Jetboil Flash vs MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Review

In this review, we will discuss the Jetboil Flash vs MiniMo camping and backpacking stoves. Both of these cooking stoves are very similar. They both have the same type of ignition and use the same type of gas canister. But there are a few differences to take into consideration.

Jetboil Flash vs MiniMo

Preview
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove
Flash Personal Cooking System, Carbon
Jetboil MiniMo Camping Stove
Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Adventure Gray
Title
Flash Personal Cooking System, Carbon
Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Adventure Gray
Price
Price not available
$149.95
Capacity
1 L
1 L
Weight
13.1 oz
14 oz
Dimensions
7.1" x 4.1"
5" x 6"
Ignition
Auto-Ignition | Push Button
Auto-Ignition | Push Button
Boil Time
3 min. 20 sec.
4 min. 30 sec.
Fuel
Isobutane-propane
Isobutane-propane
Cook Type
Fast Boil
Precision Cook
Features
Color-changing boil indicator
New Valve Technology | FluxRing Cooking Cup
More Information
Jetboil Flash Camping Stove
Preview
Flash Personal Cooking System, Carbon
Title
Flash Personal Cooking System, Carbon
Price
Price not available
Capacity
1 L
Weight
13.1 oz
Dimensions
7.1" x 4.1"
Ignition
Auto-Ignition | Push Button
Boil Time
3 min. 20 sec.
Fuel
Isobutane-propane
Cook Type
Fast Boil
Features
Color-changing boil indicator
More Information
Jetboil MiniMo Camping Stove
Preview
Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Adventure Gray
Title
Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Adventure Gray
Price
$149.95
Capacity
1 L
Weight
14 oz
Dimensions
5" x 6"
Ignition
Auto-Ignition | Push Button
Boil Time
4 min. 30 sec.
Fuel
Isobutane-propane
Cook Type
Precision Cook
Features
New Valve Technology | FluxRing Cooking Cup
More Information

Cooking Cup

The cooking cup on the Flash and the MiniMo holds 1 liter of foods or liquids. They are no different in that respect. However, the MiniMo is shorter and wider in diameter.

Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Adventure Gray

This makes it easier to eat out of the MiniMo with a spoon or fork. The spoon angle is better, and it prevents you from needing to dump out your food into a bowl.

Simmer Control

One of the greatest features of the Jetboil MiniMo is the fact that it has a simmer control. By dialing on this simmer control, you force the burner knob to take more turns while being adjusted from high to low temperatures. This makes it easier to choose just the right temperature to cook your food.

The Jetboil Flash does not have a simmer control. With the Flash, it is difficult to choose just the right low temperature. When dialing it down to low, it does not take much force until the flame burns out.

Meal Versatility

The MiniMo allows for greater meal versatility. With the Flash, its best use is for boiling water. This is partly due to the fact that it is high and narrow. This means that it is difficult to eat out of and frying most foods is near impossible, but there are a few alternatives. For example, you can cook oatmeal, make scrambled eggs, heat up some beans, and boil pasta. You could also boil a pack of rations. But you cannot make moderately elaborate meals.

Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Adventure Gray

Using the MiniMo makes it far easier to make better-tasting meals. The main reason for this is the shape of the cooking cup, as well as the new simmer control. Since the simmer control allows you to dial down the heat to very low temperatures, you can cook meals that would burn easily if it were on higher heat. As the name suggests, you can bring it down to a simmer, as many foods require. Cook yourself some rice or some fried veggies and stay healthy while camping.

By no means does this mean that you cannot cook better meals with the Flash. If you want to do this, you will need to buy a pot adapter. You can use any generic pot or pan on the pot adapter using the Flash burner. It is the same sized burner as the MiniMo.

Improved Handle

Another great improvement with the release of the MiniMo is the sturdy rubber-coated handle. Like the Flash, the MiniMo handle is made of aluminum. But it is more sturdy and it has a rubber coating so that you do not burn yourself. Customers find this improved handle to be an ergonomic feature suited for easily handling.

Jetboil MiniMo Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System, Camo Brown

Packing Space and Weight

The MiniMo weighs 14.6 ounces while the Flash weighs 13.9 ounces. Some would not consider this a significant difference, but many avid backpackers watch every bit of weight that they put into their backpacks. Also, due to its shorter stature, the MiniMo can fit into tighter spaces.

Jetboil Flash vs MiniMo: Price Comparison

On average, the MiniMo costs around $40 more than the Flash. You can see prices below:

The Verdict

As you can see from the differences outlined above, the Jetboil MiniMo is superior in almost every way. It has a simmer control that allows you to cook better meals. It has some design improvements and it can be packed much more easily. The only setback about it is that for some people, paying $40 extra for the MiniMo is not worth it to them if they are not going to be cooking that much of a variety of meals.

In fact, the Flash can boil water just as fast as the MiniMo. And if you want to cook dinner meals with the Flash, you can get a pod adapter and simply use a standard pot. With a standard pot, you will have even more surfaces to cook on. So perhaps the Jetboil Flash is not so bad after all.

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