Power Options for Mobile Coffee Carts

Save

Starting a mobile coffee cart business can be a fun and profitable small business venture. A wide variety of manufacturers offer mobile coffee carts in various styles and configurations, with some offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to customize the cart to their particular needs. Decisions regarding power options for a mobile coffee cart should play a major role in the design or purchase of any cart. Power options and availability can dictate how and where the cart can be operated, as well as factor into the cost of cart operation.

Propane

  • Propane can be used to power the heating and brewing elements of a mobile coffee cart, as well as provide some options for lighting. Portable propane tank storage can be designed into the coffee cart configuration, with consideration for extra tanks as well. Propane tanks can be refilled at various hardware and outdoor centers, with some locations offering a tank swap program. The cost to fill a consumer-sized propane tank is usually under $20.

Generator

  • Operating a mobile coffee cart with an electric generator can expand the operating range and location choice for the cart. Gas-powered generators come in many sizes and configurations, some even offer quiet or "whisper" mode that significantly reduces engine noise. Generators can be attached directly to the cart or operated from a nearby location, depending on the situation. Eliminating the need for a physical external power connection, a generator-powered mobile coffee cart can be operated from nearly any location.

Utility Connection

  • Some mobile coffee carts operate from the same location on a regular basis. In these cases, setting up a physical power utility connection can be a simple and economical choice. Carts designed to run on full electric power are configured with power input connections that tie the cart directly to the power company outlet, via extension cords. This option provides a constant and reliable source of power for the cart that does not require refilling or external equipment.

Safety

  • When considering power options for a mobile coffee cart, owner and customer safety should always be considered. Issues such as location, weather and environment should be carefully factored into the choice of power supply. For example, if the cart will be operated in an open area, running long extension cords to a power outlet could present a hazard. With gas-powered generators and propane, cart owners should ensure proper ventilation to prevent noxious gases or exhaust from endangering customers.

  • Photo Credit Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Start a Mobile Coffee Business

    If you have a passion for coffee and enjoy working with the public, a mobile coffee business can be an enjoyable way...

  • How to Start a Coffee Cart Business

    Americans love coffee, particularly when it's easily accessible and cheap. In Washington State, cities are littered with dozens of convenient coffee shops...

  • How to Build a Coffee Cart

    New coffee carts are often expensive, modern, stainless steel, chrome and plastic creations that only seem to work with modern decor. You...

  • How to Open a Coffee Kiosk

    A coffee kiosk is a small cart or coffee stand found in various locations, including the mall, at major attractions and at...

  • How to Run a Coffee Cart

    Planning is required to conduct any business successfully. Coffee carts are traveling coffee shops; some offer plain java while others do custom...

  • Troubleshooting: GE Quiet Power 3 Dishwasher

    The General Electric Quiet Power 3 dishwasher has several features, such as crystal and china, pots and pans, antibacterial, speed and normal...

  • What Appliances Will a 5000 Watt Generator Run?

    A 5,000 watt generator provides electricity to appliances and tools in the event your home's electric is temporarily out of service or...

Related Searches

Check It Out

Are You Really Getting A Deal From Discount Stores?

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!