A hot plate is a device that has an electrical heating element and provides high-temperature cooking. They are used for tasks such as boiling water, drying or melting solvents, and even baking cakes. Hot plates can be found in many homes as well as laboratories all around the world . However , they aren’t the safest nor most efficient devices to use for cooking . One of their biggest drawbacks is that they require large amounts of energy to operate . In this article, we will discuss how portable hot plates work, what types there are , and why I think a car power inverter could make a great replacement.
What Are Their Advantages And Disadvantages?
Advantages: Portable hot plates have become increasingly popular in everyday life . They are affordable, compact, and easy to use . Hot plates may also be safer than other cooking methods. For example , when boiling water on a stove , if you accidentally burn yourself there is the possibility to splash the water out of the pan. When using a hot plate for this same task , however , the only way an individual can touch it is by touching its metal exterior or getting burned by steam . Not only that , but hot plates are generally much faster than traditional (and not portable) cooking devices like ovens . Most modern hot plates can boil water in under three minutes. This makes them extremely useful when in places without an access to electricity or in emergencies where power isn’t available.
Disadvantages: Hot plates may also pose problems for some people . The metal exterior can be extremely hot to the touch , so care must be taken to avoid burns. Also , many models use an open surface, which makes cooking volatile chemicals unsafe . Many of them are made with material that isn’t made to withstand the high temperatures involved in cooking . If they aren’t used correctly , children and animals could get burned by touching it or splashing chemicals on themselves. Another issue is that most hot plates take up space, making them impractical outside of laboratories or kitchens.
Many cheap modern portable hot plates (electric burners) use a heating element (wire coil) submerged into a bath of electrically resistive liquid like oil or water . This gives the best energy efficiency, although the design is more complex . Some models have spiral-shaped wire heating elements slung into cylindrical tanks filled with oil or water. Others have flat elements arranged in a tubular fashion under a metal plate heated via conduction by an electric stove .
Electric hot plates have heating elements submerged in liquids for different reasons. First , it offers little heat loss because there are few air gaps between the electrical resistance and whatever liquid surrounds it . Second , since all of the resistance occurs within the liquid itself, there are no arcs or sparks to ignite volatile chemicals that may be nearby . The safety disadvantage of this design is that if one tries to use their hotplate to deep fry food at too high of a temperature , the entire surface of the hot plate can ignite !
Top Portable & Small Hot Plates
Duxtop Portable Burner
- Duxtop Induction Cooktop uses 120V 15 amp electrical outlet - standard in all North American homes; lightweight and compact for easy handling and storage.
- Digital control panel. Built-in count-down digital timer with 1 minute increments up to 170 minutes; 10 temperature range from 140 °F to 460 °F; 10 power levels from 200 to 1800 Watts.
- With no open flame or heating element, food does not burn-on the glass cooktop so this induction burner is easy to clean—just wipe with a damp towel. Durable 7-blade fan rapidly dissipates heat to ensure a longer product life.
- The auto-pan detection will shut the unit automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware is detected; equipped with diagnostic error message system, low and high voltage warning system; ETL approved.
- Note: In order to use this and any other induction stove, you need to use cookware with a magnetic bottom, whose diameter is at least 5 inches. 2-year manufacturer's warranty, as well as customer service.
Cusimax 1800W Double Hot Plate
- [WORKS WITH ALL TYPES OF COOKWARE]: Compatible with pots and pans with maximum size of 7.4 + 6.1 inches. Works with glass and aluminum and heats cookware efficiently with minimal heat loss. All CUSIMAX products are covered by Product Liability Insurance of United States.
- [CAST-IRON BURNERS & EASY COOKING]: Turn on/off the burner by just turning the knob, easy operating. This hot plate is equipped with thermostat, when it reaches the setting temperature, it will automatically cycle on/off the power to maintain the setting temperature. Easy cooking. NOTE: All cast-iron hot plate takes minutes to heat up and 15 minutes to cool down, you can purchase Cusimax Infrared Burner which takes few seconds to heat up if you don’t like the speed.
- [CONVENIENT] Powered by 120V and 900-Watts (left plate) + 900-Watts (right plate), add up to 1800W. Conveniently cook a variety of foods such as warm sauces, scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, soup, pasta, vegetables and so much more. Very portable design. Ideal for dorm rooms, offices, camping, or even your RV. Great for every day use or as an extra cooking appliance in a busy kitchen. No stovetop required. Simply wipe with a clean and damp cloth when cool.
- [SAFE & DURABLE] NO Radiation, compare to induction cooktop, cast-iron burner works by heating and has no electromagnetic radiation, and therefore, it is harmless to the human body. Automatic safety shutoff function with temperature regulated by a thermostat, it is normal when the indicator turns on and off automatically. Stainless steel body built to withstand frequent use. Durable Cast-iron cooktop.
- [CUSTOMER SERVICE] 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. Customer Satisfaction is our goal, and Cusimax brand stands behind their products. With free Lifetime Customer Service, please contact us with any issues so that we can resolve them or replace your product. (All warranties are void for improper usage of the product). Get Yours Now, Risk-Free!
Secura Induction Countertop Burner
- PORTABLE INDUCTION BURNER Duxtop induction cooktop uses 120V 15 amp electrical outlet–standard in all North American homes. ETL listed and built to North American electrical standards. Lightweight, portable induction cooktop makes handling and storage easy. Perfect for dorm rooms, home kitchens, backyard cooking, RVs, boats, etc.
- HIGH EFFICIENCY Choose from 15 preset power levels 200W to 1800W and 15 preset temperature level settings 140 F to 460 F. With an 83 percentage energy efficiency rating, induction cooker is more efficient than traditional gas or electric stoves yet provides quick heat-up and faster cooking times
- EASY TO CLEAN & VIEW With no open flame or heating element, food does not burn on the oversized glass cooktop, making the induction burner easy to clean just wipe with a damp towel. The angle control panel with a large display screen, providing easy viewing, even from a distance.
- REQUIRES INDUCTION READY COOKWARE Induction stoves rely on cookware to heat, so it’s essential to choose magnetic bottom cookware with a minimum diameter of 5 inches. The auto-pan detection will shut the unit off automatically after 60 seconds if no cookware, or the incorrect cookware is detected.
- 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED Please allow the induction hot plate to cool down before cleaning. If you have any questions with our product, please feel free to contact our customer service.
Cuisinart CB-60 Cast-Iron Burner
- 2 heavy-duty cast iron plates for durability. Dimensions(LWH)-5.75 x 22.50 x 15.25 inches
- Powerful 1800 watts of power for quick heat-up and heat retention throughout cooking cycle - primary burner: 1300 watts + Secondary burner: 500 watts
- Two separate 6-setting adjustable temperature controls
- Ready and safety "on" indicator lights. Independent adjustable thermostats with On and Ready indicator lights
- Non-slip feet for total stability while cooking
Imusa USA GAU-80305 Hot Plate
- Can Be Used for Cooking Outdoors or in the Office
- Features a Temperature Regulating Knob with Heat Distribution Coils
- Power Indicator Light. Non-slip rubber feet prevents product from sliding
- Slim Space Saving Design
- This item shouldn’t be use for more than 60 minutes in a 2-hour period as indicated in the manual
Things to consider when buying a Portable Hot Plate
Heat temperature: this should go without saying but not all hot plates provide even heat across the entire surface surface area, poor heating will give inconsistent results and could damage your cookware. Stainless steel hot plates generally offer greater control over heating zones than cheaper non-stick versions. I have also excluded from this review any hot plates with a maximum temperature less than 180°C, as it is almost impossible to cook almost anything at such a low heat!
Number of burners: not all hotplates come with more than one burner, however two or more allow for far greater control over the cooking process and accommodate larger pieces of cookware. If you’re going to be limited by your equipment then best choose 2 burners rather than 1, this allows for a continuous preparation zone and a simmering zone on the same surface. A word of warning though – don’t buy two smaller hot plates instead of one larger model as they are harder to clean and offer less control since they can shift around whilst cooking. If you want solid, reliable performance then go for one larger burner instead!
Style: this factor is pretty subjective to the individual as some people prefer a more classic look with their tools and appliances. Others simply want a clear workspace as opposed to having hot plates on show at all times. I have included “tester’s notes” from those that use these devices regularly, so hopefully after reading those you should have a good idea of what suits your needs best! Look out for units with removable power cords too – firstly they keep things nice and neat but also prevent accidents during storage!
A word on wattage: different cookware requires differing levels of heat to cook properly, typically pans or frying pans will require a higher level of wattage than most hot plates can provide. Some manufacturers address this by providing “boost” or “turbo” settings that offer extra power for short bursts – but they only work if the device has enough power in the first place to utilise it effectively! A few examples are listed below with their appropriate min/max temperatures