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Nesco PIC-14 Portable Induction Cooktop, 1500-Watt

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  • Five power settings
  • Area around pan stays cool to the touch
  • 84% energy efficient
  • Greater heat consistency
  • Includes magnet to test cookware
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  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 11.5 x 2.3 inches ; 5.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B007B64O0S
  • Item model number: PIC-14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Portable Induction Cooktop, 1500 watt

PIC-14 Induction Cooktop
Cooktop Stays Cool

This Nesco Induction Cooktop provides the best in cooktop performance. Uses less energy and provides practically instant heat and since there are no open flames or hot coils, is safer to use than conventional burners. It allows for instant control of cooking energy for precise cooking control.

Induction cooktops are designed to be used with ferromagnetic material like Cast Iron, Steel, Enameled Cast Iron, Enameled Steel or Stainless Steel. If a magnet sticks to your cookware, it will work on an induction cooktop. When a ferromagnetic cookware is placed on the ceramic surface, currents are induced in the cookware and instant heat is generated due to the resistance of the pan. The magnetic properties of the steel in the cookware will concentrate the induced current and generate heat. Once cookware is removed, all molecular activity ceases. Heat is generated at the cookware only so the cooktop stays cool. Will not work with Aluminum, Copper or Glass cookware.

PIC-14 Induction Cooktop
Easy to Clean, No More Burned on Spills

Features:

  • 1500 Watts
  • Safer for families, small children, handicapped and the elderly
  • Use where hotplates would be dangerous or not allowed
  • Rapid Heating
  • Noiseless, except quiet fan
  • Energy efficient (84%)
  • RV's � Camping - Patio

Detailed Highlights:

Instant Temperature Adjustments:

5 touch controls; melt/warm, simmer, boil, fry and sear.

Durable Ceramic Glass Top:

Easy to clean and no more burned on spills.

Greater Heat Consistency:

Heat is generated at the cookware only so the cook-top stays cool.

Comes With Test Magnet for Ferrous Metal Cookware:

Cook-top designed to be used with ferromagnetic material like Cast Iron, Steel, Enameled Cast Iron, Enameled Steel or Stainless Steel. Test cookware you already own or take the magnet to the store with you to buy new cookware.

PIC-14 Induction Cooktop
We purposely only put five settings on our induction cooktop because we wanted to make it easy and simple to use.

Our induction cooktop has been used by quite a few people, including professional chefs and a culinary school and has received rave reviews from all. Everyone loves the five settings and the simplicity of the unit and the superior performance.

PIC-14 Induction Cooktop
Greater Heat Consistency
About Induction:

This form of flameless cooking has certain advantages over conventional gas flame and electric cookers, as it provides rapid heating, improved thermal efficiency, and greater heat consistency, yet with precise control similar to gas. In situations in which a hotplate would typically be dangerous or illegal, an induction plate is ideal, as it creates no heat itself.

The high efficiency of power transfer into the cooking vessel makes heating food faster on an induction cooking surface than on other electric cooking surfaces. Because of the high efficiency, an induction element has heating performance comparable to a typical consumer-type gas element, even though the gas burner would have a much higher power input.

Induction cookers are safer to use than conventional cookers because there are no open flames. The surface below the cooking vessel is no hotter than the vessel; only the pan generates heat. The control system shuts down the element if a pot is not present or not large enough. Induction cookers are easy to clean because the cooking surface is flat and smooth. And because the cooking surface is not directly heated; spilled food does not burn on the surface.

Since heat is being generated by an induced electric current, the unit can detect whether cookware is present by monitoring how much power is being absorbed. That allows functions such as keeping a pot at minimal boil when cookware is removed. This unit will beep until the turned off.

Because the cook top is shallow compared to a gas-fired or electrical coil cooking surface, wheelchair access can be improved; the user's legs can be below the counter height and the user's arms can reach over the top.

Going "Green"? Induction is the way to go:

Induction cooktops transfer energy from the cooktop to the pan more efficiently than any other cooktop technology. Induction cooking is the latest, greenest technology. Below is a Energy Factor comparison indicating Gas around .40, electric around .70 and induction .84. Note the higher the number the better the energy factor.

PIC-14 Induction Cooktop

So what do we take away from all of this? Looking at the energy factor induction has the highest (best) score of 0.84 - almost 20% better than any other electric cooktop and twice the score of the nearest gas option.



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It's also very easy to clean, lightweight and elegant looking.
R. Kolin
If you go to heat something up and it doesn't detect a pot there it will beep and shut off.
Paul Fields
Highly recommended for outdoor use, excellent for camping and a boat or RV.
Lisa Baker

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

108 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Diane Kistner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 23, 2012
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I've been a fan of induction burners since I purchased a Max Burton 6200 Deluxe 1800-Watt Induction Cooktop several years ago—at much greater cost than it's listed for now! Nothing beats the precise temperature control, the safety, and the efficiency of an induction burner. They are far safer and more sophisticated than hotplate-type burners for college dorms or residences for the elderly or disabled. They are also wonderful for an office kitchen or to use outdoors or on a table for Japanese hot pot cooking or fondue. Induction cooks by transferring heat to the pot itself, which then cooks your food; induction-ready cookware must be used, but you probably already have something suitable (see below).

Let me get the one thing I like better about my Max Burton out of the way first: it has a timer for auto-shutoff, which is a great boon when doing pressure canning using my Fagor Duo 10-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner. When the canner comes up to pressure, I can set the timer for how long to keep it at pressure and then walk off and leave it, knowing that the burner will shut off and the temperature instantly be reduced to zero after that precise amount of time. With pressure canning, especially, timing is everything. So is auto-shutoff if you're easily distracted (like me) by other things. The Nesco does not automatically shut off unless it overheats, in which case it will shut off as a safety feature.

That said, I like the Nesco induction burner much better for everyday cooking and will probably keep my Max put away until I'm canning.
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Katawampas TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 7, 2012
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I've owned a Max Burton 6000 induction (1800 watts) for over 2 years; it's a much better option. I mainly use a portable induction burner for cooking outside; if you are cooking something stinky like deep frying oil or it's summer & you're craving pasta but don't want to warm up the kitchen or you're grilling and want to warm a sauce or side dish. We also like to use it on the deck in the summer for making pancakes. We eat breakfast outside frequently & it's really convenient to set it up on the table while cooking batches of pancakes.

So to test this Nesco (1500 watts), we took it out on the deck to make pancakes. We use a Lodge cast iron pancake skillet/griddle. This skillet is 10.5 inches outside measurement/10 inches inside cooking measurement so should be a good test. To test the evenness in cooking, we poured pancake batter to near the edge of the pan, leaving a little space for turning. This Nesco did a terrible job at cooking evenly. Even though the circle (cooking zone) is 10 inches, the pan did not get hot enough to the edge so we had a gummy/white pancake & a very overdone center where the element is under the pan. We tried again, fiddling with the temperature level & making a small pancake in the center. That was better but this would be annoying to make 1 small pancake at a time & it needed constant watching/adjusting of the temperature.
**See photo of pancake above.

There is very little fine tuning in the temperature selection. You choose between 5 "Cooking Modes"; Melt/Warm, Simmer, Boil, Fry & Sear. My Max Burton has 10 cooking levels which I discovered is important if you're doing anything other than boiling water. On level 2 (Simmer) it is too cool and on level 3 (Boil) it is too hot; the food burns.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul Fields on April 26, 2013
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I bought this cooktop because of many of the reviews and despite some of the others. I found out very quickly with a refrigerator magnet in the house that my Enamel Dutch Oven is the only piece of cookeware in my entire house that sticks to a magnet. Let that sink in, I can only use this cooktop with my dutch over, there isn't enough iron or steel in anything else we own to use the cooktop. You should check your own cookware before you buy any of the induction cooktops.

Now that that is out of the way, I've boiled pasta on this cooktop, made cheese sauce, browned meat, cooked bulgogi, boiled water, it does everything you ask it to.

It has 5 settings, #3 is boil, then fry, then sear. The boiling water one might seem to take a while to you, but I suspect most folks boil on the highest setting and then back off so you'd probably go to #5 and then back it down when you had a rolling boil. It seems to take a long time to boil water, I think that has a lot ot do with how much thermal mass my dutch oven has. It is a thick walled 5 or 6 quart dutch oven. This has more iron in it than some of the induction cookware out there with thin plates of metal stuck to the bottom of them so a lot of energy is going into heating the pot itself, this is not ideal.

The cooktop makes some fan noise while it is cooking and for about a minute after you shut it off. A minute after you are done, the cooktop is generally cool to the touch. If you go to heat something up and it doesn't detect a pot there it will beep and shut off. When I go to pour off the water after cooking pasta, it beeps and shuts off.
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