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A T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup Review Won't Answer These 112 Questions - Part 1 of 4

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★★★★★ A T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup review will not answer these 24 questions. Get the truth from people who own a T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup, including the fact that it won't...

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• Where is the indicator that the pot is on or off? Besides shutting off, is there an indicator that the water is ready?
• Can this kettle be used for travel outside us? like china, europe?
• Hi. I am thinking about purchasing this pot for my 94 year old mother for tea. Any comments on weight or any other thoughts?
• How is it powered?
• How much noise is made when water is heating?
• Are there coils in this kettle? I saw that it says concealed heating element but there's no mention of whether or not that includes coils.
• Does it have an automatic shut off after water boils?
• Can u put more then just water in there like apple cider or not
• Do you need an outlet to operate the kettle?. "Cordless" here doesn't mean it's battery-operated and you can take it camping and not need an outlet?
• Is there a coating on the inside? Like Teflon or any other chemical coating?
• If I boil some water and get distracted, can I turn it back on to re-heat the water? (I'm currently using a hot shot and you can't with that.)
• Does the top pop off easily on any of yours? When I try to open the lid, it often pops off and doesn't seem to be secured very well.
• Does it make a lot of noises during boiling? Is it very loud?
• What are the temperature levels?
• Is this item cordless?
• Can it be used in a place without electricity such as camping? If not any suggestions?
• Can the cord on the base be unpluggedfrom the base? or is it fixed?
• Does this only have the three temp. settings or can you set it between them?
• Does this unit really have a auto shutoff? I see some reviews indicated that water boils out of spout and leaks, sounds kinda bad.
• Is It stainless steel inside? Thanks
• What is the power source? it says it is courdless.. Does that mean it uses batteries?
• Although I bought it, does anybody have a fact about the safety of the exposed electrical contact in the base? Thank you in advance.
• I usually just want 1 cup of tea. What's the minimum amount of water you can boil in this teapot?
• Does it have automatic switch off?



QUESTION: WHERE IS THE INDICATOR THAT THE POT IS ON OR OFF? BESIDES SHUTTING OFF, IS THERE AN INDICATOR THAT THE WATER IS READY?
No. The pot automatically shuts off when it reaches the designated boiling/temperature point.
The green button on the handle is on and off .When you turn it on, the green button down there will show orange light . When the water is finish , it turn off by itself
First it turns off automatically. However there is a small slit/window that you can see the water through....you can see the water when it just begins to boil and at that point you can lift the pot up off the (I don't know what to call the little peg/???) and use. It turns it's self off when you lift the pot or it turns it's self off. By the way it does not stay on to keep water warm. It's on and off in minutes! If you are looking for something to keep a few cuts of water hot this is NOT for you but if you want something that boils water quickly this is IT! My husband love this pot! We really enjoy afternoon mug of tea, even in this summer heat, and in winter we us this "water boiling pot" many times a day. I don't even store it away. By the way it only holds 1 liter of water. I hope this has been helpful for you. I have a friend that has something else, I don't know what brand, which takes forever to heat water but not to boiling...it does stay on for a while.
The on/off switch is the green toggle you see on the top of the handle in the picture. You press it to start it, and when it reaches temperature it clicks off. There is also a light on the green temperature setting rotary dial on the side that comes on when it is started, and once the temperature is reached the toggle clicks off and the light on the side temp dial goes off. Btw, the side temp dial is completely variable, so although it has preset marks for tea--white/green/black, you can set it anywhere in between the lowest and highest temp setting; I put a mark on the dial with a marker where I like to set it. As long as 1L (about 33 ounces) is enough water for your purposes, it should work well. I love mine and have used it pretty much every day since I got it.
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QUESTION: CAN THIS KETTLE BE USED FOR TRAVEL OUTSIDE US? LIKE CHINA, EUROPE?
With an adapter! Yes.
In general Europe uses 220 V, this device is 110 V only. Here's a statement confirming it off the web: 220 volts Travelers to Europe may need a small transformer to change the 220 volts over there to 110 volts for their American electrical appliances. If your appliances are dual voltage you do not need a transformer.
You may need the transformer to change 220v. to 110v.
No, I am sorry. Even if you could fit the correct style plug, there is no switch to change the voltage input.
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QUESTION: HI. I AM THINKING ABOUT PURCHASING THIS POT FOR MY 94 YEAR OLD MOTHER FOR TEA. ANY COMMENTS ON WEIGHT OR ANY OTHER THOUGHTS?
It works really well... it's not especially heavy, and certainly no heavier than a regular tea kettle. Very easy to use.
It does not get hot, less risk of burns. It shuts off the moment you lift it off the base, no fires. It is plastic and weighs just a little more than the water.
The unit is very light and the see-through water level makes it easy to see how much wTer is in the T-Fal.
It's light. Base stats plugged in. On/off switch is big and easy to operate. Shuts off at boil automatically. Visible fill line for .5 and 1l. .5L + pot probably weighs 3 lbs
If you're asking if it's heavy, no it's not. Personally, I love mine and would recommend it for anybody. I especially love that it has the different settings on it so you aren't forced to have boiling lava hot water for your tea and then have to wait 20 min for it to cool so you can drink it. I leave it on the middle setting and it gets it hot enough to brew the tea but cuts the wait time in about half so I can drink it sooner. Hope that helps!
Hi Christine, this is a relatively light and easy to use device. I would recommend it for the elderly. Cheers Dieter
It's a great kettle, size wise, nice not too tall...not heavy at all....boils quickly and it's hot hot hot...:) .. enjoy
Its a great product, not very heavy. havent used it for long but as far as i remember it wasn't that heavy. My only concern is it is not that easy to get warm water from it. It is great for hot water. But not for something like luke warm water if that's what your looking for before it actually stops on its own you'll have to remove it of shut it down. Else the product is great. i used it as a student in the dorms to heat water for instant noodles and it did the job well.
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QUESTION: HOW IS IT POWERED?
By a heating element in the bottom of the pot.
It has an electrical cord in the base and you just plug it in to an outlet. I love mine.
It is electric. The pot sits on a round heating element. It lifts off easily and shuts itself off automatically when it reaches the programmed temp.
The base that the T-fal sits on connects to electricity. The pot sits on the base and does not have other electrical plugs or lines.
It's electric.
120V round heating element that plugs in the wall. The pot sits on top of that and it heat up very fast.
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QUESTION: HOW MUCH NOISE IS MADE WHEN WATER IS HEATING?
Almost none! It's very fast and perfect size for me. I just love it!
The amount of noise it makes is comparable to the amount a pot of boiling water on the stove makes, only in a fraction of the time.
Isn't much, about as loud as a microwave oven.
Not much, some to let you know it is heating, but not annoying. Boils a liter in less than 4 min and shuts itself off right after It starts boiling.
Very little noise. I sort of murmurs a bit about 30 seconds on, then goes quiet before the water actually boils. No more noise that you would hear boiling water on top of the stove. Makes a little click when it turns itself off. Very quiet, very fast! I don't see any reason the small amount of noise it makes could be a problem.
The only noise I hear is the water boiling and a click when its reached the appropriate temperature. The T-fal is very quiet!
it sounds like water is heating up so it does make that noise, then once you pour the water it shuts off and "keeps the water warm" until u touch the "o" switch by the handle and it will make the sound of water heating up again......it does not whistle like a teakettle....
About the same as a pot of water boiling, maybe slightly less due to the fact that there is a lid on the kettle. This kettle doesn't whistle when it gets hot or when it's done it just has a "click" sound about as loud as when you open a can of soda.
No noise until its almost boiling which takes no time at all
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QUESTION: ARE THERE COILS IN THIS KETTLE? I SAW THAT IT SAYS CONCEALED HEATING ELEMENT BUT THERE'S NO MENTION OF WHETHER OR NOT THAT INCLUDES COILS.
Hi Dennis, there is a very shiny metal circular plate at the bottom of this very, very fast unit. So, as to coils, since I can not see whatever is generating the heat, I can not tell you. Take care, Meeko
There are no coils seen in the kettle but the speed in which it heats up water there has to be coils concealed within the base of the kettle.
No, none that I can see.
No there are no coils in the kettle
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QUESTION: DOES IT HAVE AN AUTOMATIC SHUT OFF AFTER WATER BOILS?
Yes. by T-fal With the T-fal Balance Living Kettle, soothe your body and soul with warm liquids for a day filled with balance! Select the best temperature for brewing and enjoying the healthy rewards of tea. Thanks to its concealed heating element and fast heating system, this electric Kettle will quickly and efficiently provide the perfect cup of tea, instant coffe, soup and more. Water boils in 90 seconds! Product also provides Automatic Shut-off, Variable temperature, Removable Anti-Scale filter, 360 degree rotating base. Product comes with a limited 1-year warranty. 1-liter electric travel kettle with variable temperature control for perfect brewing. 1,750 watts of power, 120V, concealed heating element. 360-degree rotating base and cordless pouring. Locking lid and easy to read water level viewing window. Shiny black p lastic housing. 1-year limited warranty
Yes.
Yes it does, the switch automatically turns to the off position and powers off, a light also turns off after boiling is complete for a visual indicator that it's completed boiling. I've experienced nothing but a positive use from this kettle
yes it does! This product is great, I boil water 5 times a day. Love it. The switch automatically turns to the off position and powers off, a light also turns off after boiling is completed. Great product !!!!!
Yes
Yes. It automatically shuts off when the water boils and/or when the device is too hot per the manual insert.
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QUESTION: CAN U PUT MORE THEN JUST WATER IN THERE LIKE APPLE CIDER OR NOT
you can put all kinds of things in there. be sure to wash it if you add something like cider that has sugar, and use the lower temperature settings to keep from scorching the heating element. i haven't tried it myself, but there's no reason it wouldn't heat whatever liquid you like
I don't see why not since all it does is heat it up--doesn't percolate or anything. Just put it on the low setting. That will be way hot enough.
Even at the lowest temperature, it will boil the apple cider.
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QUESTION: DO YOU NEED AN OUTLET TO OPERATE THE KETTLE?. "CORDLESS" HERE DOESN'T MEAN IT'S BATTERY-OPERATED AND YOU CAN TAKE IT CAMPING AND NOT NEED AN OUTLET?
As far as I can tell, yes, you need an outlet. I am not totally sure what they mean by "chordless" because it needs to be plugged in to the base to heat up. I mainly got it because i thought chord less meant that i can heat it up anywhere, but that is not true. The kettle itself has no chord, but the base that heats the kettle does.
Yes, you need an outlet. "Cordless" means the base is electric, but the kettle can be lifted off and carried away to pour.
Yes, it needs an outlet. The base has a cord and the kettle sits on the base.
Although the kettle itself is chordless, the base (which provides the power to heat up the water) needs to be plugged in.
Yes, you need an outlet. The base has a power cord. The kettle itself is cordless once you take it off the base.
It needs an outlet. It is not cordless
Yes. The base is plugged in, but the kettle sits atop it, so it is cordless but you need a plug.
"Cordless" it means you can remove it from the base, but the base is still connected to the outlet, so it's not battery operated kettle and you need outlet to use it.
Yes, you need an outlet. The heating element is in the base. Cordless means that the pitcher containing the water is cordless and can be lifted off the base and carried without a cord.
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QUESTION: IS THERE A COATING ON THE INSIDE? LIKE TEFLON OR ANY OTHER CHEMICAL COATING?
No. Just the black material the pitcher is made of with the stainless steel bottom.
None that is visible. There is a shiny metallic pan in the bottom and the rest of the inside is made out of whatever the outside is made of.
There is no coating. The bottom is stainless and the sides are the black plastic. We make lots of cups of tea/coffee over the course of the day and we love it. We have had it now for several weeks and I can't think of anything I don't like about it:)
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QUESTION: IF I BOIL SOME WATER AND GET DISTRACTED, CAN I TURN IT BACK ON TO RE-HEAT THE WATER? (I'M CURRENTLY USING A HOT SHOT AND YOU CAN'T WITH THAT.)
I have found that you can reheat it. This has happeneed to me and when the element has cooled a bit you can restart it. Also since it has 3 settings if you heated it on the low setting you can increase the heat and it will heat right away. I have also found it to keep hot for a while after it has shut off.
Well, it never actually reaches boiling, with mine. And usually, if I turn it back on, it won't go back on because it thinks it's already too hot.
Yes, you can set it to almost max (if you want it that hot, I keep mine at around half way) and then turn it to max and it'll heat up again. Also, the water stays really quite hot for a while. It also takes at most 1 minute to boil the water so even if you dumped all the water out and refilled it, you'd only have to wait about a minute
Yeah. Unless the water is already hot enough. It heats to a certain temperature and won't go past unless you set the dial to.
yes.
Yes you can. It will reheat very quickly too.
Yes, I have done that a countless number of times. It won't reheat if the temperature is satisfactory to the setting (for future reference, because I didn't know why it wouldn't turn back on until I figured that out).
yes, you can. I love this water kettle!
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QUESTION: DOES THE TOP POP OFF EASILY ON ANY OF YOURS? WHEN I TRY TO OPEN THE LID, IT OFTEN POPS OFF AND DOESN'T SEEM TO BE SECURED VERY WELL.
It's never happened to me.
No the lid does not pop off. Pretty sturdy.
The top pops up nice and is secure have not had a problem with it
Mine has never popped off as it's hinged. Is yours defective?
I would nt buy again
I would nt buy again
I've never had a problem with the top popping off mine. Maybe contact the seller?
The top does not pop off for us. Might request a replacement.
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QUESTION: DOES IT MAKE A LOT OF NOISES DURING BOILING? IS IT VERY LOUD?
Depends on the heat setting but overall I would say it is quieter than the two I had before and definitely the best so far, overall.
It is loud. It doesn't disturb me, but during the highest cycle as it starts to heat it sounds like a car engine warming up. Not as loud as that, but the sound is similar. On the lower settings it isn't as bad. You can hear the water boiling when it gets to that point too. I've never had anyone complain about the noise. It isn't silent by any means.
It is awesome ( fast boil time ) and the only noise is the boiling of h2o
It does make noise but it's not as loud as others I've had. It's a fairly short boiling cycle and the noise stops as soon as it automatically shuts off.
Not a lot, not very loud
There's definitely noise when it boils (can't fight with physics). It's not loud like the whole house can hear it.
Yes and no. It's very quiet when new. After a while, water minerals build up on the inner wall/surface, it starts to make bigger noises. Once I clean it with diluted vinegar, it becomes quiet again.
no it does not
Hi Marina - It's not particularly loud. No whistling or steaming sound. Just a light sizzle noise from the coils heating up. Then you hear the water boiling about 90 seconds after turning it on. Then it clicks off, and voila!
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QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE TEMPERATURE LEVELS?
By instruction there are two temperature to choose. Boiling water level or position "for ideal temperature for drinking immediately". There are no exact number, only the description.
The settings are based on the type of tea that you're making. The maximum temperature setting will boil 1 liter (max fill) of water in approximately 3 minutes.
boiling not sure of exact temperature but its a British style kettle turns off once boiled - perfect for tea, making jello, instant oatmeal, stock cubes, etc.
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QUESTION: IS THIS ITEM CORDLESS?
The base has a retractable plug and cord. The kettle itself has no cord. It must sit on the base to heat up, but then can be set down on any surface after it is heated.
No, it is not.
Not really. The item consists of two parts - the "teapot"/pitcher portion (where you put the water) and the circular base, which has an electrical cord. The pitcher sits on the base, and the current is transferred from the base to the pitcher to heat the water (a small circular protrusion in the center of the base fits into a cavity in the bottom of the pitcher - this is where the energy transfer takes place). The pitcher itself has no cord and is lifted off of the base whenever desired, so, once heated, you could take the pitcher anywhere you like and not have to deal with the cord. The corded base just sits on your counter top.
That's exactly what I wanted to know! Thank you for the detailed explanation! I went ahead and ordered it!
Yes it is. I will tell you that I am sending mine back today. It will not boil water. It heats it to a drinking temp just fine but the dial will not stay on boil. Just not hot enough to make a proper cup of tea. Shame, it's really cute.
The base has a cord but the pot itself does not. The pot needs to be placed on the base and then turned on in order to heat up.
Big fat yup
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QUESTION: CAN IT BE USED IN A PLACE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY SUCH AS CAMPING? IF NOT ANY SUGGESTIONS?
No. The base plugs into an outlet. The pot comes off the base to pour. Sorry, I don't have any ideas.
No, you will need electricity.
No. It's electric. There are many choices for boiling water while camping. There are small stoves that use alcohol, propane or even wood. The best thing to make coffee or tea, while camping, in my opinion, would be a French press.
No, it can't be used without electricity. Sorry I don't have any suggestions for you.
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QUESTION: CAN THE CORD ON THE BASE BE UNPLUGGEDFROM THE BASE? OR IS IT FIXED?
The cord is fixed and rather short: 60 cm (about 24 inches). I leave it permanently plugged in the wall.
The cord is connected to the base but the Teapot will lift off and you are able to move it independently. I love mine. I use it for tea, cup a soups and other things that need boiling water because it heats the water so quickly. Hope that answers your question
The cord is fixed to the base unit and the pot sits ontop of it.You can leave the base plugged into the wall outlet.Just fill the pot with water then place it on the base, press the power button. When water reaches desired temp and shuts off simply lift the pot off the base.
It is fixed. Non removable.
IT IS FIXED!
When you turn the base plate over there is a cover plate the cord wraps around and under, a cord keeper of sorts. After uncoiling the power cord I can see the cord is fixed (attached). Its a very nice low profile base and only the power prong itself cannot be tucked under the base.
The cord is fixed to the base unit and the pot sits ontop of it. You can leave the base plugged into the wall outlet. Just fill the pot with water then place it on the base, press the power button. When water reaches desired temp and shuts off simply lift the pot off the base.
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QUESTION: DOES THIS ONLY HAVE THE THREE TEMP. SETTINGS OR CAN YOU SET IT BETWEEN THEM?
It shows 3 settings but you are able to set them in between each one.
Yes--it actually allows you to set it at any point between the three temperature markers shown. So there can be a significant amount of variation in how you set it for your desired temp.
You can set the temp between them, the pictures are just a guide, low med high.
It doesn't have settings, you can select any temp with the control dial.
Yes you can set it between them.
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QUESTION: DOES THIS UNIT REALLY HAVE A AUTO SHUTOFF? I SEE SOME REVIEWS INDICATED THAT WATER BOILS OUT OF SPOUT AND LEAKS, SOUNDS KINDA BAD.
Yes it does. I do not have any issues with leaks or water coming out the sprout maybe the filled it up too much
Yes, the switch on the handle flips off when the water reaches a certain temperature based on the temperature dial near the bottom of the kettle. I have never had the water boil out of the kettle, sounds like something is wrong or malfunctioning with that one.
I couldn't tell you if it does because as soon as I unpacked it, I put in back in the box and returned it. All plastic, don't want to drink anything heated in plastic. Very cheap quality. I purchased a Melitta, all stainless steel except the handle, heats very quickly and shuts off when water has boiled.
Yes, this does shutoff automatically. I would say they are filling the water too high and that is why its boiling out of the spout. I love the water heater and it works awesome!
Mine shuts off automatically. I've never had a problem with boiling over. Make sure you don't fill it past the max line.
I have no issue regarding this statement.
It does shut off automatically. I am very happy with mine. Maybe others have overfilled the pot?
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QUESTION: IS IT STAINLESS STEEL INSIDE? THANKS
It is plastic inside. Only the bottom is stainless steel.
It looks like stainless steel covering the bottom. You can't actually see the coil. I have been using it now for months and I love it. Very clean and fast hot water.
No it's not, although the bottom is metal, which is part of the heating source.
The walls are plastic like the outer body. The bottom is a metal but I am not sure that it is stainless steel.
The inside is high quality plastic with a stainless steel bottom.
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE POWER SOURCE? IT SAYS IT IS COURDLESS.. DOES THAT MEAN IT USES BATTERIES?
I was also confused by this. It is charged by a base, which does plug into the wall. I think what they mean by "cordless" is that the kettle itself does not have a chord attached to it. But it does not use batteries. And it cannot heat up unless its attached to the base. Hope that helps.
It's not really cordless. The base that heats the pot has an electric cord. The pot itself lifts off the base to be filled or poured from.
There is a charging "pad (with a cord)" but the kettle detaches
The cord is in the base and the pots lifts off. Two separate pieces. It's nice to use the pot without a cord dangling from it, especially if you want to use it away from the wall socket.
The cordless kettle sits on a plate that plugs into the wall. The kettle heats up very fast and is easy to use. Happy Shopping ~
The electric kettle is two pieces, the kettle itself and the base it sits on. The base is actually corded and you can feed the cord into the base to either shorten or extend the length of cord you need on your counter space. The kettle itself just rests on top of the base and be moved and carried away if need be.
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QUESTION: ALTHOUGH I BOUGHT IT, DOES ANYBODY HAVE A FACT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE EXPOSED ELECTRICAL CONTACT IN THE BASE? THANK YOU IN ADVANCE.
I've never had a problem but I've never touched it or let it get wet.
I've had this pitcher for almost a year and use it every day. I haven't had any issues whatsoever with the electrical contact in the base. Of course, I haven't tried to put my fingers or metal objects on or in it. I have slopped some water when filling, but nothing happened. I am very pleased with this appliance.
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QUESTION: I USUALLY JUST WANT 1 CUP OF TEA. WHAT'S THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF WATER YOU CAN BOIL IN THIS TEAPOT?
I usually drink 16oz of tea at a time, but have also brewed as little as 8oz. I do not know what the min water is, though I do recall it listing as a feature an over boil shut off. I use this kettle everyday and it has impressed me with its service.
If you look on the pot, you will see marks of a half liter & a liter. The instructions say to not use less than the Half liter
Not sure of exact amount but my husband boils enough for just one cup every morning. There's a little water left in the pot.
.5L. I must tell you. This thing is fast and so worth it!
I think u can boil as little as one cup or less. I even bought one more for work that I make French press coffee or tea. I love it!
My instructions say to use enough to cover the metal plate at the bottom. That amount fills my coffee-sized mug one time. At most, you would waste only a little water.
Yes...like Kathy N. Said. I make a huge 16oz cup of tea a few times a day & fill it a little over the metal plate on the bottom & makes the perfect amount for me every time. " )
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QUESTION: DOES IT HAVE AUTOMATIC SWITCH OFF?
Yes it does click off when desired temprature is reached
Oh yes it does. It also has 3 levels of heat to choose from, one for white tea, one for green tea and the hottest setting for black tea. I heat water in AM for Starbucks Via instant coffee. I drink it black, no milk added to cool it down so the middle setting works for me. I love it :)
Yeah..once it reaches the temperature you set it to it flips off
Yep-auto off works great, temp control, not so much.
Yes
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QUESTION: WHAT IS THE AMAZON ASIN NUMBER FOR THIS PRODUCT?
The ASIN is B0086UJQN8

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