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Review: Jetboil MightyMo Stove

An impressively capable and super powerful camping stove that is unfathomably lightweight and compact at the same time.

Done with boil in the bag backcountry meals? Don’t want to add extra weight to your backpacking setup with a stove capable of cooking ‘proper’ food? Things are about to change for you! The featherweight Jetboil MightyMo Stove has arrived. Finally, a super lightweight and compact stove that doesn’t compromise on power or cooking capability. And it sure is mighty, and not just in the power department.

Read on to see why this big little stove may be a better choice than the Pocket Rocket 2 for backcountry chefs.

Jetboil MightyMo Stove: The stats

Weight:3.3oz / 95g (+ 0.9oz / 27g fuel stabiliser)
Stove size:3.03in x 2.1in / 7.7cm x 5.4cm
Included:Stove, fuel stabiliser and carry bag
Boil time:1 litre of water in 3 mins 15 secs

Design features of the Jetboil MightyMo Stove

Ignition

Jetboil ignition The piezo push button igniter is super reliable and easy to use. Mot having to get a firelighter out is a definite bonus and makes getting your food going super quick and efficient

Size

Stove in handThis is one tiny stove! When folded down it is a baffling 3.03in x 2.1in / 7.7cm x 5.4cm. And somehow this includes the ignition!

Simmer control

Stove fuel controllerThe wire handle folds in when the stove is not in use, and is easy to turn following the arrow on the dial. Four whole turns will put the burner on full power, offering a huge range of simmer control up to that point.

Fuel stabiliser

Fuel stabiliserThe MightyMo comes with a fold up plastic fuel stabiliser. This brings the total dimensions of the package up somewhat and adds a tiny 27g, should you choose to carry it. The stabiliser is compatible with small and regular sized gas canisters, and once the three legs are folded out an extra 4.5-5.5cm of stability is added to your stove setup on each of the three sides.

Carry bag

Carry bag for stoveBoth the stove and stabiliser comes in a super soft drawstring bag. It is bright orange which helps to locate it in your pack if you’ve just chucked it in there!


Jetboil MightyMo Stove review

Mighty by name, mighty by nature! Yep, this little guy sure knows how to pack a punch in terms of its cooking capabilities and power output. With 10,000BTU output (the same as many tabletop car camping stoves), the MightyMo can boil water in a very efficient 3 mins and 45 secs. I tested this in my 2 litre aluminum lidded pot on a calm 7ºC day. Not at all far off the 3mins 15secs that Jetboil claims. Impressive.

Its mightiness doesn’t stop there. This thing is built to provide excellent stability to your cooking setup. Not only from the fuel stabilisers, that do a really great job of widening the base of your gas canister, but also from the folding arms. The three arms pivot fairly stiffly on hinges so that once they are extended they’re super sturdy. As well as teeth at the end of the arms, that help grip the edges of small pots, each arm also has a small flat platform on the end that makes a big difference to the stability of larger pots and pans.

When it comes to cooking actual food (and not just boiling water for boil in the bag meals!), the MightyMo really comes into its own. The simmer control is like no other compact canister stove I have used. It has a really wide range of heat control through four full turns of the controller. And it disperses this highly controlled heat output nice and wide across the bottom of all but the largest frying pans.

The MightMo is also designed to maintain a consistent performance in temperatures as low as -6ºC/20°F/. I’ve yet to use the MightyMo in temperatures lower than 4ºC/39ºF, at which it performed as consistently as in warmer conditions. I will be sure to update this once I’ve used it below 0ºC.

Jetboil MightyMo Stove

What I love the most about the Jetboil MightyMo Stove

It may be mighty in terms of power, but it doesn’t go shouting about it! It is incredibly quiet (until you crank it right up to full power, and even then it’s fairly modest!). Compared with the Pocket Rocket 2 it is like a whisper.

I also really love how widespread the flame is. It really maximises on the already superb levels of simmer control spreading the heat evenly across medium width pans.

What I don’t love so much about the Jetboil MightyMo Stove

Interestingly, this is also what I love the most about it – how quiet it is when on low heat output! Because it is so incredibly quiet, there are times when I question whether it’s even on at all. In some conditions where the flame isn’t easily seen this can be a little worrisome. Not a big drama, but certainly something to be aware of all the same.


Verdict

The Jetboil MightyMo Stove is a superb option for hikers and backpackers who like to cook more than just super noodles. With unparalleled simmer control for a canister stove, wide heat dispersion, excellent stability, and a super reliable ignition button, it’s a wonder that it maintains such low weight and tiny dimensions. And although it’s not as lightweight or tiny as the almost equally impressive Pocket Rocket 2, it is just pipping it to the post in terms of its cooking capabilities and overall offerings as a great camping stove.

As mighty as it claims to be? Yes.

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Disclaimer: Cool of the Wild received this product free in return for an honest review. We only recommend gear that we love from companies we trust and we are under no obligation to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are that of the reviewer and we are in no way influenced by the brand or company.

About Joey

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Joey is based in Cornwall, UK, and runs Cool of the Wild. She can’t get enough of being outdoors – whether that’s lounging around the campfire cooking up a feast, hitting the trail in her running shoes, or attempting to conquer the waves on her surfboard – she lives for it. Camping is what she loves to do the most, but has also spent many many hours clinging to the side of a rock face, cycling about the place, cruising the ski-slopes on her snowboard and hiking small mountains and big hills.

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