Sir PsychoHashy Posted September 27, 2014 Report Share Posted September 27, 2014 Been using this wee beastie for near 2 weeks now, so I'll have a crack at a review etc. Both this and the Extreme Q desktop vape have plenty of encouraging reviews online, and seemed to be great value for money. The Q sounds like a better unit with more complete temp controls, variable speed fan, and ability to do balloons, but choofing is an outdoor activity at our house, and the portability also won us over for things like fishing, camping, and holidays etc, so battery operated freedom it was. Never used a vape before, so I can't compare to anything, and this will mean that my review will not be very comprehensive. Not being fan driven, the biggest learning curve is figuring out how hard and fast to draw on it. I have found a long steady slowish (but not too slow) draw will usually result in a nice dense vapour cloud. Takes a little mucking about to nail it down, but we both were getting it most of the time after a few attempts. Can't go too hard on it, and you need to give it 10 seconds or so between draws, otherwise the battery operated heat level drops down too much, but it ends up being a fairly natural rhythm. Controls are fairly simple, and the lights on the panel all make sense and do their job. Takes a few hrs to recharge the unit, but you get reasonable life out of it, and in an emergency you can use the current model while charging. They claim you can get 2-3hrs continual use out of a charge, but I'm calling bullshit. You would have to have it sitting on the lowest setting, which is 50 celsius and only useful for heating potpouri. Not sure how long it would last, haven't been keeping track and I would imagine that the heating up to operating temp would be a big drain every time you switch on, but we have been getting a couple of nights out of it without batting an eyelid, so not too bad. Only problems I personally have with it are that the temperature range is not wide enough, and the way the wand fits into the unit does not feel convincing. Setting 1 is 50c, but then it goes to 175c for setting 2, and then up in 5c increments to 210c. Top temp is fine, and I haven't bothered using it as I'd rather waste the little bit of remaining goodness than put up with the taste, but for medicinal usage I would have preferred to see temps starting around 150c to give more control over what elements are being vaporised. As for the wand fitting, it's initially hard to get it in past the seal, but easy enough after the 1st time provided you line it up at the correct angle. Problem is that once in it feels a bit loose, and has free in and out movement up to a point. These things leave me worried that I'm sucking air past the seal, doesn't seem to happen but I'd prefer it to feel more convincing. After a bit of pfaffing about we've pretty much got vaping buds down how we like it. Nice simple grinder consistency works well. Fill the bowl and tamp it down enough so that it stays in when turned upside down and given a gentle shake. I've been using a screen both top and bottom of the bowl, the instructions don't say to do this but I'd rather avoid the risk of sucking chunks through the wand, or having to clean bits out of the heater element. We tried starting on level 3, and turning it up 1 at a time as the vapour cloud thinned out, but this was a hassle and the last couple of settings tasted a bit nasty. So we ended up just putting it on 5, which is either 195 or 200??? and going with that till it's finished. There's a bit of wastage doing this, but I'm in the fortunate position of not being short of gear and not having to pay for it, some others might prefer to get every last drop. Still struggling with the no smoke flavour, it's hard to tell how much I'm getting after all these years of smoking, but I'm sure I'll get there eventually. Really enjoying the other flavours that come through without the combustion masking them though. Not good at describing these things, and still trying to figure them out, but good. Have to say that cured buds are much nicer though, and the sweet flavours coming through from hash are pretty cool. Now, I've only just got around to trying to figure out hash. We've chucked a few bits in with buds, and that works okay so long as they are in the middle of the pack. Also tried putting some between a couple of screens, works but causes screens in the bin every time. As some of you might be aware, I have been just about solely on the hash since I've started sifting my own, so working this out is now my top priority. So this is early days work in progress, starting with the cotton wool method I've heard for vaping oils. Put a little layer of cotton wool in the bottom of the bowl. Break up some hash into little chunks (got some Cheese x Afghan trimming hash, and some Bubblegum Auto hash here) Chuck a layer in on top of the cotton wool. . This time I packed another layer of cotton wool, more hash, and then a top layer of cotton wool to finish. Put the wand in, turn her on and wait till she's up to temp. I tried to capture a pic of the vapour cloud, but fucked it up. Next time I'll try with just 1 layer, as it was really hard to draw through with 2. Got some nice dense clouds, and some sweet soapy flowery flavours you just wouldn't expect from hash. Couldn't finish it off, so I'll have to wait till after next session to see if it stops the melty mess etc, but I am very much medicated and rambling a bit too much. Have to say the buzz is a little different to smoking, but can't really describe how. Hope this info is of some use or interest to some of you. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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