Gadgets Revisited 2023

Battery Monitor
In the May/June 2022 issue of Escapees magazine, I reviewed an inexpensive battery state-of-charge (SoC) meter, the HENGSHAN AiLi Battery Monitor. It has proven to be amazingly dependable and accurate. Available online for under $80, I think it’s the best value out there, and mine has survived in my RV for more than a year, so I can vouch for its reliability.

It’s easy to install, uses a calibrated shunt to measure current flowing to or from the battery bank, and computes the SoC in percent. It works with lead-acid and lithium batteries and is great for watching over your battery bank while boondocking. It also appears that Renogy, the well-known solar company, is now selling the same unit with their name on it. The price is about the same, too!

Omnia Oven
Another recent gadget that I’m especially pleased with is my Omnia oven: (!
(Featured in the Jan/Feb 2023 issue) I love how easy it is to use, and how little space it takes up in the RV. That’s because all the accessories nest inside the oven, which fits into a small carrying bag. And, yum! I have used it a lot, enjoying freshly baked biscuits, meat filled pastries, bacon-wrapped Jalapenos and perfect chicken nuggets, all cooked on my stovetop. The only downside was that the metal cooking pan could be difficult to keep clean and shiny, but no more! Omnia now sells a very nice Ceramic non-stick replacement pan, and it’s a game changer: it wipes clean with a sponge, and nothing sticks to it! If you have an Omnia, definitely invest in the new non-stick pan—you’ll love it. Available direct from Omnia, and online, and costs about $36. Non-Stick Pan:
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Complete Product Name: HENGSHAN AiLi Battery Monitor | Omnia Oven

Company Name and Info: Battery Monitor - HENGSHAN AiLi | Omnia Oven - Koala Marketing Company | AB Fersens väg 9, SE-211 42 Malmö. |

Online Shopping Links: Battery Monitor - | Omnia Oven - Non-Stick Pan:

Average Street Price: Battery Monitor - under $80 | Omnia Oven - about $36

Original Publication Date: MJ/23