Optimus Vega

Discussion in 'Other Models' started by Reflector, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. Reflector

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    This one is "new for me" (new stove day again!) since it appears to be a return that was fired briefly before it was returned which allowed me to get it at significant discount. There was another topic (from a search) on it but the photos were all removed.

    It has a lot of control for the gas valve. It isn't like the relatively insensitive single valve designs where around a quarter or half twist from the closed position it goes to 100%. From what I can tell there is around 450 degrees of rotation to it. The first 1/8 or so of rotation from the closed position is needed to initially open up the valve enough to even light it off. There is plenty of control when using it as a gas feed to the point that it can be brought down to a stupid low simmer where the flame "dances" on the burner head and pufts at a high frequency. On canister inversion the stove surges a bit so turning it down to a simmer is a good idea.

    The fuel line is stiffer than on my Primus Omnilite Ti and definitely in comparison to the Sotos Stormbreaker and Muka that I have. I would put it as being less stiff than a MSR Whisperlite Universal but a bit stiff than the Simmerlite. The fuel line does not spin at the stove end, only on the valve end which makes it kind of a pain to manage.

    Caveat: My flame shots are done with pure butane, which has a lot less pressure at room temperature. The Vega likely has much more output with isobutane mixes due to the increased pressure.

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    Flame shows which are more numerous due to the surprisingly fine fine valve control:
    Super simmer (flame dances on burner)
    Low
    Medium-ish
    Medium-ish high
    High
    Maximum output on straight butane (no isobutane/propane mix)
    Maximum output on liquid feed of butane

    And it indeed does light up the (relatively dark/near moonlight levels of illumination) surroundings with the glowing pot supports a little, it just is more apparent on camera at max liquid output.

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