I can’t tell you how many boxes I’ve seen that have loose glass pieces just floating around freely, scratching against the actual unit itself. Hats-off to Cloud V for putting some time into the packaging design, and ensuring that everything will show up intact when it arrives. Upon removing the battery from the box, the first thing I noticed was the weight of the device. I threw it on the scale, and it comes out to about 1.25 lbs (with the charging base connected), but I swear it feels heavier than that.
Aside from the weight, the materials it’s constructed from feel very high-quality. The battery has a nice, matte finish that feels very smooth and comfortable in your hand. A single, backlit power button and Cloud V logo give the Electro a simple, yet eye-catching aesthetic. The metal portion on the top that the aqua bubbler attaches to looks and feels top-notch, and the battery fits very nicely into the charging base, which also has a nice weight and feel to it. The glass is thick, and fits extremely securely over the metal portion of the battery thanks to three O-rings. The bubbler essential has two sections: the bottom portion that houses the titanium nail, and the top portion that you add water to. The bottom portion has a hole in the front of the glass where you can easily access the nail. While I was expecting the top of the tube to be open (like a bong), it’s actually covered by a flat, recessed piece of glass with a small hole and down-stem. I thought this was pretty interesting, but to be honest, I’m not sure what the purpose is.
For me, one of the biggest “draws” of a bong is you can pass it around and not have to worry about people putting their mouths and germs on it (I guess I’m a bit of a hypochondriac). With the Electro’s water attachment, your lips press right up against the glass as you hit it, which kind of feels weird. Maybe adding the glass to the top adds to the structural integrity of the piece. The Electro comes with two 12mm nails, but Cloud V also sells a 16mm version, if the 12mm just isn’t cutting it for you. The nail screws into the battery very easily, and sits very securely. With the bubbler connected to the battery, and the battery sitting in the charging base, the Electro stands just about 11.5 inches. The Electro’s max temperature is far higher than any other battery-powered e-nail I’ve used. The first setting (signified by a blue LED light) is 800°F, and the second setting (signified by a red LED light) is 1000°F. To me, this is pretty impressive, as not even a lot of traditional e-nails I’ve used that draw power from wall outlets are capable of reaching 1000°F. To toggle between temps, you just press and hold the power button for four seconds. Equipped with a memory function, the Electro will automatically set itself to your last session’s temperature, and start heating to that setting once activated. The LED lights will flash while the nail heats to the desired temperature. Once that temp is reached, the LED light will change to solid, and you’re ready to dab. It only takes about 15 seconds to reach the low or the high setting, which I found kind of interesting. You would think that it would take a little more time to reach the 1000°F than 800°F, but maybe the battery uses more power on the high setting to reach temp in the same amount of time as the low. That’s just speculation, but either way, you won’t be waiting around. There’s actually two different ways you can charge the Electro. The first (and most convenient) is to utilize the charging base. When the battery is placed in the base, you simply connect the charging cable from the back of the base to the adapter or USB port. A small LED light that’s located on the front of the battery is visible through the charging base, so you can view the status. Red means charging, and green obviously means good to go. There is also a charging port located underneath the base of the battery itself, just in case you misplace the charging base, or it breaks or something. I’m not sure why you would charge the unit this way, as it requires the battery to be laying down sideways, but it’s a nice backup option. Cloud V recommends charging the Electro for at least 9 hours before its first use. This is a pretty common recommendation with vaporizers, and any electronic device really, as it helps to condition the battery for future charging. If used regularly, Cloud V also recommends charging the Electro for about 7 hours. I never recommend leaving vaporizers on the charger unattended (like while you’re at work or in bed).
I always just hook it up to the charger in between uses, and found that there’s always enough juice for my sessions.
One downside about the Electro is that unlike some other popular eRigs, the battery is embedded, and is not removable or replaceable. This is kind of a bummer, as there are less expensive portable units on the market that do have replaceable batteries. However, it’s trade-off, because those units can’t reach temperatures nearly as high as the Electro – so in the end – you kind of have to ask yourself what’s more important to you. The one big issue I ran into with the Electo’s vertical aqua bubbler is that the way it’s designed makes it kind of difficult to load a dab onto the nail while you’re in position to hit it. Because the nail is housed in the bottom portion of the bubbler, it’s hard to see when you’re taking a rip.