Jetboil Zip vs Flash: Cooking System Showdown

Jetboil specializes in dependable stoves that are light to carry, quick and easy to set up and get water from cold to boiling in minutes.

Their two most popular stoves on the market are the Jetboil Zip and the Jetboil Flash.

But which is better?

Well, this is really down to personal preference, one is lighter and more compact, while the other boils water quicker but uses fuel faster too.

So, let’s have a look at both of them and what they can really do…

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What should you look for?

When buying a stove there are lots of different things to look out for but there are four qualities that are particularly important.

The size, the weight, the speed at which they can boil water and their fuel efficiency.

Finding the right balance between these is down to the user, what they’re using it for and their personal preference.

How to use the camping stoves

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These are made to be quick and easy to use.

Simply connect the Jetboil base to the fuel canister and turn the fuel control valve while either pressing the igniter button or sparking your own lighter (depending on the model).

Next, take the plastic cover off of the base of the pot and turn it clockwise on the Jetboil base to securely attach it.

Adjust the flame as needed and get ready for a yummy meal or a satisfying brew.


Jetboil Zip Review – Efficient and portable

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This is the cheapest camp stove that Jetboil make and costs around 80 bucks.

For that, you can make hot food and drinks easily whenever and wherever you want.

Compact and light it’s great for its portability and not adding loads of weight to your pack.

Features

  • Size – Smaller than some of Jetboils other models this is a really nifty little one. Its dimensions are 4.1 x 4.1 x 6.5 inches and it weighs just 345 grams. With such a small size you’d expect it to only be able to boil a small amount of water at once but it actually has a 0.8-liter capacity, big enough for most situations.
  • Boil time – When boiling half a liter of water the average time it takes from cold to boil is 150 seconds.
  • Igniter – Unfortunately, the Zip does not have a built-in ignition system so matches or a cigarette lighter must be used.
  • Canister size – Compatible with the 100g Jetpower fuel.
  • Fuel efficiency – Each canister will boil around 12 liters of water before they need replacing. 2 liters more than the Jetboil flash can boil before running out of fuel.

What makes it different?

The main difference you get with the Jetboil zip is its weight and size. You simply won’t find another stove that is this compact and can still boil water so incredibly quickly.

It also comes with a drink-through lid that has a little spout to pour liquid out with. This can be handy and is something you don’t get with all of Jetboils stoves.

Who should get this?

This is made for one or two people to use and is the lightest stove out there. If you want to keep your pack light or if you don’t want to fill up too much space this is undoubtedly the one for you.

Some other sweet features

  • Like all Jetboil stoves, it’s 100% made in the USA.
  • A very cool feature is that the bottom cover can be detached and used as a measuring cup or bowl, super handy.
  • Can be used with all Jetboil accessories.

Jetboil Flash Review – Fast and no waiting around

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The fastest stove that Jetboil has ever made with a boiling temperature that is a whole minute faster this is really something special.

Changing many aspects of the design this has been engineered in all aspects to optimize efficiency, speed, and precision.

With a sturdy design and no loose parts, this is made to be used in a seconds notice. Quick to get up and running and quick to pack up and put away there’s no waiting around with this bad boy.

Features

  • Size – With the extra functionality, that the Jetboil flash has, comes a slightly heavier and larger model. Its dimensions are 10 x 6 x 6 inches and it weighs 590 grams. With that extra size and weight, you also get a bigger water capacity. Holding up to a liter of water you’ll have enough to cook yourself and your buddy some rice and have a cuppa each.
  • Boil time – In an incredibly quick 100 seconds, you can boil half a liter of water. This is insane. If you think on a regular stove this will take 10-15 minutes it’s amazing just how quickly this can get water to boil.
  • Igniter – With an inbuilt push-button igniter you don’t need anything other than the stove and the liquid. This can be a real lifesaver compared with getting to your camping spot and realizing your lighters broken. The inbuilt lighter seems to be super reliable and I’ve never heard of anyone’s failing them.
  • Canister size – Compatible with the 100g Jetpower fuel.
  • Fuel efficiency – Each canister will boil around 10 liters of water before they need replacing.

What makes it different?

The speed at which it can boil water. 100 seconds is a truly incredible feat of engineering and is much faster than other stoves you can get.

It also has a new and improved life and an ergonomic design to make it comfy to hold and carry.

Who should get this?

If you don’t like waiting around this is perfect for you.

You can be walking along, decide you want a cup of coffee and in less than 2 minutes have a nice steaming brew in your hand. That’s pretty special.

Some other sweet features

  • It has a thermochromatic, color-changing heat indicator so you can tell exactly how hot your waters getting.
  • Has a detachable bottom cover that can be used as a measuring cup or bowl.
  • Comes in four different colors to pick from so you can choose the right one for you.

What do they have in common?

Both are made in the USA, completely out of metal, and are the some of the best high-quality stoves out there.

They’ll both get you boiled water and are both super portable and compatible with all of the Jetboil accessorize.

Which of the two is better?

This really depends on what you want out of your stove.

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If you’re looking for the lightest and most compact stove and also value fuel efficiency then the Zip is the one for you.

If, however, you don’t mind carrying a bit more weight and want your water boiled as quickly as possible then go for the Flash.

How much does a jetboil canister weigh?

With the 100g canisters which both the Zip and Flash stoves use their total weight is 194 grams when full and 94 grams when empty.

Can I replace the cup?

Yes! There are loads of different size and style of cups that you can easily replace the one on your stove with.

How do I pack a Jetboil?

Easily!

They’ve been designed so each bit slots into each other simply and securely, so not too much space in your bag is taken up.

What are the available canister sizes?

Jetboil fuel canisters come in three sizes to choose from 100 gram, 230 gram, and 450 gram.

What is the difference?

There are three main differences between these stoves.

  • The Flash has an inbuilt igniter while with the Zip you’ll have to use your own lighter.
  • The Zip takes 50% longer to boil water. While the Flash can boil half a liter in 100 seconds it takes the Zip 150.
  • On the flip side, the Zip is much lighter and smaller than the Flash. Weighing 245 grams less than the Flash it is the epitome of portable stoves.

What fuel do the stoves use?

Jetboil has there own jet power fuel which is used with their stoves. Consisting of high-performance propane/isobutane it’s a reliable fuel source that works even in coke or humid weather conditions.

Scott Moey
 

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