How do I handle MIITO?
Let's say you are making a cup of tea. Simply place the water-filled cup on the induction base, take the heating rod and place it in the cup of water and press the button. The rod will begin heating once it connects with the base. MIITO does the rest while you prepare your tea. There's no need to hold the rod during the heating process because it has a plate on the bottom that will easily keep the rod standing up. Once the water reaches boiling point, MIITO is intuitive enough to shut off. Then it can be lifted out of the cup by it's silicone handle and left in standby mode as it cools back down.
What kind of vessels can I use with MIITO?
That’s what we love about Miito: it's a super flexible system. You can use any vessel you want as long as it is made of heat resistant and non-ferromagnetic materials (which means no metal that is heated by induction itself). So you can use your favorite ceramic mug, a glass, a heat-resistant plastic container, or a large porcelain teapot. Vessels having a particular shape and form will work better than others with the MIITO system by heating liquids more efficiently and quickly. Have a look at our (The MIITO Experience or the MIITO Set) where we feature a set of cups and teapot that will achieve the best heating results with MIITO.
What kind of liquids can I heat with MIITO?
MIITO is the perfect companion for heating water. Yet, it also works perfectly well with milk-based drinks and coffee. It's also a great way to heat up soups, broths, sauces, and even baby food. As long as the substance is basically liquid based and doesn't contain solid ingredients, it will work well with MIITO! Just be aware that MIITO isn't optimized for heating food. MIITO needs the natural convection to occur and that works best with liquids – not solid food. You would only end up burning the food rather than heating it properly.
Is MIITO completely water resistant?
The stainless steel heating rod is fully water resistant. It can be put under running water or even in the dishwasher. The MIITO base, on the other hand, contains all the electronic components for inductive heating and should never be submerged in water.
How can I clean my MIITO?
MIITO is made with easy cleaning in mind. The stainless steel rod can be wiped off with a wet cloth, rinsed off under running water or thrown in the dishwasher. Since the MIITO base contains all the electronics of the device, it's important to treat it like any other electric device: small spills on the base are fine but don't plunge it into water. It's best to wipe down the base with a damp cloth.
Is MIITO wireless?
The first edition of MIITO will be a standard electric device you plug into the wall. Due to all the feedback we have already received, we are considering developing a portable version in the future that will either be charged by battery or by solar energy.
Is MIITO Safe Enough for Children to Use?
What's great about our induction base is that its technology is so much safer than traditional electric cookers. The MIITO base doesn’t get hot at all! So there is no harm that children might burn themselves by touching the base. However, we still recommend that an adult supervises a child when they are using MIITO. There is still the risk of them burning themselves by overturning the heated vessel while it is on the base or by grabbing the heated rod by the wrong side while it is still hot.
Exactly how much more efficient is MIITO?
Efficiency is a broad term and makes people think of different things. When we refer to the efficiency of MIITO, we are talking about the complete system of heating liquids. MIITO was designed with this thought in mind: How can we heat just the amount of liquid we want more efficiently? Let's face it, people tend to overfill regular kettles for many different reasons:
- Firstly, some electric kettles have a minimum mark which is at 0.5L, which is twice as much as you need for just one cup of tea.
- Secondly, with any kettle, it is difficult to read the exact amount of liquid in the kettle because a) most indicators on electric kettles are small and poorly marked, b) it's hard to level out the exact water amount while filling it, or c) stove-top kettles don't even allow you to measure the amount of liquid inside.
- And lastly – sometimes we are just in a rush or just plain lazy. We want to heat our liquids as fast and as easily as possible without always measuring things out.
That's why we wanted to find a way to eliminate overfilling and make it as easy as possible to heat exactly the amount you need using MIITO.
Naturally, some of you may be more interested in talking about efficiency from the technical side: converting electrical energy into thermal energy (electricity to heat up the liquid). If we look at efficiency in only this way, then yes, the efficiency of an electric kettle is phenomenal! While an electric kettle seems to be more than 90% efficient, induction is on average a bit lower at 80-90%. This means that if you would heat 1L of water using an electric kettle and 1L of water using MIITO, the electric kettle would be a tiny bit more efficient.
However, efficiency for us has never been about developing a technology that is more efficient. It is about making a system that is a more efficient option to the ones we know and use everyday. By eliminating the overfilling and heating of excess water, we stop wasting water and the energy it would take to heat it! And that sounds pretty efficient to us.
How does MIITO compare in heating different liquids? How fast will it heat a cup of milk or bowl of soup?
Water is a very easy substance to heat – you pretty much add as much energy to it as you want and it won’t burn! Milk and soup are a bit different. You might have noticed this already when heating milk on a stovetop – if you turn the heat too high, the milk – as well as soup – will burn on the bottom of the pot. That's why with MIITO, we need to reduce the energy a bit to make sure we don't burn the milk. But keep in mind that you usually don't want to boil milk or soup, only heat it up. So, bottom line, we expect a cup of milk or soup to heat up within about 2 minutes.
What is the maximum thickness of a cup base that MIITO will work with? Will it still work efficiently with a footed/thick-based mug because that's an average mug for a lot of people?
The thickness of the cup definitely influences the amount of energy that can be transferred from the induction base to the rod. Right now, we are getting excellent heating results in our simulations working with 12mm of distance between the coil and the rod – which is a lot! That means that since the glass surface itself is 3mm thick, that you can still have a cup base thickness up to 9mm (0.35 in.) for it to heat efficiently. However, if you use a cup or vessel with an even thinner base, the energy being transferred will increase even more and the liquid will heat even faster. So while we may advise you to use a thinner bottom-based vessel over a thicker-based one, thicker-based ones will still work. Please send us a photo of your favorite cup and the thickness of its bottom if you have any doubts and we will let you know what we think!
How easily can the MIITO rod be knocked over?
The MIITO system is made for everyday countertop use as long as you take the same general precautions when using any kitchen appliance. The heating rod itself is 280mm (11 in.) tall and the disc on its bottom is 45mm (1.77 in.). So it's not top heavy and its disc bottom helps support it upright. It definitely won't fall over easily! The vessel, where the rod is placed in, will most likely weigh more than the rod, preventing the rod from tipping over the vessel. So it's much like if you have a long thin spoon resting in a cup - if you knock the spoon, it won't likely knock over the cup.
Can I use the MIITO base with my induction compatible pots or the MIITO rod with my own induction stove top?
We love the technology behind induction stovetops and that's what obviously inspired us to make MIITO! However, since induction stovetops are pretty amazing on their own, we didn't set out to replace them. Instead we wanted to design a new alternative to the electric kettle. Of course, we love that MIITO is also flexible enough to heat such things as milk and soups. But we designed MIITO to work together, as a base and a rod. In fact, MIITO is intuitively designed to first detect the rod in the vessel before turning on completely so if its sensors don't detect the rod, it won't power on. So we cannot recommend using part of the MIITO system with your other induction-based appliances.