There are a number of important features to consider when choosing the right camping stove. This article focuses on the differences and similarities between the Jetboil Flash and Jetboil MiniMo in the following areas:
- Time to boil one liter of water
- Ignition type
- Efficient use of fuel
- Weight of the stove
Time to boil one liter of water
Jetboil builds their camping stoves with a laser focus on boiling one liter of water as fast as possible. The Jetboil Flash is the result of their best efforts toward that goal. It can boil one liter of water in 100 seconds, one of the lowest times on the market today.
However, as they expanded their product lineup Jetboil made similar camping stoves with extra options for a wider range of uses. The Jetboil MiniMo is similar in size to the Flash but performs much differently.
The MiniMo has four different settings to help control the heat it puts out. This added functionality comes at a price. It increases the time to boil a liter of water to a little over two minutes. This is still really fast and will be what most people are looking for in a camping stove.
Both the MiniMo and the Flash use a push button ignition. If the ignitor does not make a spark for some reason you can also use an external ignition source like matches. On the off chance that you do run into a problem, Jetboil does provide a one year warranty with both the MiniMo and the Flash.
Efficient use of fuel
The Jetboil MiniMo has a distinct advantage in this area. If you use a 100 gram Jetboil fuel canister in each of these camping stoves, the MiniMo will be able to boil twelve liters of water. The Jetboil Flash will only be able to boil ten liters.
This might not sound like much but when you do the math there’s a 20% increase in efficiency when you are using the MiniMo.
Weight of the stove
The Flash is the lighter of these two camping stoves. Coming in at 13.9 ounces it will be a little easier to carry than the MiniMo at 14.6 ounces. Both of these featherweights are ideal for backpacking.
The 5% difference in weight is much smaller than the efficiency gap between the two models. If you add in a 100 gram fuel canister the difference narrows to just over 4%.
Unless you’re speed climbing, this difference is probably not going to be your focus.
Here’s a quick recap of the differences between the two camping stoves.
The Jetboil Flash boils water faster and weighs slightly less.
The Jetboil MiniMo has multiple heat settings and uses fuel more efficiently.
We hope you found the information in this article helpful in deciding which camping stove fits your needs the best. Feel free to leave a comment in the section below.