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Old 06-18-2016, 08:21 PM   #15
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FWIW - If you had an electric cook top you would have the same issue in that there is usually a knob with low to high markings and often a burner or two with a temperature sensor. When You choose the watts mode you set the power the oscillator that drives the induction coils makes. Probably by monitoring the coil current. Just like turning the knob on a gas or electric ranges. When you choose temperature mode the sensor that reads the pot temperature monitors the pot and controls the power to the oscillator. These days the measurement may well be a non contact device that you cannot see or it could be a probe you plug in. The point is that in temperature mode you do not need to adjust the power yourself. Handy when doing some cooking chores that require a lot of attention to the heat.
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Old 06-18-2016, 09:35 PM   #16
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Step out of the kitchen and jump into your car.

Step on the gas and go.

When you see a sign posted stating speed limit is 40 you watch speedometer and adjust foot then hit cruise and now you cruise at 40.


What does all of this mean?

Watts setting is the gas pedal.

Temperature setting is the speedometer.

Setting to higher wattage is same as stepping harder in gas pedal.

Simple.
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:31 AM   #17
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Wow. Thanks to all you smart folks. I got it.
Btw the same manufacture makes a cooktop with 2500 watt.
Will it be much better or mine which is 1800 good enough for every day cooking?
I hear the new RVs have induction cooktop. What is the watt on those.
Can a propane cook top be upgraded to induction? This would save some counter top space.


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Sorry but can I ask for more elaboration. Why do we have both temperature setting and watt setting?
Please not too technical.


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The watt settings function in the same way as the gas or electric stove that you have used for your entire life. Higher = hotter.

The temperature settings use a thermometer built into the surface of the cooktop in an attempt to keep the pan and food at a constant temperature, similar to an electric skillet with a temperature dial. You don't have to constantly adjust the heat to get the action that you want in the pan. The electronics do it for you. Because the induction cooktop is measuring the heat absorbed through the glass surface, and not the pan or the food, it is slower to respond to temperature changes. For temperature-critical cooking, like making candy, this is nowhere near good enough, but it works reasonably well for many foods.

Magnetic induction cooktops are very energy-efficient and can heat a pan to very high temperatures much faster than a gas flame or traditional electric coil burners. Especially with fats, as when frying bacon, the pan temperature can get way too hot before you notice. As mentioned above, this is a great use for the temperature setting function, keeping the pan from getting hot enough to burn the fat and making a smelly mess of your kitchen.

I have done some testing of the temperature setting accuracy on two popular cooktops, and the temperature accuracy has been much better in the higher (300+) temperature ranges than for simmering etc.


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Wow. Thanks to all you smart folks. I got it.
Btw the same manufacture makes a cooktop with 2500 watt.
Will it be much better or mine which is 1800 good enough for every day cooking?
I hear the new RVs have induction cooktop. What is the watt on those.
Can a propane cook top be upgraded to induction? This would save some counter top space.


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Very few RVs can use a 2500W cooktop. These are 240-volt units. Nearly all RVs with induction cooktops use 120 volts x 15 amps = 1800 watts. I find that 1800 watts is plenty for everyday cooking. The largest impediment to induction cooking in the RV is that many RV kitchens don't have enough electrical capacity in the kitchen outlets to power multiple appliances. Your microwave has its own dedicated circuit and outlet, and the induction cooktop needs the same thing. Trying to run the induction cooktop and a coffee pot or toaster on the same circuit will cause the circuit breaker to trip.

Some folks here have replaced their propane cooktops with induction. It takes a bit of carpentry and electrical skill. One advantage of the portable cooktop is that you can take it outside if desired. Our long-term plan is to install a built-in induction cooktop and carry a portable propane unit for outdoor use and as a non-electric backup. For now, we are carefully managing electrical loads and plugging a portable induction cooktop into the kitchen outlets.


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We have 3 different induction burners. Using temperature does not agree between them. Setting can be off by as much as 100 Using watts or power settings is closer and works very well. DW very seldom uses more than a 5 setting on any of the units.
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