James Jendenwrote a review of Primus ETA Lite Plus Stove on January 8, 2018
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had an ETA Lite for several years now, and have used it for several dozen backcountry meals. It's a great piece of gear, and yet, one that makes me sad, because it's *almost* perfect, but not quite.
Pros: Simplicity, Incredible efficiency, consistent speed, brilliant hanging system, canister support included.
Cons: No nonstick coating, lid is crap.
My first impression of the ETA Lite is that Primus had their engineers sit down and try to fix every complaint people have about Jetboil system stoves. They almost did it. The Lite simmers brilliantly, it's more efficient (3-4g of fuel to boil 500 mL of water in lab conditions), much better attachment between pot and stove, better hanging system, better in the wind, the lid is better (but still bad) and it's more flexible for use with other pots.
That said, the Lite is slower than any Jetboil system stove (~1700W vs 3000W), which is the price paid for efficiency. That means it boils 500mL in three minutes instead of two. That seems to matter to a lot of people. Neither system stove has nonstick on the inside of their pot, so while the Lite simmers better than any non-MiniMo Jetboil, it's still not great for actual cooking. The lid is also not great. Primus tried to get cute and make a lid that doubles as a mug. It was a bad idea. The lid goes too far down into the pot, so it often gets food on it if you're simmering something. The lid also gets really hot, since it's just plastic with a small silicone ring. That can suck if you're pulling it off without gloves. You probably won't burn yourself, but it's uncomfortable.
Back to the positives! The triangle-lock that Primus uses is super bomber. If youÃ¢ÂÂre looking for a winter-use stove that you need to hang in a tent, I trust this way more than other other stove hanging system. ThereÃ¢ÂÂs no way for the stove to accidentally disconnect, even if itÃ¢ÂÂs completely full. The hanging system is genius, and you can shorten or lengthen it yourself with ease. The stove comes with a canister stand, which saves you money (and dramatically diminishes the potential for a spilled meal, which is worth a lot after a long hike or climb).
Are you a rebel? Hate being mainstream? Would you like a brilliantly simple system stove that looks cute and performs well in almost all conditions? Try an Eta Lite! ItÃ¢ÂÂs not perfect, but you will probably be pretty happy with it.