User Review: Primus EtaPackLite
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $45
Worked quite well for two dads and three daughters on a two-night backpacking trip. Mainly used for boiling water but also for heating up some pre-packaged foods because the girls didn't like the freeze-dried food we brought. Boils water very fast with wind screen and heat defuser.
- Very fast boiling
- Stable base and setup
- Minimizes fuel use
- Igniter sometimes didn't work
- Packing size is a bit big
Even though the other dad brought a stove too, we ended up not using it. We could boil water so fast with this one that we didn't really need to set up the other one. It is easy to set up and it is wide enough that the unit is pretty stable with a 1.5L pot full of water. Heat adjustment is easy and you're able to take the temperature down to a simmer reliably. I think we ended up going through one medium sized canister because we were using the stove to sterilize the stream water before consuming it, saving the batteries on our Steripen.
My only real complaint is that the piezo igniter doesn't always work so be sure to bring backup matches or lighter. Also, the full kit is a bit large but since the burner fits into the 1.5L pot and you can also put in a small fuel canister, it's really not that bad.
We plan to do a lot more backpacking this year so I'll see how well it holds up after extensive use.