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Primus Lite+ Review

This stove offers some innovative features and good fuel efficiency, but it's heavy
Primus Lite+
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Price:  $115 List
Pros:  Fuel efficient, superior stove/burner mating, hanging system included
Cons:  Heavy for its volume, small pot
Manufacturer:   Primus
By Ian McEleney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 18, 2021
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  • Fuel Efficiency - 25% 9
  • Weight - 25% 5
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 6
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 7
  • Boil Time - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Primus Lite+ features some great ideas. The burner and pot mate inspiringly with a design that's not the same old dimple and groove found on every other integrated canister stove. The burner head itself is recessed and shielded in such a way that the stove's fuel efficiency, which is already good, doesn't noticeably drop in the wind. It also comes with a simple and lightweight hanging system — something other stoves charge you more for as an extra item. However, our testers were unimpressed with the stove's weight, especially considering its low volume pot.

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Pros Fuel efficient, superior stove/burner mating, hanging system includedLightweight, works in the wind, great piezo lighter, very stable for small canister stoveWorks in the wind, great for simmering, best of the bestTiny, light, cheapGood at simmering, simple operation
Cons Heavy for its volume, small potNot the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stoveUnreliable piezo igniterSmall burner head, poor wind performanceNo piezoelectric igniter, slow to boil
Bottom Line This stove offers some innovative features and good fuel efficiency, but it's heavyOur favorite small canister stove, providing the best performance for most backpackersThis simmering champ can also perform in the windA shockingly small and lightweight inexpensive modelThis standard small canister stove is good for simmering but bulky in your pack
Rating Categories Primus Lite+ Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket De... BRS-3000T Primus Essential Trail
Fuel Efficiency (25%)
9.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
Weight (25%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
10.0
6.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (20%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Boil Time (10%)
5.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
Specs Primus Lite+ Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket De... BRS-3000T Primus Essential Trail
Category Integrated Canister Small Canister Small Canister Small Canister Small Canister
Trail Weight 13.9 oz 3.0 oz 3.0 oz 0.9 oz 3.9 oz
Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph) 4:07 min:sec (0.5.liters only) 7:24 min:sec 7:20 min:sec 15 min 15 min
Boil Time (1 liter) 3:19 min:sec (0.5.liters only) 4:42 min:sec 3:39 min:sec 4:43 min:sec 6:00 min:sec
Packed Weight 15.5 oz 3.5 oz 3.5 oz 1 oz 3.9 oz
Dimensions (inches) 3.9 x 5.1 in 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in 1.97 x 1.2 x 1.3 in 4.3 x 2.4 in
Fuel Type Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane
Additional items included 0.75L pot, canister stand, hanging cord, pack towel, pot adapter studs Stuff sack, pot support Stuff sack Stuff sack None
Piezo Igniter Yes Yes Yes No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Lite+ is a very fuel-efficient integrated canister stove. It has several other features that are both unique and innovative. Backpackers who are willing to take on some extra ounces might really appreciate the feature set.

Performance Comparison


The small pot of the Lite+ is great for one hiker preparing a...
The small pot of the Lite+ is great for one hiker preparing a freeze-dried meal.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Fuel Efficiency


The Lite+ is pretty darn fuel-efficient for an integrated canister stove, a category known for fuel efficiency. In our windless test, it sipped just 0.2 ounces of fuel to bring 0.5 liters of water to boil, just behind the others of its kind. In front of our testing fan, it impressively used the same amount of fuel — significantly less than the competition! We think this is due to how the burner head and piezo igniter are recessed in the overall burner design.

Because the Lite+ doesn't burn much fuel it's easy to have another...
Because the Lite+ doesn't burn much fuel it's easy to have another cup of tea. The lid doubles as a small cup.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Weight


The weight of your gear is an essential consideration for backpackers. With a 13.9-ounce trail weight, the Lite+ is on the heavy side for integrated canister stoves. This is especially true considering that it's only available with a 0.75-liter pot, so its weight is not an apples-to-apples comparison with the other integrated stoves we tested, most of which have 1-liter pots. That said, its small size does mean that it takes up less space in your pack than stoves with 1-liter pots.

The packed weight of this stove (15.5 ounces) includes the canister...
The packed weight of this stove (15.5 ounces) includes the canister stand, lid/cup, burner, pot support studs, pack towel, hanging cord, and pot.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Simmering Ability


The Lite+ is decent at simmering. Because this kind of backpacking stove is designed for fast boil times and fuel efficiency, we don't expect much in this metric. The valve of this model is easy to use at the low end, with little to no "spring."

The wire control valve was easy to grab and made it easy to turn the...
The wire control valve was easy to grab and made it easy to turn the flame down really low.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Ease Of Use


This stove has some of the best pot and burner mating of the integrated canister stoves we tested. Instead of the typical dimple and groove design, there's a wire integrated into the burner that firmly grips the pot. We were never worried about picking this stove up when it was running.

The wire around the burner locks into place between the flat flange...
The wire around the burner locks into place between the flat flange and heat exchanger on the pot. This system was by far the most secure for attaching pot to burner.
Photo: Ian McEleney

The piezoelectric igniter lit the stove on the first try most of the time. Other times it sometimes took 6 or 7 pushes, though it did eventually light.

The handle on the pot cozy of the Lite+ flips over the lid and hooks on the other side. Combined with the included cord, it makes hanging this stove really easy. This is the only stove in our review that comes with all the odds and ends necessary to hang it, a nice touch in a big wall or alpine setting.

Primus recommends girth hitching the hanging cord to the pot strap...
Primus recommends girth hitching the hanging cord to the pot strap as seen here. The versatile design of the hanging cord allows for a number of possible hanging configurations.
Photo: Ian McEleney

The Lite+ has a tiny spout in the lip of the pot for pouring. There seemed to be a small amount of spilling whether we used the spout or poured from the other side of the pot. This is messy at best and can cause burns at worst.

Pouring with the spout (left) and without (right). We did not notice...
Pouring with the spout (left) and without (right). We did not notice a significant difference.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Boil Time


The Lite+ had uninspiring boil times. It spent 3 minutes and 19 seconds bringing 0.5 liters of water to a rolling boil in windless conditions and 4 minutes and 7 seconds in our 2 - 4 mph wind test. If these numbers seem a lot lower than those of the other stoves in our comparison chart, remember that this pot has a lower capacity, and so we used less water in our test. Other stoves were tested with a full liter of water.

Pot support studs screw into the burner to allow for the use of...
Pot support studs screw into the burner to allow for the use of other cookware. We only tested boil times with the included pot.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Value


We don't think this stove is a bad value. However, we also don't think it's a particularly great value. Stoves that are lighter or perform better cost less.

Conclusion


The fuel efficiency, pot/burner mating, and simple hanging system of the Primus Lite+ seem like advancements that other stove companies should be watching. This could be a good choice for backpacking trips where packed size and ease of use are more important than weight. However, for most backpacking, our testers were underwhelmed when they compared it to other integrated stove offerings.

The boil time and fuel efficiency of the Lite+ were not changed much...
The boil time and fuel efficiency of the Lite+ were not changed much in real-world breezy conditions.
Photo: Ian McEleney

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