The Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 was purchased by us in August 2009, but this review would not have been complete without testing this miracle of modern tourist equipment in low temperature conditions. So we waited for the winter and conducted a comparative test of the Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 pot with the usual tourist stainless steel pot from Tramp, the results of which will be discussed below.
Primus winter testing of the EtaPower Pot 1.2 pot, a brief overview of the pot.
First, let’s dwell on the technical and operational characteristics of the Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 boiler. Data declared by the manufacturer.
Dimensions: diameter 170 mm, height 125 mm
Volume: 1.2 liters
The kit includes the actual pot with a folding handle, a lid, a radiator protection in the form of a plastic bowl, a plastic bowl inserted into the pot to protect the cover in case of storage of items inside (only the first models) and a cover made of synthetic material. Knowing that many manufacturers of equipment tend to play down the weight of their products, we performed an additional weighing. Results:
Weight of pot without cover 211 g.
Weight of pot with lid 270 g.
Full Set Weight 326 g.
The Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 is made of anodized aluminum (aluminum with a special coating obtained by the electrolytic method), which has not only high thermal conductivity and light weight, but also increased resistance to environmental influences, including mechanical damage. A multilayer non-stick coating is applied to the inner surface of the pot. As shown by six months of operation, the coating is quite strong and really non-stick, but if you cook something serious (for example, stew meat or vegetables), the food dries a little to the bottom of the pot. Folding handle, stainless steel, comfortable, well fixed.
One of the main features of the Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 boiler is the presence of a radiator-heat exchanger (patented Primus EtaPower system), due to which, according to Primus, boiling water in the boiler is accelerated by 50% compared to conventional stainless steel pots. The lid is made of durable food-grade plastic and has openings for steam outlet and / or water discharge. Small protrusions around the circumference of the lid enter the corresponding grooves on the bowler by turning counterclockwise, preventing it from accidentally opening.
In general, everything is done in the style of Primus neatly and soundly. As for the time of boiling water and cooking, we are also not deceived, it is very noticeably reduced. But how much more efficient is the EtaPower cookware than ordinary tourist cookware, we decided to find out with the help of a winter test. The test was conducted in the field, at an ambient temperature of about minus 7 degrees. We used a 2400 W MSR gas burner, wind protection, Kovea liquefied gas (three-component).
The task is to boil 1 liter of water from the snow. Initially, a little water was poured into the pot (about 100 ml), snow was gradually added. First, we checked how much time it takes to complete this task when using a conventional Tramp stainless steel pot.
The first boil for kindling snow 3.40 min.
1 liter of water from the snow boiled 13.55 min.
Then similar actions were taken with the Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2.
First boil 1.45 min.
1 liter of water from the snow boiled 7.45 min.
The Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 kettle fully met the expectations placed on it; the boiling time of 1 liter of water turned out to be almost half as much! Thanks to the radiator-heat exchanger, the boiler evenly and quickly heats up, the flame is directed strictly to the bottom of the boiler, does not go beyond the radiator and the burner energy is not wasted. General conclusions, which can be done according to the test result and operational experience of the Primus EtaPower Pot 1.2 pot for a fairly long time.
The use of aluminum cookware (including anodized) in camping conditions (especially in winter) is preferable in terms of cooking speed than the use of stainless steel cookware.
Primus’s EtaPower system is very effective, significantly reducing water boiling / cooking times and fuel consumption.
Additional advantages of the pot are light weight, increased strength (compared with a conventional aluminum pot) and the presence of non-stick coating.
The holes in the lid are very convenient if you cook pasta or potatoes to remove excess water.
Cookware made of anodized aluminum can be used in cooking only on the burner, but not on the fire.
Non-stick coating requiring sharp care sharp metal objects can damage it.
The presence of a radiator narrows the list of burners with which you can use such a pot. Compatible with almost all Primus burners, it is not very stable on some burners of other manufacturers, and may even fall.
Under the influence of high temperature and steam, the plastic cover slightly deformed; it began to slightly stick when opening / closing.