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In my opinion, the Volcano is the best vape money can buy. It’s the Bentley of vaporizers. There are plenty of imitators, and plenty that try to compete, but few come close in terms of quality, performance, ease of use and cleanliness.
This is one of those things that at first you don’t understand how they can be so expensive, but then once you own it you don’t know how you lived without it.
I consider the vapor quality from this unit to be top-notch. It’s potent, tasty and comfortable. The density of the vapor it produces can easily be controlled by how finely you grind your material and how much you pack in the chamber. Generally, the finer the grind the thicker the vapor, and the more you pack the more balloons you can fill.
I have been using mine regularly for over 4 years now (bought it early-2009) and it still performs and looks like new. You rarely have to clean any parts of this vape, it’s the cleanest one I own, all you do is lightly brush out the herb chamber after each session. Most other vaporizers get residue buildup in various areas and need to be cleaned regularly to operate properly and to not look ugly. The Plenty happens to be the next cleanest model I’ve reviewed and it’s made by the same company.
The Volcano is available in two styles: Classic and Digit (digital). I have the Classic model, and I feel it is all you really need. There are two main differences between the two types: 1) The Digit has a digital temperature gauge on the front, while the Classic has a dial, and 2) the temperature fluctuation is slightly lower with the Digit, meaning the unit will stay slightly closer to the ideal vapor temp (we’re only talking a few degrees though).
You also have the choice of an Easy Valve or Solid Valve kit. I have the Easy Valve kit and that is what I recommend for most users – it’s the simpler, easier way to use this vape. With this kit the balloons come pre-assembled and the herb chamber is just two pieces. Each balloon should last you about 4 months, so the five that it first comes with should last you well over a year, after which replacement bags can then be purchased separately. The Solid Valve chamber is more parts and slightly more complicated, but the advantage of this kit is being able to make your balloons any size you want, and slightly lower costs in the future for more bag material. I think both kits work great but in my personal opinion the Easy Valve balloons are already the perfect size and are much more convenient to use.
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When it comes to the Vapor Genie I literally had one of those classic “too good to be true” moments. Here I am sitting in my buddy’s basement when he pulls out this little wooden pipe, or at least it appeared to be a pipe. After spending 5 minutes or so grinding up the herb he places it inside the bowl like you would any regular old pipe. But this is where it gets interesting. Instead of lighting it like a regular pipe, he places a small little chamber over the top and proceeds to light it. After a few puffs of some quality herb I must say that I’m thoroughly impressed. The vapor comes out light, smooth and with no trace of burned herb.
How does the Vapor Genie work?
As you can probably tell by the introduction above, the Vapor Genie works with a regular lighter instead of an electronic heating system. When you place your flame above the heating chamber only the heat itself actually reaches your herb. The chamber also mixes the heat with a bit of cold air in order to vaporize your medicine at a temperature that can range anywhere from 225-375 degrees. What I like about this vaporizer is its simplicity, this is basically it. Just pour your herb in the bowl and light the chamber as you would any other regular pipe. Because of this the Vapor Genie is perfect for those of you who may be new to using vaporizers and would prefer to start off with something a little more familiar.
While using the Vapor Genie it is also recommended by the makers that instead of using any regular old flint lighter, you get yourself an electronic one instead. This is because the flint lighters actually give off toxic substances that can be inhaled along with the vapor of your medicine.
- Discreet. This is one of those vaporizers that you can take anywhere. It’s not big and clunky like a lot of other products and will fit perfectly in the palm of your hand or even your pocket. Even better is that it resembles a normal tobacco pipe.
- Quality material. Made out of solid wood and metal and won’t break unless you whip out a hammer and intentionally “go to work”. Perfect for the clumsy smokers such as myself.:)
- No batteries or plugs to deal with. All you need is a basic lighter and you’re good to go! This makes it perfect for camping trips or even the occasional bathroom “break”.
- Comes with an unlimited lifetime guarantee, need I say more?
- No temperature controls. While using the Vapor Genie your vapor temperature all depends on the flame source you’re using and cannot be set by the user.
- Very small bowl. I felt like this was best for only a small group of people. Anywhere between 1-5 will be the sweet spot.
My final take on the Vapor Genie is that it is the perfect vaporizer to round off a good vaporizer collection. This thing is simple, effective, and not to mention VERY inexpensive. And don’t be fooled by the low price tag either, this vaporizer is built from quality materials and feels very solid.
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The Pax and the Firefly are both fantastic vaporizers, but they suffer from the same shortfall: neither can handle anything other than loose-leaf material. Try to vape a concentrate or essential oil and you’ll be spending the rest of your evening de-gooifying your equipment. Not so with Da Vinci’s latest portable offering.
What Is It?
A discrete portable vaporizer equally capable of handling concentrates and loose leaf plant matter alike.
Why Does It Matter?
Most vapes can only handle one or the other—either they’re concentrate pens or loose-leaf vaporizers like the PAX or the Firefly. Even the most basic $5 bodega glassware is capable of burning both loose leaf and concentrate; why shouldn’t your vaporizer?
It’s about the size of a Star Trek communicator, roughly two iPhones stacked atop one another. The front face features an OLED display that shows the unit’s current temperature (which ranges from 38 to 430 degrees F) as well as the unit’s menu button and temperature controls. The Ascent is available with a carbon fiber accent (as the review unit has) as well as burl wood and straight black.
A retractable glass mouthpiece pulls out from the top of the unit, next to the power button and integrated stainless steel poker. The vapor pathway is all glass, which better preserves the vapor’s flavor and doesn’t impart the horrid plasticky taste that the lastDa Vinci we tested did. The lower third of the unit swings 180 degrees open to reveal the heating chamber. To handle both types of material, the Ascent relies on a glass insert (two are included) to hold concentrates, waxes, and oils while loose leaf can simply be ground and stuffed into the heating chamber itself.
Flip out the heating chamber and either insert your loose-leaf directly or fill an insert halfway with concentrate, cover with the reusable rubber lid and drop that into the chamber. Shut the heating chamber, turn on the Ascent, and wait for it to heat to your desired temperature. The unit heats up in about half a minute and dutifully maintains a 5-10 degree range around the target temperature as you draw. The Ascent demands a deliberately slow and steady draw to get the most out of each bowl. Though it doesn’t produce the same volume of milky vapor as the Pax and Firefly, the Ascent definitely delivers the same user experience.
This unit takes about five hours to fully charge from a dead stop, nearly double what the Firefly requires and more than an hour than what the Pax does, but can endure three or four full sessions before dying again.
The Ascent’s versatility is a huge plus, especially for herb connoisseurs and legitimate medical marijuana patients in need of a more intense high without resorting to dabbing or baking. Plus, the user-set temperature feature allows a far greater degree of control over the vaping experience than what the Pax and Firefly can deliver.
Holy schamoley, everything gets sticky. The rubber vial covers are supposed to keep hot concentrates from being drawn up the vapor pathway. They don’t. A single session with bubble hash was enough to not only jam the vial in the heating chamber but also jam the entire swing-out loading mechanism and leave the back of my teeth slick with resin. Luckily, a quick heating (up to about 120 degrees) was enough to loosen the hash’s grip and the included secondary mouthpiece can cut down on the amount of hash you eat instead of vape, but you’ll want to keep a bottle of rubbing alcohol and some Q-tips at the ready after each session. Loose leaf vaping, on the other hand, should only require occasional cleanings.
Should You Buy It?
If you regularly vape both loose leaf and concentrates in equal portions while on the go and want to save some bag space with a single device that does everything, yeah, this is a great choice.
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Starbuzz is a big name in the hookah scene, they first came into the market back in 2005 and quickly became known for their unique flavors and tobacco that produces more smoke the competitors.
Now they’ve taken there brand a step further, porting their plethora of popular flavors to into liquid form and incorporating vaporizer technology allowing consumers to experience hookah in a portable, less harmful and more convenient form.
The products have been incredibly successful and continue to grow in popularity since their release.
The line up includes the E-Hose electronic handheld hookah.
The design of this product is elegant and noteworthy. It incorporates a bit of the traditional look and feel of a hookah hose combined with a modern sleek design.
Although the e-hose looks and feels great, it truly shines when you put it to work.
Once you begin to inhale you notice the likeness it has to smoking from a traditional hookah pipe. Your mouth doesn’t get hit with a rush of flavor instantly. Instead, it is a gradual, very natural feeling progression. Much like the real thing, you can inhale deeper when you would like and in turn you will get an increased flavor and a larger release.
The vapor release is quite large for those who love to blow smoke rings and the scent of the flavor is enjoyable.
The unit houses a rechargeable battery and 2 flavor cartridges. The flavor cartridges can be mixed and matched to create interesting new flavors. Each flavor cartridge lasts up to 1500 puffs and the battery can last several days depending on use. During my testing I was able to use it for 3 consecutive days before needing a charge.
The E Hose features a built-in LED that illuminates when you inhale, the LED blinks red when it is time to charge.
Overall, the Starbuzz E Hose handheld hookah is a revolutionary product, its the first of its kind to incorporate new vaporizer technology with a true hookah experience. The e hose feels a lot like the real thing but allows for more flexibility in terms of time consumption, convenience, and portability.
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As I grow older, I find myself in search of products from time to time, that will help to improve my overall health, and the Vapir Rise vaporizer was a blessing to review for that reason. A hepa filter to purify air intake, for starters, and a stainless steel construction add to the “sterile” feel of this machine. There’s something to be said about quality in a product and what that represents. In my eyes, it represents not only a manufacturer’s desire to sell product, but their desire to please the consumer and pride in their work as well. The Vapir Rise screams quality.
Combustion and inhalation of any substance will indeed coat the lungs and esophagus with tar, making any physical activity more laborious, and, vaporization of your favorite herb is absolutely one solution for a healthier, cleaner airway. Imagine also the relief a patient might feel knowing that it’s still possible to use inhalation as their preferred method of consumption, even though they’ve been told by their doctor to stop smoking. The trick is to find a product that not only looks like it’ll meet your needs, but actually lives up to its claims and meets your expectations. This unit has exceeded my expectations.
Aside from the characteristics the Vapir Rise shares with other vaporizers, (a healthier alternative to smoking), there are many qualities built into this unit that you won’t find in other vaporizers. The user interface is without a doubt as self-explanatory as they come, while featuring quite a number of fan speed/temperature combinations to customize your vaporization experience. The ability to vaporize using either the whip method or balloon method using one unit sets the Vapir Rise apart from many machines in its class. An adapter for multiuser vaporization (up to four whips) takes you yet another level up from other vaporizers. Throw in an oil chamber for aroma therapy, a hot chamber grabber, replacement mouthpiece and high quality replacement screens, three balloons and balloon clamp and well….Let’s just say that for the price tag, you get a heck of a lot of product. Even the balloon adapter comes with a high quality ball valve for hassle free vapor storage.
Getting started is a cinch, once you figure out what goes where with all the parts. Initial heating time can be achieved in 30 seconds (I’ve actually achieved a full vapor draw in under 30 seconds from power on to power off with this unit). Some people may prefer the whip to the balloons, and vice versa, so once your Vapir Rise unit is assembled in the configuration you prefer vaporization becomes quick and easy. As a side note, while writing this I decided to fill a balloon between sentences. After the first draw, I got…distracted. I came back to writing this review for around a half hour, and realized there was still a nearly full balloon in the bedroom. When I returned, there was still an inflated balloon which provided me with another nice draw.
With a plethora of vaporization devices on the market, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype, fall for marketing gimmicks or flat out get confused while looking for a product that suits YOU. I’m pleased to have found a unit that allows me the freedom to decide which way I’ll vaporize today, utilizing only one unit. Furthermore, I’m glad I’ve found a product that is built with obvious quality, without a ridiculous price tag.
What I like about the Vapir Rise:
Everything aforementioned, plus a one year manufacturer warranty.
What I don’t like about the Vapir Rise:
Upon first look, the number of unfamiliar parts can seem a bit overwhelming. Nothing a little time spent learning won’t cure, but it would be nice if the folks at Vapir inc. were able to somehow incorporate most or all of the functions into a less time consuming configuration. In other words, I’d like to spend less time unpacking and assembling parts than enjoying my product the first day, and less time in general switching from whip to balloon etc. These things are trivial, however, I simply have a duty to disclose if there are shortcomings of any sort.
Would I recommend this product to family and friends?
You bet your balloons I would. I’ve told more people about this vaporizer than I’ve told people about a lot of things. The Vapir Rise is on my top 5 list of quality products that I’ve enjoyed lately.
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The Puffit X is the successor to the very successful and universally loved Puffit. It looks the same as the aforementioned vaporizer, with the look of an inhaler kept up. This means that the PuffIt X is also super stealthy and very portable. You can take it in your car, keep it in your bag or keep it in your back pocket. Whatever you do, nobody will know what it is when you are using it, which is certainly very cool.
- 1 PUFFiT X Vaporizer
- 1 Puffit Vape Enhancer
- 1 Wall Charger
- 1 Silicone Heat Shield
- 1 USB Charger
- 1 Hard Shell Carrying Case
- 1 Removable Stir Tool
- 1 Cleaning Packing Tool
- 1 Blend Funnel
- 4 Replacement Screens
- 3 Mouthpieces
The heat in this vaporizer basically works the same way as it did with its predecessor. It heats up inside, but obviously, it has a silicone protection to prevent it from heating up too much on the outside. It has a dial which allows you to control the temperature as much as you need to. You can adjust both the speed and the fan levels, which allows you to have a totally customized experience as you are vaporizing. It has a hard shell that allows you to carry it at all times.
Ease of Use
This is a pretty simple vaporizer to use. However, because it is so versatile, it can take you a little while to hit onto something that you actually like before you find that you are doing the experience the way you want to. It takes a little bit of time for it to heat up, and once you do, you can take it wherever you are. You can still stir it. Make sure that your dry blend is very finely ground before you start vaporizing from it.
This is a very nice vaporizer. Perhaps the most outstanding thing about its construction is that it looks just like an inhaler. You can carry it wherever you want because of the way that it looks. It has a microprocessor and a gold heating chamber to ensure that the vapor is nice and tasty. It takes very little time to heat up and the blend chamber is designed in a way that keeps the blend away from the walls when you are vaporizing.
This is a somewhat affordable vaporizer, although it is not as affordable as its predecessor, perhaps because of all the advancements that have been made to the original PuffIt. If you look after it, it will probably last you longer than the original. It is a very nice vaporizer that you can take anywhere. You can carry it wherever you go in your pocket, in your bag and in your carryon. You can use it wherever you want as long as you load it beforehand. You can buy this super cute and stealthy portable vaporizer here.