I recently came across a fairly interesting vaporizer which is often sold at marijuana dispensaries alongside other vapes. Known as the Atmos Raw (available for purchase here with free shipping!). The Atmost Raw is a small and discreet pen style vaporizer designed only for cannabis concentrates instead of regular loose leaf vaporizers (however, Atmos does produce a dry herbs attachment in case you want to vaporize loose leaf instead of concentrates)
Upon a careful inspection of the unit, it appears to be a re-branded version of the popular eGo-T electronic cigarette produced by Joyetech, but some modifications have been made in order to allow it to vaporize concentrates rather than e-liquid. The vaporization temperature of the Raw is 190C (375F), which is a little low on the heat side for vaporizer (I like to vaporize between 180-220C). The heating element and herb chamber are made from ceramic, which gives off heat while at the same time remaining safe for use at high temperatures. After placing some concentrate in the bowl, I held down the power button and took a few short puffs to prime the heating element. I soon began to get good amounts of vapor comparable to vapes like the MFLB. My concentrate lasted quite some time, and the pen style design of the Raw made the experience similar to puffing on a joint once you get used to it. I didn’t get the chance to try the loose leaf attachment, so I can’t comment on how that performs.
The Atmos Raw has a long battery life, and the manufacturer claims that it can get 72 hours of regular use out of its high capacity lithium ion battery, and takes about two hours to fully charge. However, for daily users this number can be reduced to somewhere around 40 hours in my experience. The battery lasts a long time because unlike other vaporizers, the Raw only turns on when you take a puff (instead of continuous heat operation). This design does lead to a few problems however.
One of the main problems I had with the Atmos Raw is that the vaporization temperature isn’t consistent, and as a result sometimes your herb is not evenly vaped (although I have heard that this is more of a problem when using the loose leaf attachment than the concentrate version). Furthermore, the Raw sometimes gets too hot and burns your herb, especially if you take large, long puffs. In addition, the herb chamber is relatively small compared to some other portable vaporizers on the market (such as the Arizer Solo), and is about the same size as a Vaporgenie Classic.
Overall, the Atmos Raw is an interesting and highly portable vape at an attractive price point (sitting in between the MFLB and PAX Ploom), and has great battery life. However, the lack of steady temperature produces some downsides and can be especially annoying for those who enjoy vaporizing loose leaf cannabis. If you’re looking for a portable vape specifically for concentrates, then the Atomos Raw may be something for you to consider. The Atmos comes with a 3-year warranty on the ceramic heater as well as the battery.
Produced in the UK, the Vaponic (homepage) is a relatively inexpensive yet highly portable glass vaporizer designed with stealth in mind. The unit itself is made up of two glass pieces and a mouthpiece and relies on a lighter as a heat source. I was looking forward to trying the Vaponic, as its small size makes it easy to carry. The Vaponic also comes with a fake marker which you can use to store your unit while not in use.
My first impressions of the Vaponic were good. It is small and compact, and the case it comes with can easily fit in a jacket pocket. The device itself is about as long as an electronic cigarette, which makes holding it between your fingers (like a cigarette) very comfortable. In fact, I’m typing right now with the Vaponic in my hand!
Much like the Vaporgenie, it takes some practice in order to get a feel for how to hit the piece and get the maximum amount of vapor without combustion. For best results, I recommend using a jet flame lighter as a heat source, and rotating the Vaponic while you heat it so that you can heat your bowl evenly. Make sure that you heat up the sides of the Vaponic and not the very tip, as heating the tip will cause an uneven vaporization of herb. During your first hit, I suggest that you slowly inhale and focus on heating up your herb. Once the Vaponic is warmed up, the second to fifth hits will produce quite a bit of vapor. If you rotate properly while heating the unit up, you can easily turn the bowl dark brown without having to stir it.
After playing with the Vaponic for a few days, I was able to get large vapor hits comparable to the Vaporgenie. I only burned the bowl once, but being able to see the herb change color makes it easy to determine how long you should heat it up for. The Vaponic’s is almost all-glass, making cleaning easy (simply soak it in high proof alcohol).
Although the Vaponic has impressive vapor production, it does have a few downsides. Firstly, since the unit is comprised almost entirely of glass, it may shatter if dropped, so be sure to be careful while handling it. Additionally, the tip of the Vaponic becomes very hot during use (which can burn you if you aren’t careful). This high heat given off by the glass makes it difficult to place it on certain surfaces or in your pocket right after use. Additionally, the herb chamber is fairly small, so group use can be slightly frustrating (especially when you need to frequently reload). It gene rally takes about five minutes to fully cool down after use, but it is significantly cooler after the two minute mark.
Overall, the Vaponic is a solid portable vaporizer available at a good price. I recommend the Vaponic to those who are looking for a small, portable vaporizer solution for when they’re on the go (possibly to compliment a non-portable electric vaporizer). The fake marker that comes with the unit also makes concealment very easily and doubles as a sturdy storage case.
After having tried a number of electrical and portable marijuana vaporizers, I finally had the chance to try something fairly different, a Vaporstar vaporizer. Based out of the UK, the Vaporstar is designed to be attached to a bong for and is designed to produce consistent vapor and a smooth hit. The Vaporstar comes in two sizes, 14mm and 18mm in order to fit most standard bong downstems.
After unpacking the Vaporstar, I noticed that it came in two pieces, and was quite small. One piece is wood with a screen inside, and the other piece is a metal heating element which goes on top of the bowl. In the middle of the metal piece there is a hole where the flame of your lighter passes through to heat the herb. The herb chamber was able to fit about the same amount of marijuana as the Vaporgenie’s bowl, which I find to be a tad small compared to other vaporizers.
After packing some herb into the chamber fairly tightly, I placed it on my bong and gave it a try. Since the Vaporstar is flame powered, you must gain a feel for how to hit it properly to get the maximum amount of vapor without torching the bowl. This took me a few tries to get right, but once I did I was able to get hits comparable to the Vaporgenie. The vapor was clean tasting, and with my clear bong I could see the vapor building up in the chamber slowly, giving me an idea of how big of a hit to take. I recommend using a regular butane lighter, and not a jet flame. Since the Vaporstar has a wood construction, it can be accidentally torched if you use a jet flame. Also, since the metal heating element is removable, be careful not to lose it as it is quite small. Although I would prefer using a ceramic element, the metal one worked fairly well.
Overall, the Vaporstar is a decent vaporizer, especially for the price (about $25 USD), and I recommend it to anyone who is on a budget and already has a bong that they want to double as a vaporizer. However, it does have a few downsides. Firstly, the bowl is a little small, so bowls finish rather quickly (you’ll need to reload it a few times if you’re vaping with friends). Secondly, you must be careful not to get the flame near the wooden base, as it can leave burn marks. Finally, although it is a small vaporizer, you must have a bong to use it with, which isn’t nearly as portable.
Manufactured by a small German manufacturer, the Aromed 4.0 is an electronic whip vaporizer which uses a halogen lightbulb as a heating element. It also has its own built in waterpipe in order to cool the vapor before it reaches your lungs. Upon unpacking the unit, I really enjoyed the design. Although it may not be appealing for some, I found that it resembled a piece of 1970s lab equipment, and it was a really cool and unique design.
Setting up the Aromed unit can be a little tricky. You need to position the heating element just right into the bowl in order to ensure maximum vapor production. After some experimentation, I found that its best to have the element placed about 0.5″ above your herb in order to get the most out of the bud. Also make sure to only fill the waterpipe about 1/4 of the way full, otherwise you risk getting some water in your mouth during inhalation. I also recommend \ placing the waterpipe inside the holder attached to the unit, as it can be easy to accidentally tip it over otherwise.
Upon loading a bowl and turning the unit on, it took less than two minutes to heat up to a usable temperature (the 4.0 has a max temperature of 235C; I set mine to 200C and worked up to 215C during most sessions). The warm-up time was one of the fastest I’ve seen with a vaporizer (about a minute and a half), and it was nice being able to use the vape pretty much right away. The bowl itself was quite large, and I had no trouble sharing a bowl with two other friends one night, and both my friends were impressed with the vapor production of the unit. As you inhale, the light also becomes brighter (which is especially fun at night!). The built-in waterpipe works to cool the vapor, and I got some incredibly smooth hits using the 4.0, even compared to my Extreme Q and attached waterpipe. The 4.0 also comes with a digital temperature gauge, as well as buttons to increase or decrease temperature by one degree increments.
Although the Aromed 4.0 is an excellent vaporizer, it does have a few drawbacks. Firstly, the heating element can be difficult at times to properly insert into the bowl, and if the light isn’t placed just right (and close to the herb) it can reduce the amount of vapor produced. Secondly, because of the way the unit is built, you must wait for the unit to cool off before you can re-load a new bowl (it does cool down fairly fast however). The positioning also makes it hard to mix up the bowl halfway through, although the unit does vape your herb fairly evenly even without mixing.
Overall, the Aromed 4.0 is easily one of my favorite vaporizers that I’ve tried so far. Not only does it produce a nice, smooth vapor, but it also looks really cool and has a fast warm up time. I also liked the included plastic carrying case, which made transport of the unit easy (just make sure to keep the glass parts in bubble wrap since it doesn’t come with holders for the glass). I also really enjoyed the halogen heating element, as I found that it produced very smooth and consistent vapor hits. You can find out more info on the Aromed here on their website. The 4.0 costs approximately 370 Euros.
One of Vaporite’s top sellers because of its compact and clean design, the Vaporite Mini Air is an electric whip vaporizer with a remote control and ceramic heating element. Once you unbox your Mini Air, it is recommended that you leave the unit on for about 3 minutes at the highest temperature, then let it cool down. Doing so removes any residual manufacturing oils.
Before I began vaping, I turned the unit on and allowed it to warm up. It heated up to 200C rather quickly, and I enjoyed the look of the vaporizer. There is a digital temperature gauge that displays current temp as well as set temp. The unit also comes with a handy remote whicg allows for hands-free operation. The unit feels solid to the touch, and it resembles a black PSU on a computer. The unit also ships with food grade silicone tubing, which produces a cleaner taste and is much easier to clean.
After a few minutes spent warming up, I began vaporizing at 200C, and was impressed by the smoothness of the vapor produced as well as the taste. The digital temperature readout was a nice touch, and it was nice to see the current and set temps at the same time. Much like the Extreme Q, you can also connect a waterpipe to your Vaporite if you use the proper glass connector (see here for more details). I feel that since you place your herb extremely close to the heating element (the herb nearly touches the element), the unit produces a smooth and tasty vapor. The bowl was also fairly large, and easy to clean using rubbing alcohol.
When my session was finished, my herb was evenly toasted even without stirring. One downside with the element design was that the glass bowl sits horizontally, which makes it very easy to pull out by accident. When the unit is operating, this can be dangerous since the glass that can pull out is extremely hot. There is also a fan in the Mini Air, but only one fan speed and it is weaker than the Extreme Q’s. It is quiet however.
In order to achieve a longer lifespan, Vaporite recommends turning the Mini Air off for about 5 minutes after every 20 minutes of usage (the unit automatically kicks into stanby mode). This is recommended in order to prevent the ceramic from overheating. I found this to be a little bit of a pain, as I often like to leave my electric vaporizers on for most of the day in order to avoid heat-up times. The heat dissipation is a big downside, as the unit becomes very hot the the touch after about 15 minutes of operation.
Overall, I enjoyed the mini air. It produced a large amount of quality vapor and looked really cool without being obnoxiously bright. However, having to turn it off frequently can be a pain at times, and the unit itself got extremely hot to the touch during operation. The price point is very affordable for an electric vapor, and would make for an excellent whip vaporizer for those on a budget.
Manufactured by 7th Floor in the USA, the Silver Surfer is an electrical whip vaporizer featuring glass on glass connections and a high quality ceramic heater. The package also includes a custom hand blown glass knob, all glass on glass (GoG) connections, and a whip to use while vaporizing.
The Silver Surfer uses a high quality ceramic heating element, and is housed in durable 1/5″ anodized aluminum. The heating element is also inverted, as to prevent your bud from falling into the heater itself. When I used it, I noticed no aftertaste left by the heater (some low-quality vaporizers impart a funny taste to vaporized herb).
My unit takes about 5-6 minutes on average to warm up, and produces quite a lot of vapor when heated. I generally like to start a bowl at medium temperature, and then slowly increase the vape temp until I get almost to the end of the knob. The glass knob attached on to the Silver Surfer is quite nice, and adds a nice touch of style to the unit. It also comes in a wide array of colors on VapeWorld, allowing you to personalize your SIlver Surfer to your liking.
Overall, the Silver Surfer is a great whip vaporizer which produces consistent and pure vapor. However, there are a few downsides I noticed. The first is that there is no digital temperature control, which I really like having on my Extreme Q (to get more precise vaporization temperatures). Secondly, there is no bag option, only whip. Although this may not be an issue for some, other people may prefer bags.
The Silver Surfer can be purchased here in an array of colors, and also includes a herb grinder and free shipping on all US orders.
Manufactured by Arizer (the makers of my beloved Extreme Q) the Arizer Solo is a portable Marijuana vaporizer
designed to be discreet and portable. Every Arizer Solo kit on VapeWorld comes with the following items:
- 2 part glass mouthpiece
- Lithium Ion Battery
- Battery Charger
Once I loaded the bowl, I experimented with several heat settings. Being someone who prefers to vaporize at higher temperatures, I found that starting at 5 and working my way to 7 was the best combination for me (but I recommend experimenting to find your ideal range). The best way to pack the bowl was to lightly fill it with finely ground bud, and then very lightly push the bud down with my finger.
For review purposes, I used some high-quality medicinal grade marijuana in my Solo in order to get maximum vapor production. After a minute or two of warmup (you may need to take a few puffs as well before the vapor starts flowing), the Solo was producing thick, tasty, hits of vapor which were quite pleasant. The bowl was finished evenly, and I found the entire process to be quite easy and enjoyable. The Solo has an auto-shutoff switch that activates after 12 minutes in order to prevent overheating and excessive battery drain. It also makes use of a ceramic heater (just like the Extreme Q), and the heating element comes with a lifetime warranty.
On a full charge, I was able to get 3.5 hours of real-world use out of the battery, which is much better than having to replace batteries all the time on the MFLB. In comparison to the Pax Ploom, The Arizer Solo is slightly larger, making it a bit more difficult to conceal in certain situations.
Overall, the Solo is a great weed vaporizer. It produces high quality vapor, and has great battery life. Ordering the Arizer Solo here will net you a free grinder of your choice. I highly recommend getting a grinder, because the cannabis must be finely ground in order to achieve the best vaporization results.
Created by Ploom, the Pax is a new portable marijuana vaporizer on the market. Unlike the Vaporgenie or MFLB, the Pax has a built-in rechargeable battery and is very simple to clean and use. The Pax is constructed out of durable aluminum and also has motion sensing shutoff. It is available in three colors.
One of my favorite things about the Pax vaporizer is how easy it is to use. People who have never vaporized marijuana before will find the Pax much easier to use than the VaporGenie, and even their first bowl will produce a satisfying amount of vapor. The bowl is shaped like a basket, and I recommend that you pack it fairly tighly in order to produce the maximum mount of vapor. There are three heat settings (low, medium and high) which can be changed through the press of a button. I experimented with the settings, and discovered that I liked to start bowls on medium and then switch to high about halfway through my vape session.
The Pax has a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery which is designed to be long lasting. The battery also recharges quite fast, and it should be fully recharged in under two hours.
Cleaning the Pax is very easy, and can be done using a pipe cleaner dipped in some rubbing alcohol. You can also remove the mouthpiece in order to clean it with soap and water. The Pax also comes with a magnetic cover that easily comes off during use, but it stays firmly attached when not being used.
I found it to be one of my favorite portable vaporizers, the Pax did have a downside. Although the unit itself was solidly built, I found the battery charger to be a bit flimsy. Take care not to drop the charger or pull the power cord too hard,
In conclusion, I find the Pax to be the ideal travel vaporizer. You can use it in windy conditions (unlike the vaporgenie), and the battery lasts much longer than the MFLB. VapeWorld is currently having a promotion here for the Pax here. If you purchase the Pax portable vaporizer, you get to choose from an Acrylic 3 Piece Grinder, V Syndicate Card Grinder, Or Aluminum 2 Piece Grinder as a free gift!
Developed by the German firm Storz & Bickel, The Volcano Vaporizer is a pot vaporizer which uses a bag system rather than a whip to store vapor. It is fast and efficient, and is designed to capture the maximum amount of vapor possible and provide a pleasurable vaporization experience.
One thing I really enjoyed about the Volcano was the ease of use of the bag system. The Volcano uses a patented valve system, which makes attaching and unattaching bags a breeze. On my Extreme Q, the bag system is a bit tricky to setup, and I always end up using a whip attachment, even though I prefer to use bags. The fan on the Volcano is quite powerful, and bags can be filled up relatively quickly with ease. It is recommended that you replace bags after about 80-100 uses, or when they begin to become sticky or tacky. You can purchase replacement Volcano bags through VapeWorld here for only $6.95 per box.
The Volcano is available with an analog temperature control, or an optional digital display. Although both work just fine, the digital display can allow you to achieve more accurate vaporization temperatures. My Volcano was the digital variety, and I found that it worked great and only took a few minutes to heat up. The vapor produced was very smooth and clean tasting.
The only downside to the Volcano is that it doesn’t offer a whip attachment like some other vaporizers do. Although this isn’t a problem for some, others prefer to use the whip system (if you do, I suggest taking a look at the Extreme Q). In addition, it is important to clean the Volcano solid valve often, as resin can accumulate and clog the valve.
Although it can be quite quite pricey, the Volcano is the Rolls Royce marijuana vaporizer world. It has an outstanding
build quality, and all of the components are built to last. I recommend the Volcano Vaporizer to those who are looking for a high quality bag vaporizer. You can purchase the Volcano here with a 3 year warranty which gives you peace of mind if anything were to go wrong.
Manufactured in the USA by Magic-Flight, the Magic Flight Launch Box (MFLB) is one of the most popular portable
marijuana vaporizers alongside the popular Vaporgenie. However, unlike the Vaporgenie which uses a butane lighter as a source of heat, the MFLB uses a rechargable lithium ion battery which is of the AA size.
I’ve had my MFLB for about three months now, and getting started with it is really simple. All you need to do is the following:
- Fill the bowl with finely ground herb, and make sure not to pack it tight, instead simply let the herb lay loosely.
- Push your battery all the way into the unit
- Take a long, slow drag for about 10-12 seconds, and then make sure to take out the battery.
- Stir the bowl, and use a fresh battery to take another hit. You will know when a bowl is finished when it begins to turn a dark brown color and no longer produces vapor.
The unit itself is constructed out of quality wood, metal, and plastic parts, and it feels very durable. I have yet to experience any issues in durability, and I can imagine that as long as the unit is kept clean it will continue to function well.
The one aspect in which the MFLB excels is stealth and portability. Unlike the Vaporgenie, which tends to be impossible to use in windy conditions, the MFLB’s electronic heat source has no problem. In addition, it is extremely discreet and I’ve been able to use it in a number of places where I would never normally be able to vaporize.
However, there are a few downsides. The first major one is that you must recharge the MFLB batteries after each use. This can make sharing with friends difficult unless you have a few batteries to go around, and even more difficult if people want to take multiple hits. Finally, in my experience the MFLB produces smaller vapor hits than what I can achieve by using my Vaporgenie.
Overall, the MFLB is a great portable and stealthy vaporizer which is great to use for what it was designed for. However, if you plan to vaporize frequently or with groups of friends, then I recommend taking a look at the Vaporgenie or the less portable Extreme Q instead. VapeWorld sells the MFLB for a great low price and has fast shipping as well.