As induction ranges become more common, a lot of people are getting curious about them and are looking at replacing their standard electric range with an induction range. So far I have been happy with my induction range but I have to admit, it takes getting used to.

And lets be honest, induction ranges are not cheap. In fact, the cheapest I have seen is $1700 for an induction range and upwards of $4,000 more advanced ones. So it is important you are ready before you take that plunge.

How I learned about Induction cooking

I got turned on to induction cooking in two different ways. First, I had a customer that was a Ramen pop up (Restaurant), and they used portable induction cookers to maintain their broths at the proper temperature without needing a lot of people watching them like you would with gas.

Second, I am married to an asian girl. I joke about that but I have had more hotpot and shabu shabu since I met her compared to any other time in my life. And doing shabu shabu at home can be a lot of fun with groups of people or if you are just trying to get more vegetables in your life.

Now normally, people who do hotpot at home get these little portable butane stoves to use on a table in the middle of the table. Or if you are childless, in the middle of your living room.

Coleman 2000020951 Stove Btn 1-Burner Tt Blu
  • Instastart ignition for matchless lighting; 7,650 total BTUs of cooking power
  • Fits up to a 10-inch pan
  • Lasts up to 1.25 hours on high on one 8.8 oz. butane gas cylinder (sold separately)
  • Adjustable burner gives precise temperature control, and large base offers stability for easy stirring
  • Durable porcelain-coated grate is easy to clean, and aluminum burner is rust-proof for years of use
  • Carry case included
  • 1-year limited warranty

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They can be great things to use but you can never be sure when you have enough butane around, when it runs out and I don’t like storing flammable canisters under pressure in my home. Add on top of it, I live close to the ocean and the ocean air makes them rust.

Portable Induction Range

So I started looking and found a portable, induction burner. I liked it for several reasons. One, it allows me to use it where ever I want as long as there is a plug to put it in. Two, it hold the temperature a lot more consistent compared to the butane stove I was constantly fiddling with. Third, no worries about a niece or nephew (or curious dog) burning themselves on a hot cooking surface. Forth, super easy clean up.

Portable Induction Cooktop, iSiLER 1800W Sensor Touch Electric Induction Cooker Cooktop with Kids Safety Lock, Countertop Burner with Timer and 8 Temperature Settings, Suitable for Cast Iron, Stainless Steel Cookware
  • 9 POWER LEVELS: Quickly choose your desired power from 100W to 1800W in 200W increments; 1800W power to meet your various cooking needs; simmer, deep fry, boil, sauté, sear, steam, slow cook and grill with ease
  • 8 PRESET TEMPERATURE LEVELS: Adjustable temperature ranging from 140°F (60°C) to 460°F (238°C); can be set in 40°F increments; sensitive large touch buttons for enhanced usability
  • WIDE APPLICATIONS & PORTABLE: The cooktop surface measures a diameter of 6.7in (17cm) to fit frying pans with a diameter of 3.9-8.6in (10-22cm); ensures a large and uniform heated area; compact and lightweight with a thickness of just 2.3in (6cm) for easy transport and storage; suitable for areas with limited space use
  • LONG 3-HOUR TIMER & SAFETY LOCK: Press + or - button to set the timer in 1-minute increments (long press for 10 minutes); overheating protection, child lock and rounded edges for ultimate safety
  • WEAR RESISTANCE & EASY MAINTENANCE: Premium glass surface ensures excellent wear resistance and easy cleaning after use; we provide a 90-day returns policy and a 12-month warranty from the date of your purchase

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So I bought one, and for about two years, we used it to make hotpot and I started using it to cook other things. So when we bought and renovated our new place, I got an induction range. In fact this is the exact one I have.

But you can do what I did. Test out for less thank $75 how induction cooking works. Pick up one of these from Amazon and you can test it at home before you shell out several thousand dollars for a new induction range.