JETBOIL FLASH JAVA KIT REVIEW
A very compact & ultra lightweight backpacking stove that weighs only 15 ounces!
Just The Facts:
The Jetboil Flash is another great stove by the folks at Jetboil. This small stove boils a pot of water within 2 minutes. This little stove also comes with a coffee press so you can brew fresh coffee out on the mountain if you choose. It’s packed size is only 4.1” x 7.1”.
As much time as I spend “out on the mountain” hunting and backpacking I’m constantly searching for the highest quality cooking gear. To meet my criteria the stoves I use must be lightweight, compact, and capable of boiling a small pot of water very quick. For years I have tested the best in small cooking stoves and the Jetboil is always is at the top of my list. I currently have 3 different Jetboils in my arsenal of backpacking gear.
The FLASH features a 1.0 liter FluxRing cooking cup surrounded by a cushy insulating cozy, highlighted by Jetboils color-change heat indicator window for when your water is hot. As with all Jetboil stoves the FLASH has been engineered with an adjustable burner with push-button igniter, a drink through lid and insulating bottom cover/measuring cup. The tripod base adds stability. The Flash comes with a One-Year Limited warranty.
Believe me, the Jetboil Flash Java Kit is an innovative cook system that is highlighted with a coffee press and coffee sampler. Jetboils efficient design captures and concentrates heat quicker and more efficiently than any other backpack cooking system that I have used. I really like the integrated external temperature indicator on the cozy that glows orange to let you know when your water is hot.
The Flash has a 1-liter insulated and hand-anodized aluminum Jetboil cooking cup that connects directly to the high performance burner through the use of Jetboil FluxRing technology, ensuring that less heat is lost during the cooking process. A built-in windscreen allows the Flash to function effectively even under less than optimal conditions when the wind is really howling. As with all their stoves the FLASH has a simple-to-use electric igniter that makes lighting the burner and operating the Flash quick, easy and safe. I have had the igniter fail on one of my earlier Jetboils. If this happens out on the mountain all I have to do is start the burner with the flick of a match or a butane lighter.
I’ve enjoyed the neoprene lining on my FLASH and all Jetboil stoves that surrounds the FluxRing cooking cup. This insulation keeps my food and drinks warm long after the water has been heated. The sip-through lid also helps insulate the contents of the cooking cup and prevents spilling when you are miles from obtaining additional water or food. I also make use of the protective plastic bottom on the stove as a cup that can be removed for use as a small bowl or measuring device.
If you are searching for a stove that is compact and light, and relatively inexpensive at $75 you should look at purchasing the FLASH. If you happen to be worried about the size of the cooking pot you can always customize and expand the use and functionality of the Flash by adding additional FluxRing Companion Cups, a 1.5 Liter FluxRing Cooking Pot or other Jetboil accessories, sold separately.
With all stoves the FLASH will requires the use of a Jetpower or other fuel canisters,that are sold everywhere. I found that one small fuel canister will provide enough energy to boil 12 liters of water. Another feature I like is that the fuel canister can be packed conveniently inside the Jetboil cooking cup.
Stay safe and good luck out on the mountain everyone.
What They Could Do Better
• Engineer the fuel igniter so that it will never fail.
• The insulating cozy will slip a little as you pick up the cup to pour.
Jetboil Flash Java Kit Review