Disclaimer: I was contacted by an extremely pleasant representative of YKS, a manufacturer in China, asking if I would review one of their products. The item, the Dpower backpacking stove reviewed in this article, was listed on Amazon and had good reviews. I said, “Sure” and shortly received the free stove with the understanding that I would review it. Many links in this article are Amazon affiliate links. What follows is my honest review of the Dpower stove.
I was hoping I would be able to use this stove on a backpacking or camping trip, but the opportunity hadn’t come up yet. So I decided to perform a backyard test.
When I received the stove, I was pleasantly surprised by how small and light the box was. Since the price of the stove (currently on Amazon for $19.99 and available as a Prime purchase), I was expecting something bulkier and heavier.
I opened the box and encountered another surprise, a storage bag for the stove. When manufacturers are trying to cut costs where they can, it was nice to see that this stove came with a bag of more than sufficient size to place the stove.
Within seconds, I had the stove stretched out and the metal legs and pot stands unfolded. It was sturdy and felt well built.
I brought it to my backyard and set it on a retaining wall. I was going to boil some water for some coffee and see how it did. I was happy to see that it had a built-in ignition. That is always a nice thing to have when you’re setting up camp and your lighter is at the bottom of your backpack.
I attached my Jetboil gas cannister without a problem and ignited the stove. The stove came to life and the knob above the cannister turned it from high to low and everything in between.
I left it on low and placed over a liter of water in a pan on the stove. Within 9 minutes, the water was boiling. Yes, that’s a long time, but to be fair, I had left it on low on a fairly windy day, and it was over a liter of water, more than I typically boil at a time while camping. My Jetboil is faster, but I don’t think it even has a low setting. Even in decent gusts, the Dpower stove had no problem staying lit.
This is a pretty standard stove at a better than standard price. I normally use stoves that affix directly to gas canisters, but sometimes feel that it elevates them to the point of instability, especially in high winds. Using this stove with its hose will lower the center of gravity of the water-laden pot. This might be useful in certain situations.
- Storage Bag
- Well built
- Low center of gravity
There are no cons to this stove that I have found.
If you are looking for an affordable, no-frills stove, look no further. The Dpower stove is light, well built, and a great value. I look forward to using it on my next backpacking or camping trip and will update this post with what I find.