Flash Cooking System

Jetboil Flash Cooking System Reviews

The Jetboil Flash adds more enjoyment to your favorite outdoor adventure. Like all of Jetboil's innovative systems, Flash is an all-in-one design, combining burner and cooking vessel in one compact unit. Everything you need is stacked and stored inside the 1.0 liter cooking cup. The system lights with the click of a button and within two minutes provides two cups of boiling water for cocoa, coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal. The newly designed burner secures the igniter, protecting it from bumps along the road. Flash is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. The insulating cozy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot.

Product Reviews

Jetboil Zip Review

I was on the fence about this purchase. I picked one of these up at an REI membership sales event. Generally, my criteria for buying gear revolves around the functionality and durability. I didn’t have many concerns about the durability of the Jetboil Zip (more about that later) but I was really struggling with the functionality of it. I ultimately bought it for when I go SCUBA diving. At many dive sites do not have access to hot or boiling water. Primarily, I’m a coffee snob and travel with an Aeropress. My initial thought was I would be able to boil water and make good coffee to enjoy in between dives. I’ve found that during colder dives I can heat up some water with the Jetboil, dump it on my wetsuit and it helps warm things up before I hop in the water. I’ve started throwing the JetBoil in the truck when I go skiing and have expanded its usage out to other activities,(mostly so I can make coffee). Until recently, outside of boiling water it wasn’t very useful. I recently picked up an attachment for it that allows for the use of a standard pot or pan. Until I got this attachment the only thing I could put over the burner was the Jetboil cooking cup that attached directly to the burner. The attachment is also made by Jetboil and attaches the same way the cooking cup does.

I’ve been camping and adventuring for well over 20 years. I’ve used a wide variety of stoves, both in terms of brand and style. In that time I’ve never managed to melt a stove. I’ve managed to set picnic tables on fire with poorly primed white gas stoves but that didn’t negatively impact the stove. The Jetboil has a pice of plastic around the burner and I’m not sure how this happened other than it was very windy but that piece of plastic melted. The burner still works but due to the plastic melting it no longer breaks down to fit back in cooking cup. I reached out to Jetboil, explained the situation and was told I could purchase a new burner for $50 minus a few bucks that basically covered the shipping. I was disappointed in this outcome and it has made me look at other stove brands. Durability is a major criteria for me and this stove does have the durability I would expect from a product like this.

Water boils really fast in this thing and I like how compact it can get but due to the low functionality and what I perceived as poor customer service and craftsmanship I would not recommend this product to my friends. A stove should be able to withstand heat, it makes a hot flame that you can cook with and it should be able to do this without melting. My experience is that this stove critically fails (maybe I got a lemon 🤷🏼‍♂️), since I’m not sure why the plastic melted I’m not going to be using it anymore because the stove broke during the operation it was intended for. I have no guarantee it won’t have further critical failure and the response I received from Jetboil didn’t give me any extra confidence in their product. If I could do it over again I would pass on this purchase and go with a different product.

Perfect Camp Kitchen

I have been using my Flash for a few years now and it’s been fantastic. While it is one of the larger in size out of the other Jetboil systems, it’s been perfect for solo and even more so if I am camping with a partner. Boils super fast! I’m a fan of Jetboil’s customer service as well.

Coffee on the Fly!

This brings 36 degree water boiling in about a minute flat if not less. The whole system packs into itself so it's easily stored. Great for water, soup, coffee and eggs! The fins on the unit make it virtually wind proof. Great fall/winter gear!

Bubble, Bubble, Boil No Trouble

I’m not the first outdoor reviewer who’s reviewed the Jetboil. In my opinion, it’s a must for any camper/ backpacker. We know North Face has a saying, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.” And it’s true! There’s obviously weather you would rather not adventure in, but sometimes you can’t control the weather. Having to rely solely on a fire for a hot meal is a dangerous game. The Jetboil cooking system is small, compact, and lightweight, making it the perfect addition to your backpacking MUST HAVES. Weighing just 13.1 ounces, it hardly adds weight to your pack and can boil water and cook food using very little propane. All of the Jetboil accessories like the skillet and utensil kit allow you to cook a 5-star meal in the middle of nowhere. Pretty neat if you ask me.

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