51397Re: [backpackgeartesters] POST - IR Jetboil Helios - Richard Lyon
- Dec 3, 2008Richard,
Looks like you forgot the section about the tester, lol.
On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:54 AM, richardglyon <rlyon@...> wrote:
> For my mystery monitor's editing pleasure. Looks like another
> powerhouse stove. HTML version is in the Tests folder at
> JETBOIL HELIOS COOKING SYSTEM
> Test Report by Richard Lyon
> Initial Report: December 2, 2008
> Field Report: February 2009 (anticipated)
> INITIAL REPORT
> December 2, 2008
> Product Details
> Manufacturer: Jetboil, Inc.
> Website: www.jetboil.com The photographs in my Initial Report come
> from this website.
> Dimensions, listed and measured: 4.5 x 8.25 in (115 mm x 210 mm)
> inside diameter (packed). Measured dimensions of individual
> components stated below.
> Listed weight: 28 oz/793 g
> Measured weight: 28.6 oz/811 g without fuel canister; 35.4 oz/975 g
> with full 100 g (3.5 oz) fuel canister.
> Includes: Helios is a seven-piece set, as described below. It comes
> with printed instructions, in English, French, German, and Spanish;
> the instructions can be accessed at Jetboil's website.
> MSRP: $159.95 US
> Accessories and related product: Jetboil offers a compatible 3-liter
> FluxRing(R) pot (MSRP $59.95) for use with Helios. The Helios Guide
> System (MSRP $199.95) includes both 2- and 3-liter pots. As do most
> stove manufacturers, Jetboil recommends using only its own
> proprietary brand of propane-butane fuel (brand name "Jetpower") with
> its stoves. While this is ordinarily sold separately from the cooking
> system, Jetboil kindly provided a 100 g canister with my Helios.
> Warranty: One year limited warranty to the original purchaser, with
> proof of purchase required.
> Product Description and First Impressions
> It's not just a stove, it's a cooking system. Jetboil markets Helios
> as "the easiest to use, most efficient, high capacity system
> available for outdoor cooking." Range and capacity are Jetboil's
> main selling points. Jetboil's claims on its website that Helios has
> a "measured Useable Temperature Range" of -10 to 100 F (-23 to 38
> C). Jetboil also posts a sustainable boil time of three minutes for
> one liter, a 25% improvement over its next-larger system, which has a
> 1.5 liter cooking pot.
> Helios has seven pieces. Six are used for cooking:
> � A 2-liter metal pot with built-in Flux Ring(R) heat exchanger
> affixed around the outside of the base. This pot has two orange,
> slightly curved, fold-out arms, each 5 in/13 cm in length, and a
> small ring on the side opposite the handles. All Jetboil cooking
> vessels have a neoprene cozy encircling the sides; Helios's is slate
> grey in color, with "JETBOIL" and the company's logo and web address
> printed on two sides. The inside of the pot is marked in half-liter
> increments. The pot is three inches (7 cm) deep and at 11.25 oz/319
> g is the heaviest component.
> � A flexible black plastic lid (2.12 oz/60 g) that snaps over
> the lip of the pot. This looks a bit like a small Frisbee, and
> Jetboil notes that the lid "makes a good `flying disc' for added fun
> around camp."
> � Helios burner with attached fuel line. The fuel line is 11
> in/28 cm (listed and measured) long, and at the canister end has a
> valve with fold-out handle for controlling the volume of gas into the
> burner, and also a fixed circular knob that slides into a groove on
> the fuel can stabilizer to allow liquid feed. The piezo igniter has
> a button starter in plastic housing that slides along the fuel line.
> This piece weighs 6.25 oz/177 g.
> � A copper-colored burner stand with three fold-out arms,
> weighing 3.4 oz/96 g. When folded out the arms support the pot,
> sitting just inside the heat exchanger ring.
> � A 0.9 oz/25 g black hard plastic fuel can stabilizer with
> folding legs. As noted, a groove on the center of this piece allows
> holding the canister in place with its valve on the bottom to permit
> a liquid feed into the fuel line. Each leg of the stabilizer has two
> grooves. A 100 g Jetpower canister's base fits firmly into the inner
> set of grooves, and a 225 g (7.8 oz) Primus canister similarly fits
> into the outer set. I believe that Jetpower fuel is also available
> in this larger size.
> � A clear flexible plastic windscreen, 2.7 in/7 cm wide and 31
> in/79 cm long when fully extended. This has a pair mating metal
> snaps at each end and three female snaps on short arms that extend
> into the center and affix to male snaps on the burner base. The
> windscreen weighs 2.6 oz/74 g.
> The seventh piece is a bright orange plastic cover for the bottom of
> the unit when it is stored. This has two tabs and doubles as a
> dinner plate. It weighs 2.1 oz/60 g.
> Self-contained. By using the snap-on plate and pot lid Helios is
> entirely self-contained, not requiring a separate piece for storage �
> another Jetboil trait. With the burner detached from its stand all
> components and a 100 g Jetpower canister nest neatly inside the pot
> for storage, with ample room for my closed-up Jetset utensils (see my
> separate Owner Review). The plastic cover/plate protects the heat
> exchanger from scratches or dents during storage. The pot lid snaps
> over the lip of the pot firmly enough so that when I inverted the pot
> with the rest of the system inside nothing fell out.
> Easy to Assemble. The box includes easy-to-read directions, and set-
> up is intuitive. Remove the lid and plate from the pot; attach the
> burner to its stand by slipping two tabs over the inside of the base,
> being sure that a small arm on the burner fits into a notch on the
> stand; fold out the three arms on the burner base; fold out the
> stabilizer legs; screw a canister into the fuel line and set on the
> stabilizer (either "upside down," with the flat valve of the canister
> on the bottom, or with the canisters base inside the grooves on the
> stabilizer); flex the windscreen around the burner base and snap its
> ends together and its arms to the burner base; and place the pot atop
> the arms of the base (after igniting). When attached to the base the
> windscreen sits about one-half inch (~1 cm) above the ground,
> allowing the fuel line to fit underneath.
> Why "Jet" is part of its name. For my Helios's maiden voyage, in my
> side yard, I used a half-full 100 g can of Jetpower I had on hand. I
> turned the valve to full "On" position, hit the piezo button, and
> Pow! a fierce and noisy flame 5 inches (13 cm) in the air. I really
> was reminded of an airplane ignition. At 50 F/10 C, about 200 ft/60
> m above sea level, with gusty winds, it took 2 minutes 55 seconds for
> one liter, uncovered, to reach a rolling boil. Immediately I swapped
> out the Jetpower can for a larger can of Primus fuel, turned the
> valve, hit the piezo, and achieved the same results with a fresh
> liter of cold tap water. Both of these tests were done with a liquid
> feed. Since the button on the underside of the fuel line valve, not
> the canister itself, slides into the stabilizer's groove, any size
> canister with a Lindal valve may be used in this mode. As noted the
> larger Primus canister fits into the outer grooves on the stabilizer
> legs for a "standard" application.
> I had only one minor problem in these trials. It is slightly
> difficult to turn the fuel line valve off completely; I had to lift
> the canister and fuel line to get it fully closed.
> Limitations on use. In addition to standard warnings about carbon
> dioxide, never using indoors, keeping fuel canisters away from heat,
> and the like, the instructions provide guidance to avoid several
> possible misapplications:
> � Set the pot lid upside down over the pot when cooking, rather
> than snapping it on, to avoid upsetting the pot when removing the
> lid. (This is good advice. As noted the lid fits tightly when
> snapped on and it might be difficult and mildly dangerous to try to
> force it off a hot pot.)
> � Always use the burner base's pot supports; never set a pot
> directly on the burner.
> � Extend the pot handles when cooking or they will become too
> hot to handle.
> � Use only low settings when the pot is near capacity, to avoid
> the contents' boiling over. (This prompts a test criterion: what is
> the pot's usable capacity?)
> � While other makers' "normal, flat-bottomed cookware" may be
> used on the burner unit, Helios is not compatible with Jetboil's Fry
> Pan (nuts!), GCS 1.5 liter cooking pot, or PCS cooking cup, each of
> which has a smaller diameter heat exchanger on its base.
> � Use the windscreen only with a Helios pot. This warning is
> also printed on the windscreen. (I'm not quite sure why this is so
> but I shall do as I have been told.)
> Fit in my pack. Helios isn't a small system but I had no trouble
> fitting it into the three packs I use most often in winter: my
> Mystery Ranch BDSB expedition pack, my R2 custom pack, and my Mystery
> Ranch Mountain Monkey day pack. (Each of these is separately
> reviewed if the reader cares to check their dimensions.)
> I'm a Jetboil junkie, an addiction that's changed my backcountry
> cooking for the better. Since buying my Jetboil PCS in 2004 I have
> progressed from strictly just-add-boiling-water meals to occasional
> multi-course meals cooked from scratch. I'm looking forward to
> testing Helios, the company's newest product, this winter.
> My Initial Report ends here. Check back in early February for my
> Field Report, in which I'll describe my results from the backcountry
> and give my opinions after two months' use. My thanks to
> BackpackGearTest.org and Jetboil for the opportunity to test this
> impressive cooking system.
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