Jetboil Zip (Stove)

by | Mar 1, 2016 | Gear Reviews

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The Jetboil Zip   is a minimalist compressed gas fuel stove. It is designed to do one thing well, boil water as fast as possible in an ultralight package. Like all Jetboil stoves it uses their patented FluxRing® technology which sounds impressive, but in practice means that the pot has a built in finned heat exchanger (heat sync) for more efficient heat transfer. Several manufacturers have introduced similar types of stoves (such as the MSR Reactor), but as far as we are aware Jetboil was the first. This also means that unlike stand alone stoves, the Jetboil is really a cooking system with the burner and pot built to work together.

The Zip comes with the following:
  • An 800ml pot with insulated neoprene cozy and soft handle (it’s like a big mug)
  • Flexible lid with strainer holes
  • A protective base cover for the heat exchanger (only used when packed)
  • The burner assembly
  • A tripod for stability
  • The fuel canister is not included, but nests conveniently  inside the pot when packed

  • Weight:  345g (12 oz) however this includes the integrated pot so factor this in when comparing
  • Pot Volume: 800ml (27 oz)
  • Boil Time: 2 minutes 30 sec. per 1/2 Liter (3 minutes 2 seconds in our case)
  • Water Boiled: 12 Liters per 100g fuel canister
  • Dimensions:  104 mm x 165 mm (4.1” x 6.5”)

As a minimalist stove it does not have an integrated peizo igniter, however we’ve found that these tend not to work as well at the higher altitudes in the mountains. If this is important to you, we’d recommend the Jetboil Flash (which has an igniter and 1 liter capacity).  It also doesn’t simmer, so don’t plan on cooking a souffle with it (for this look at the MiniMo or Sumo). It does however boil water very well for hot drinks and re-hydrating meals (our preference) . It is advertised as being able to boil 500ml of water in 2:30 minutes, however it took 3:02 minutes in slightly windy conditions at higher elevations. As stoves go, it’s fairly quiet (compared to our MSR Whisperlite and Primus Omnifuel).

When choosing this model over the Flash and MiniMo, the size and weight were the big deciding factors. Jetboil has also recently introduced the Flash Lite which would also have made a good choice.

Like all compressed gas stoves, it has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, fuel canisters are convenient, easy to use (no pumping required), and wont spill (if you are using a liquid fueled stove ensure you pack your fuel below your food. Spilling fuel on your food makes it inedible). On the minus side, they don’t work as well in the cold, it’s hard to tell how much fuel you have remaining (We always seem to end up carrying an extra canister or buying a brand new one each time “just in case”) , and they are not as environmentally friendly as the canisters are not reusable (Jetboil does sell a tool to depressurize and puncture old canisters so they can at least be recycled)

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