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Haven Innovations invented Smart Shelf technology which uses low-slow conduction to automatically heat and cook food to perfection and hold it at the perfect temperature for hours. They used this technology to develop the HOTLOGIC® Breakroom 8 to provide a way to heat multiple meals at one time without the mess, smell and wait that frequently comes with microwaves in breakrooms. At the same time, they developed a portable unit, the HOTLOGIC® personal oven, providing hot meals at home or on-the-go.

What is a HOTLOGIC® Personal Oven?

A HOTLOGIC® personal oven is a heating plate placed inside a soft-sided, insulated bag. The heating plate is set at the factory to heat to a predetermined temperature. It uses conduction to heat food within a flat-bottomed container. The food will heat up to temperatures ranging from 165ºF to 180ºF’s. This keeps the food at safe temperatures without burning, even if it stays in the HOTLOGIC® for hours.

I mostly use mine to re-heat frozen food, but am learning how from scratch to cook desserts, snacks, breakfast, side dishes and main dishes in it.

Aqua HOTLOGIC® in front Stainliess steel bento boxes stacked glass jar with utensils behind far back are bamboo cutting boards

How Does a HOTLOGIC® Work?

The HOTLOGIC® works by conduction. The plate heats up and transfers the heat to whatever it is touching, such as a glass dish. The glass dish then heats up and in turn transfers its heat to the food it is touching. Therefore, maximum surface contact maximizes heat transference.

There is a difference in temperature between the HOTLOGIC® plate and the dish and the food. When I conducted a few tests using an infrared thermometer, I took my temperature readings after waiting two hours. The HOTLOGIC® plate gave a reading of 190ºF-210ºF. The material of which the dishes were constructed made a difference for the temperature reading of the dishes. The glass and metal containers had a range of 176ºF-183ºF. Silicon, on the other hand, gave readings of 184ºF-190ºF. Food was always a bit cooler than the dish in which it is being cooked/heated. Your readings may be a bit different.

HOTLOGIC plate with glass container on top breaded fish inside temperature range listed
Temperature Range of HOTLOGIC®

I found that understanding how it heats food it necessary to know when I am experimenting with baking from scratch. The food closer to the sides and bottom will heat faster than the food in the middle of the container. When I make cheesecake, I use a half pint mason jar instead of a 6-cup glass dish. This minimizes the distance of all the batter from the sides of the dish and bakes the food better.

What HOTLOGIC® Models Are Available?

The HOTLOGIC® requires an external power source. It requires either a 120V (AC) or 12V (DC) power source depending on the model. The selection of the model is dependent on where you want to use it most of the time. If it will be used in or by a building, then a 120V is the best choice. If you will use it in a vehicle or away from a building, then 12V could be the better choice.

Available Models
HOTLOGIC® Mini 12V (45 Watts)
HOTLOGIC® Mini 120V (45 Watts)
HOTLOGIC® XP/Family 120V (100 Watts)

Keep in mind that adaptors and powers sources can be used to make any model work in almost any location. The low amount of watts required and the small size of the HOTLOGIC® makes it to be a highly versatile and portable appliance for preparing hot meals.

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