave fudge

350 ml of Condensed Milk.

300 grams of Chocolate drops ( any flavour) .

Sprinkles to decorate.

Pour the condensed milk and chocolate drops into a 1 – 2 litre microwave safe dish.

microwave fudge

microwave fudge

Microwave on high for 1 minute.

microwave fudge

microwave fudge

While that is melting line a baking tray with lightly greased foil.

Although all of the chocolate drops may not have melted, stir thoroughly for a minute or 2 to ensure both ingredients are mixed.

microwave fudge

microwave fudge

Pour mixture into tray, smooth out and place in fridge for a couple of hours.

microwave fudge

microwave fudge

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Turn out fudge. Cut into pieces and then decorate. Enjoy.

microwave fudge

microwave fudge

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Drivemate 24 volt microwave ovens and Power supply for trucks and HGVs now launched.

After nearly 2 years of work our new Drivemate 24 volt microwave oven is now in production.

drivemate 24 volt microwave oven

drivemate 24 volt microwave oven

24 volt inverter

drivemate power supply. 24 volt inverter capable of powering up to 1500 watts, 240 volts. for use in trucks, HGVs

The picture shows the pre production prototype. Production models will have colour labels fitted to the front. It is a microwave oven and grill combination oven with its own built in power supply and control unit. The fused connections to the rear allow it to be wired directly to the vehicle batteries. LEDs on the front report the vehicle battery voltage and the control unit prevents operation with batteries that don’t have enough power to start the vehicle. There is an additional plugtop socket on the rear that can be used to run other small mains (240 volt AC) appliances instead of the microwave and there are 2 USB charging sockets on the front of the unit that can be used for charging phones, laptops or tablets.

This will be sold as a complete oven ready to go. We will also sell the Power supply as a separate item that can be fitted in a different cupboard where the dimensions wont allow the whole drivemate to fit.

Drivemate logo

Drivemate 24 volt products

The technical specifications are:

Rated input voltage – 24 Volts DC – maximum 50 Amps.

Rated input power (Microwave) – 1270 Watts.

Rated output power (Microwave) – 800 Watts.

Rated input/output (Grill) – 1000 Watts.

Rated output power (USB x 2) – 500 Milliamps.

Oven capacity – 20 Litres.

Turntable diameter – 255 mm.

Net weight – 16 KG.

External dimensions – 530 mm wide x 250 mm high x 370 mm deep.

Supply power cable required  – 4 AWG. 50 Amp Anderson connector and 2M lead supplied with both oven and power supply version.

We have started manufacture and will be shipping by the end of November. They are listed on our website for pre order.

Click here to view and order 24 volt products

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How to change the light bulb (lamp) in your microwave oven.


Note: In the interest of safety, please make sure your appliance is unplugged from the mains and that the area you are working in is safe. Also, please note the case has sharp edges, so be careful!

You will need a replacement lamp for your microwave. You can either order it by the make and model of your oven. click here to see if we do a specific lamp for your make

Or click here to browse the different types of lamp available

Before you start you need to know your model number

Click here to find out where to find your model number

Changing the Lamp is an Moderate process.


Removal process for old Microwaves

The older models had a flap on the left hand side of the case. You simply unscrew this and remove the flap. Replace the bulb and then replace the flap and tighten the screw up.



Removal process for newer Microwaves

  • Firstly, turn the machine around and you’ll notice screws all round the case, remove these. There may be some screws on the side of the case, remove these to.
removing microwave cabinet/ cover

removing microwave cabinet/ cover

  • Pull the case towards you and remove. Depending on your model your lamp may be clearly visible on the left or right hand side. Many new models the bulb is quite well hidden. To find this either look for the base of the bulb or turn the microwave so its facing you, now look directly behind the control panel it will be there.
the microwave bulb is located behind this drilled mesh but cant be accessed through this mesh.

the microwave bulb is located behind this drilled mesh but cant be accessed through this mesh. You need to get to it from the other side – behind the control panel.


replacing the microwave lamp

replacing the microwave lamp

  • Remove the screw holding the lamp in/lift up the metal tabs holding the lamp in.
  • Remove the connector on the bulb
  • Pull out the lamp.

(Some models you must replace the lamp/bulb as they come as a complete unit, others you can unscrew the bulb from the holder)


Fitting your new Lamp

  • Place the new lamp in the hole
  • Refit the screw/push down the metal tabs
  • Re-attach the power connector
  • Replace the case – You will need to slide the top in place, then the left hand side, then the right hand side. Replace all the screws and test your handy work out!


Stand back and admire your work!


The correct Lamp can be found on our website:

Click here to browse our microwave lamps




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How to find the model number of your microwave oven

If you ever need to buy spare parts or accessories for your microwave oven you will need to know the model number of the oven.

The manufacturers usually place a label on the oven containing the make, model and serial number of the oven. Quite often, that label is stuck on the rear of the oven. Alternatively it may be placed somewhere on the doorway or down the inside of the control panel.

The make and model are the important details but on German ovens such as Bosch, Neff, Siemens and AEG also have a number on that label beginning with E. This is used by those manufacturers (and subsequently us) to source the correct part from a production run or batch of ovens. If you have German oven we will need this E number also.

Below are some examples of these identification labels to help you find yours.

the identification label is often on the rear of the oven.

the identification label is often on the rear of the oven.






identification plate from a commercial microwave oven

identification plate from a commercial microwave oven






microwave identification plate

microwave identification plate






Panasonic microwave identification plate

Panasonic microwave identification plate






location of identification plate on German branded microwave ovens

location of identification plate on German branded microwave ovens







Don’t forget, If you need any spare parts or accessories visit our website at

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Microwave cooked breakfast in a mug

Just to show you how easy using your microwave can be I not only made this easy cooked breakfast at the weekend, but I photographed its making to demonstrate how easy it was.

Ingredients needed. 1 Egg, 1 slice of buttered bread. maybe some cinnamon to taste and anything you fancy (Linda put some cooked bacon in hers to finish a proper cooked breakfast – I added some cheese to mine)

ingredients needed, egg, bread, butter

ingredients needed, egg, bread, butter

Here goes :

butter the bread and cut into bite sized pieces

butter the bread and cut into bite sized pieces










place bread into a large mug.

place bread into a large mug.






break the egg into the mug and mix with the bread pieces.

break the egg into the mug and mix with the bread pieces.






place mug in microwave.

place mug in microwave.



cook on high for 1 minute

cook on high for 1 minute, then stir and check egg is cooked. If not, cook for a further 10 seconds at a time.









sprinkle with a little cinnamon or cheese or anything really. If you do add bacon it should be cooked first.

sprinkle with a little cinnamon or cheese or anything really. If you do add bacon it should be cooked first.













You can use any microwaveable container. If you need anything special check out our online shop at Of course, if your microwave doesn’t work either, talk to us about repairing it for you.

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Using aluminium foil containers in the Microwave Oven

We are regularly asked about the use of foil containers in the microwave. Many shops supply frozen or chilled prepacked meals that can be reheated or cooked either in a conventional oven or in a microwave oven.

They can, but with great caution unless familiar.

Aluminium is a metal so cannot be penetrated by microwave energy. This means that any microwaves are only absorbed through the top (open) part of the container to a depth of only about 3 cms. The aluminium effectively shields the sides and base of the of the food from overheating. This can be very useful when making delicate sauces.

Because aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat ( that’s why a lot of conventional cookware is made of aluminium) any heat in potential hot spots will be transferred around the container so more even heating can be achieved.

By far the greater benefits are:

That food can be cooked in the container rather than it needing to be transferred to a non metallic container.

Food toppings can be finished under the grill or browned as part of a combination oven cooking cycle.

foil trays

foil trays

In order to achieve best results and at the same time avoid damaging the microwave, these simple guidelines should be followed carefully.

Use only shallow foil containers, no deeper than 3 cms.

Use singly in the centre of the microwave glass tray to avoid getting too close to the oven sides.

Do not use foil or foil lined lids (if the food is completely encased in aluminium it wont heat at all.)

If there are no special instructions  for cooking in foil trays increase cook time by 10%.

Do not use bent or damaged foil trays. Clean and dispose (recycle) them.

Do use normal precautions and stir microwaved food and ensure that it is piping hot before serving.

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Microwave oven recipes – coming soon

I have been wanting to do it since the days of sending out newsletters in the post but never got round to it. Now we are a bit closer !

I want to include some recipes and ultimately build up a FREE library of downloadable .pdf recipes that are readily available here and through our online shop at

The idea is to have in one place a collection of easy to use FREE recipes that are consistent in their layout and design so that you can easily refer and even print them out into a folder if you like. I hope to have them linked to relevant cookware items in the shop so that you have an idea of what can be cooked in which cookware.

To get the ball rolling and to try and get the categories and sections set up properly, I’ll get the ball rolling with microwave apple cobbler. Nice and easy to make use of some of that bumper crop of apples that’s around  now.

If you have any favourite recipes that you would like to share please send them to us and we will endeavour to reproduce them for you and add them to our collection for others to enjoy.

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24 Volt Samsung Roadmate repair service

We can carry out repairs to Samsung Roadmate microwave ovens.

These ovens are no longer available from Samsung but we have found that we are able to offer an effective repair service. Most problems with these ovens tend to be on the Inverter circuit boards inside the oven. Although these are not available from Samsung as spare parts even, we can repair them in our workshop through sourcing the specific components from a specialist supplier. The oven is then fully tested using a 24 volt power supply in our workshop before being returned.

Will the estimate cost me anything?

If you can bring your Samsung Roadmate (24 volt) microwave oven to us or have it delivered, we can provide a free repair estimate for you.

How long does it take to provide an estimate?

We can usually provide the estimate within 3-4 working days. We have a fully equipped workshop, with a 24 volt power supply for testing the microwave oven before and after repair.

How can I get my microwave to you?

The easiest way if you are not local to us is to have it sent by courier to us. We will need your contact details, and the address it is to be returned to. We have a PDF form you can print out and fill in for us.

What about 12 volt Roadmates?

At present we don’t have a suitable power supply for testing the 12 volt version, so we are unable to repair them.

Warranty and testing?

All repairs come with a three month warranty on labour and the parts fitted during the repair.

All microwave ovens are fully tested for correct operation, and microwave leakage after being repaired.

Payment for repairs

We can accept payment by most types of credit or debit card over the telephone, or you can send us a cheque made payable to MSC Ltd.

When paying by cheque the oven will not be returned to you until we have received the cheque.

Spares and accessories

We are able to order our spares and accessories directly from Samsung, so we can carry out repairs quickly and efficiently with genuine Samsung spares.

If you need any accessories such as a glass tray, or microwave cookware we can supply these as well.

Samsung roadmate 24 volt truck microwave oven

Samsung roadmate 24 volt truck microwave oven

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Microwave Oven Power Levels

Did you know that when you adjust the power level of a microwave oven you are actually adjusting the amount of time that the oven is cooking rather than the actual power ? The power output cannot be adjusted. This is achieved by a simple reduction in the actual cooking time in relation to the cooking time selected by the user. For instance. 100% power means that the oven is cooking all the time it is running. If 50% power is chosen, the oven will switch on and off during the cook time so that the total time it was actually cooking was only 50% of the cooking time selected. The same applied for all powers.

Power level selector

Power level selector

It has always been accepted between the manufacturers that to defrost frozen food in a microwave the optimum results will be achieved at 30% power. To that end the defrost setting is usually 30%. Most ovens have a range of settings that are loosely based around this. High = 100%, Medium high = 75%, Medium = 50%, Medium low = 30% and Low or simmer = 10%.

I wanted to clarify this aspect as there is some information in a future post about inconsistency of microwave power which I am working on which is is very relevant.

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