Maplin Small Induction Hob 500w £24.99

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  1. Wombles

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    Spotted this in a Funsters awning ((y) @Don Quixote) at Bagwell & looks ideal for when on EHU as small & neat:
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    Currently reduced from £30 down to £24.99 delivered at Maplins http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/500w-mini-induction-hob-a11tz so have ordered one & thought other Funsters might like it too :) Don't forget to go via Quidco for 4% Maplins cashback.
     
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    Does it do anything that the gas ring on my cooker can't do?

    Or is it just another motorhome "toy" that we all love so much (for a little while) but which ultimately ends up in a cupboard at home, never to see the light of day again!

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    If you are on hook up it could warm up a cup of soup, eventually. Only 500W !

    PS.... It's 500W yet has high/med/low power settings.
     
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    Can't my gas ring do that?

    JJ :cool:
     
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    I should have said "If you are on hook up it could warm up a cup of soup, eventually but save your gas supply".
     
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    How many cups of soup do you think I have to heat up on the hob (assuming a free hook up) in order to repay the £24.99 investment?

    JJ :cool:
     
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    And don't forget those nice light aluminium pans you have in the van will not work on an induction hob I believe?
     
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    I bought a similar one from Aldi for home use. The heat settings are fixed at high, low, medium so you can't adjust if you want something to just simmer.
     
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    When in EHU 3/6/10/16amp it works just fine. (y) never tried a cuppa soup on it :sleep::sleep::sleep::sleep:
     
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    Trouble is you need heavy pan s for an induction hob
    Oops, just seen diggers post :doh:
     
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    But it usually costs 3 times as much for the same amount of energy compared to gas. Wouldn't work anyway we have S/S saucepans and don't use EHU.
     
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    depends on the grade of stainless if a magnet sticks to the base it will work
     
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    Gas is always best for cooking. But I hate being forced to take a hookup when I don't need the electric. So when I have to, I make sure I use it and save my gas. We have one of these and it works well; two rings, one 1500w the other 750w

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    We already have a 2000w large induction hob which is really powerful (we only use low settings) but a bit big in our small motorhome. When we are on sites (like Caravan Club) where EHU is part of the pitch fee we do use the electric hob, kettle, toaster etc... It is also really useful to be able to cook outside with it as we don't have an external gas point. Do appreciate that gas is cheaper but if you have a small motorhome with just one bottle (even if it is refillable) it's good to have the choice - look at the demand for EHU pitches at rallies! You don't need special pans with induction hobs just stainless steel (y) Aluminium pans might be light but their use has been linked to Alzheimers :eek:
    Most separate induction hobs cost around £40 so think that at £24.99 this one is worth a try to see if it suits us better than the large one & there is always Maplins 30 day return policy :)
     
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    Just trying out the Maplin hob - it is small & neat & only weighs just over 1.2 kg (y) It takes about the same time as our old cooker hob at home for small pan size quantities & excellent for use with our (stainless) Bialletti Venus coffee pot. It is possible to put larger pans on it but whereas 500ml of water (temperature from tap 21 degrees) takes 7 minutes to boil it takes twice as long for 1l so really suited to smaller quantities. Will be trying it with a pressure cooker soon & seeing if it gets a frying pan hot enough to cook off onions, meat etc. Only disappointment so far is that it says it has three heat settings on Maplin website but has Low, High & 30 min (timed cooking so runs for 30 mins on high then turns off) so actually only two. Will know after trialling it a bit more with our home cooking if this is an issue or not. It is certainly a great addition but uncertain yet whether it can totally replace our larger higher wattage induction hob.
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    IMV you can't beat a good old fashioned hotplate rather than induction - you can get one that runs at 1000w max so just don't turn it up fully when on low amps, BUT then you have the advantage that you CAN use it on full if you have amps to do so.

    No special pans needed, larger surface area so safer, less breakable, more controllable ... oh yes, and cheaper!
     
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    Have tried a few solid hotplate type hobs but ended up returning them as too slow & poor build quality - much slower than even this low wattage mini induction hob. Prefer low wattage as possible to run more things at same time :)
     

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