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Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Greg

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The iWavecube: A Portable Microwave

On the list of items that we want to take with us wherever we go, a microwave is pretty far down the list. No one can dispute their convenience- for making popcorn, for reheating leftovers, and making a quick frozen meal. But microwaves are usually heavy, definitely power hungry, and generally just too big and bulky to carry around.

Someone decided to solve this- the iWavecube microwave is a cute, twelve pound unit that comes with a windowed front and a nice solid, fold-down handle. Just big enough for a small plate, it won’t be good for those who like to put in multiple items at a time- or even for a regular dinner plate. And at 600 watts, it isn’t powerful enough to follow the basic instructions on some meals, which often are aimed at 1200 or 1500 watt models. But at about about a foot on each side, it can fit just about anywhere- even an RV or camper. And it takes less power than bigger units, which may mean a longer cooking time, but also less power draw. Need to reheat your coffee or soup? No problem.

We had some trouble with the controls- they are located on the top of the unit, which means that you can’t easily place the microwave into a small space and not worry. You’ll need to leave clearance to access the controls. Some automatic presets are available, and we tried popcorn at first, and were surprised- a regular bag fills up pretty much all of the interior space! The iWavecube comes with a rack- no fancy spinning glass trays here- and is fairly easy to clean. We wouldn’t recommend it to those who aren’t in desperate need of saving either every inch or traveling with one, as there are lots of compromises here and inexpensive microwaves are now plentiful. But it’s a nifty concept, and pretty nice looking in three colors, silver, black, or white. $99, available online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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