Originally Posted by Fuss
Single plate induction burners are very light and use less power than an electric
hot plate. The other advantages are less retained heat, faster heat up... About 3x as fast, much lighter...2x lighter, switches off if the pot is removed, a much improved more modern technology.
A 2000 watt one boils your water
for a coffee in around a minute, the old style buffet burner hotplate takes about 6 minutes.
Disadvantages.... Requires a good quality sine wave power supply and magnetic pots.
I am absolutely nuts about my induction cooktop and it is WELL worth the small bother of needing magnetic pans. They're easily found -- just slip a magnet in your pocket and go to some garage sales. I have found that the great majority of micro-wavable food
(having an instant meal around is handy on occasion) can be heated very well on mine by wrapping it in tin foil. Then I just heat it on both sides, turning often.
If/when I return to land-based living I will still use induction cooking
. In my opinion it is superior even to natural gas. Mine came with a grill
that cooks wonderful steaks.