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    Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Greg


    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 Apple’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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