Recipe’s often require you to know the wattage of your microwave, which you probably don’t know. Here are some ways to find it:

  • Bring it in to Genius Bar.
  • Ask a friend who you know has a similar box-shaped microwave.
  • The first step is to measure the ratio between your hand-size and face. Put your hand up next to your face and .. ha! got you..
  • Previous users may have left an ‘artifact’. Look for Sharpie scrawlings or a post-it note inside.
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  • Check inside your shoes. Your mother may have put a note with your microwave’s wattage along with a $20 bill for your trip into the city.
  • Cook an egg for 3 minutes. If it’s still runny, the wattage is pretty low.
  • Purchase a new microwave and this time, keep the manual handy.
  • It will come to you in a dream.
  • Fill your microwave with soapy water and look for air bubbles. That will reveal the leak.
  • Multiply Amps times Voltage

That was silly.. for the real answer, visit a Taste of Home’s post about finding microwave wattage.

This post was made to complement an earlier post about our design for a microwave time calculator.