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Optimus Crux Lite Canister Stove


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Item # OPTJ8201
Designed for ultra-lightweight backpacking, the Optimus Crux Lite stove is an excellent balance of weight and efficiency! Weighing a mere 2.5 ounces, this canister stove folds neatly away for easy and efficient storage.
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Designed for ultra-lightweight backpacking, the Optimus Crux Lite stove is an excellent balance of weight and efficiency! Weighing a mere 2.5 ounces, this canister stove has a foldable burner head that provides a solid resting place for pots and pans, but folds neatly away for easy and efficient storage.

Made of durable, stainless materials, the Crux Lite's 2 inch-diameter burner effectively distributes heat, providing an even cooking surface for backcountry meals. Depending on altitude and temperature conditions, this tiny powerhouse can boil a quart of water in as little as 3 minutes! An integrated foldable burner control allows you to adjust the height of the Crux Lite's flame without any fear of burning your hand.

Three ergonomic, serrated pot supports lend stability and accommodate most backpacking pots, pans and skillets. Folded out of the way, the pot supports tuck under the head of the burner, reducing the Crux Lite, including its burner valve, to only 3" x 2.2" x 2.2".

The Crux Lite requires the use of a canister of Optimus Gas (sold separately). A blend of 70% butane and 30% propane, Optimus Gas provides consistent, reliable 3-season backcountry performance. No priming or pumping is needed when using Optimus Gas canisters. An 8-ounce canister of Optimus Gas will provide up to 90 minutes of burn time at the highest maximum output.

Each Optimus Crux Lite includes a stuff bag and instructions.

California residents: view proposition 65 WARNING

  • Uses Optimus Gas, a 70% butane, 30% propane blend.
  • Folded dimensions of 3" x 2.2" x 2.2".
  • Burn time of up to 90 minutes at maximum output (8 oz canister)
  • Boil time of as little as 3 minutes depending on climate, altitude and conditions.
  • Includes burner with valve, stuff bag and instructions.



Best Use Backpacking
Burn Time 90 minutes on Optimus Gas (8 oz fuel canister)
Average Boil Time down to 3 minutes depending on conditions
Warranty Limited Lifetime
Type Canister
Stability Fair
Packed Size 3" x 2.2" x 2.2"
Other Stuff Bag Included
Item Weight 2.5 oz
Fuel Optimus Gas (butane/propane) canister


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 8 real customer reviews)

8 Items

Reviewed by Miguel R. - February 11, 2017

Likes: I needed to replace my cheap Chinese (package arrived with Mandarin written all over it)... best $8 stove on market... I have the Optimus pots so I wanted the crux.... the lite was on clearance so I pulled the trigger... I like that the heating area is wide and the prongs extend.

Dislikes: Wish it compacted more

Reviewed by Zack C. - December 14, 2014

Likes: The crux lite is super-tiny, strong, and well-made. The arms that hold your cookware are small, but very grippy. The flame is very adjustable and easy to get a gentle simmer or a roaring boil. I love this stove and highly recommend it.

Dislikes: One of the arms loosened a bit over time, but was a quick fix.

Reviewed by Inside Edge Member - June 1, 2014

Likes: This is my first time owning this type of canister stove and I am satisfied with this stove thus far. I scorched my first meal a little but this was my fault and not the stoves. I was still learning the stove and had it too hot without stirring enough. It boils water impressively as well. I will be using this stove and a small canister setup from now on and retire the old alcohol stove. I can't do the distances I used to since I'm getting older so I'm more concerned with comfort and convenience rather than lightweight bare bones hiking. For a lightweight backpacking stove or a base camp all purpose stove it will be hard to beat for the quality and price.

Dislikes: You have to pay attention to your pot/skillet due to the small fold out legs of the burner. Stability can be an issue(common sense)depending on your pot/skillet design and if your not on level ground, although this is an issue with all small stoves, I'm sure. I've heard of durability concerns if this stove gets wet because of rust on the smaller parts. Too early to tell but I imagine I won't personally be putting this stove through any torture tests and plan to keep it dry hopefully.

Reviewed by Inside Edge Member - November 5, 2013

Likes: This is easily the best backpacking stove I have ever used. It was extremely lightweight, compact, and put out a ton of heat quickly. I've gone on two trips for 9 days each, and it performed better than expected

Dislikes: The holding prongs were a bit small, but still held the pot I used pretty sturdily.

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - July 23, 2011

Likes: Awesome backpacking stove its lightweight, easy to use and produces high heat fast so when you need to boil that water! Well worth what you pay for!

Dislikes: no integrated spark

Reviewed by Stevie G. - May 20, 2011

Likes: Small, compact, easy to use. This item works GREAT!

Dislikes: Loved everything about it!

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - April 3, 2011

Likes: Stove works well and has a good boil time - most importantly, it is not nearly as loud as the pocket rocket (something you may not care about but your fellow campers are sure to appreciate).

Dislikes: Nothing so far.

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - March 18, 2011

Likes: This thing is tiny but burns hotter and louder than my jet boil or any other stove I've owned. Fits nicely inside my titanium cup for easy nesting storage. Perfect for combining with a small fuel canister to shave weight.

Dislikes: none.

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