MadSci Network: Engineering

Re: How do electric kettles know when to turn off?

Date: Thu Apr 28 07:45:29 2005
Posted By: De McKeown, Staff, Mechanical Engineering, TIAX LLC
Area of science: Engineering
ID: 1111662435.Eg

There is a thermostat in the kettle to shut off for an overheat 
condition, or not let you boil the kettle dry.  Just a simple switch.  
However, the mechanism to shut off while the pot still has water is a 
timer, factory set and not adjustable.  Sorry to disappoint, but if you 
look deeply into household appliances, you may be disappointed in the 
lack of complexity.

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