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How to Find a Microwave Oven's Wattage?

Reston Mar 22, 2012 05:54 PM

I don't know what the wattage is for my microwave, and I can't seem to find it on the inside label. Is there someplace else I should look? It seems like wattage would be a piece of information that would be displayed prominently on the front of the oven, since cooking times varying based on that number.

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    Leepa RE: Reston Mar 22, 2012 06:10 PM

    If you know the model number, you could probably google the brand and the model number and come up with some specs for that model.

    worth a try!

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      acgold7 RE: Reston Mar 22, 2012 07:28 PM

      If it's not inside the door or front door frame, it might be listed on a sticker on the back near where the AC power cord goes into the machine. If you have the manual handy, it might be there as well.

      But other than that, yeah, the interwebs are your friends.

      1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Reston Mar 22, 2012 11:46 PM

        I agree with acgold. You usually can find the power output inside the microwave or the back.

        1. hill food RE: Reston Mar 23, 2012 12:40 AM

          Leepa has good words, whenever someone gripes to me "ah my brother lost the stupid wifi modem manual" I say write down every model and part number you can see and chances are if the maker doesn't have it online there's some geek. ummm fan, out there that has scanned their own copy.

          google is your friend.

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            Chemicalkinetics RE: hill food Mar 23, 2012 12:58 AM

            "google is your friend."

            Also your enemy. :)

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              hill food RE: Chemicalkinetics Mar 23, 2012 01:23 AM

              perhaps frenemy? yeah proceed with eyes open and watch the data mining!

              like the quote - keep your friends close and your enemies closer. but that's all fodder for another place.

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                Chemicalkinetics RE: hill food Mar 23, 2012 01:43 AM


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            Reston RE: Reston Mar 23, 2012 04:34 AM

            Ok, so I stuck my head in the microwave and wrote down the model number. A google search led me to a GE website, which list the watts at 1150. I also discovered via the sticker inside the microwave that it was manufactured in April 2004, which makes sense, because I bought it when I moved into a new place that year.

            I still don't understand why they don't display the watts on the oven anywhere. Are they afraid of some kind of lawsuit? Inquiring minds want to know!

            1. DiveFan RE: Reston Mar 23, 2012 04:10 PM

              I don't trust any unqualified power rating on the label, so I measure it myself. This particular meter is widely available:

              The label seems to indicate a maximum power input rather than typical average consumption. Any consumer device I've measured uses a simple power cycling mechanism - more time on, higher average power input. The power *input* does not reflect how efficient the appliance is.

              BTW those idiots at Sharp put their label on the Inside of my microwave where it has largely disintegrated ......

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