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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

We have a Sharp Warm and Toasty. It is 650 watts and runs fine on our 800 watt Inverter as well as shore power. In addition it also Grills and Bakes. We liked it so well we put one upstairs in the house also. It has been with us for about four years so far and still works just fine.
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

We use the MV to reheat beverages in the mugs, and to steam veggies and to heat leftovers and soup, and sometimes to defrost meats.

It's a Sharp Half Pint and is 600 watts. It's 12" deep x 12" high x 13" wide and I don't mind that small amount space for how much we use it. They are avaliable used and rebuilt. Built like little brick houses. And it does make a good bread storage ; -)
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

I tried running a 700 watt off my 1000 watt portable generator.
Did not work. Need 500watt but cannot find. Not even sure 500 watts will run on my Honda portable gen.
Any experience from anyone here?
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

After being without one for the past 2 1/2 months I have decided to spend the funds on a new pressure cooker instead. The only things i would use the microwave for is reheating food or defrosting food, maybe occaisionally reheating a beverage. There are other ways to do those things.

I don't think i would want to run one off of a generator. Under 600 or 700 watts it takes a long time to heat anything in a MW anyway.

Loving the pressure cooker!
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

No doubt there are "invaluable' purposes for anything on a boat provided you think hard enough on it. A bread box???
Years ago I bought up some old titanium and SS mugs and use them rather than fine china. I can heat a cup of coffee using Folger's coffee tea bags in less than 2 minutes and reheat in a few seconds. I do it by way of a torch (not a flashlight Limey). In fact a torch is a truly handy tool all around a boat. I even carry one on my dink as well.
Now, what were we talking about…. "Oh, yeah, a microwave oven. Not an oven now, not really. It has its uses I suppose, I tend to think of it in the workaholic's archive. That is to say we have one but I keep it at home in our kitchen or rather shall I say "her kitchen."
You see at home the kitchen is all hers but my galley is where I shine. She does the work at home and I do it on the boat. I tend to think of cooking as very sexy by the way. An endeavor that makes an ordinary boat a yacht and best executed slowly to provoke intimacy at a rate a woman buys.
No woman I know brags on a hubby who gave her a quicky in the microwave. Cooking is not a task or something to get out of the way. It is pure pleasure on a boat. The cooking is the foreplay and the serving is divine….
For every action (or inch) there's an equal and opposite reaction. If I am going to do the microwave lets do a fridge and so on. "Hot food" in a "hot cabin???" Yikes, did I hear that right? Sounds as though a demon has possessed their boat and they are stranded in the tropics. That's when we do a lot of raw food and things you don't cook.
There are two types of boats on the water. One a work boat the other a pleasure craft. If on a work boat cooking needs to get done ASAP. If a pleasure boat one needs to savor the act… That isn't to say I wouldn't have a microwave or fridge on a boat, on the contrary, when I'm on the hard and my quinine has rippened to the same color as my bottom paint I am obliged to get cooking out of the way.
Long ago I knew an ex-cop who by divorce found himself inhabiting his sailboat and cooking for himself.
He'd bought a fridge so big he couldn't get it below so he resigned it to the back of the cockpit . He was a fair hand at shopping and with little effort stuffed the metal box with all sorts of dead carcasses. He had so much on that boat there was but a path to and from his berth. On the way you saw the microwave. Traversing back and forth from fridge to microwave he'd dripped copious amounts of grease up and down the companionway.
Dogs cats raccoons, rats and other guests, liked to make regular stops at his boat to help him clean up and he was most generous as a host to them. Yes I was a flowerchild of the 60s… No! Not one who called policeman "pigs."
The neighbors found the sight of that rusty old fridge lodged against the wheel a god send. Not that it added an asstetic to the already overburdened vessel but because it meant he no longer attempted to actually navigate his leviathan in and out of the slip with such uncertain results...

This situation is likely still going on. There are so many men that might have done better to marry a microwave over an unforeseeable problem with matrimony. I am no longer visiting that dock but should I have to there is one nightmare that persists. I awakened in those dark alley ways beneath and between the hulls of neighboring boats where galvanic action takes place as regularly as unprotected sex.
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

A microwave oven is also the perfect tool for resetting the Do-Not-Disturb feature on cell phones and pagers. Just place the phone or pager in the microwave, apply full power for 30 seconds per device, and you'll find they won't disturb you while you are off-watch, or engaged at the helm.

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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

I know this is an older thread, but I have some new information..

I recently replaced my 330 AH Gel cell bank with a single 165 AH Lead-Acid. Using a microwave before was simple and the 330 AH bank supported it with ease, even with the 120 amps coming out of the bank (as measured on the Victron battery monitor). Now, with the 165 AH bank, the inverter starts beeping about a low supply voltage. Starting the engine releive this condition, by the way, and picked up exactly half of the load; only 60 amps came out of the bank. I'll be picking up more batteries before the summer. Bottom line is that 300 AH bank is needed to support a microwave.

Note that the MW does not use any propane, so with enough solar power, it helps you cruise for longer. And using something like 1% of the bank per minute, doing a quick 5 minute heating results in losing only 5% of the house bank.

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P.S. Microwave popcorn doesn't pop so well in lower-powered microwaves.
P.P.S. Microwaves are great for melting cheese on things, like nachos.
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

Brad-
I'd suggest that a microwave presents a load that is similar to an engine starter motor. After all, a typical "1000W" microwave is a constant kilowatt load--and a small starter motor would be typically a "one kilowatt" or one and half kilowatt motor.
it would pull nearly 100A from a battery, which might be excessive for a small deep-cycle battery bank. And of course, the duration of the pull would be excessive for an SLI battery. So, no surprise you need a robust deep cycle bank to power an equally robust load.
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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

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I'd suggest that a microwave presents a load that is similar to an engine starter motor. After all, a typical "1000W" microwave is a constant kilowatt load--and a small starter motor would be typically a "one kilowatt" or one and half kilowatt motor.
it would pull nearly 100A from a battery, which might be excessive for a small deep-cycle battery bank. And of course, the duration of the pull would be excessive for an SLI battery. So, no surprise you need a robust deep cycle bank to power an equally robust load.
I agree. It was 120 amps measured.

Funny thing was that the same microwave sucked down only 65 amps (or thereabouts) when powered by a square wave inverter. You really need a pure sine wave inverter to drive one.

So the most expensive part of the microwave-on-a-boat equation is the inverter ($1,500) which you would likely not need otherwise.

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Re: What is the best Microwave oven for boat?

Yeah, I've come to think that sine-wave-ness and most of the claims about needing it or not, or producing it or not, fit under the general heading of "the check is in the mail" and "I won't...in your mouth".

Or as we say when short on time, "the check is in your mouth".

I know, there's real physics behind all the sine wave power issues. There's just never a physicist around when you need one.
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