Gear Review: Jetboil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System
The JetBoil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System is an award winning upright canister cooking system designed for heating and boiling water at super fast speeds. It’s a lightweight, 4-season stove that is a good option for fast and light backcountry (or front country) missions for a couple of people where hot water is necessary.
The JetBoil Sol TI is fast, ultralight, idiot proof, and efficient. It works well in the mountains, at moderates altitude, and at campgrounds. The JetBoil’s patented FluxRing sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but it works. And it works well.
Designed in New Hampshire, the JetBoil Sol Ti’s real claim to fame is that it brings 1/2 a liter of water to a boil in 2 minutes 15 seconds. And it does. The JetBoil Sol TI really is fast. After you hit the easy start piezo igniter to start the JetBoil’s burner it seems like water is instantly ready. You just have enough time to prep your oatmeal or grab some water before it’s go time.
The JetBoil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System comes in several pieces and must be assembled before use. Starting at the ground up… An orange tripod fuel canister stabilizer connects to a propane/isobutane fuel canister. The stabilizer is a nice safety addition when you’re heating water on uneven surfaces. The fuel canister is screwed into the shroud/burner/igniter. Next the Sol Titanium cup securely twists into the burner. A silver, thin, neoprene cozy with a handle surrounds the cup so you can safely manage it while it is hot. Finally a lid covers the cup to ensure quick boil times. The drink-through, BPA-free, lid comes with a pour spout and strainer.
There are two additional pieces that come with the JetBoil Sol TI Premium Cooking System – a pot support top for cooking with a non-FluxRing cup, pot, or fry pan and a plastic measuring cup/bowl that protects the fins of the FluxRing during transport.
One thing that stumped me the first few times I used the JetBoil is how to effectively package the JetBoil and parts for transport. In case you forget, there is a tiny diagram on the side of the JetBoil. Here’s how I pack mine – measuring cup on bottom of titanium cup, tripod fuel stabilizer upside down at bottom of cup, burner/igniter upside down on top of stabilizer, 100 g fuel canister, pot support top upside down, and finally the lid. When packed correctly the lid seals nicely and the stove transport without a problem. When done incorrectly, the lid pops off and the contents can fall out.
According to the JetBoil website, the Sol TI Premium Cooking System only weighs 8.6 ounces, but this doesn’t include the fuel, pot support, fuel stabilizer, or measuring cup. It supposedly weighs 8.5 ounces less than other models, like the Flash. Based on my digital scale, the whole package (Lid, 0.8 Liter Titanium Flux Ring Cup, Measuring Bowl, 100g Fuel, Igniter/Burner, Pot Support Top, and Fuel Canister Stabilizer) weigh 1 pound 3.3 ounces. That still is practically nothing. Plus it’s only about the size of a Nalgene bottle. If you really wanted to cut weight, you could ditch the pot support top, the measuring cup, and the fuel canister stabilizer, but you might regret it.
JetBoil (and many other camping stoves) use a propane/isobutane gas mix. I prefer to use the JetBoil Jetpower four-season blend for no reason other than marketing. According to JetBoil, “Propane provides higher vapor pressure for better performance in cold weather. Isobutane provides more constant pressure as the fuel level gets low.”
The JetPower Fuel 100 G are ideal to use with the JetBoil Sol TI because it fits inside the titanium cup. JetBoil claims that one 100 G canister will burn for 60 minutes or will boil 12 liters of water. If you’re car camping or don’t care about weight, grab JetPower Fuel in 230 g or 450 g containers. The downside to the canisters is that you can’t tell how much fuel is left. It’s always wise to throw an extra 100 G canister in your pack (a full canister weighs 7 ounces) if you’re in doubt of your fuel level. The fuel canisters are recyclable. You can purchase the JetBoil ChrunchIt Tool, or just tap the thing with a hammer and nail.
JetBoil’s primary business is cooking systems, but with that comes all sorts of accessories that are worth checking out – larger cups, tent hanging kits, pots, coffee presses, fry pans, fuel canisters, maintenance kits, chrunchit tools, utensil kits, and replacement parts. I’m intrigued by the coffee press ($14.95) and the hanging kit ($29.95).
According to the quick start guide, the JetBoil Sol TI is not to be used to melt snow or cook food inside the cup. It is only designed for heating and boiling water. The reason for this is that it can cause the titanium cup to overheat and damage the flux rings. You can see what damaged FluxRing fins look like in this Adventures In Stoving blog post.
I have used it in the Cascades, Montana, Oregon, and other destinations primarily to melt snow and have had no issues. Neither have any of my friends who do the same thing. I try to add a bit of water to the cup with the snow first, which I believe helps this process. As for cooking soups, foods, or drinks in the stove, why have a sippy cup if it’s only meant for boiling water?
There are lots of different JetBoil models of all sizes and weights. They all effectively boil water. I chose the JetBoil Sol TI Premium Cooking System due to its ultralight weight, size, and speed. It’s ideal for hot drinks, cooking dehydrated meals, and even melting snow (although you’re not supposed to). There are easy markings inside the Titanium cup to ensure you don’t overfill it past the maximum 500ml mark.
The Sol Ti model claims to be a 4-season model that relies on Jetboil Regulator technology, which provides consistent heat down to 20° F (-6° C). The JetBoil’s efficiency drastically drops below 20° F, which makes me wonder how it can really be a true 4-season stove – but so far so good.
Overall, the JetBoil Sol TI Premium Cooking Kit is a great option for most trips. As long as the temps are above 20° F (-6° C), I am going on a quick mission, with a group of 3 or less, and plan to eat dehydrated meals and make hot drinks, the JetBoil Sol Ti will always accompany me.
It’s ultralight weight, efficient boil times, and compact size make it easy to carry in any pack to any mountain range. I would NOT take the JetBoil on a multi-day expedition, the MSR Whisperlite International is a better option for that type of trip.
If you’re looking for a quick way to boil water in a compact package for alpine starts and overnight missions with small groups, the JetBoil Sol TI is the way to go. It’s a lean, mean boiling machine. I recommend it.
Learn more about the JetBoil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System from the videos on the Jetboil website.
JetBoil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System SPECS
Weights According To My Scale
- JetBoil – 1 lb, 3.3 ounces (8.6 ounces but does not include fuel stabilizer)
- Full Fuel 100g Canister – 7.05 ounces
- Empty Fuel 100g Canister – 3.55 ounces
- Fuel Canister Stabilizer – 0.90 ounces
- Titanium FluxRing Cup – 4.55 ounces
- Bowl/Measuring Cup – 1.10 ounces
- Pot Support Top – 1.25 ounces
- Lid – 0.70 ounces
- Burner/Igniter – 3.55 ounce
JetBoil Sol TI Premium Cooking System Official Specs
- Color: Grey
- Height: 8.5
- Weight: 8.6 oz (245g) * System weight does not include fuel stabilizer
- Volume: 27 oz (0.8 Liter)
- Boil Time: 16 oz (0.5 Liter) = 2 minutes, 15 seconds (avg over life of Jetpower canister)
- Water Boiled: 12 Liters per 100g Jetpower canister
- Dimensions: 4.1″ x 6.5″ (104 mm x 165 mm)
The JetBoil Sol Ti Premium Cooking System retails for $149.95. It can be purchased from:
Here are some additional images of the JetBoil Sol Ti: