Instant Pot MAX

For Models: IP-MAX

Capsule Review

This model is slated to launch in the fall of 2018. It follows in the footsteps of ULTRA, with all the features there minus the custom program buttons (chili, soup, cake, egg, etc.) but with an automated pressure release on the lid and the ability to reach and maintain 15psi during the pressure program (until now the “high bar” has been 11.6psi). This higher pressure means the addition of a pressure canning feature – which is still not approved by NCHFP.

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User Manual

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Hip Notes

This cooker has two pressure settings (high and low). Maximum operating pressure (high pressure) is 11.6 psi or 80kpa – some recipes and ingredients will require time adjustments for non-standard cookers.  The minimum liquid requirement is two 180 ml measures ( the plastic cup that comes with the cooker) or 1 1/2 standard (8oz) measuring cups.

Steam is released vertically from the lid, ensure the cooker is not placed underneath upper kitchen cabinets.

Pressure Canning Function

WARNING: Do not pressure can low-acid foods (meat, vegetables, etc.) in this pressure cooker. Although this model may include instructions and a function for pressure canning, according to the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP), no electric pressure cookers have been tested for safety for pressure canning:
Even if there are referrals to the National Center for HFP in the instructions for canning in the manufacturer's directions, we do not currently support the use of the USDA canning processes in electric, multi-cooker appliances.
more info: Consumer Alert: No Pressure Canning in electric pressure & multi-cookers says NCHFP

Instant Pot MAX Error Messages & Codes

Error CodePossible CauseRecommended Actions
Lid- lid not in correct position for chosen program
- lid not properly placed
- Close and twist the lid locked lid for pressure cooking programs
- Open the lid completely for Saute' program
Food Burn- overheating detected by sensors
- food too thick and stuck to bottom of pot
- open the pressure cooker and check on the food
- thin-out food with more cooking liquid
noPr- pressure not reached during the pre-heating phase
- gasket not correctly placed or warn
- gasket has food debris attached that is preventing a seal
- not enough liquid to reach pressure
- place the gasket in the correct position or order a replacement (they generally last 12-18 months)
- clean the gasket and lid thoroughly
- add more liquid to the pressure cooker
PrSE- excess pressure-press the "Cancel" key and allow the cooker to cool for 60 minutes.
- contact Instant Pot support if pressure is not released after this time.
Alt-target temperature on Canning was not reached or the altitude setting is incorrect.-press the "Cancel" key and confirm your current altitude and input the correct values. Restart cooking
(blank screen)- bad connection to the power outlet
- electrical fuse blown
- check that the power cord is connected well to the pressure cooker and outlet
- contact Instant Pot support
C1- faulty temperature sensor (it cannot be detected)- contact Instant Pot support
C2- faulty temperature sensor (short circuited)- contact Instant Pot support
C5- inner pot not in place
- temperature too high
- ensure the inner pot is inside the pressure cooker
- add food an water to the insert
C6- faulty pressure sensor- contact Instant Pot support
C6H- faulty HIGH pressure sensor- contact Instant Pot support
C6L- faulty LOW pressure sensor- contact Instant Pot support
E1, E2, E5, E6, E11, E12, E13, E14, E15, E16, E17, E18 and E19.- contact Instant Pot support

Manufacturer Website

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