It heats up pretty quickly in around 20-30 seconds. The XMAX Starry offers a full spectrum of temperatures to pick from the OLED display. It is a conduction vaporizer though, so don't expect incredible flavor. The V3 has an improved battery life which lets you use it for around 80 minutes of use.
The batteries are also replaceable, so you can keep extras with you for longer excursions. They've also added a bigger bowl and new mouth piece which are definitely nice to have too! Boundless has released a couple cheap products that have taken the dry herb vaporizer world by storm. The CF/CFX are essentially a poor man's Crafty/Mighty : they are hybrid convection, they look similar and they have similar sizes. Considering they're half the price of their Volcano counterparts—the CF/CFX are pretty impressive. It's a relatively small size and features five different temperature settings. The battery is non-replaceable and will last you around 50 minutes of use. It's bulkier, but features a nice OLED display which lets you pick your exact temperature.
Like the CF, the batteries are non-replaceable and will last you around 60 minutes of use. What really sets these two vaporizers apart from the crowd is their vapor quality . They have the best vapor of any cheap vaporizer available right now. It's not quite on par with the best, but it's definitely better than most. If you're just starting out with vaporizing, or can't afford a more expensive unit, you won't be disappointed with either the Boundless CF or CFX. See our full Boundless CFX review if you want more info on it. We researched this category in spring 2020 and remain confident in three of our picks: The Airvape X, Grasshopper Stainless, and Firefly 2+. We have moved the Grenco G Pen Elite to the competition. There’s no going back to smoking once you’ve tried the AirVape X, the cannabis vaporizer we recommend after spending four years researching more than 50 models and testing nearly two dozen. A great vaporizer provides a relaxing, enjoyable experience from start to finish, and the AirVape X delivers because it’s easier to use than other options. Satisfying to use, intuitive to newcomers, and easier to live with than competitors, the AirVape X provides richer, smoother vapor than anything else in its price range. The AirVape X nails ease of use both initially and long term: The rim of the heating chamber resists spills by funneling material in, the magnetic lid holds firm but doesn’t get stuck, and over time, the AirVape is easier to clean completely than almost any other vaporizer. The onboard temperature controls and status display are large, intuitive, and easier to use than competitors’ app-based controls, and this model’s USB charging is more convenient than competitors’ charging docks. From the first puff to the last, we found the AirVape X provided richer, smoother vapor than alternates at similar prices and with more of the pleasant flavors that make vaporizers such a treat to use. The Grasshopper has thick, potent vapor, quick heat-up times, charming tactile controls, a lifetime warranty, and an inconspicuous design—but it gets quite hot, and its charging setup and battery life aren’t the best. If you want a discreet design that does its job quickly, get the Stainless Grasshopper. This clever penlike gadget produces potent vapor faster than our other picks, with nearly instant convection heating and simple tactile temperature controls. It holds less material than our other picks but is still perfect for two folks to share. Easy to use and charming in its simplicity, it produces delicious flavors that are more concentrated than the AirVape. But it lacks those models’ informative displays, its battery life is shorter, and its proprietary charger is not as convenient. The pocketable size and inconspicuous design make it the most easily portable of our picks, and a lifetime warranty is a reassuring detail, as earlier versions of the Grasshopper had some reliability issues. The high-capacity Firefly 2+ quickly produces more intense, tasty vapor than competitors, and it’s attractive and easy to clean—but it’s expensive, and it buries critical info in an app. The Firefly 2+ model’s convection heat produces some of the best vapor—tastier, cooler, and, frankly, stronger—of all of the models we tested.
Its easy-to-load chamber holds more ground material than most vaporizers; cleaning the wide, open airway is straightforward; and its capacitive heat-up buttons are simple to activate. Although we like the overall design of the Firefly, it lacks the display of the AirVape, and it isn’t as portable, compact, or discreet as other models. Its price is higher than that of most competitors, it has a bulky charging dock, and the lack of an onboard display makes checking its battery life or temperature an unnecessarily complex process in comparison with our other picks. Satisfying to use, intuitive to newcomers, and easier to live with than competitors, the AirVape X provides richer, smoother vapor than anything else in its price range. The Grasshopper has thick, potent vapor, quick heat-up times, charming tactile controls, a lifetime warranty, and an inconspicuous design—but it gets quite hot, and its charging setup and battery life aren’t the best. The high-capacity Firefly 2+ quickly produces more intense, tasty vapor than competitors, and it’s attractive and easy to clean—but it’s expensive, and it buries critical info in an app. We took the time to interview more vaporizer experts, read more reviews, and try more products firsthand than most regular shoppers ever get the chance to.
Aside from enthusiasts’ comments on popular vaporizer forums, we’ve interviewed two industry experts: Bud, the reviewer at The Vape Critic; and Buzz, the man behind the curtain at VaporizerWizard.com. We discussed industry trends, features, and favorites among the dozens of models they’ve tested and reviewed. Both sites include affiliate links for some products they recommend, as explained in The Vape Critic’s disclosure page and VaporizerWizard.com’s disclosure page. Writer Mark Smirniotis has covered vaporizers for Wirecutter for three years, and he formerly worked for an e-cigarette–liquid manufacturer—exposure that showed the trade-offs necessary to make a good device.