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I have a Panasonic Genius Sensor 1250 W. the Popcorn button at medium setting pops 40% of the kernels and burns about 5% The high setting is too much for Orville Reddenbacher. Is there a way to override the Popcorn button and suggest a workable program?

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  • teeruss Jan 04, 2011

    I was really looking for an alternative. I already knew what you answered

  • teeruss Jan 04, 2011

    The Panasonic does not use the off/on method but sets the degree of radiation. One has a choice between 1 and 10

    On the old microwave, it took about 4 minutes at a setting of 10 and the package (Reddenbacher)urges the user to count the pops as you suggested.

    It looks like the only choice I have is to go through a set of power ratings and listen for the pop to stop. When I do this at 10 the stuff is burned so that leaves me with 9 more settings.

    I wonder if I can get a grant for this research.

    If you have any other ideas, please pass them on.

    Russ Allor

    Baton Rouge, LA

  • teeruss Jan 07, 2011

    Unlike the others, the most recent entry was very helpful.
    It looks like I am dealing with a design flaw.



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I recently got the same model. Having same issue. Found that cooking on 70% power and plugging 4:30 time in and take it out as soon as it stops popping rapidly. It cooked nicely but bag doesn't get quite as full as they would with my old microwave but not enough of a diff to be worried about.

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Wow, 1250 watts is a lot. Most microwaves I know about are 850 watts or less. Are you sure this isn't the grill rating, rather than the microwave? You don't want to have the grill on when popping corn of course.

The thing is, there is no way to reduce the actual power of a microwave. Settings that claim to reduce the power actually just turn the magnetron off and on periodically, so the average power over time is reduced. When it is on it is always at full power.

When I pop corn I just set the microwave to a pretty long period, like ten minutes, at full power and stand over it. The corn starts popping after a couple minutes and quickly reaches a crescendo, then the popping tails off. When a couple of seconds goes by without a pop, I stop the microwave. This is the recommended method on some bagged popcorn I have tried, and it also works with ordinary popcorn in any old brown paper bag. I think popcorn varies too much to be reliably popped by an automatic program- in fact I distrust all the automatic programs on microwaves, including defrost. They are there as selling points, and seldom work as well as they are supposed to.

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    My post is the alternative. I can't think what kind of solution you were hoping for. If you thought there was a hidden popcorn setting that can be accessed with a series of secret keypresses, then there isn't one. Nor is using the pasta setting going to produce better results for popcorn than the popcorn setting. As I say, these are gimmicks meant to give any particular microwave a long list of options, which makes it look a better deal, even though they are mostly useless. But let's see if someone else has a magic word answer.


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Unfortunately there is not an override option for any automated sensor settings for this or other Panasonic Genius model. It is a pre-calculated average that is established from the factory.

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