The Optimus Crux Lite is equipped with the powerful burner of the Crux, but even lighter in weight as it does not have a folding mechanism. Includes burner with valve and stuff bag. Ignition: Manual. Size: 3" x 2.2" x 2.2". Output: 10,200 BTU.
The Optimus Crux Lite camp stove comes in at only 2.5 ounces (72grams) and is one of the lightest stoves in the world. It utilized butane/propane mix gas canisters, and takes ~3 minutes to burn 1L of water. I tested this product on a backpacking trip in late December in Kentucky, and results were great. Gas canisters last ~1 hour. My stove came with the Optimus Terra Solo cookset, which is anodized aluminum and work out great for boiling water, as well as storing the stove. The stove can be purchased for ~$35 alone or ~$60 with the Terra Solo cookset included.
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Absolutely love this little cook stove
Posted by Michael Weber on Mar 16th 2016
Absolutely love this little cook stove. It's tiny yet solid. The previous version that folded left too much wiggle room and wobbled back-and-forth. This "Lite" version is much better and works like a charm. Definitely recommend this for backpackers.
4.0 out of 5 starsNot quite perfect but I like it
Posted by Enginerd on Mar 3rd 2016
I've had the Crux lite for about a year and a half and have enjoyed using it on about a dozen trips since then. I got this instead of the Optimus Crux because the joint on the Crux that lets it fold is a bit wobbly and I was worried about putting my dinner on something I wasn't sure would hold it.
The Crux lite is tiny and super light. It's so light that if you are the kind of person that uses canister fuel stoves you'll never notice the weight of the stove compared to the canister. It is sturdy too, being made primarily from machined aluminum and steel. The valve and vertical riser tube are aluminum and the burner and pot holder are steel (at least I think they are steel; magnets are weakly attracted to the metal).
The burner puts out a very respectable flame and I regularly get 1 Quart boil times of about 4 minutes, even at high altitude and in cold weather. The flame spread is medium width so works well with both wide shallow pots and tall narrow ones. The flame is adjustable, but is finicky at lower settings and seems to burn down to a lower flame within a minute or two after adjusting. When you touch the handle to adjust the flame it opens the valve and when you let go it closes it down again so you have to hunt around to get the right flame. Still it's not too bad to get it adjusted to simmer a pot at low boil.
I also have the Optimus Terra Weekend HE pot that really works well with this stove. Optimus Terra Weekend HE .95L Pot The fuel canister fits inside the pot and the stove on top the canister with the lid over the whole thing.
I measure 2-7/8 ounces for the stove and the included carrying case on my scale.
Good flame output
Strong pot holders
Simmer adjustment can be tricky
Overall 4 stars for a great product that's worth every penny of the price.
Edit: After 2 years my stove has failed. The cause of failure is misuse, not a product problem. I loaned the stove to some 14 year old boy scouts for a week long backpack trip and on the 2nd day they cross threaded it on the fuel canister. The threads on the stove are brass and the threads on the canister are steel so the canister wins in a cross thread fight. I will miss this stove as I quite liked it despite the lack of reliable simmer control as mentioned above. Think I'll try the Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium stove next Snow Peak LiteMax Stove Stoves