Vape Review: Pulsar Curve
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about 2 months ago, I bought a Pulsar Curve vaporizer. I liked the size for stealth and with an ebay price under $50, ( I got mine for $37.89 shipped ), I decided to try one. Retail on vape sites is $109
I like inexpensive vapes for travel, if for some reason you have to ditch it, its not such a big loss money wise. And Pulsar seems to have a decent rep.
It comes in nice packaging. Besides the vaporizer, the box contains a USB power cable with a mini powerjack on the vaporizer end, and a standard USB connect on the other. The cable is rather short, but not unusable. Included also are a packing tool and a cleaning brush. The cleaning brush also functions to help change the screen. More on that later.
First time charge takes a couple hours. Once charged, the Curve heats to temp in about 20-30 seconds! Very fast warm up, and its ready to use right then! First one I’ve used that was usable as soon as it reached set temp!
The Curve has a smart design. The herb chamber is straight thru the vape and completely sealed. There is a silicone plug in the bottom, and the mouth piece on top unscrews to reveal the chamber. Yuo empty it by using the packing tool and push the herb out the bottom, once the plug has been removed. Run the brush thru once or twice and its clean!
The chamber hold probably close to .5 grams. However, I recommend only filling 3/4 full. Even so, this over .3 grams! I don’t fill it full so as to keep weed particles from plugging the mouth piece. Fill from the top. You’ll want to use the filling tool, I also bought a three pack of stylus at the dollar store that are perfect to use as a packing tool for this! That way, if I lose the tool, I have spares!. But most anything that will fit in the chamber will work.
The Chamber is tall and narrow, making it a little slow to load. I pinch some weed and holding my fingers over the chamber, I roll the weed gently between my finger and dribble the weed into the opening. If you drop too much, the opening plugs and you use the packing tool to push it in. I pack the chamber moderately. This helps keep it from plugging the mouth piece and increases the vapor volume.
This is a high draw resistance type vape, which I normally don’t like. I’ve learned to tolerate it however. This is a stealthy little vape! And it looks alot like the box mods ejuice vapers use, so even if its seen, it draws less attention. This vape take some getting use to as to draw, but “sipping” style works well.
If the mouth piece plugs, simply unscrew it, blow hard thru it, and screw it back on! The mouth piece is actually, two parts, the mouth piece, and a small cylinder the holds the screen and controls airflow. The cylinder is held in the mouth piece by a silicone O-ring. Simply pull the cylinder out to clean, and change the screen.
And changing the screen is very easy! The brush that comes with it, had a small tip on it. you poke this thru the end of the cylinder with the small airhole, and poke the screen out. the screen is held in place by a recess machined into the cylinder, you just push gently and the screen pops right into place!
The Curve has three temperature settings: 370F, 410F, and 450F. I really doubt those temps are accurate, but it does work well at all temps. I like to use mine set to 410F. At this temp, the Curve produces plenty of tasty vapor! In fact, I was surprised by the vapor production, this little vape hits well! It hits better than any other cheap vape I’ve used, and as well and several expensive units. The vapor is warm, but not hot as the heater seems to be at the bottom of the chamber. I figure this as the avb is darker at the bottom. You can get a good number of hits from this too! 10-14 hits is average for me.
Battery life is not long, but considering how small this is, its to be expected. The Curve has a digital temperature gauge and battery monitor. Each time you start up, it tells you the percent of battery life left. It kicks off below 50%. I can get four cessions from one batter charge, 5 or 6 if I st it to 370 and take a few quick hits.
The power button requires 5 clicks to turn it on or off. Once it is on, you change the temp by pressing and holding the power button, until you see the temp change, then just release the button.
Overall, this is really a quite nice vape if your looking for something small and stealthy!
Stealthy and small
good vapor production
feels good in your hand
All metal construction
Short battery life
needs better temp selections
o-ring on the screen cylinder fragile, you may want to see where to get some replacements, maybe the hardware store?
about 2 months ago, I bought a Pulsar Curve vaporizer. I liked the size for stealth and with an ebay price under $50, ( I got mine for $37.89 shipped ), I…
Pulsar RöK Review
Design & Features
The Pulsar RöK (RöK means smoke in Swedish by the way) looks like a space-age tea kettle which is kind of unique to see on portable dab rigs. It’s 6.75″ tall and fits comfortably in my hand which feels like I’m holding a canned beer at a party. The RöK has an interesting design that is divided into two: the body and the base.
The body is made out of metal with a matte black finish that looks good and feels durable. It has a narrow section in the middle, and when I hold it, it feels like an actual bong that I can easily pass to my friends. It has a single button that allows choosing 3 voltage settings which are indicated by the Pulsar logo.
The body has three sides and each of them is connected to the following:
The metal mouthpiece has a silicone splash guard that prevents hot concentrates from splashing into the mouthpiece. It feels smooth on the lips and it feels a little more natural since I don’t need to hold it directly beneath me to inhale. I can just hold it out in front which I think is more comfortable compared to most of the portable dab rigs.
The atomizer is located at the opposite end of the mouthpiece. It’s a ‘coil-less’ quartz bowl which has the attribute of both quartz rod coils and ceramic coils. It means that it has a fast heat time while preserving the purity and flavor of the wax. It has a silicone collar that prevents me from getting hurt whenever I accidentally touch the coil when heating up. Lastly, it has a glass carb cap that traps the temperature which I can twist around to control the airflow.
Air Path Tubes
The two metal tubes are located at the bottom of the body. These tubes are where the vapor travel which is separated from the electrical circuitry that might affect the purity of the vapor. The silicon housing that’s also located underneath the body connects the base and the disc percolator.
The base of the Pulsar RöK is a water bubbler that’s made from borosilicate glass which is durable and has a high resistance to thermal shock. This means you don’t have to worry about breaking or cracking it when placing it on any surface. Slamming it down is another matter, but you shouldn’t be doing that with any vape anyway.
The other thing you shouldn’t worry about is it has no risk from malfunctioning due to water damage. It’s because of its inverted design wherein the battery is on top instead of having it on the bottom that we’ve seen from other dab rigs like the Dr. Dabber Switch (Review | Buy) or the Vista Mini 2 (Review | Buy).
What differentiates the RöK from the rest of the pack is it has a disc percolator located in the base. It helps the water bubbler to further filter the vapor more, ensuring that it is as pure and as flavorful it can possibly be. The only downside to having the bubbler on the bottom is that the RöK takes much longer to assemble or clean than other portable dab rigs, that’s kind of disappointing considering that the ease of use of these rigs is a big part of their appeal.
The RöK mode is the equivalent of session mode that is found in some portable rigs and other types of extract vaporizers. It maintains the selected temperature for thirty seconds so you don’t have to constantly hold down the power button. It also has an included ceramic atomizer to vape dry herbs which is something I don’t usually see on portable dab rigs. Though it’s a good additional feature, I recommend you not to try it out since the temp settings are too high and could burn the herbs.
How To Use
The RöK is pretty simple to use since it has a one-button interface which is something we expect on portable dab rigs. To use it, you need to:
- Fill the glass base of the RöK with water, but do not fill past the halfway point.
- Attach the downstream/disc percolator to the underside of the body of the RöK.
- Place the glass base on a solid, level surface, and then place the body of the RöK on to it.
- Once the two parts of the RöK are lined up, gently press down on the RöK to lock both parts into place.
- Dab your wax into the quartz coil.
- (Optional) Replace the quartz coil with the ceramic coil to vape herbs.
- Press the power button five times to turn on the device.
- Press the power button three times to cycle through the temperature settings.
- (Optional) Press the power button two times to engage RöK mode, press it two times more to end it.
- Once heating up is done, place the carb cap over the coil and inhale from the mouthpiece.
Voltage Settings: It has 3 color-coded voltage settings: 3.4v/680°F (Green) | 3.6v/780°F (Blue) | 3.8v/850°F (Red)
Sesh-Mode: The device automatically heats up to the desired temperature for 30 seconds by pressing the power button twice.
Instruction Manual: You can access the instruction manual here.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Rök is the highest maintenance rig I’ve tried so far. Since it has an unusual inverted design, it consists of more parts than most of the rigs which means that they each need to be cleaned individually. To sum it up, here’s how to clean the Rök:
- Atomizers: They can be cleaned by using the included alcohol-filled cotton swab. You can clean them while they are attached to the rest of the RöK. Also, you need to clean the threaded connection of the atomizer to make sure that the connections remain intact.
- Glass Parts: Once the glass parts (water bubbler, disc percolator, and carb cab) are removed from the rest of the RöK, they can be cleaned by soaking them in isopropyl alcohol. Once cleaning is complete, the glass parts should be rinsed with cold water and then left to dry.
- Air Path Tubes: The included cleaning brushes can be used to remove any clogs in the tubes. Once the clogs have been removed, the tubes can be soaked in isopropyl alcohol. After they have been cleaned, they should be rinsed out with cold water and then air-dried.
- Mouthpiece: Remove the mouthpiece and clean it with soap and water. Allow it to air dry before reattaching them to the rest of the device.
Performance & Vapor Quality
The RöK heats up quickly and does a good job of vaping the wax. It stays cool to touch and even while the RöK mode is active. It has a low draw resistance but the vapor path clogs easily which makes it hard for me to inhale the vapor. I got the best result in the middle setting and probably got 5-7 hits before dabbing my wax again.
On the vapor quality, I must say that the RöK produces a cleaner and more flavorful vapor compared to its competitors. It’s because the disc percolator brings out more terps and makes the vapor purer. It also has an isolated airpath that further helped with the purity and flavor of the herbs since it doesn’t come into contact with any electronics.
The RöK has three temperature settings and I like playing around the middle setting which provides flavorful vapor that doesn’t feel too harsh. Experienced vapers can try the highest setting if they dare, but they shouldn’t be surprised if they experience a cough—or two or three or four or more—when they do. So, no matter which setting you choose, you are guaranteed to get some huge clouds, so both flavor chasers and cloud chasers will be satisfied with the RöK.
Battery Performance: The RöK lasts for twenty-five to thirty sessions but it does take two hours to charge. The charging time seems a little disappointing since it uses a micro-USB port when other similar devices use a USB-C connection. In that respect, The RöK seemed left behind even though portable dab rigs are new in the vaping industry.
The RöK is easy to use, has a long battery life, and heats up fast which is something we should expect from portable dab rigs. Yes, it functions well and produces decent quality vapor but not comparable to the best dab rigs today. Overall, this is an appealing choice for a first portable dab rig as long as you don’t mind the assembling, cleaning, and the scorching temperature which takes time to get used to.
The RöK might have a higher learning curve compared to the rest of the pack but once you learn how to use it efficiently, it will yield a good result. So if you’re looking for other dab rigs that will fit your needs, I’d say the KandyPens Oura (Review | Buy) or the Puffco Peak (Review | Buy) is worth checking.
Pulsar RöK has an inverted design with 3 temp settings that range from 680-850°F. It features a disc percolator and a glass bubbler to filter the vapor even more.