Can a Portable Power Station Run an Electric Pressure Cooker

An electric pressure cooker also known as Instant Pot significantly reduces cooking time. It utilizes high pressure to cook food quickly. Meals that traditionally take hours to prepare can be ready in a fraction of the time, making it a time-efficient cooking solution.

Can a Portable Power Station run an electric pressure cooker? A fully charged portable power station can support multiple cooking sessions with your electric pressure cooker even while off-grid.

What Portable power station to run an Instant Pot

Electric Pressure Cooker use very little electricity compared with other kitchen appliances.  An Electric Pressure Cooker significantly reduces cooking time by utilizing high pressure to cook food quickly. Meals that traditionally take hours to prepare can be ready in a fraction of the time, making it a time-efficient cooking solution. The average Instant Pot uses between 500 and 700 watts.

In order to choose the right size portable power station for your electric pressure cooker you’ll need to match the wattage of the pressure cooker to the power rating of the portable power station. For a 700 watt portable power station you’ll need a 1000-watt portable power station.

How Long Will a 1000-Watt Portable power station Run a 700-watt Instant Pot

Electrical energy is measured in Watt-Hours. The length of time the pressure cooker operates determines how much power it uses. Watt-hours take into consideration the number of hours you will be running your Pressure Cooker.

To calculate Watt-Hours you multiply the Wattage of the device or appliance and multiply by the number of hours you use the device.

Watt-Hours = Watts X Hours

If you want to use a pressure cooker for 1 hour, you will need 700 Wh of energy.

To calculate the running time of a pressure cooker, you would use the following formula:

Running Time = Portable power station Watt-hours/operating power of the device 

For example to get the running time for a 700-watt pressure cooker

= (1000*0.85)/700 

= 1.21 hrs

1000 Watt-hours is enough to run the Instant Pot for around 1 hr 12 minutes.

An Instant Pot allows for “set-it-and-forget-it” cooking. Once you set the desired cooking time and pressure, the appliance takes care of the rest.

FoodTime to CookWatt-hour Requirements
 1 hr700Wh
Turkey Breast30 minutes350 Wh
Beef Stew20 minutes233 Wh
Rice Brown15 minutes175 Wh
Potatoes10 minutes116 Wh

Some meals require less time compared to others and you can have multiple cooking sessions with one charge of the portable power station.

With the solar panel hooked on the solar generator you add 21 minutes to your running time to run the instant pot in 1 hr 32 minutes.

Conclusion

Combining a portable power station with an electric pressure allows you to cook while in an off-grid home.  

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