• ** REMEMBER! **The microwave can still shock you even unplugged!!

    ALWAYS discharge the high-voltage capacitor first if you even think your hands will come close to any HIGH VOLTAGE components.

    Jeff mentions this: Anything in the high voltage ( magnetron, capacitor, diode, wires to and from ):
    ...Use a metal ( not the shiny chrome type ) screw driver with a insulated handle to short across ( touch both at the same time ) the terminals of the high voltage capacitor to discharge it.

    From Jeff's site: http://www.applianceaid.com/component-testing.php

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Checking Microwave Heating Capability

Jon S

Premium Member
Apr 14, 2006
Long Island, NY
Jake - I have a generic question for you. How do I test the heat output of my microwave. It's rated at 1200 watts, but it takes 2x the time to heat things and pop corn takes more and 1/2 the kernals don't pop. I performed the Cell Phone test to check for leaks and it passed that test fine. So, the question is how do I check if it's getting to the proper temperature?

what brand?

what brand and model is it?
do you have any test equipment, voltage/ampere meter, digital thermometer?

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