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TATUNG TICT-1502MW Portable Induction Cooktop with Stainless Steel Pot (Latest version)

  • Energy Efficient Indoor Cook Top
  • Ceramic Surface
  • 1500 Watts
  • 430 degree Maximum Heating Power
  • Two-Hour Timer Setting
  • Cookware Suitability Detection
  • Stainless Steel Pot included
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TATUNG TICT-1502MW Portable Induction Cooktop

TICT-1502MW Tatung's TICT-1502MW Portable Induction Cooktop is fast and easy to use. You can easily entertain guest. It is safe to use indoor and features nine temperature levels, reaching up to 430-degrees. The ceramic cooktop also makes it easy to clean.

Induction cooktops use an electromagnetic field to generate the heat within the pan or pot you place on the cooktop (the cooktop itself doesn't get hot). With induction cooking, your cookware heats up fast, reducing your cooking time dramatically. These are great for hot-pots or cooking food outdoors when you don't want to smell up the house deep frying or cooking fish!

Features

TICT-1502MW
  • Energy Efficient Indoor Cook Top
  • Micro Crystal Ceramic Surface
  • Two-Hour Timer Setting
  • No Open Flame
  • Energy Efficient
  • Nine (9) Heating/Temperature Levels
  • Overheat Protection (Auto Shut-Off At 392°F)
  • Cookware Suitability Detection

Specifications

Model No. TICT-1502MW
Box Dimension (W x D x H) 12.75 x 8 x 15.6 inches
Frequency 120V / 60Hz
Power 1500W
Weight 9lbs
Safety compliance ETL / FCC

What's in the Box

TICT-1502MW

Learn more about Portable Induction Cooktop

General

Brand
TATUNG
Name
Portable Induction Cooktop
Model
TICT-1502MW

Feature

Features
Tatung’s TICT-1502MW Portable Induction Cooktop is fast and easy to use. You
can easily entertain guest. It is safe to use indoor and features 9 heating/temperature
levels. The ceramic cooktop also makes it easy to clean.

No Open Flame
Energy Efficient
2-Hour Timer
9 Heating/Temperature Levels
Overheat Protection (Auto Shut-Off At 392°F)
Cookware Suitability Detection
Ceramic Surface
430 degree Maximum Heating Power
Two-Hour Timer Setting
Cookware Suitability Detection

Specification

Color
Black
Power Consumption
1500W
Power Supply
120V / 60Hz

Dimensions & Weight

Weight
8.8 lbs.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Ed L.
  • 5/21/2015 4:28:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsLearning inductive cooking

Pros: Fast heat, Leaves kitchen area cooler than electric range, uses less electrical power than conventional electric, cool cooking surface, easy clean up. I really like this Tatung inductive cook top, however my wife is reluctant to try new things but is trying to understand induction cooking. I think she will like it better the more she use it.

Cons: As others have mentioned the manual leaves a lot to be desired. As far as the numbers 1-9 mean in watts used and temperature there is a web site that gives that information.
http://www.tatungusa.com/download/manual_418109371708565_tict-1502mu.pdf
Go to the bottom of the page to see what the settings mean. Hopefully Tatung will post more information on the internet.

Other Thoughts: As with anything new there is a learning curve and this product is no exception. If people have a question there is the internet to help with many different search engines, I prefer google. Before people complain about this or any thing else, look and you will more than likely find the answer on the internet simply by using a search engine, another good place to learn inductive cooking and how to use this appliance is youtube.

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  • Steven W.
  • 3/21/2015 12:03:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood burner, cheap pot

Pros: Induction is amazing. Using the standard 84% formula (84% efficiency -- that is, 84% of the energy used by the burner is converted directly into heat -- unlike ~40% for gas and ~79% for resistive/coil electric burners), at 1.5kw, this is roughly equivalent to a 10,000BTU gas burner. Boil some water in a cast iron or high-quality induction-ready stainless steel pot and you'll see what I mean.

Induction is famous for near-instantaneous responses to the throttles, and this burner is no exception. Press the button and you'll see the water go from a boil to a simmer in less than a second (unless you're using cast iron, but if you're using cast iron you should be familiar with the heat reserve capabilities).

The burner is clearly marked on what the various settings mean, so you can judge what you're doing without having to refer to the flawed manual, but more on the manual later. The controls are pretty obvious and intuitive, so once you get going with it you should have no real problems.

The burner has a "suitability detector", which basically means if you power it on with nothing on it, use non-magnetic cookware, or remove the pan while the burner is turned on you'll hear a few beeps and the burner will shut off. This prevents a lot of wasted electricity but can be very frustrating if you put the wrong pan on by accident.

The overheat protection works perfectly, though it can be an annoyance if you're trying to use an interface disc to use non-ferrous pans on it. See "Other Thoughts" below for, well, other thoughts.

Cons: First off, the manual is useless. Also, if you're going to be boiling for more than two hours, be aware that mine shut off at the two-hour mark without warning. That may be because I haven't used the timer feature. See other thoughts for more information. That's half a star gone right there.

Second, the pan that's included is cheap with a capital add-on-item. It works. It's works pretty well, actually, though having to wipe down the pan with vinegar to clean up the impurities that get expelled with every use is a bit of a pain. Mine arrived with a broken handle, though it's held up to the use I've put it through. Just keep in mind the pan is a little more fragile than you might like. Take care of it and it'll work for quite a while, but what do you expect for free?

Next on the hit parade is the fact that the temperature control isn't very granular -- nor is the power output, but that's easier to use for general cooking, so I hardly use the temperature setting versus steady power output. I realize that with only 9 levels it's hard to get exactly what you want, but we're talking a powerful piece of electronics generally priced well under a hundred bucks. Some compromises had to be made. Speaking of compromises, some of the temperature outputs just don't make sense unless you remember this is primarily a Chinese product, and therefore these are conversions from Celcius. Doesn't make them more appropriate to an American mindset, but it does excuse them. Also keep in mind that the 212F setting will keep your water simmering, but certainly not at a hard boil. Between the lack of absolute granularity and weird-ish temperature levels, it's just off enough for my needs to finish knocking off that fifth star.

The actual area of heat output is about 6" across, which means cast iron suffers from a large hot-spot in the middle unless you move the pan around while pre-heating it.

So, some cons that I don't think are big enough to matter, but things you should be aware of. First off, stainless steel pans (I haven't seen too much of this with cast iron) make a weird vibrating noise while using this burner, though it's usually just while warming up or if the power level changes dramatically (like going from a 4 to a 9, which is 1100w more juice). It's not a hum, it's not a crackle, but somewhere in between. It can be unnerving if you're not used to it. Next is the fact that the cooling fan runs for a while after the burner is turned off. It's not loud, but it is noticeable, and this might make some people unhappy. Finally, the blinking H. That stands for Hot and it means the surface of the burner has absorbed enough heat from the cookware to be anywhere from warm to hot to the touch. It could be hot enough to burn unprotected skin, so be careful if you just took the pan off.

Other Thoughts: Induction is amazing, as I said above. It's insanely fast, incredibly precise, and responds instantaneously to changes in input. However, it does have it's problems. Arguably the biggest is the fact that unless you're shelling out for super high-end equipment you can only use cast iron, forged iron, carbon steel, and certain grades of stainless steel on it. That's the one you need to worry about buying this burner.

I've had mine since the Black Friday 2014 sale, and I've used it heavily for everything from boiling water to add humidity to the air (very dry in NNY in January) to cooking bacon and eggs. For the most part I've used cast iron and the included pot, having only recently purchased a commercial-grade stainless steel pan at [warehouse club] to use on it as well, and I've found performance to be excellent. I was given an aluminum "whirley pop" popcorn popper a couple years ago and fell in love with it, so I was hopeful when I bought an interface disc that it would allow me to continue to use it. No such luck. The overheat protection cut in and only allowed a few kernels to pop, while the others burned in their hulls.

I haven't had any of the quality problems (other than the broken handle on my free pot, but that wasn't a dealbreaker for sure) others have reported, but I want to point out that we ARE talking about a mass-produced piece of electronics. Failures are going to happen. There's also the question of if people are using suitable cookware or left their burner outside and it rained or some other issue not specifically the fault of the burner.

One last thing -- I've found that some of my cookware seems almost to "float" on the burner. Since heat is produced by a magnetic field, I wouldn't be surprised if what I'm experiencing is the pan actually lifting microscopically above the surface of the burner on said magnetic field, allowing it to move at the slightest touch. Usually if this occurs I can turn the pan slightly and it'll offer some resistance to movement again, so it's not troublesome, merely interesting.

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  • Rodger H.
  • 2/11/2015 6:51:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsLack of customer support

Pros: None I can think of.

Cons: I agree with most of the negative reviews posted here. If I had read them first, I would not have bought the unit. The manual is rubbish and No response from Tatung customer support. I have had great satisfaction with Newegg purchases and can not imagine why they would sell such an obvious flawed piece of equipment.

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  • Mike S.
  • 2/4/2015 4:10:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat company

Pros: Had two of these for more than 5 years, with no problems

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I am happy to say that we have owned two of these for more than 5 years, and without any serious problems, not to mention no one has been burned, since the plate only has radian heat (Heat that emits from the pot to the unit,) so you will never get a bad burn for sure.

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  • Larry K.
  • 12/28/2014 9:43:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTICT-1502MW

Pros: Heats fast
One minute increments on timer
Great deal for fifty bucks.
I am giving this a 5 star rating based on experience I have from older model.
see comments below

Cons: User manual has some incorrect information and hopefully Tatung will make available an updated User Manual online. There is no date or code on the User Manual enclosed with the unit so that I can reference this for future readers of this. I emailed Tatung comments shown below.

Other Thoughts: User manual does not seem to be correct.

I notice reference on page 10 to C indicator lamp - but I believe on the cooktop it is labeled F . This confused me because I thought when F was selected it would show temperature. Does this mean that the cooktop will regulate by temperature when F rather than Watt setting if the right side W indicator light is lit up and number selection made there ? I just used this for the first time and have not determined this yet.

I do not see anywhere in the manual where it says what the flashing H is supposed to mean. Perhaps I missed this . I am guessing that it means the ceramic on the cooktop is still hot after the pot has been removed. I am waiting to see if this flashing H goes away when top cools off though it is not so hot that I can not touch it. I just tested my theory on flashing H by cooling down top surface by putting cool pan on water on it and the flashing H did go away.

I have the older model Tatung TICT-1500 and it has always worked excellent for me. I think this new model sounds a quieter and also I like that it has minute increments on timer instead of 10 minutes like the older model.

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  • hasan h.
  • 12/27/2014 9:51:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsTatung after 1 year work

Pros: ith an induction cooktop, you can boil water in the blink of an eye—often in less than two minutes—while still maintaining the subtlety needed for delicate cream sauces and melting chocolate.

Cons: Only work with pan 4 inch and more.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2014 3:57:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsCheap Stuff, Not Worth To Buy

Pros: cheap

Cons: I bought this $49.95 for my wife cook outside. It has very loud noise from the fan. Unit stopped working after 10 times uses. I would not recommend to buy this product

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  • Charles O.
  • 12/6/2014 7:17:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInduction hot plate:

Pros: Fast heating, good control, uses small amount of energy and easy cleanup.

Cons: Induction cooking has a learning curve. There is no flame to gauge the heat as in gas/propane cooking and no glow on the rings as in electric cooking. It is a little noisy but bearable. My wife does not like induction cooking because her hard boiled eggs were soft boiled on her first use of the induction cooktop. The H light does not go off, just flashes constantly but the unit is off. This happened after a couple of months but works just fine otherwise.

Other Thoughts: I am a retired Executive Chef and had wanted to try an induction cooktop for many years and never had the opportunity. I purchased this Tatung unit and been very happy with it. You have a lot of control once you learn to use it but be careful! Induction cooking is much quicker than either electric or gas and the base is cool after a few seconds after finishing. The heat is immediately transferred to the pan, (must be ferrous metal... and anodized won't work either even is the metal is ferrous). The settings are 1 thru 9, one being less than a simmer. The heat is transferred by cycles rather than a constant heat, much like high end gas cooktops. I have cooked with just about every method of head out there including combi-therm and induction is probably my next range... that is if I can convince my wife.

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  • Zhewen X.
  • 11/1/2014 9:17:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbad quality

Pros: bad stuff

Cons: This product claims that he has a stainless pot, but it come with a pot with lots of stains. It looks pretty dirty and the dirty stuffs on the pot can not be washed away.

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  • Min D.
  • 10/19/2014 7:32:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggstatung

Pros: Poor quality. Stop working after several uses

Cons: Poor quality. Stop working after several uses

Other Thoughts: Poor quality. Stop working after several uses

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