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Old 06-07-2018, 01:03 PM   #1
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Instant Pot on Inverter

We have the dual 6 volt batteries and the 1500 watt ETI supplied inverter. We bought a 6 qt Instant Pot to make stews and soups especially. It is a 1000 watt 120 VAC device. We had never used the inverter for much. Charging an older laptop mainly. My wife asked if we could run the Instant Pot on the inverter. So a test was in order.

Under a bright New Mexico sky with the ETI 160 watt panel on the roof and a 100 watt portable panel and the batteries fully charger I put a cup of water in the pot sealed it up and set it to run in manual mode for 15 minutes. I monitored the batteries via our Victron 700 while running the test. The initial heatup dragged the batteries down by 6Ah. Once up to proper heat and pressure the pot would not draw any significant power and the solar panels recouped 1 Ah before the pot cycled on again. It would cycle on about every 5 minutes for maybe 20-30 seconds. At the end of 15 minutes we were at -5 Ah on the batteries. Most of our Instant Pot meals cook in 30 minutes it looks like the scheme will work well as long as we have bright sun to recharge the batteries.

Did you know you can bake a cake in an Instant Pot?
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Old 06-07-2018, 01:06 PM   #2
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Why does an instant pot take 30 minutes? That's not exactly instant.
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Old 06-07-2018, 01:21 PM   #3
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Why does an instant pot take 30 minutes? That's not exactly instant.
Yeah, not exactly in an instant but sure beats hours on the stovetop.
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Um, let's see now......that be 1.5 gallons. Plenty of stew for the gang.
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Old 06-07-2018, 01:50 PM   #5
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Have you ever considered a Can Cooker? Low pressure, pressure cooker (similar to Instant Pot), no electricity required AND you can bake/cook/steam a cake in it.
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Have you ever considered a Can Cooker? Low pressure, pressure cooker (similar to Instant Pot), no electricity required AND you can bake/cook/steam a cake in it.
Never heard of it until reading your comment. I checked it out via Youtube. Interesting alternative.
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The nice thing about the CanCooker is you can use it inside on stove, outside on a camp stove or over the fire.....
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Old 06-07-2018, 04:14 PM   #8
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Just found out that they have a third, smaller size ... the Can Cooker Companion. We have the Junior and, since I found myself using it in the house as well, I just ordered the Companion for the trailer. Figured since there's just the two of us, that will work and it will save a little space.

We love ours and I find myself using it quite a bit when we're out camping -- especially in inclement weather.
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Why does an instant pot take 30 minutes? That's not exactly instant.
Pot of Navy Beans: 5 minutes to pressure up, 30 minutes cooking under pressure, 10 minutes to pressure down. Done. 45 minutes total isn't "instant", but it's a whole lot faster than an old cast iron pot hanging over a campfire.
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Can of Bush's Beans. Can opener. Eat 'em cold. All done.
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