Free shipping on UK orders over £85
0 Cart
Added to Cart
    You have items in your cart
    You have 1 item in your cart
    Total
    Check Out Continue Shopping

    The Vape Monster Blog

    Top features to look out for in a Portable Vaporizer | Part 1

    Top features to look out for in a Portable Vaporizer | Part 1

    Top features to look out for in a Portable Vaporizer | Part 1

    (Mouthpieces, Airways, Heat Chambers and Heat Types.)

     

    With so many different portable vaporizers to choose from these days, and all the jargon to interpret it can be hard to make a good educated decision when looking to purchase a vape that will perfectly suit your needs. This guide to portable vaporizer features should hopefully help you make a well-informed choice and get a vaporizer that truly suits your needs. So, let’s look at some of the features that commonly and uncommonly come fitted to portable vaporizers these days and look at how important they really are.

    MOUTHPIECES

    First up let’s take a look at some different styles of mouthpiece, as it is of course the main contact point to your portable vaporizer.

    Plastic vaporizer Mouthpiece

    These are commonly made from food grade plastic also known as high density polyethylene, or HDPE. It has excellent chemical resistant properties making it suitable for a wide range of foods and other products such as vaporizer mouthpieces. Now a plastic vaporizer mouthpiece is bottom of the list when it comes to the others, some users say they can taste the plastic, I however have never really noticed myself and on the upside plastic is generally stronger than glass etc. when it comes to an unwanted drop of your portable vape.
    Examples:
    Vapium Summit+ Vaporizer
    Grenco G Pro vaporizer
    Boundless CFX Vaporizer
    Black Mamba Vaporizer

    Glass Vaporizer Mouthpiece

    The glass mouthpiece is one of the best choices for pure untainted vapor but it does have it downsides, it can be broken easily if you are not careful and some of the portable vaporizers with glass mouthpieces need them to be removed before you can store them in your pocket safely (for example the Arizer vaporizer range)
    Examples:
    Arizer Air Vaporizer
    Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer
    Apollo Airvape XS Vaporizer
    Grizzly Guru Vaporizer

    VAPOR AIRWAYS

    The vapor airway or pathway is the tunnel or path that takes your vapor from the chamber to your mouthpiece when you take a draw on your vaporizer. The vapor airways are usually constructed from the same materials above that are also used for mouthpieces. Some manufacturers have incorporated smart airways by making the path twist and turn in order to help in cooling the vapor before it makes it to the mouthpiece.
    Examples:
    Grenco G Pen Elite Vaporizer
    Apollo Airvape XS Vaporizer
    Boundless CFX Vaporizer

    HEATING CHAMBERS

    The heating Chamber is where you place your dry herbs for vaporizing, here we will look at the different material used to make the chamber and not how it heats up as we will look at that in more detail in the next section.
    Stainless steel
    Stainless steel is generally considered to be biologically inert, so it shouldn’t taint the taste of your vapor. However, it is not a good heat conductor meaning slower heat up times in general for your portable vaporizer.
    Examples:
    Vapium Summit+ Vaporizer
    Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer
    Volcano Crafty Vaporizer
    Volcano Mighty Vaporizer

    Ceramic

    Ceramic distributes heat evenly throughout its surface and is also chemically inert and strong making it one of the top choices for the majority of premium vaporizers on the market.
    Examples:
    Boundless CFX Vaporizer
    Black Mamba Vaporizer
    Grizzly Guru Vaporizer
    Apollo Airvape XS Vaporizer

    Zirconia

    Zirconia or Zirconium oxide ceramics have very high thermal expansion and is the common choice when joining ceramic to steel. So far only the DaVinci IQ vaporizer uses zirconia ceramic for its heat chamber, if it is better in performance than standard ceramic or just a marketing gimmick remains to be seen.
    Example:
    DaVinci IQ Vaporizer

    Quartz

    Quartz glass or silica glass is also chemically inert, and heats evenly. Found to be more commonly used in wax pens and E-nails rigs, it has now found its way to the portable vaporizer scene with the Linx Gaia vaporizer. Quartz is one of the main favourites when it comes to wax pen atomizers but it is too early to tell if it’s a good choice for portable vaporizers.
    Example:
    Linx Gaia Vaporizer

    VAPORIZER HEAT TYPE

    Generally, this comes down to using Convection, Conduction or a mixture of the two.

    Convection

    Convection heats the chamber much like an oven does your food, it spreads heat evenly with little chance of hot spots occurring. This is the best way to heat your dry herbs however it does have the disadvantage of being slower to reach temperature.
    Examples:
    Grizzly Guru Vaporizer
    Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer
    Firefly 2 Vaporizer

    Conduction

    Conduction heats the chamber much like a sauce pan does your food, making hotspots more likely and a larger chance of a less even heat spread. The advantage with Conduction is that it reaches temperature a lot quicker than its counterpart.
    Examples:
    Black Mamba Vaporizer
    Pax 3 Vaporizer
    Grenco G Pro Vaporizer

    Coduction/Convection Mix

    Some portable vaporizers use a mixture of conduction and convection in order to attempt to get the best of both worlds. This generally works well giving both even heating and faster heat up times.
    Examples:
    Apollo Airvape XS Vaporizer
    DaVinci IQ Vaporizer
    Boundless CFX Vaporizer
    Linx Gaia Vaporizer

    Butane Vaporizers and Butane Torch Vaporizers

    Butane Vaporizers and Butane Torch Vaporizers

    Butane Vaporizers and Butane Torch Vaporizers

    Butane torch vaporizers are a slightly different than your average portable vaporizer, as they use butane to heat the chamber of your vaporizer that produces quick to practically on-demand heating. Other benefits of using a butane vaporizer is the fact they don’t rely on batteries and the need to charge all the time. There are two main types of butane vaporizer, you have the integral type where the vaporizer has a heating element and butane tank that is built in to the unit. An example of the Integral type would be vaporizers by the manufacture Iolite. The other type would be the Butane torch vaporizer, a much more simplistic and for me, a preferred type out of the two. The Butane torch type. Relies on an open flame torch to be used to heat the chamber manually, examples of this would be any Sticky Brick or Nimbinvap vaporizer. Let’s have a look at some below.

    BUTANE VAPORIZERS

    IOLITE 2.0 VAPORIZER

    This small and lightweight unit, designed and assembled in Ireland by the makers Oglesby & Butler use a patented flameless butane catalytic heater with a precision bi-metal thermostat to help ensure that your dry herbs are heated to perfect vaporizing temperatures, it also creates a catalytic reaction between butane and oxygen with a special exhaust system to expel the leftover butane. The Iolite Vaporizer has a built-in tank with enough room to hold 500mg of butane gas, this should last for 30 minutes of continuous vaporizing if needed. Heat up time is on average about 45 seconds and the Iolite vaporizers comes with a 2-year warranty.

    Iolite 2.0 vaporizer UK

    IOLITE WISPR 2 VAPORIZER

    The Iolite Wispr 2 vaporizer another made out of Ireland by Ogelsby & Butler, small and lightweight and made to be used everywhere you go. The Iolite Wispr 2 vaporizer is more or identical in it function as the Iolite 2.0 vaporizer, taking on average 45 seconds to heat up its uses the same externals and also has 500mg butane tank. The Iolite Wispr 2 vaporizer also comes with a 2-year warranty.

    Iolite Wispr 2 vaporizer UK

    BUTANE TORCH VAPORIZERS

    THE STICKY BRICK VAPORIZER RANGE

    Currently Vape Monster City stock 3 versions of the Sticky Brick vaporizer, The Brick, The Junior and the Hydrobrick. The Sticky Brick vaporizers are all fantastic and real breath of fresh air the vaporizer scene, there a simplistic in design but work and function amazing well and are definitely top of my list when it comes down to using a butane vaporizer. These little beauties are capable of providing 100% pure convection vapor on demand and will kick out some stunning clouds of really tasty vapor!

    THE BRICK VAPORIZER

    The Sticky Brick, Brick vaporizer is their original design and is more of a portable/desktop vaporizer due to its size. Great for use around the house.

    Sticky Brick The Brick Vaporizer UK

    THE STICKY BRICK JUNIOR VAPORIZER

    The Sticky Brick Junior vaporizer is made for on the go, being the smallest of Sticky Bricks range this one has been designed as a true portable travel vape, measuring in at 4.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 1 inch thick, the perfect size to fit in your pocket for your on-the-go needs.

    Sticky Brick Junior Vaporizer UK

    THE HYDROBRICK VAPORIZER

    The Hydrobrick vaporizer has been designed with a 18mm glass on glass connection which allows for compatibility with your preferred water tubes, whip style or any other 18mm accessory. Like all of the other Sticky Brick vaporizers, the Hydrobrick is handmade in North Carolina, USA. Sticky Brick are known for using top quality materials in the construction of their products and the HydroBrick is no exception, constructed out of beautiful natural hardwood, it has been built to last a long time. Both sections of this vaporizer are held into place securely by magnets which leaves flush finish.

    Stick Brick Hydrobrick vaporizer UK

    NIMBINVAP 4.3 VAPORIZER

    The NimbinVap 4.3 has a new beautiful and simple, small design which serves both aesthetic and practical purposes. The heating chamber on the 4.3 has a double groove combustion-stopper piece for vaporization mode. This makes for a significant reduction from the external heat source which ensures less chance for combustion and an all-round cooler vapor. These temperature control features This make the 4.0 more attractive for beginners worried about overheating.

    Nimbinvape 4.3 vaporizer UK

     

    Cloud V E-Rig Vaporizer Review

    Cloud V E-Rig Vaporizer Review

    Cloud V E-Rig Vaporizer Review


    The Cloud V E-Nail vaporizer was released in 2016 and comes in two variations, you can have a straight glass percolator or a side arm percolator. Like the Dr Dabber Boost E-Rig it is also a portable battery powered unit, making it much more versatile than the traditional mains powered E-Rigs
    The Cloud V Electro E-Nail is very different from the Dr Dabber Boost E-Nail in many ways and not just its looks. For a start it features temperature control, so you can choose from 2 temperature settings, a choice from either 800°F to 1000°F.

    BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

    The Cloud V E-Nail comes in a single colour that is a matt black finish, it feels and looks well-made and sturdy and come well packed in its presentation box ready for secure shipping. Depending on the glass attachment you have chosen, the E-rig measures in at around 28cm tall and weighs 570 grams. The E-Rig feels well balanced in hand and is easy to use with one button controlling the power and 2 temperature settings. The Water Percolator or Aqua Bubbler is made of quality thick glass and fits snug and securely connecting easily to the body with a twisting motion.

    Cloud V Electro E-Rig UK

    HEATING AND PERFORMANCE

    The Cloud V Electro E-Nail comes fitted with a titanium Nail as standard and as mention before you have the option between 2 temperatures, 800°F to 1000°F. It can reach either desired temperature very quickly, around 15-16 seconds of heat up time and you are ready to dab away. The Aqua Bubbler does a good job of cooling down the Vapor making the dab smooth and the vapor quality coming through smooth and tasty.

    Cloud V Electro UK

    BATTERY AND CHARGING

    The Cloud V Electro E-Nail is powered by a 6000MaH battery and comes with a charging dock or base stand that a USB is plugged into. The Cloud V Electro can take a while to fully charge as it has a large battery, and will need 7-8 hours on the dock to reach full. Cloud V also recommends to initially charge the unit for 9 hours before its first use.

    Cloud V Electro UK

    WARRANTY

    The Cloud V E-Nail vaporizer comes with a 1 year warranty.

    OVERALL

    The Cloud V Electro E-Nail turned out to be a breath of fresh air. While it is considerably larger and costs slightly more than its rivals, its make up for this with a large battery and 2 temperature settings as well as the ability to reach 1000°F! Its build quality is good and it also performs very well indeed.

     

    Top Sleek vaporizers 2017

    Top Sleek vaporizers 2017

    Top Sleek vaporizers UK 2017

    Today I am taking a look at some of the Sleekest looking vaporizers I have in store at present. If you are looking for an elegant and small dry herb vaporizer, be sure to take a look.

     

    Apollo Airvape XS vaporizer UK

    The Apollo Airvape XS vaporizer Is an extremely seek vape, sporting a mobile phone look and style to it about it and dressed in a tough and study brushed aluminium outer shell. It features a sweet 1.3-inch LCD screen that’s sports the battery level, temperature, and shutoff timer information. The Airvape XS vaporizer has three subtle buttons that are found underneath the LCD display, for temperature control and on/off power. This is true beauty of a portable dry herb vaporizer measures in at just 11.4cm x 5cm x 1cm and weighs just 71 grams. That’s not all, the performance of the Apollo Airvape XS vaporizer is also very good which is quite outstanding considering it is only 1cm thick! The Airvape XS uses a mixture of conduction & convection for its heating of its ceramic chamber. The Apollo Airvape XS holds a maximum of .3 grams, just right for a solo vaporist. The Apollo Airvape XS vaporizer also features a clever cool screen system, that helps channel the vapor through a specific airway path to assist in cooling of the vapor. The temperature can be adjusted precisely between 200°F to 428°F reaching desired temperatures in as little as 20 seconds, and the battery holds enough juice to give you about a day’s use before needing a recharge via USB.

    Apollo Airvape XS UK

    DaVinci IQ vaporizer UK

    The DaVinci IQ vaporizer is a true beauty in its own right, measuring in at 9cm x 4.1cm x 2.3cm and it weighs 145 grams. This dry herb vape has a good feel and fits nicely in the hand. The size and shape of the DaVinci IQ makes it almost invisible to the public when held, it has been dressed in a purdy and sturdy brushed aluminium shell with a pleasing to eye LED light grid across the front. On the side of the DaVinci IQ you have two temperature control buttons and one power button to control the vaporizer with, such a precisely controlling temperatures between 250°F-430°F. The DaVinci IQ vaporizer uses 360 conduction to heat its zirconia heat chamber that can hold up to .3 grams of dry herb, and takes 30-45 seconds to reach temperature. The DaVinci IQ uses 18650 rechargeable battery that charges via USB, it can be removed and can be replaced with a spare when flat, and a full charge will give 6-8 good sessions on average.

    DaVinci IQ UK

    Grenco G Pen Elite vaporizer UK

    The Grenco G Pen Elite fits nicely into you hand measuring in at 11cm x 3.8cm x 2.5cm and weighing 88 grams makes it one of the smallest dry herb vaporizers available. It stands out with its crisp LED screen on the side, giving you a clear display and easy control of your heat settings that can be adjusted between 93°c – 220°c. The G Pen Elite uses a mixture of convection/conduction with a 360-degree heating method to provide an even heat throughout the large ceramic heating chamber, that takes between 20-30 seconds to heat up depending on what temperature you desire. The Grenco G Pen Elite vaporizer contains a non-removable lithium-ion battery with enough life in it to give you around 5 good sessions.

    Grenco G Pen Elite UK

    Pax 3 vaporizer UK

    The Ploom Pax 3 vaporizer has a slim rectangular shape with a smooth elegant minimalist finish, the buttons and charging ports are hidden from sight, not ruining its curves. The outer shell is made from a polished anodized aluminium, giving it a truly premium look, overall it feels nice and sturdy in the hand. The Pax 3 vaporizer uses conduction to heat its stainless-steel heat chamber and it can hold up to .3 grams of dry herb, and unlike the other listed here it also has the ability to do concentrates using a canister attachment supplied. It reaches temperature quickly, taking on average 15 seconds to heat. The Pax 3 vaporizer has 4 temperature setting that are pre-set (360°F, 380°F,400°F, 420°F) The Pax 3 vaporizer’s battery has a non-removable battery giving 8-10 good sessions before needing to be recharged via USB.

    Pax 3 UK

    Dr Dabber Light Review

    Dr Dabber Light Review

    The Dr Dabber Light Wax Pen Vaporizer

    Dr Dabber is well known for quality wax pens, The Dr Dabber Light is basically a smaller version of the Dr Dabber Ghost and also one of Dr Dabber’s cheapest models they have for sale. Intended for use with oil and wax concentrates, just because this wax pen is considerably cheaper than most known brand concentrate pens on the market, doesn’t mean it will perform like a cheap wax pen. This pen has had a lot of praise from its users on forums and vape sites, so let’s find out why.

    BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

    The Dr Dabber Light is finished in a matt black with an illuminated blue Dr Dabber Logo at the base it breaks down into three parts, mouthpiece that slides over the Atomiser and the Battery that are joined together via a 510 thread with an O-ring in between. The Dr Dabber Light vaporizer has one button to operate.

    Dr Dabber Light Wax Pen UK

    HEATING AND PERFORMANCE

    The atomizer in the Dr Dabber Light vaporizer is a ceramic chamber with a titanium coil wrapped around a glass fibre wick. The Chamber is smaller than its similarly designed bigger brother, the Dr dabber Ghost vaporizer for this reason needs reloaded more often. The Dr Dabber Light performs well with the perfect amount of draw resistance it allows you to take little sips or a good pull for a large cloud of that beautiful vapor, it provides good consistency and gives plenty of taste.

    BATTERY AND CHARGING

    The Battery will last on average about a day of use before the need to recharge via its USB power adapter.

    WARRANTY

    The warranty on the Light covers the battery and charger for one year

    OVERALL

    The Dr dabber Light is great value for money coming in as one of the cheapest brand named wax pen vaporizers, it performs to a good standard and would be great for anyone on a budget or perhaps a first-time user that doesn’t want to break the bank on his first vaporizer purchase.

    Dr Dabber Light Wax Pen UK