Thermal Reed Switches in Rice Cookers
Rice Cookers are kitchen appliances used to boil rice and continue to keep the rice warm and hydrated. As more heat is required to boil the rice than to keep it warm, an inbuilt thermostat needs to be used along with the heater. When the cooking timer starts and the rice is then boiled, the thermostat checks if the temperature is going up and then switches the heaters to a low power mode.
The problem with thermostats is that they are constructed using two dissimilar metals that expand differentially and break contact at the required point. The disadvantage is that depending on the current the heater is drawing, the set point also varies. This is where Thermal Reed Switches are accurate. Another advantage is the Thermal Reed Switches are capable of switching heater loads via a small Reed Relay and no extra amplification circuits are required.
After the rice cooker has switched to the warm mode, a Thermal Reed Switch can maintain the rice between 65°C and 68°C by directly signaling the heaters. Some rice cookers also have reed sensors to detect whether the lid has been placed properly so that heater is not turned on continuously. A simple Reed Switch and magnet can also be used to detect if the rice cooker bowl has been placed in the cooker instead of the conventional mechanical switches.
The Reed Switches and Reed Sensors used in such applications need to be robust, durable and efficient in meeting a high life expectancy. Our engineers work hard in life testing our products under various conditions, and we want to ensure that the the end product has a long working life. Although we wouldn’t want to restrict our products for use in only certain applications, the recommended products for use in Rice Cooker applications are listed below.