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chatterbox

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#306669 11-Aug-2023 18:24
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I thought this would go in checked luggage but google says it's carry on? I haven't bought one yet but carry on would obviously reduce the other carry on items I can take. I've messaged Air NZ to ask but haven't heard back yet. I'm not keen on hanging on the phone for ages either. So does anyone know if you can fly internationally checked or carry on with a portable induction cooktop? (Just those single element things).

 

 

 

Typically hotels motels don't have anything or at best a microwave unless you're staying in some penthouse apartment which I'm not. I'll be away for a bit and sometimes you just want a home cooked meal. I don't want to have to go to a cafe because I want eggs. I don't want to pay the earth because I want steak. And restaurants generally have richer food which I don't want every night either. Happy to grab food from the supermarket and cook.

 

 

 

Has anyone bought a portable induction cooktop or heard good or bad things about certain brands? I don't think gas is a good idea in a motel and I don't want to cook outside for good ventilation.

 

Breville control freak is ridiculously expensive $1600-2k so that's out.

 

There's a Duxton cooktop (good reviews by americas test kitchen and other sites), Westinghouse (nice and slim), Healthchoice on amazon, I think Breville may have had a mention. 

 

I'm thinking I'll take the 16 or 20cm frypan which is induction compatible. Also read the actual cooking area is small although I thought the heat would spread outwards eventually... and to heat with oil insitu to avoid warping of your cookware? or something..

 

 

 

Considering alternatives like a cheap air fryer then donate it after I'm done...but I think I'd prefer the versatility of the cooktop and it's less bulky to hide away when the room gets cleaned. 


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  #3114794 11-Aug-2023 18:28
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If you're getting a frypan and a cooktop, perhaps just get an electric frypan?


 
 
 

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  #3114795 11-Aug-2023 18:36
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The single element Westinghouse is good (around $100), but the plastic on the bottom is a bit fragile. Ours was accidentally melted by someone putting it on an element.

 

The KMart model is cheap and aside from shutting off and beeping when it overheats (depends on the type of food and cookware), it works quite well. Wrap it in a few layers of clothes and it should be fine in checked luggage. Worst case, you break it. At $65, it's cheap enough to be considered a throw away item.


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  #3114801 11-Aug-2023 19:10
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RunningMan:

 

If you're getting a frypan and a cooktop, perhaps just get an electric frypan?

 

 

 

 

I have added that to the possibilities and could buy one at the destination so no flying hassles. Was wondering about how to omelette for one as the electric frypan is quite big but maybe a bit of foil for an internal divider might help. The electric frypan looks to be the cheapest option 👍




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  #3114802 11-Aug-2023 19:15
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SirHumphreyAppleby:

 

The single element Westinghouse is good (around $100), but the plastic on the bottom is a bit fragile. Ours was accidentally melted by someone putting it on an element.

 

The KMart model is cheap and aside from shutting off and beeping when it overheats (depends on the type of food and cookware), it works quite well. Wrap it in a few layers of clothes and it should be fine in checked luggage. Worst case, you break it. At $65, it's cheap enough to be considered a throw away item.

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the info. If I could find a good one that isn't too heavy that I could fly with then I'd probably keep it for travel. One option is to buy a cheap one and then donate it so I don't have to think of flight hassles but I'll be doing a bit of travel so would prefer to buy and keep rather than buy and donate each trip.


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  #3114807 11-Aug-2023 19:18
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If you've not already booked it, then book an apartment, or similar, via AirBnB etc. No need to lug around the kitchen sink, often cheaper than a hotel.

Still leaves you the option to dine out too.

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What countries are you flying to?

 

If you buy here in NZ, you may run into issues with different voltages and power frequencies in other countries.
Plus I don't think I would be happy running a high power device through a travel plug adapter.

 

 


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  #3114870 11-Aug-2023 23:52
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Flying with it will be fine. It’s just an appliance.



chatterbox

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  #3114874 12-Aug-2023 00:33
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rscole86: If you've not already booked it, then book an apartment, or similar, via AirBnB etc. No need to lug around the kitchen sink, often cheaper than a hotel.

Still leaves you the option to dine out too.

 

I'd prefer that but it's too late. Someone else booked the accommodation already.


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  #3114875 12-Aug-2023 00:37
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djtOtago:

 

What countries are you flying to?

 

If you buy here in NZ, you may run into issues with different voltages and power frequencies in other countries.
Plus I don't think I would be happy running a high power device through a travel plug adapter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good point on the travel adapter. Am starting with Australia though so its ok between here and there.


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  #3114876 12-Aug-2023 00:40
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Handle9: Flying with it will be fine. It’s just an appliance.

 

 

 

Thanks, do you know if it would be carry on or checked luggage? I was a bit surprised when google said carry on. 


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  #3114877 12-Aug-2023 01:31
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How about trying to get a USB unit? Take it as carry-on - then if the airline meal is not appealing, you could whip up an omelette on the plane.





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  #3114882 12-Aug-2023 07:20
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chatterbox:

Handle9: Flying with it will be fine. It’s just an appliance.


 


Thanks, do you know if it would be carry on or checked luggage? I was a bit surprised when google said carry on. 



It’s not a prohibited item so it shouldn’t matter. I’d be more concerned about the weight and bulk.

It seems a total waste of time to me but if it’s what you want throw it in a suitcase.

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  #3114903 12-Aug-2023 08:43
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Surely one could buy the Kmart hob in Australia for less money than here anyway?

[We have a Kmart one we bought when our built-in benchtop Samsung exploded - it does work, and is ok to use]

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  #3115188 12-Aug-2023 21:50
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eracode:

 

How about trying to get a USB unit? Take it as carry-on - then if the airline meal is not appealing, you could whip up an omelette on the plane.

 

 

 

 

At least plane rides have a time limit so it's easy to get around crappy airline food. Unfortunately they booked a meal but I'm sure I can give that away to someone. I just don't want to eat out all the time. I like a normal meal. Restaurant food can be quite a bit richer than what I would make for myself. 


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  #3115194 12-Aug-2023 22:15
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Handle9: It’s not a prohibited item so it shouldn’t matter. I’d be more concerned about the weight and bulk.

It seems a total waste of time to me but if it’s what you want throw it in a suitcase.

 

 

 

Just received a generic link to the website from the airline. It's not on there so I'll assume it's checked luggage which means I don't need to worry about the weight too much compared to carry on.

 

 

 

I can handle a week of travel type eating but after that I'm ready for a home cooked meal! I do enjoy cooking though so that's probably factoring into it more than it may for yourself or others. I prefer to eat what I want rather than what a cafe/restaurant/takeaway etc offers. 

 

 

 

 


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