Amazon Basics portable induction cooktop is compatible with cookware that’s 5.7 to 8.2″ inches (14.5 – 21 cm) in diameter. It has Adjustable power (300W to 1800W) as well temperature (160°F to 440°F) settings.
Amazon Basics 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Burner
Amazon Basics portable induction cooktop works fairly well. It heats up fast and brings water to boil in minutes. It gets plenty hot to sear the meat so you shouldn’t have any issues with lacking heat.
There’s one nuance to this model though. The actual induction zone seems to be 5 inches in diameter, that means that if you use larger cookware the outer edge of the pan can be less hot than the middle.
Amazon Basics portable induction cooktop is equipped with LCD display and 8 buttons: “Pause”, “Timer” (up to 3 hours), “Temp”, “Child Lock”, “Power”, “Start/Stop”, “-” and “+”.
There are 8 different power and temperature settings but both seem to do exact same thing:
- Level 1: 300W (160°F / 71°C)
- Level 2: 500W (200°F / 93°C)
- Level 3: 800W (240°F / 115°C)
- Level 4: 1000W (280°F / 138°C)
- Level 5: 1200W (320°F / 160°C)
- Level 6: 1400W (360°F / 182°C)
- Level 7: 1600W (400°F / 204°C)
- Level 8: 1800W (440°F / 226°C)
The temperature changes by 40°F increments so you can’t really fine tune the temperature but for most consumers this won’t be a big deal.
Advantages (& Disadvantages) of Induction Cooktop
The main advantages of induction cooktops are that they heat up very fast and are energy efficient (they don’t waste energy by emiting unnecesary heat like regular stovetops do).
The biggest drawback however is that they don’t work with just any cookware – it needs to have ferromagnetic base to work with induction technology like stainless steel over aluminum, cast iron or enameled cast iron. Induction cooktops will not works with glass, ceramic, fully aluminum or copper cookware.
Amazon Basics portable induction cooktop is a basic unit that works fairly well. With that being said there are other similarly priced models that might be slightly better.
Amazon Basics 1800W Portable Induction Cooktop Burner Specifications:
- Rated Voltage: 120V ~ 60Hz
- Rated Current: 15A (Max)
- Rated Power: 1800W (Max)
- Compatible cookware diameter: 5.7’’ to 8.2’’ inches (14.5 to 21 cm)
- Approximate dimensions (W x D x H): 11.4’’ x 13’’ x 2.6’’ inches
- Approximate weight: 6.2 lb