Ultimate Guide to Instant Pot Wattage

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Ultimate Guide to Instant Pot Wattage
Instant pots are the most versatile kitchen appliance perfect for cooking some favorite dishes, like casseroles, tender ribs, and stews. The pressure cooker feature of this instant pot speeds up the cooking time and ensures you have the tender meat in only 30 minutes. While there are many benefits, you'll need to understand the instant pot wattage before buying the appliance.
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Generally, an instant pot wattage draw is nearly 700-1200W of electricity. The Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro, Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro, and Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Plus are some portable, powerful, and highly efficient charging solutions that can power different sizes and capacities of instant pots and even other home appliances.

Products

Image

Capacity

Rated / Peak Power

Battery

Size

Solar Generator 2000 Plus

 

solar generator 2000 plus

2kWh to 24kWh

3000W (6000W Peak)

LiFePO4

Length: 14.7 in (37.36 cm)

Width: 18.6 in (47.3 cm)

Height: 14.1 in (35.94 cm)

Solar Generator   2000 Pro

 

solar generator 2000 pro

2160Wh

2200W (4400W Peak)

NMC

Length: 15.1 in (38.4 cm)

Width: 10.5 in (26.9 cm)

Height: 12.1 in (30.75 cm)

Solar Generator 1500 Pro

 solar generator 1500 pro

1512Wh

1800W (3600W Peak)

NMC

Length: 15.12 in (38.4 cm)

Width: 10.59 in (26.9 cm)

Height: 12.11 in (30.75 cm)

Instant Pot Wattage Key Takeaways

Here are a few key takeaways about the instant pot wattage.

  • The amount of energy used by an instant pot depends on its size and varies somewhere between 700 to 1200 watts.
  • The factors like pot size, electricity rate, voltage fluctuations, altitude, user behavior, and cooking programinfluence the instant pot wattage.
  • There are many sizes and models of instant pots available, including 3-quart, 6-quart, and 8-quart.

How Many Watts Does An Instant Pot Use?

The average instant pot wattage draw will vary depending on the specific brand and model. Most instant pots typically consume between 700 and 1200 watts, providing sufficient power to generate appropriate heat and pressure for cooking. The low-end models have wattage ratings of 700W, whereas the high-end models consume 1200W. Here is the table revealing the different instant pot models and their wattage.

Instant Pot Model

Wattage Consumption

3 Quart Pot

700W

6 Quart Pot

1000W

8 Quart Pot

1200W

The following table reveals the list of instant pots from different brands and their wattage.

Different Instant Pot Brands

Wattage Consumption

High-End Instant Pot Duo

1500W

Basic Instant Pot Rio

1400W

Classic Instant Pot Duo

1200W

Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1

1800W

Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-1

1000W

Instant Pot Duo Plus

1000W

Instant Pot Pro Plus

1500W

What Factors Affect The Instant Pot Wattage?

The instant pot wattage can be influenced by various factors, like cooking program, pot size, etc. These primary factors help manage energy consumption and make informed decisions while selecting the right instant pot size.

Cooking Program: Instant pots have different cooking settings or programs that have varying power requirements. Generally, a low-pressure setting may consume less watts than a high-pressure setting. Likewise, if you cook for long hours, it will require more power.

Altitude: Next, the altitude impacts the time it is required to reach and maintain the appropriate pressure. When you cook at higher altitudes, the low atmospheric pressure ensures the instant pot will consume more power.

Voltage Fluctuations: If the voltage is high, the instant pot might draw low power. You can either use a voltage stabilizer or surge protector to overcome the problem of voltage fluctuations.

Pot Size: Another factor that will impact the instant pot wattage is its size and material. The larger pots need more power to heat up the liquid and food compared to the smaller ones. If you want to reduce power consumption, consider stainless steel pots or pots with multi-layered bases.

User Behavior: If you repeatedly open the lid while cooking in an instant pot, it leads to heat loss. Hence, the instant pot requires high power to maintain the desired pressure.

How Much Does It Cost to Run An Instant Pot?

As mentioned, a 3-quart instant pot wattage is around 700, and high-end instant pots consume 1200 watts of electricity. On average, the instant pot or multi-cooker uses around 1.2kWh of energy, typically costing 35p per hour to run. The high-end model typically uses 1.46kWh of electricity and costs around 42p per hour to run. If you are using a 6-quart model consuming 1000 watts, it will cost about 17 cents per hour to pressure cook.

Appliance

Max wattage pull

Cost per hour of cooking

Total hours (6-lb. pork shoulder)

Total cost

Large oven

3,000

$0.51

7

$3.57

Slow cooker (6-quart)

260

$0.05

8

$0.40

Instant Pot pressure cooker (6-quart)

1,000

$0.17

1.5

$0.26

Jackery Solar Generators for Instant Pots

Jackery Solar Generators are an excellent option for powering appliances when living off the grid or when the electricity grid is down. They combine Jackery Explorer Portable Power Stations and Jackery SolarSaga Solar Panels to charge all sorts of appliances, including instant pots. They are portable, lightweight, and highly efficient solar solutions that minimize the environmental impact.

These Jackery Solar Generators work when the sunlight falls on the Jackery SolarSaga Solar Panels and gets converted into DC electricity. With the pure sine wave inverter, the DC is converted to AC electricity to charge instant pots and other devices. Here are the three popular Jackery Solar Generators that can act as reliable home battery backup solutions.

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Plus

If you are looking for a power backup that can charge most of your appliances, then the Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Plus makes more sense. It has a LiFePO4 battery of around 2042.8Wh capacity and can be expanded to 24kWh with the help of Jackery Battery Pack 2000 Plus. These home battery backups are ideal for off-grid living and charge 99% of home appliances. If you are powering a high-end 1200W instant pot, the solar generator can supply electricity for 1.4 hours.

jackery solar generator 2000 plus

Customer Review

"We love this power station; it can be recharged quickly. No noise while enjoying the peace and quiet at the off-grid cabin. Runs our fridge/freezer for about a day and a half, and that is with running lights and other things at the same time. Would highly recommend it." — L Mc.

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro

The Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro has an NMC battery of 2160Wh and a 2200W inverter. It can power 96% of your home or outdoor appliances, ensuring you never depend on the electricity grid. With the help of 6*Jackery SolarSaga 200W Solar Panels, you can recharge the Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro Portable Power Station in only 2.5 hours. The battery backup can supply steady electricity to a 1200W instant pot for 1.5 hours.

jackery solar generator 2000 pro

Customer Review

"Peace of mind knowing we have a backup in the event of a power failure. A very nice, powerful unit that is super easy to use and fast charging. Have powered several appliances in the house. I have recently purchased a second Explorer 2000 Pro to alternate with the first when recharging is required. We are now prepared for an emergency." — Richard W.

Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro

The Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro has an NMC battery of 1512Wh capacity and a 1800W inverter. The compact and lightweight battery backup weighs only 37.4 lbs and can be carried on most outdoor adventures. With this solar generator, you can power the 1200W consuming instant pot for 1 hour and a 700W instant pot for 1.8 hours. It features multiple AC output ports, USB-C ports, and a car charger to power multiple appliances.

jackery solar generator 1500 pro

Customer Review

"I actually used it for the first time this past weekend while camping. I was pleasantly surprised by how long the battery lasts. I had several electronics plugged in all weekend, and by the time I packed up to head home, I still had plenty of juice left." — RYAN W.

Product

Solar Generator 2000 Plus

Solar Generator 2000 Pro

Solar Generator 1500 Pro

Capacity

2 kWh to 24 kWh

2160Wh

1512Wh

Life Cycle

4000 cycles to 70%+ capacity

1000 cycles to 80%+ capacity

1000 cycles to 80%+ capacity

Battery

LiFePO4

NMC

NMC

Dimension

Length: 14.7 in (37.36 cm)

Width: 18.6 in (47.3 cm)

Height: 14.1 in (35.94 cm)

Length: 15.1 in (38.4 cm)

Width: 10.5 in (26.9 cm)

Height: 12.1 in (30.75 cm)

Length: 15.12 in (38.4 cm)

Width: 10.59 in (26.9 cm)

Height: 12.11 in (30.75 cm)

Recharging Methods

Solar Recharging: 2 H (4*Jackery SolarSaga 200W Solar Panels)

Wall Recharging: 2 H

Car Recharging: 25 H

Solar Recharging: 5.5 H (6*Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels)

Wall Recharging: 2 H

Car Recharging: 24 H

Solar Recharging: 4 H (6*Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels)

Wall Recharging: 2 H

Car Recharging: 16.5 H

Output Ports

AC Output (×4): 120V~ 60Hz, 20A Max

AC Output (×1): 120V~ 60Hz, 25A Max

USB-A Output (x2): Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Max

USB-C Output (x2): 100W Max, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

AC Output (x3): 120V, 60Hz, 2,200W (4,400W Surge Peak)

USB-A Output (x2): Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Maximum

USB-C Output (x2): 100W Maximum, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

AC Output (x3): 120V, 60Hz, 1,800W (3,600W Surge)

USB-A Output (x2): Quick Charge 3.0x2, 18W Maximum

USB-C Output (x2): 100W Maximum, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

Working Hours

3-Quart Instant Pot (700W): 2.4H

6-Quart Instant Pot (1000W): 1.7H

8-Quart Instant Pot (1200W): 1.4H

Kettle (850W): 2H

Coffee Maker (1100W): 1.5H

3-Quart Instant Pot (700W): 2.6H

6-Quart Instant Pot (1000W): 1.8H

8-Quart Instant Pot (1200W): 1.5H

Kettle (850W): 2.1H

Coffee Maker (1100W): 1.6H

3-Quart Instant Pot (700W): 1.8H

6-Quart Instant Pot (1000W): 1.2H

8-Quart Instant Pot (1200W): 1H

Kettle (850W): 1.5H

Coffee Maker (1100W): 1.1H

Instant Pot Wattage FAQs

What voltage is needed for an instant pot?

The US and Canada instant pots are designed to work with 110V to 120V and may not work with a 220V electrical system. It's recommended to check the specific model's user manual to learn the voltage the appliance is compatible with before using it.

How many amps does an instant pot draw?

An instant pot typically draws around 5-6 amps when turned on. You can even use the formula to calculate the amps drawn by a 700W-consuming instant pot working at 110V.

P (in watts) = I (in amps) × V (in volts) or I (in amps) = P (in watts) ÷ V (in volts)

I = 700W ÷ 110V = 6.3A.

It's best to contact the manufacturer or the user manual of a specific model to get the most accurate information.

Can you use an instant pot with an extension cord?

Yes, it is absolutely safe to use an instant pot with an extension cord as long as it can handle the power requirements. In order to be on the safer side, it's best to refer to the manufacturer's guidelines for using extension cords with specific appliances.

Does an instant pot use more electricity than a stove?

Instant pot is considered a 7-in-1 kitchen appliance that can save 70% of electricity compared to appliances like a stove, steamer, or oven. This is because the exterior of the instant pot is fully insulated, ensuring the hot temperature remains inside it.

Final Thoughts

Instant pots, also known as electric pressure cookers or multi-cookers, are versatile kitchen appliances that have been gaining popularity in recent years. If you want to buy an instant pot or improve the power efficiency, you'll need to understand the instant pot wattage. Since these instant pots consume a lot of power, you must choose a portable power backup or solar generator.

Jackery Solar Generators are designed to charge instant pots and most other home or outdoor appliances. They are portable and powerful charging solutions, so you can charge anything indoors or outdoors. This way, you can save energy, reduce the carbon footprint, and lower high electricity bills.

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