Portable Induction NuWave

We have a NuWave portable induction cooker.  My husband is the only one who uses it.  It sits on our countertop but is only plugged in when in use.  He also buys the specific pans that work with the cook top.  If this system is not plugged in can it still cause me a problem if I am near the cook top or the pans which hang above my stove?





by Tracey_E - 2023-02-25 10:02:05

Big  magnets are the only thing we need to worry about. And they have to be within 6" of our device to cause any problems.

If by chance you do get too close to something questionable, the worst it will do is put it in test mode until you get away from it. This is what they do every time they interrogate at the clinic. 

Induction hobs

by piglet22 - 2023-02-28 06:34:07

From Wikipedia

"Persons with implanted cardiac pacemakers or other electronic medical implants are usually instructed to avoid sources of magnetic fields; the medical literature seems to suggest that proximity to induction cooking surfaces is safe, but individuals with such implants should check with their cardiologists. "

Not very helpful but as ever, get advice.

As a general rule, I play safe and avoid sources of magnetic fields and anything that could induce disturbances in an ICD. That could include any powerful radio sources like radar.

Yes, you get a magnet test with a PM checkup and as I understand it's working, it operates a component called a reed switch or possibly a Hall effect sensor that changes settings when activated.

I did ask the consultant about this and he assured me that any magnetically operated switch would be non-latching and as soon as you remove the magnietic field, it switches back.

I work with both components and for reed switches the normal maximum switching range is less than 10-cm


by Tracey_E - 2023-02-28 10:07:39

Is not where I'd go for medical advice. There is a lot of dated advice on the internet about things we can and cannot do. Newer pacers are well shielded and even strong magnets closer than 6" will often not affect them.

And a lot of warnings written by the lawyers, not the doctors. Case in point, go to an amusement part and see what you can do if you follow the warning signs to the letter.

When in doubt, ask your doctor or call the device manufacturer.

But having been paced every beat for coming up on 30 years, and being the kind of person who constantly peppers the rep and doctors with questions and likes to test things out just to see what happens, I can tell you that I've never once caused a mode switch with my pacer. If it happens, it shows up in the report. Not a lot phases me at this point. I used to be afraid of accidentally getting too close to something I shouldn't, but it's never been a problem. And my first few devices were nowhere near as well shielded as my newest one. My doctor told me to live my life and forget it's there, and that's pretty much what I've done. 

Don't try this at home...

by Penguin - 2023-03-03 15:02:16

I am very absent minded and simply forget what not to do from time to time. Over the years I've i) accidentally walked through an airport security magnet ii) loitered near the security magnets / barriers inside shop doors iii) regularly used an induction hob that I owned for years iv) put a mobile phone on my LHS and v) allowed the use of dental de-scalers. All were flagged up to me as things to avoid at different times, but nothing's happened to date and I feel pretty relaxed about using most everyday items as a result.  

I agree with Tracey-e on this one. These devices are pretty well shielded from most every day objects, but as always, check the warnings and decide for yourself rather than taking advice from someone who might just have been fortunate who posts on a forum. 

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