|My Induction Cooker Sitting On The Stove Cover|
|My Induction Cooktop|
|Typical Induction Guts|
In induction cooking, a coil of copper wire is underneath the pot. An alternating electric current flows through the coil, which produces an oscillating magnetic field. This field induces an electric current in the pot. Current flowing through the pot produces resistive heating which heats the food. While the current is large, it is produced by a low voltage.
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All this really means is the cooktop doesn't actually heat up. The heat is created in the pan or pot. That way the cooking surface stays mostly cool and the temperatures are fully controllable. The same kind of "instant on, instant off" that you get from a gas stove works here.
Every good cook knows the secret to great dishes is to control the temperature and time. (Yes, I Know the ingredients are important too!) Most of the induction cooktops I looked at allowed for very specific settings for time and temperature. Not only that, they sensed the size (diameter) of the pot and only used power to heat that size. Very efficient use of power. Still, it will gobble up a fair amount of power. Most are setup to use 15 AMP 120V AC circuit. I have an 1800 Watt version. That's, of course, only at full power. Most of the time I am drawing about 8.3 Amps or so. You COULD run this on an inverter, but be prepared to use almost 100 Amps of power when it's running. (YMMV)
What really sold me on the idea of induction cooking? I bought one, set it up in the RV and placed several drops of water in the pan. Turned it on. Within 2 seconds the water was bouncing around and the pan was ready to cook on. That says, "better living through technology" pretty well. Just another tool in the toolbox that doesn't take up a lot of space, but will allow you to be more versatile.
*NOTE: A Comment was left (see below) about the compatibility between Induction cooking units and cardiac pacemakers and/or defibrillators. There COULD be some interference created between the induction coil's magnetic field and an implanted unit. I am NOT a Doctor, but research has shown that high levels of RF (Radio Frequency) could have an effect on those type of medical devices. Be Careful before you use you. Ask your Doctor!*
Be Seeing You, Down The Road...
Rich "The Wanderman"