Since its recent induction and eventual cult status in society, the vaporizer has only become more sleek and user-friendly in the last few years. They're now more portable and discreet than a well-hidden glass bowl and can lead to a very good time in the most dire and boring circumstances. Since our last review, we've managed to get our hands on five more vaporizers that exemplify technology's willingness to help us get high in style.
Based on design, portability, and strength, we went to town on five vaporizers and ranked them all for your reading, and eventual smoking, pleasure.
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5. Cloud EVO—$500 Design: We're no strangers to the Cloud EVO, however, the vape's newest essential oil attachment extracts concentrate using up to 50% less oil than most vaporizers. That means you don't have to empty your dab jar to achieve a solid buzz. That being said, the attachment truly makes the Cloud a tabletop accessory rather than something you can cart around. Portability: While it is lightweight, the Cloud EVO certainly isn't the kind of device you can bring around, nor is it advertised as such. This is a serious machine for serious vapers. Strength: We've said it once and we'll say it again—the Cloud EVO will hit you a potency akin to smoking from a bong and restore your faith in vaping. Conclusion: For those used to a bong who want to make the transition to a vaporizer that can support both herbs and oils, the Cloud EVO is where you should turn. On a related note, if you're looking for an oil that's completely legal and will make you feel good—look to Polynesia, my friends.
4.Vapium—$149 Design: An ergonomic, beefy, weather-friendly design lends the Vapium for outdoor use and is ideal for snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and really any kind of outdoor activity. It's very easy and straightforward to use, especially in less-than-great conditions. Even the charging cable is reinforced and seemingly built to last. Hell, this could be the official vape of the Winter X Games, or Bear Grylls' favorite NSFW accessory. Portability: A little bulky by design, but its bulk serves a purpose—durability. A strategic lack of superfluous space and an attachable tether makes it easy to slip into a jacket pocket or inside a discreet backpack pocket. Strength: TheVapium has a medium-sized chamber for dry herb, and produces a moderately strong draw. With a trial and error coupled with some expertise on proper inhalation methods, you can get the most out of this with a few clicks. Conclusion: This is the Nokia phones of vapes; what it lacks in the design, it makes up for in simplicity and, more importantly, durability. It seems like it would keep ticking even after numerous tumbles down the mountain, which is what it was designed for, really.
3.SkyCloud—$119 Design: This is a multi-funtional, ultra-portable, pen-style vape that closely resembles a tube of lipstick and gives users the option of using concentrates, e-liquid, or dry herb by simply switching out atomizers. It's compact, streamlined, and extremely easy to use. Portability: One of the smallest, most discreet options on the market. Everything is self-contained and ready for on-the-go use. Strength: Atomizers with small chambers generally lead to smaller “packs," but the key here is a quick, efficient hit. Bigger hits are easy to find here, but you can only get around two to three draws before repacking is needed. Conclusion: The SkyCloud is a great option for travel, especially for those who value discretion. It wouldn’t be ideal for an “at home” vape due to its small chamber size, but, on-the-run, it’s one of the better options out there, and is also very aesthetically pleasing.
2.DaVinci Ascent—$249 Design: As far as vaporizers look, the Ascent has a classic and straight-forward design that practically shouts to users: "I'm a f*cking vaporizer." However, unlike most vapes, you can design your own skin and customize the Ascent to look however you please. We recommend the wicker basket skin, because who the hell would ever do that? Portability: Speaking to the sentiment of the Ascent being a classic vape, it should be treated similarly—it's small, but obviously not as discreet as the SkyCloud. But, if you do want to carry it in your backpack, this thing comes with a scent-resistant carrying case. Strength: What the Ascent lacks in discretion, it more than makes up in strength, customization, and chamber size. A display screen shows you the temperature and you can vaporize botanicals, oils and anything in between—we're lookin' at you, Kratom. Conclusion: Keep the Ascent at home and make it your primary vape; it's a no-nonsense, straight-forward way to burn herbs and have a blast doing so.
1.PUFFiT—$119 Design: Conveniently disguised as an inhaler, the PUFFiT is the perfect vaporizer for discretion, stealth, and convenience. You wouldn't be able to discern the PUFFiT from a legit inhaler until you saw vapor pouring out of the user's mouth. And you can bring this thing wherever you go without raising too many eyebrows. Portability: Three inches in size, two ounces in weight, there's really no beating how easy it is to travel with the PUFFiT. You can stick it in your front pocket—pending your jeans aren't totally painted on—and bring it wherever you go, making parks and and public bathrooms way more fun than they usually are. Strength: A small dial on the side of the mouthpiece allows you to control the temperature of the vape and the intensity of what you inhale. On the lowest setting, you can get a pleasant lung-full of vapor, which feels a lot larger than the small chamber leads you to believe. Conclusion: When it comes to feeling as comfortable smoking in public as you do in the privacy of your own home, we wholeheartedly endorse the PUFFiT as a means to escape the boring normalcy of a public park or bar lavatory.
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