AirVape X Review
The ultimate name in discreet, portable vaping.
- Ultra-thin, highly discreet design
- Easy to use
- Full temperature control with fast heat-up time
- Vaporizes dry herbs & concentrates
- Unimpressive battery life
- Not the best vapour smoothness or taste
Posted on May 19, 2020 January 13, 2020 by Peter Mattsson
The successor to the ever-popular AirVape Xs, the AirVape X was released to a great deal of hype and expectation. Hailed as one of the smallest, thinnest vaporizers on the market today and utilising both convection and conduction heating, this vape is a real powerhouse in the world of portable vaping. Offering impressive performance and ease-of-use considering its compact size and mid-range price point, the AirVape X is definitely worth considering if you’re seeking an effective portable option but don’t want to spend an unfair fortune.
Super Discreet Design
If discretion and portability is your no.1 priority, the AirVape X is guaranteed to impress. Featuring an even thinner design yet a 25% larger chamber than the AirVape Xs, this vaporizer is undoubtedly one of the smallest options out there. When turned on its side, the AirVape X is as thin as any regular e-cig making it effortlessly lightweight and easy to carry around when on-the-go.
However, despite its slim design, this vaporizer still feels substantial and of high-quality when held in your hand. Noticeably durable and boasting a robust stainless-steel structure for that quality feel, the X doesn’t compromise on expert craftsmanship. Measuring-in at just 10cm tall and certain to fit in virtually any pocket or purse, it’s clear to see the AirVape X has been crafted with utmost portability at the forefront of the design process.
Like the AirVape Xs, the X couldn’t be simpler to operate. The perfect option for those who don’t want to mess around with complex control panels and difficult instructions, this vape simply requires you to fill the bowl, switch it on, and use a simplistic two buttons to select your chosen temperature – it’s really that easy!
Also featuring a magnetic lid that requires no effort or technique to remove, getting started with the AirVape X is simple even for total beginners. And when the lid is fixed onto the device, it still has a distinctive secure feel which is a testament to the quality of materials used in its construction.
Vapour Quality & Performance
Considering its slim size and overall cost, the AirVape X performs extremely well. Utilising a combination of convection and conduction heating to ensure efficient extraction from your herbs, flavourful vapour is produced with ease. However, when compared to some of the more expensive options on the market like Storz and Bickel’s MIGHTY, the overall smoothness and taste of the vapour doesn’t quite match up. But again, considering its compact dimensions, it’s unfair to expect much more.
Able to fully heat-up in just 20 seconds, you certainly don’t have to wait around for minutes on end to take a hit. And as you have full control over its operating heat up to 220°C, you aren’t restricted by pre-set temperatures. However, if you’re seeking to vaporize concentrates, the AirVape X has the potential to disappoint. Whilst complete with a concentrates pad, the maximum temperature simply isn’t quite high enough to vaporize waxes to their full potential.
Due to its incredibly slim design, it’s virtually impossible for the AirVape X to be equipped with a super powerful battery. That being said, it’s still able to produce up to an hour of continuous vaping from one single charge. So, whilst not appropriate for long sessions and not as long-lasting as the renowned Arizer Solo 2, the X is still relatively powerful considering its small size.
Better still, this vape is complete with pass-through technology which means it can be used while being charged. Taking just 80 minutes to fully charge, you still have the power to use it during this time provided you have access to a charging outlet.
A real winner in terms of discretion and portability, the AirVape X is undoubtedly a great choice if you’re seeking a top-quality vape you can use when out and about. Not too expensive either, you can experience utmost craftsmanship and quality without breaking the bank. Able to produce vapour of decent quality despite its small size, the AirVape X is suitable for both beginners and seasoned vapers alike. And whilst its battery life may be lacking in longevity and standard of vaporizing concentrates unable to match that of other options, this vape definitely performs well when considering its slim dimensions.
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Airvape X Review
Kit & Accessories
- AirVape X
- Concentrate pad
- Dab tools
- Cleaning tools
- USB charging cable
Compatibility: The AirVape X is compatible with dry herb and also with wax extracts via the concentrate pad.
The AirVape X features a lot of great accessories. There is the water bubbler set that allows you to use water filtration to cool down the vapor. That feature is mainly for hardcore vapers since it kills one of the X’s strongest features, which is its easy portability.
If you want to enhance portability then you can get the X Shell silicon sleeve. It gives the vape full body protection that increases durability as well as portability. The X shell easily slips onto the X and maintains its slim profile while providing extra impact and splash protection. If you purchase an AirVape X after June 1, 2019, then it will have the X Shell already included in its kit.
There is also a more conventional silicon sleeve that provides a stronger, more heat resistant grip to the device. Since the battery life of the AirVape X is relatively poor, there are several different kinds of chargers available to keep it juiced up. There are also replacement parts available for all of the various accessories and components included in the kit of the X.
Design & Features
The Airvape X is one of the thinnest dry herb vaporizers I’ve encountered so far. In profile, it’s just as narrow as any e-cig, though it does get a little wider at the top third of the device, which is where the herb chamber is located. That overall slimness also means that the X is pretty light, which makes carrying it around even easier. However, it isn’t so light that it feels insubstantial, it is actually a pretty solid feeling device thanks to its steel construction. The X is four inches tall and less than an inch wide at its narrowest point, so portability is not an issue here.
The X is a mid-tier vaporizer and it has all the features that we’ve come to expect from vapes in this price range. That means precise temperature control, a clear, informative LED display that shows battery life, temperature, and time, and, of course, haptic feedback. These are all great features, but you should know that the LED screen has a mirrored surface that can make it difficult to read under bright lights.
The AirVape X has a magnetic lid that is very easy to remove, which makes it extremely simple to use, even for first time vapers. It feels secure when attached to the rest of the device, but you won’t have any problems removing it when it’s time to load or empty the ceramic chamber. The chamber has an oval shape, which makes sense, since the slim design would be difficult to maintain with a more rounded herb chamber.
The chamber holds a good amount of herb and is simple to fill. The wide, slim, ceramic mouthpiece follows the design trend of the rest of the device and inhaling from it feels very comfortable. Overall, the AirVape X is a good-looking, beginner-friendly vaporizer.
How to use
- Remove the magnetic mouthpiece to expose the herb chamber.
- Load the herb chamber and then replace the mouthpiece.
- Press the power button three times to turn on the device.
- Select the temperature using the up and down buttons.
- Heating completion is indicated by the device vibrating, at which point you can inhale from the mouthpiece.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning the herb chamber can be tricky because of its oval shape. That is because it’s a slim oval so using a cleaning brush on the narrower points can be a little difficult. However, the X is otherwise a pretty low-maintenance device.
Performance & Vapor Quality
Vaporizer Performance: The X only takes twenty seconds to heat up, which is on the fast side for weed vaporizers. It doesn’t get too hot to the touch while in use either, so it’s a pretty comfy vape to use overall.
Vapor Quality: The vapor produced by the X is very flavorful, it can’t quite match the vapor quality of the really expensive weed vapes but it is among the best in this price range. The ceramic chamber and the ceramic mouthpiece work in concert to keep the vapor pure and tasty. The mouthpiece also does a solid job of keeping the vapor cool despite the short airpath.
For me, the ideal temperatures are in the 350° to 390° range, anything below this range and the flavor isn’t as strong, anything higher and the vapor gets too harsh. Unfortunately, the temperature never gets high enough to properly vape any wax concentrates. So even though the X is listed as a dual-use vaporizer, its concentrate performance is essentially an afterthought. Use an actual wax vape for your concentrates.
Battery Performance: The slim design means that the X can’t have a substantial battery. The performance of the 1300 mAh battery is a mix of the good and the bad. The bad is that it only lasts for about an hour, which is very short for a weed vape. The good is that it only takes about eighty minutes to charge and that pass through charging is possible.
Air Vape X vs Linx Gaia vs Planet of the Vapes One Vaporizer
The Gaia is an interesting wax vaporizer that has a quartz lined herb chamber that produces flavorful vapor. It also has a glass mouthpiece to keep that vapor cool. The One is a small, pocket-friendly vaporizer that also has a glass mouthpiece so it provides cool, flavorful vapor when it’s used. The X has the smallest battery of the three, but that is offset by it also having the second shortest charge time.
The AirVape X is one of the better mid-tier vaporizers because of its great flavor and comprehensive feature list. Learn more about it in the review.