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# 173803 7-Jun-2015 08:39
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Does anyone have one or has used any?

Been looking at these that are available here:

Millen EIN211 Portable Induction Cooktop @$139.00 (incl shipping)
http://www.trademe.co.nz/home-living...-898295894.htm
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Avancer Portable Multifunction Induction Cooker 2200W Slim @$107.45 (incl shipping)
http://www.avancer.co.nz/portable-mu...200w-slim.html
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HeatWave Portable Induction Cook Top @$199 (For 2 (incl shipping))
http://www.psmarketing.co.nz/store/6...ction-Cook-Top

And then there's the Chinese ones available on Ali Express.


Might pop own to Millen today and check theirs out.

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  # 1318798 7-Jun-2015 18:17
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Also keen to hear what these are like.

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  # 1319798 9-Jun-2015 00:44
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Cook your peas one at a time tongue-out

"1 x 18 mm diameter pot"

 
 
 
 


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  # 1319810 9-Jun-2015 06:09
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Swanny: Cook your peas one at a time tongue-out

"1 x 18 mm diameter pot"


Its a stand up carrot pot :)

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  # 1319939 9-Jun-2015 08:49
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They were selling the Millen one on Yesshop on Sky on the weekend.  I'm not in the habit of watching the shopping channels, but the missus pointed it out - she recognised the name because we recently bought some Millen tapware for a bathroom reno. and had noticed the kitchen stuff in their Lower Hutt show room.  Yesshop still have it for the same price as it is on TradeMe.  We only replaced the kitchen appliances a few years ago so are not in the market for an induction cooktop - portable or otherwise.  

And I'm sure you know, but make sure you pots and pans are induction-compatible.  You don't want to buy a cheap cooktop then have to spend money buying new cookware to use it...

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  # 1319957 9-Jun-2015 09:02
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I have the Avancer one, I use it for home brewing small batches of beer. I have tried it for cooking and the main issue I have is that it can't run low enough. The power settings under 1000w aren't real and is just 1000w cycling on and off. Fine if boiling something but due to the almost instant heat out put of induction it tends to burn things when using a frying pan. 
Great for brewing beer, but I would only use for cooking in a pinch. 

Hope that helps.

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  # 1319968 9-Jun-2015 09:04
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highspeedsteel: I have the Avancer one, I use it for home brewing small batches of beer. I have tried it for cooking and the main issue I have is that it can't run low enough. The power settings under 1000w aren't real and is just 1000w cycling on and off. Fine if boiling something but due to the almost instant heat out put of induction it tends to burn things when using a frying pan. 
Great for brewing beer, but I would only use for cooking in a pinch. 

Hope that helps.


How big is the induction surface area? 

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  # 1319990 9-Jun-2015 09:14
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The Induction coil is ~15cm in diameter. Here is a picture of a project I am working on for a potentially 6kw induction cooker for brewing. Click to see full size 

Its 3 of the Avancer cookers butchered. Hard to get scale but the whole thing is 500mm x 600mm. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 1320027 9-Jun-2015 09:47
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"highspeedsteel" is onto it, exactly what I found when I had a standalone Kenwood unit from Harvey Norman.
I recorded videos of it in operation - but no idea where I've put them. It was so "powerful" it could get a can of baked beans bubbling in the pot in under 10 seconds, and I found it very difficult to cook pasta as the low heat setting was like high power on a thermostat or something... depending on the water level sometimes it would just cycle off in a nick of time, others it would boil over so I'd need to lift it off if I saw it coming.

Was so fast but simply too powerful so I gave up on it very quick.



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  # 1320299 9-Jun-2015 13:47
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andrew027: They were selling the Millen one on Yesshop on Sky on the weekend.  I'm not in the habit of watching the shopping channels, but the missus pointed it out - she recognised the name because we recently bought some Millen tapware for a bathroom reno. and had noticed the kitchen stuff in their Lower Hutt show room.  Yesshop still have it for the same price as it is on TradeMe.  We only replaced the kitchen appliances a few years ago so are not in the market for an induction cooktop - portable or otherwise.  

And I'm sure you know, but make sure you pots and pans are induction-compatible.  You don't want to buy a cheap cooktop then have to spend money buying new cookware to use it...



yup already have induction pots.

This Yesshop ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MVc8Y4PgLI

@highspeedsteel yeah that's whats sucks and worries me,  thats most seem to cycle rather than be on constantly.



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  # 1323233 12-Jun-2015 09:57
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So i'm still digging around the internet about this

Here's a list of portable burners that are out there: http://theinductionsite.com/countertop-induction.shtml

And a quick review of some them
http://www.magneticcooky.com/singleburner/

This ones seems to be the best so far with it's 15 temp levels
http://www.centurylife.org/product-review-secura-duxtop-9100mc-portable-induction-cooker-aka-countertop-burner/#

Alternative is the Nuwave PIC 2 which has variable temps (52 settings apparently)

The quest continues.....

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  # 1323243 12-Jun-2015 10:20
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We have the Classique portable induction unit. Cost $150 from Mitre10.

We used it when we were renovating our kitchen so we had something to cook on as we turned our downstairs bathroom into a makeshift kitchen.

Its actually better and faster than the 4 element Baumatic induction unit that we put into the kitchen. I think its to do with the 4 elements all sharing the one Induction power source where as the Classique is just the one element for the one induction unit.

Anyway I can highly recommend the Classique plug in the wall unit - made life so much easier during the 2 - 3 weeks that we didnt have a kitchen. We even take it away with us now if we are staying in any book-a-batch or holiday homes in NZ.

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  # 1324058 13-Jun-2015 14:25
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I got a kmart one because when its winter the butane stove has issues in the kitchen on cold days since I dont bother to heat the rooms I hardly use. I tried a plug in element one from the warehouse but it was hopelessly slow.

Anyway, its not a power control, cycles on and off like a cheap microwave oven.

It keeps displaying L on the screen when it is off.

But the fan needs to run for a while after you power it down, so you cant pull the AC out at that time because its still hot. So you haveto come back later to pull the power out to make it not light up. Apparantly lighting up is bad because it uses lots of power according to woman logic.




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  # 1698967 5-Jan-2017 18:24
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Interested to see if anyone owns any of these or any other they can recommend or not? We are looking for a single plugin to suplement our 5 burner gas hob mainly for boiling water and cooking pasta or similar so needs to be able to take a LARGE pot.


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  # 1698968 5-Jan-2017 18:28
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Wow, old thread.

 

The kmart one works ok with a 12 or so litre stock pot for boiling up aquarium ornaments and gravel to clean it, so should be ok for food purposes with one of those. Not tried anything larger on it. I was initially worried since the bottom of my pot is slightly inset from the rim so its lifted up a mm or so, but seems to have had no effect on it.





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  # 1700148 8-Jan-2017 11:16
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How long does it take to boil say 8L of water do you know? Do you have a link to the model you bought?

 

 


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