SOURCE Orb 3 Vaporizer Pen Kit Review
- Released: July 2015
- Manufactured By: SOURCEvapes
- Manufactured In: China
- Designed In: Nevada
- Designed For:
- Dry Herb
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Although the SOURCE Orb 3 vaporizer may look like many of the other vape pens on the market, this travel kit from SOURCEvapes does come bundled with a couple of unique features that allow it to stand out amongst the crowd.
SOURCE Orb 3 Vaporizer Pen Kit
Late last year, our team had the opportunity to test and review the original SOURCE Orb. Since then, the company has made significant improvements to its product that they couldn’t wait to show off. Today, I’ll be sharing my experience vaporizing with the SOURCE Orb 3, a third generation vaporizer pen created by SOURCEvapes. For those unfamiliar, SOURCEvapes is a Las Vegas based product retailer who has been producing portable vaporizers since early 2012.
Continuing their trend of producing vaporizer pens equipped with dual atomizers, the SOURCE Orb 3 pen kit utilizes two quartz atomizers instead of the ceramic atomizers used in the past. An atomizer is just a fancy way of saying “the part that gets hot.”
If you look toward the top of the vaporizer pen, you’ll notice the cap has 4 new “air slits” that can easily be covered when twisting the pen. This new feature, which I haven’t seen anywhere else yet, allows you to quickly control how much air flow is allowed into the unit each time you take a draw.
How to Fill Your SOURCE Orb 3 Vaporizer Pen
When the time comes to load your vape with material, you have a couple of different options. The kit from SOURCEvapes includes two different atomizers: double coil (for high temperatures) and SOURCEterra (for low temperatures).
To fill your SOURCE Orb 3 vape pen, pull off its cap, much like you would take the cap off of a pen. Then, find the atomizer of your choice and screw it into the base above the two rubber ring stoppers.
Vaporizing concentrates is actually very simple with the SOURCE Orb 3. From my experience, the SOURCE Orb 3 produces the best rips from material that resembles the concentrates you would normally take dabs with. This includes waxes, budders, terpy oils, and even shatter.
The SOURCE terra atomizer is a completely ceramic heating element that uses a ceramic donut instead of metal coils. SOURCE terra reaches a max temperature of 650°F‐750°F (compared to 1,200°F – 1,400°F with the Double Coil atomizers) to deliver better tasting hits. It is specifically made for low temperature dabs that will keep the flavor in tact, so I’d recommend starting with this atomizer.
Use a dab tool to fill the chamber with the concentrate of your choice. Be careful not to put too much pressure or you may puncture the atomizer and lead to a faulty piece. When the atomizer is filled with a small chunk of concentrate (about the size of one dab or bread crumb — for those who don’t dab), it should look similar to this:
When vaporizing concentrates, I prefer to set the battery power setting on the base of the pen to 4.0. This allows a powerful, cloud-producing rip that closely resembles a dab from a glass rig and e-nail. In my opinion, it makes little sense to use the SOURCE Orb on the lowest setting when vaping concentrates, as you will be potentially wasting concentrate that doesn’t vaporize in the time you take your hit. Sure, it will puddle up in the bottom for further vaporizing at a later time, but I’m not sure I feel comfortable vaporizing the same material over and over.
At a higher temperature, the vapor becomes thicker and typically uses all of the concentrate in the chamber each and every pull. Knowing this, I tend to fill this vaporizer pen for just one or two hits at a maximum; it’s definitely not like other e-cigs or co2 pens that you may fill for weeks at a time.
How To Charge Your SOURCE Orb 3 Vaporizer
Much like other pen vaporizers, the SOURCE Orb 3 utilizes a universal battery that can be charged by screwing it into the charging attachment provided in the kit. It works off a USB connection which is nice, as I almost always have a computer near me.
The unit will begin to light up red after it is connected to the charge. This lets you know the battery is charging. Once the unit is completely charged, the light will turn green. You can unscrew the battery and re-attach it to the top of your pen, and begin vaping immediately. If it doesn’t seem to be working, it may be because the pen is “locked.” To unlock/lock your SOURCE Orb pen, tap the button 5 times and wait for the light to start blinking.
Nice Features of the SOURCE Orb 3 Vape Pen
- SOURCE orb has a very easy draw; you can effortlessly puff away without straining your throat muscles.
- While both atomizers are certainly convenient, I mostly just used the dual coil wax atomizer; this one provides consistently large hits.
- The new “slim” version is much more sleek, lightweight, and stealthy than its predecessor — making it a great option for vaping on-the-go or in public.
Downsides to the SOURCE Orb 3
- You can’t use the SOURCE Orb 3 when it is charging. Let’s say you forget to charge the unit one night. The next morning, you may find yourself out of luck when you realize you’ll have to wait until it charges to use it again, which means no vaping for you all day.
- Fingerprints. So many fingerprints… I guess that’s why they include two wipes instead of one… to keep the pen clean.
What’s Included In The SOURCE Orb 3 Travel Kit
For those in the market for a new portable vaporizer, the SOURCE Orb 3 retails for $49.95 and includes all of the following:
- 1x SOURCE orb slim attachment
- 1x SOURCE orb Variable Voltage Battery
- 1x SOURCE orb 3 Quartz Double Coil atomizer
- 1x Quartz SOURCE terra Ceramic Donut atomizer (Requires Variable Voltage Battery)
- 1x Dabbing Tool
- 1x Small eGo Charger
- 1x SOURCEvapes Travel Case
Although the SOURCE Orb 3 vaporizer may look like many of the other vape pens on the market, this travel kit from SOURCEvapes does come bundled with a couple of …
Review: SOURCE orb vaporizer pen by SOURCEvapes
When I heard that there was a vaporizer pen with dual-coil atomizers, I was inclined to want to review it. The SOURCE orb is created by SOURCEvapes, a Las Vegas based product retailer who has been producing portable vaporizers since 2012.
The SOURCE orb Multi-function Premium Kit
The SOURCE orb vaporizer pen comes packaged in a sturdy, well-branded carrying case. Inside the case you’ll find 5 different atomizers (two double coil and three single coil) and two variable dry herb chambers. In addition, you will find a silicone container (for storing your concentrates), a dabber, a USB charger and a wall-outlet plug. All of this retails on the SOURCEvapes website for $79.95 — a steal for everything that is included.
Let’s get to it. What really sets the SOURCE orb apart from other vaporizers is the double-coiled atomizer. This dual heat-chamber area allows for concentrates to heat up faster, creating larger clouds of vapor than most of the other pens I have tried. Additionally, all of the atomizers use Grade 2 Titanium coils. The coils inside the atomizer have a silica wick, where as the wick-less coils use ceramic rods.
How To Use The SOURCE orb Vape Pen
If you are new to using vape pens and are unsure how they work, do not worry. There are simple instructions on the back of the box. To turn the power on simply press the power button 5 times in a quick succession. This power lock ensures you won’t accidentally power your vape on when it is in your pocket. The battery will flash 3 times letting you know you are ready to vape. You can adjust the battery voltage through a simple control dial located on the bottom of the pen. The dial allows you to quickly change the voltage between 3.2v – 4.8v, in increments of 0.2v. This comes in handy when vaporizing concentrates with different consistencies, as well as dry herbs with varying moisture content.
For the impatient readers out there, feel good knowing I started using the SOURCE orb right out of the box. However, this is not ideal nor recommended. The company suggests charging your battery up in full before trying it out. This will increase your battery’s overall effectiveness. A fully charged battery on the SOURCE orb can last several hours with consistent use, making the vaporizer pen ideal for short trips and smoking on the go. However, for longer trips where charging the pen is not an option, I’d still be inclined to bring my Loud Vapes vaporizer pen (which lasted over 5 days of heavy use last week).
Packing The SOURCE orb Vaporizer Pen
A double-sided dabber with a weight and a scooper is also included with the kit. I used the dabber to easily load and unload concentrates and flower into the vape. Simply unscrew the top part of the pen and remove it, leaving the atomizer attached to the pen. Then, fill the atomizer, being careful not to add too much concentrate or dry-herb, depending on your preference. Remember, overloading the pen can cause the concentrate to spill out the top and drip down into the battery, which essentially ruins the pen.
The two included flower atomizer attachments are slightly different from one another. The dry “Herb Hitter” has a vertical ceramic rod wrapped with a nichrome coil, to efficiently vaporize everything loaded. The dry “Herb Baker” has two wick-less Gr2 titanium coils underneath a suspended mesh screen to prevent combustion and preserve flavor. Just remember to grind up your herbs prior to loading so you have more exposed surface area, thus producing less waste and more even heating.
Once loaded with either concentrate or dry herb, you are ready to start vaporizing. Hold down the power button while you inhale and release the button when you are done taking your hit. I found that turning down the voltage to 4.0v or a little bit lower provided a hit with optimal flavor, while the higher voltage gave me bigger hits but had a harsher flavor.
The design of the pen makes it simple to discreetly smoke in public, where-as many traditional pens have a clear globe attachment, the orb has a sleek stainless steel dome that looks similar to many E-cig attachments. The stainless steel also creates an element of durability for the vape pen.
Cleaning Your SOURCE orb Vaporizer Pen Is Easy
Although there are no instructions on how to properly clean your pen, it is a very straight-forward process (which is probably why they don’t include any instructions). There are three main components to the ORB attachment. Simply unscrew them and wipe down the interior of each chamber.
The orb attachment is made of stainless steel, providing a sturdy encasing for the atomizer. The atomizers normally last several weeks through heavy usage before they burn out. They’re made to be disposable so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them out.
What I Liked About The SOURCE orb Vaporizer Pen…
- Lots of Atomizer Options – You can customize your pen with any of the 8 SOURCE orb + globe atomizers, for any use you’d like.
- Solid Construction – A solid stainless steel exterior that seems much more durable than most other vaporizer pens.
- Double The Coils – Double coils in the atomizers provide much more efficiency for achieving larger clouds of vapor.
- Extremely Discreet – It is one of the most discreet pens on the market, easily concealable in your pocket or purse.
What I Didn’t Like…
- Weak Battery Life – The battery on the pen doesn’t quite make it through a full day, making it slightly inconvenient.
- Variable Hit Strength – When using the flower atomizers, each pull strength varies regardless of how much herb is in the chamber.
How Could The SOURCE orb Vaporizer Pen Be Improved?
Overall, I’ve got to say that I am quite impressed with the SOURCE orb vaporizer for its low price-point. However, like everything in life, there’s always room for improvement. Some things that I think would add value to the next generation SOURCE orb pen include:
- Rounded Mouthpiece – The current one has sharp edges and can accidentally cause an injury.
- Cleaning Help – Include cleaning tools and cleaning instructions to effectively clean the SOURCE orb.
- Additional Branding – Brand the silicone container and other accessories for an added touch of professionalism.
- Add More Coils – I wonder what would happen if you put three coils in an atomizer? Is that over-kill?
All premium vaporizer kits from SOURCEvapes come with a lifetime warranty for the battery, that covers all company defects. Atomizers come with a 30-day warranty for company defects — but because they send so many in the kit, it would be rare to need more without continued, heavy-use. Most vaporizer pens produce a burning sensation in the back of your throat due to high temperatures and foreign elements in the equipment. The adjustable battery voltage on the SOURCE orb takes care of this problem.
Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, all of the atomizers use Grade 2 Titanium coils and silica wick, which are “safe to vape” elements. For these reasons, if asked for my opinion, I would recommend the SOURCE orb for any avid smoker looking for a discreet alternative to smoking. What was your experience with this vape?
SOURCEvapes is no longer operational as of early 2019.SOURCEvapes was founded on April 20th, 2012 with the purpose of delivering innovative products at affordable prices with an exemplary customer service.In May 2014, they introduced the …
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When I heard that there was a vaporizer pen with dual-coil atomizers, I was inclined to want to review it. The SOURCE orb is created by SOURCEvapes, …