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WindCrest Induction Hobs

"Produce! Produce!
Were it but the pitifullest infintesimal fraction
of a product, produce it in God's name!
'Tis the utmost thou hast in thee: out with it, then."

—Thomas Carlyle

General WindCrest Information

The basic generator used in WindCrest units is the standard Fagor 3.6-kW type. On the wide unit, the large central element is run entirely by one generator, so that element is a true 3.6 kW. All the rest of their elements are pairs (two pairs each on both the standard and wide units) with each pair having, obviously, a maximum combined total of 3.6 kW available. Individually (that is, one on and one off), the paired elements can be run at 2.2 kW and 2.8 kW, but when you run them both, the combined maximum is that 3.6 kW (when both are on MAX, they each get 1.8 kW). There is no "boost" on any element. WindCrest got rather testy with us when we described their units as using power sharing; apparently to them sharing power is not power sharing, it's "over-temperature protection". Right: got it now.


WindCrest Induction-Unit Data

As always in these listings, we give these standard general—

Important notes on these data:

  1. We have spent a lot of time hunting these data--often in several places for each individual unit--but we cannot and do not guarantee any datum to be correct (indeed, we often found conflicting data at different sources). Caveat emptor!

  2. For those units we offer for sale, the prices shown are never over a day old. For other items, the prices shown are the lowest we found with moderate but not fanatic searching; moreover, they are not updated very often and are only intended as a rough guide to comparative unit values in cost/power terms.

  3. Most "Features" are not terribly important, and are nearly standard among roughly similar units, regardless of brand name. If some "feature"--shown or omitted--is especially important to you, check on it, because we did not take great pains over the "Features" data.

  4. Dimensions given here are, as the makers themselves warn, only to be used as guidelines in planning--never do anything (such as cutting a countertop) till you have your actual unit to hand.

  5. A very important unit datum is the "MaxPower" value. Many units show individual-element powers that add up to impressive totals that the unit cannot really supply. That is not a defect or some form of cheating: it is "power sharing", a clever and useful feature; but, unless the maker is unusually open about data, one can easily be misled into believeing that the unit as a whole is more powerful than it is. Your dollars are buying cooking power, and you need to be well aware of just what you are paying for in actual cost/power terms for the unit as a whole.

  6. Similar to power sharing (though less flexible) is the "power boost" feature many units have on some or all of their elements. (That feature allows a "boosted" element to temporarily, for some short period--rarely specified, but typically 10 minutes or so--run at some set level well over its nominal power, to help with tasks like getting large pots of water to boiling.) As with true power sharing, if one is not careful, one can get an incorrect impression of the true total power capability of the unit as a whole, which, as we just said, is basically what your dollars are buying.

(For much fuller information on power, read our page Kitchen Electricity 101.)



We found two WindCrest induction-cooking models:

Windcrest CTI304D
WindCrest CTI304D
(maker's product page - note: data there is inaccurate)


Windcrest CTI365D
WindCrest CTI365D
(maker's product page - note: data there is inaccurate)




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