Share this stove with a camping mate and the total weight of your trip gear is reduced, while the wider pan means you can enjoy cooking on a less wobbly system. So there are lots of advantages to a pair taking one Jetboil Helios compared to each person taking a Jetboil Flash. In addition to all those benefits, the Helios boils a litre of water in about 2 to 3½ minutes, while the Flash takes around 2½ to 5½ minutes to boil half that. This is due to the windshield that’s provided and the inverted gas canister design, but again this means a group needs to take less fuel when using the Helios. Like the other Jetboil stoves you get a dedicated pan with a heat exchanger on the base, while the plastic lid is useful as a plate. The design is incredibly stable due to its low centre of gravity, but also the flame control knob is well away from the burner so it’s very easy to adjust without risking spilling boiling water on your hands. I’m quite a fan of the Jetboil Helios and it’s my first choice when heading to the hills with mates, but others are lighter and lower in price, so for one person it’s probably more than you need.
Includes dedicated pot, windbreak, plate
Packed size 19x11x11cm
Pan support diameter 14cm
Weight (without fuel) 376g burner + 454g pan set
The Jetboil Helios is stable, easy to use and a great performance gas stove for two or more campers to share on a trip.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine June 2013