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Old 03-19-2019, 04:57 PM   #1
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Induction cooktops and boondocking

How much power does an induction cooktop draw? Can it be run off a 2000 or 2800 watt inverter, or will it overload it? If it does run off one, is cooking breakfast on it going to kill the batteries?


Or...if I end up with a unit with one, should I just plan on bringing a portable propane one. Not the ideal choice, but would work.
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There was a lengthy discussion recently about boondocking and electric cooking equipment. As long as the unit builders didn't cheap out on batteries it's fine. More specifically four batteries or more and you're good to go.
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Find the spec's for your cooktop, then check that against your inverter output.
Also remember that the draw on your batteries is about 10 times the amount drawn. 15 amps of 120 is approx 150 amps of 12 volt.
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Depending on how high a power setting you might be able to run an induction off a 2K+ watt inverter but you might also use a large part of the stored battery power. A portable propane stove might be a better option when off grid time unless your just doing an overnight parking lot pit stop.
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I have a 2800 watt pure sign inverter/charger, 400 ah of Li batteries and 680 W of solar, but still use the generator when cooking with the microwave (not quick heat ups) or when my wife is using her hair dryer because even though we can power them from the batteries, I don't like using up that much capacity early on in case it's clowdy or the generator dies for some reason (like it did on our first dry camping trip...). It's all about managing all of your resources and having backup plans.
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You aren't going to cook long with an induction cook top without running the generator. They take copious amounts of power. I can't even run both of my elements on high on one 15 amp circuit.
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So the consensus agrees with what I already thought - either get a gas stove or plan on running the generator. So...on many of the fifth wheels out there with no generators and an induction cook top, they are for full hookups only. Thanks!
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We have a Diesel Pusher with a large inverter and battery bank. Even though we have the power, I'm not a fan of running the microwave or cooktop on batteries. Because our generator is built in, we just fire it up when prepping meals. When we camp at Yosemite, I pull out a single burner propane cooktop. It has a nice case and stores in a cabinet. We just leave it out on the counter and se it as needed. We use this model.

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Ours uses ac amps on level 1=5amps, level 5=8amps and level 10=14 amps. Multiply by 20 to get approximate DC amps. We use our exclusively even when boondocking.
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A typical 7" induction burner takes 1200-1800 watts and a 9" even more. If you run on an inverter, you better have a really large battery bank!


The better units mqay have low & high power settings such as lejuene describes. That gives more flexibility.
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So the consensus agrees with what I already thought - either get a gas stove or plan on running the generator. So...on many of the fifth wheels out there with no generators and an induction cook top, they are for full hookups only. Thanks!
Oh man! I didn't realize you didn't have a generator. I can't believe the manufacturer would put an induction cook top in without one! (Or at least a huge battery bank ~800+ amp hours and ~1200 watts of solar)
Did they also install a residential fridge and convection microwave???
I guess you're not going to be able to boondock anywhere hot because you have no options for your AC either... sorry
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If I am boondocking I prefer to be out doors. All the cooking is done on the BBQ. Unless the weather drives me indoors.
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If I am boondocking I prefer to be out doors. All the cooking is done on the BBQ. Unless the weather drives me indoors.

We full time and work full time Monday - Friday, so we use the RV much like a house most of the time. This is an option, but would rather have easy access to kitchen stove with no issues. Who thought an induction cooktop with no generator was a good idea?
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Who thought an induction cooktop with no generator was a good idea?
Somebody who build these units but does not use them.
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