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I burned mine out and had to repair it by trying to grind a pound of beans. I say pulse works the best--2-4 seconds each burst. One can grind 5-10 seconds but it heats up inside and in my case, contact melted (metal) from ongoing current to motor via switch. I rigged it but would recommend staying under 10 seconds. pulsing works best in coffee grinders and food processors.
I've long ago lost the manual that came with my grinder (I actually don't remember if it even had one), but I don't think it listed grinding times. You just grind a few seconds and check, then grind a little more if it's still too coarse. Unlike a burr grinder which is adjustable, in a blade grinder the same grind time may result in different consistencies as you change beans. By now I've just learned how long to hold the button for the different beans I buy, and the first few times I try a new blend or varietal I have to adjust the time. I think you'll just need to experiment and then you'll know what works best for your tastes.
I'm on my second grinder of this model.......... in the past 2 months. The first stopped working so I just took it back and replaced it. The second time it quit working I removed the cup with the grinded coffee and noticed smoke wafting up from the unit. Both times it quick working I was grinding 12 cups of beans (12 cups of brewed coffee, not 12 cups of actual beans). The unit shouldn't have a setting to grind that much coffee if it burns the motor out, which is what happened.