Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 Review
Cons: A bit slower than the competition
Manufacturer: Snow Peak
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Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0
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|Pros||Light, easy to use, good at simmering, piezo igniter||Lightweight, works in the wind, great piezo lighter, very stable for small canister stove||Tiny, light, cheap||Good at simmering, simple operation||Simmers well, easy to set up|
|Cons||A bit slower than the competition||Not the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stove||Small burner head, poor wind performance||No piezoelectric igniter, slow to boil||Slow, heavy|
|Bottom Line||This stove boils a bit slower but does everything else well||Our favorite small canister stove, providing the best performance for most backpackers||A shockingly small and lightweight inexpensive model||This standard small canister stove is good for simmering but bulky in your pack||This heavy stove takes a while to boil but simmers reasonably well|
|Rating Categories||Snow Peak GigaPower...||Soto Windmaster||BRS-3000T||Primus Essential Trail||Coleman Peak 1|
|Fuel Efficiency (25%)|
|Simmering Ability (20%)|
|Ease Of Use (20%)|
|Boil Time (10%)|
|Specs||Snow Peak GigaPower...||Soto Windmaster||BRS-3000T||Primus Essential Trail||Coleman Peak 1|
|Category||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister||Small Canister|
|Trail Weight||3.0 oz||3.0 oz||0.9 oz||3.9 oz||6.7 oz|
|Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph)||15 min||7:24 min:sec||15 min||15 min||15 min|
|Boil Time (1 liter)||5:53 min:sec||4:42 min:sec||4:43 min:sec||6:00 min:sec||6:58 min:sec|
|Packed Weight||3.9 oz||3.5 oz||1 oz||3.9 oz||6.7 oz|
|Dimensions (inches)||4.2 x 2.6 in||4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in||1.97 x 1.2 x 1.3 in||4.3 x 2.4 in||5.1 x 5.5 x 4.3 in|
|Additional items included||Plastic case||Stuff sack, pot support||Stuff sack||None||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Snow Peak has been making the GigaPower Auto for many years. The previous version of this unit had features that are slowly becoming standard, such as great packability, low weight, and a piezoelectric starter. The older model was plagued with mediocre fuel efficiency and abysmal boil times. The GigaPower 2.0 Auto, on the other hand, has that same great feature set with improved boil time and fuel efficiency.
In our no-wind test, the GigaPower performed well, burning just 0.5 ounces of fuel. Surprisingly for our testers, it matched some of the integrated canister stoves in regards to fuel burned. Like other small canister stoves, however, it suffers in the wind. Once we set it in front of the fan for the 2 - 4 mph test, the fuel efficiency dropped considerably. It burned .9 ounces of fuel in 15 minutes and could not bring 1 liter of water to a boil. Historically this has been a problem for small canister stoves, though now there are a couple of models that can do it, making it more disappointing when one can't.
The GigaPower 2.0 is about average in the weight department compared to similar models. Keep in mind that it comes with a piezoelectric starter (Snow Peak says this adds 0.3 ounces), while many other models do not. It also packs down pretty small and comes with a small plastic case.
Simmering is something that this stove does well. The valve control is sensitive at the low end, and the stove can be turned way down before sputtering out. Your oatmeal will be happy.
Ease Of Use
Ease of use is another area where the GigaPower does well. As with all small canister stoves, assembly and use are only slightly more complicated than your cooktop at home. This stove has a good control valve wire with a grippy rubber coating, so there is no problem reaching under there quickly when the pot is about to boil over. The pot supports are shorter than some but still quite sturdy, and there are four of them. Additionally, the stove is fairly short, achieving the overall effect of more stability.
This unit comes equipped with a piezoelectric lighter, and while it's probably a good idea to carry a lighter as a backup, you likely won't need to locate it to make your morning coffee. Our testers appreciate the piezo lighters on every stove that has them, and we wish they were a standard feature on all models.
Though manufacturers make a big deal of them, boil time is not particularly important to our testers; indeed, one prefers a slightly slower stove because it lets him multitask. The GigaPower 2.0 is slightly slower to boil 1 liter of water than the other small canister stoves at 5 minutes and 53 seconds.
As with some of the other small canister stoves, the GigaPower cannot get water to a rolling boil in the face of a 2 - 4 mph wind. In 15 minutes, it only produced small bubbles on the bottom of the pot. Our testers were not overly put off by this so long as they could place the stove behind a windbreak. Snow Peak also sells an aftermarket windscreen for the GigaPower that offers some protection and also helps reflect heat up at the pot.
The GigaPower is not a bad value, especially considering its ease of use and fuel efficiency. Folks who won't be camping above treeline that much and want to eat more than just freeze-dried food from time to time will get the most out of this stove.
The GigaPower 2.0 Auto is a solid performer. We expect to see more small canister stoves that perform well in the wind as time goes by, and that is going to affect its ratings. For now, however, the GigaPower does everything we expect of a canister stove and does it well.
— Ian McEleney