New Hot Plate goes hi-tech

by James
A high tech hot plate with both speed and safety in mind.

A high tech hot plate with both speed and safety in mind.

Kids heading off to college who don’t want to spend all their money at the college commissary may want to check out this HiTech hot plate, known as the Fagor Portable Induction Cookstop.

Both Stylish and Safe

Both Stylish and Safe

The Cookstop is more energy efficient and heats up faster than conventional coil hot plate models. But contrary to those coil models, the Fagor Induction Cookstop doesn’t heat the air around the heating element, thereby keeping inadvertent skin burns to a minimum (not to mention dorm room fires due to forgetting to turn it off).

Safe to the touch, the Cookstop needs a magnetic connection to heat.

Safe to the touch, the Cookstop needs a magnetic connection to heat.

The Cookstop needs a magnetic connection with posts and pans in order to complete a circuit and heat up the dish, so simply taking off the pot or pan will cause the Cookstop to simply pause in heating until the circuit is once again closed.

In addition to its safety features, the Cookstop heats far quicker. According to one reviewer, the Cookstop violently boiled a full post of water in under 5 minutes. But speed and safety aren’t just their only features, as the Fagor Portable Induction Cookstop has give different heating levels.

Cost is $200 from Fagor.com

Hat Tip – Wired Gadget Lab

2 reviews or comments

keisha4 Says: September 16, 2009 at 6:18 am

$200 for this?! It’s only about $60 in other shops.. at least the one I bought from.. and it wasn’t on sale.

By the way, it’s a good cooker. It’s fast and safe just like it says. Mine stopped heating right after I took the pan away from it… then turned itself off completely after 30secs of not being used.

Neagle Says: September 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Apartment live savor for cooks equipped with piss poor electric 1970’s ranges. I have seen induction tops range from $60 to $1000 USD. The most important tip when purchasing an induction unit is finding a unit with accurate temperature control. Induction units work with large electric magnetic cores so pace-makers users be aware and also make certain the outlet cord from the unit does not heat up when the unit is on or return it promptly for a replacement. From 30 second “Cup-of-Soup” to crapes, happy cooking.

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