Optimus Elektra FE
This stove kit is really nice. It boils water very quickly and with the included fry pan is a very versatile stove. It seems durable and includes a convenient wind screen.
- Quick boil time
- Adjustment valve
- Lid/frypan handle
The Elektra FE is a very quick and efficient and versatile stove system.
It is a pretty easy stove to light with the included piezo ignitor. It would be more convenient and a little bit lighter if it had an ignitor built into the stove. Another down side is that the control valve is a little bit finicky. Trying to adjust the flame with any precision is quite difficult but turning it all the way up for boiling water works great.
The pot does not lock onto the stove but because of the wide burner and pot holders and the tightly fitted wind screen it does not feel like it will fall over easily. Because it does not lock on you can cook on this stove with other pots without any special attachments which I really enjoy. The lid of the pot can also be flipped over and used as a fry pan although it is a bit small to really cook anything significant. One other problem with the lid/fry pan is if you pull the fold able handle out all the way it gets stuck in the pot making the lid difficult to remove.
The wind screen is a very nice feature. It attaches on the ring of the fuel canister making it very sturdy and easy to slide around depending on the wind direction. I have not used the stove in high winds yet but the screen is well built and seems like it would work well.
The stove, an 8oz canister of fuel and ignitor all fit into the the pot and that goes into a mesh bag. I find it is easier to put the bag on over the top so you cinch the bag down over the bottom of the pot. Other wise you deal with the lid falling off trying to get it in and out of the bag.
the stove seems quite durable. The pot is made of hard anodized aluminum and seems like it will last me a long time.
All in all this stove is a great for backpacking and boiling water and with a little bit of patience in adjusting the flame can also be great for more gourmet back country cooking.
Source: bought via a "pro deal"
Price Paid: $30
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Reviewers Paid: $30.00
16.05 oz / 455 g
4.9 x 6.5 in /124 x 165 mm
|Average Boil Time||
as little as 2.3 min/0.8 l water, depending on climate, altitude etc.
|Average Burn Time||
up to 90 min at maximum output (230 g canister)
Butane/propane gas canister (not included)
10200 BTU / 3000 W