Optimus Crux Lite Stove

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Optimus Crux Lite Stove -
Serious about shaving weight? Take the frame out of your pack, cut the tags off your jacket, and get yourself the 3.3oz Optimus Crux Lite Stove. This incredibly lightweight stove folds down to a super-compact size and comes with a stuff sack that fits in the hollow space under your butane canister. The Optimus Crux Lite Stove's 3000W output boils a liter of water in as little as three minutes, and a simmer knob lets you cook food instead of burning it.


  • Fuel LP-gas 75/30 butane/propane (not included).
  • Katadyn and Optimus product training and pro deals available at www.3Point5.com
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  • Average boil time for 1 L of water: as little as 3 minutes depending on climate, altitude, etc
  • At only 72 grams (2.5 oz), Optimus Crux Lite is one of the lightest stoves on the market
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  • 1 - Stuff sack
  • Innovative packaging under gas canister.
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  • Powerful and stable 3000W burner
  • Includes burner with valve, stuff bag and instructions.
Meet the Optimus Crux Lite backpacking stove, the heavy duty lightweight. It's a 2.7 oz. camp stove engineered to hide away under a gas canister. This seemingly impossible feat is accomplished with serrated pot supporters which are also designed to fold away for packing. It's hard to find a stove that's more compact and convenient than the Optimus Crux Lite. Why carry more than needed?


The Crux Lite Stove from Optimus is compact, lightweight, and has the ability to boil 1 liter of water in as little as 3 minutes, making it ideal for backcountry camping.

the same powerful burner as the Crux, but in a lighter casing without the folding mechanism. Weighing only 2.5 oz., it’s one of the lightest stoves on the market. Includes burner with valve and stuff bag. 10,200-BTU output boils 1 liter of water in three minutes. Uses butane/propane fuel (not included). Imported.
Dimensions: 3" x 2.2" x 2.2". Imported.
Weight: 2.5 oz.

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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.
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1 Liter Boil Time:3 min
Average burn time:up to 60 minutes at maximum output (220 g gas canister).
Boil time:34 fl. oz. (1 L of water) Down to 3 minutes depending on climate, altitudes etc.
Burn time:Up to 60 minutes at high maximum output using a 220 g/ 8 oz canister.
Dimensions:3 x 2.2 x 2.2 in / 7.6 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Field Maintainable:Yes
Fuel Connector:Universal Lindal Valve
Fuel Type:Butane/Propane gas canister only (not included)
Material:Aluminum, Stainless Steel, and Brass
Output:10,200 BTU
Rating:Powerful 3000 W/ 10200 BTU.
Size:2.8 in. x 2.2 in. x 2.2 in. (when folded).
Stove Type:Canister Stoves
Upc, Ean, Isbn:879853000419
Weight:2.7 oz. (77 g.).
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Optimus Crux Lite Stove Reviews:


Great Stoves!

I have both the larger Crux cook system and the Lite system as well. They are very nice stoves, well constructed. The powerful jets will boil water very fast even with a stiff breeze and cold temps. The Large crux cooking system's pot has a bottom wind screen that aids in keeping the flames centered and boiling fast! The folding crux also stores nicely with the included neoprene sack that attaches to the fuel canister. You can store a Large canister in with the stove and still have room for your lighter, matches or flint steels. The top pan works great as a lid to keep things out of your pot while cooking, and also works excellent as a pan for frying up some
smaller items. The fuel canisters last a LONG time, very little fuel is used while cooking, they are very efficient. One note, keep the handles turned into the wind to keep the flames from blowing up and heating them up. The Silicone on them does keep them cool otherwise. I have recomended these to many friends and family, all of them have been very happy with their stoves.
theunruly at Cabelas on 11/02/2011

Blown away by this stove. Boiling water, making oatmeal, or whipping up a desert, this stove can handle everything. From boiling to simmering, it's spot on.
My goal this summer was to go ultralight and this stove was an obvious choice for hitting that objective. It packs away in my cookset. It's absurdly light, but it's bomber. And it's a powerful son of a gun! Fires up every time. Haven't had it in sub zero temperatures, but it was completely fine in high 30s low 40s.
Sure, the jetboil can whip up water about 30 seconds faster than the Crux Lite, but the crux gives you much more variety and manageability when you're cooking. Highly recommend it.

Kalen Thorien at Backcountry.com on 05/06/2013

I think this stove is rad. It is light and easy. The fact that it fits in the optimus pots along with a fuel canister is a huge bonus. Another big bro with this specific burner is that it has a nice spread on the flame.
My single complaint with this pot is the fact that it is lacking an ignition meaning you have to carry matches or a lighter to use it. I realize this is something you probably bring already, but it is a huge bonus when you can light it up with the push of a built in button. The ignition would have led me to give this product five stars

Kevin Brown at Backcountry.com on 07/15/2010

I can't really add anything to what's already been said here about the technical details of the stove- boiling times... weight, etc... It obviously compares well to other, similar stoves, and those reviews offer great reasons to consider buying a Crux Lite. But I do have something unique to offer that a potential buyer may want to consider in addition to the other qualities mentioned...
Last week, I stepped on mine.
I weight well over 200 lbs...
Fortunately, I can report that both stove and owner are doing well, and I am now a fan for life of this stove. It is as strong as they come.

Bruce Garris at Backcountry.com on 01/11/2012

I like this stove a lot, it's a bargain for what it is. Very light and very simple means it's reliable, and um, light. I have used it quite a bit and my only complaint is the valve to control the burner is very sensitive. It's tricky to simmer. If you are looking for a very simple, small and light stove though- this is a great buy. I am very satisfied.
Note: As other reviewers have pointed out- this does NOT fold like the crux. The pot supports fold in as does the burner control, that's it!

Brian Donner at Backcountry.com on 02/25/2011

This little guy packs a lot of heat! It's small, not made for putting big pots on there but I've done it (very carefully)! It's great because it's small, light, very strong, and super super portable. I put it inside a backpacking mug and toss it in my bag. If you are car camping I'd recommend something bigger, although I always bring it just for coffee while breakfast is cookin!

Mike Cushing at Backcountry.com on 04/01/2012

Great stove

This is a great stove and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a compact camping stove. I cooked two meals per day for two people for a total of four days and I'm still I'm still on the first gas tank! I used it to boil water mostly but did make soup one day. However, it's super fast for boiling water. Bottom line it's a great stove.
quinnjalan at Cabelas on 06/18/2013

Without question, this is my favorite canister stove. It's light, disperses heat well, extremely compact, has excellent simmering capabilities, and very reasonably priced. I've also owned the MSR Pocket Rocket and in my opinion, there is no comparison. The Crux Lite would have to be the more functional and compact of the two. I expect it will be my go to backpacking stove for years to come.

J.W. at Backcountry.com on 05/19/2011

Small , compact and easy to use . Big burner head disperses heat evenly . Simmers really well .
The only thing I kind of dislike is the stove will blow out easy...not really an issue to me.
I also have the MSR Pocket Rocket but will keep it just in case , I like them both.

SSGT.CHRIS DUKE at Backcountry.com on 05/05/2011

Had to send back b/c it does not fold and therefore does not fit under the gas cylinder in my pot.
If you don't need a stove that folds flat then I'll bet you will be very happy with this stove as the folding one is excellent.
Mt. Shasta

jb9p586592 at Backcountry.com on 08/25/2013