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Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 Review

This stove does everything well.
Snow Peak GigaPower Auto
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Price:  $50 List | $49.95 at REI
Pros:  Lightweight, easy to use, good at simmering, piezo igniter
Cons:  A bit heavier and bit pricier than the competition
Manufacturer:   Snow Peak
By Ian McEleney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 11, 2019
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  • Simmering Ability - 20% 8
  • Ease Of Use - 20% 7
  • Time To Boil - 10% 3

Our Verdict

A light and compact canister stove with a great feature set and simmering ability, the Snow Peak Gigapower 2.0 Is a solid small canister stove at a reasonable price. The original Gigapower had been a reliable, albeit slow, performer for years. This upgrade is not only lighter but brings the surprisingly high boil times down to the same realm as the competition. With its piezoelectric ignition and excellent stability, it's easier to use than some of the other small canister stoves.


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Pros Lightweight, easy to use, good at simmering, piezo igniterLightweight, works in the wind, great piezo lighter, very stable for small canister stoveWorks in the wind, great for simmering, best of the bestLight, fairly fuel efficient, piezoelectric lighter, can simmerCompact, light, fast boil time, stable, insulated pot
Cons A bit heavier and bit pricier than the competitionNot the most fuel efficient, pot supports pack up separately from stoveUnreliable piezo igniterNot windproofSmall pot size, not versatile
Bottom Line This stove does everything well.This lightweight stove is easy to use and will boil water when it's breezy.This simmering champ can also perform in the wind.This light, relatively fuel efficient and convenient stove is our Top Pick For Integrated Canister Stoves.This basic model still has all the frills, and is a great value if you want to boil water immediately.
Rating Categories Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket Deluxe JetBoil MiniMo Jetboil Flash
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Specs Snow Peak... Soto Windmaster MSR PocketRocket... JetBoil MiniMo Jetboil Flash
Category Small Canister Small Canister Small Canister Integrated Canister Integrated Canister
Trail Weight 3.0 oz 3.0 oz 3.0 oz 12.2 oz 12.3 oz
Wind Boil Time (1 L, 2-4mph) 15 min 7:24 min:sec 7:20 min:sec 5:16 min:sec 5:18 min:sec
Boil Time (1 liter) 5:53 min:sec 4:42 min:sec 3:39 min:sec 4:06 min:sec 4:10 min:sec
Packed Weight 3.9 oz 3.5 oz 3.5 oz 15.2 oz 15.7 oz
Dimensions (inches) 4.2 x 2.6 in 4.7 x 3.9 x 3.6 in 3.3 x 2.2 x 1.8 in 5 x 6 in 4.1 x 7.1 in
Fuel Type Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane Isobutane
Additional items included Plastic case Stuff sack, pot support Stuff sack 1L pot, canister stand, plastic cup, stuff sack for burner 1L pot, canister stand, plastic cup
Piezo Igniter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Snow Peak has been making the GigaPower Auto for many years. The previous version of this unit had features (great packability, low weight, piezoelectric starter) that are slowly becoming standard. The older model, however, was plagued with mediocre fuel efficiency and abysmal boil time. The GigaPower Auto 2.0 has that same great feature set, with much-improved boil time and fuel efficiency.

Performance Comparison


A guided group sits down for a backpacking stove comparison taste test.
A guided group sits down for a backpacking stove comparison taste test.

Fuel Efficiency


Like the other small canister stoves, the GigaPower's fuel efficiency suffered in the wind. In the no-wind test, it performed well, burning 0.5 oz. Surprisingly for our testers, it matched some of the integrated canister stoves in fuel burned.

Once we set it in front of the fan for the 2 - 4 mph test, the fuel efficiency dropped. It burned .9 oz of fuel in 15 minutes and did not boil 1 liter of water. Historically this has been a problem for small canister stoves, though now there are a couple of models that can boil water in the wind.

The fan did not blow the GigaPower out  but it did keep it from boiling water.
The fan did not blow the GigaPower out, but it did keep it from boiling water.

Weight


The GigaPower 2.0 is about average in the weight department compared to similar models. Keep in mind that the GigaPower 2.0 comes with a piezoelectric starter (Snow Peak says this adds 0.3 oz) while many other models do not. It also packs down pretty small and comes with a small plastic case.

The GigaPower packs into a 2.5 liter pot with room to spare.
The GigaPower packs into a 2.5 liter pot with room to spare.

Simmering


Simmering was 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.

Boil Time


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.

The GigaPower 2.0 running at full blast.
The GigaPower 2.0 running at full blast.

As with some of the other small canister stoves, the GigaPower was unable to 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 are not put off by the wind so long as they could place the stove behind a windbreak. Snow Peak sells an aftermarket windscreen for the GigaPower. It offers some wind protection and also helps reflect heat up at the pot.

Ease Of Use


Ease of use is another area where the GigaPower does well. It has one of the longest control valve wires in the test, 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 quite sturdy, and there are four of them. Additionally, the stove is fairly short, achieving the overall effect of more stability.

The easy-to-use control valve of the Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0.
The easy-to-use control valve of the Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0.

This unit comes equipped with a reliable piezo lighter, and while it's probably a good idea to carry a lighter as a backup, you won't need to locate it to make your morning coffee. Our testers appreciated the piezo lighters on every stove that has them. We wish they were a standard feature on all models. As with all small canister stoves, assembly and use are only slightly more complicated than your cooktop at home.

Value


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.

Conclusion


The Gigapower 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, the GigaPower Auto does everything we expect of a canister stove and does it well.

Luke preparing a pre-send dinner at the Incredible Hulk with the GigaPower 2.0.
Luke preparing a pre-send dinner at the Incredible Hulk with the GigaPower 2.0.


Ian McEleney