viparspectra 450w review

Many other vaporizers contain narrow or recessed mouthpiece areas that are not as easy to fully clean out. Cleaning the AirVape is far easier than cleaning vaporizers with a long airway, like the Vapium Summit, or the DaVinci Miqro, which needs to be cleaned from both sides. The AirVape X feels well designed and constructed, with a matte-finish metal body, flat shape, nice balance, and clear display.

A subtle vibration followed by a countdown timer makes it obvious when it’s powered on (not a given when using other vaporizers), and the device shuts off when the timer ends, helping to conserve battery life and avoid overcooking the contents. Testers appreciated the reminder buzz—it’s forgetful work. The battery on the X lasted through roughly three bowls before needing to be recharged. The AirVape X has a Micro-USB input—a detail that adds the portability, versatility, and convenience of using any USB charger you already have, like the one you use for your smartphone. Even other vaporizers we like, including the Grasshopper, need cradles or proprietary chargers. The AirVape X charges from empty to full in a little over an hour. Bud at The Vape Critic liked the AirVape X as well; after reviewing the original AirVape XS, Bud worked with the company on improvements for the X.

1 “They did a really good job implementing the things we talked about. I now honestly feel that this is one of the best portable vaporizers under $200 that I own.” Buzz at VaporizerWizard.com doesn’t have a review up for the X yet, but he gave the previous version, the XS, an 8.8 out of 10 and noted that the good vapor and easy draw on inhale were all impressive for a vaporizer this small and this affordable. After our testing was already completed and our impressions noted, we also saw that another reviewer had a similar flavor experience: “The hits were full and potent, with an unbelievable amount of citrus flavors accentuated from the Clementine strain we were vaping.” If something goes wrong with the X, AirVape offers a limited lifetime warranty, though you do need to register the vaporizer. (Vaporizers from unauthorized retailers won’t be covered.) And keep in mind that repairs come with a $20 shipping and handling fee, and battery replacements cost $40 after the first six months (shipping and handling included). The battery life on the AirVape X, while average, is not great. We tend to put it back on the charger after a use or two, just to not have to deal with using it plugged in when the battery gets low. You can’t replace your own batteries with fresh ones, like with the Grasshopper and others. But because of the Micro-USB charging setup, you can usually find a cord in a pinch, and to its credit, the AirVape is one of the few that consistently (if not accurately) displays its battery level—either full, ¾, or half (which basically means almost empty). As Buzz at VaporizerWizard.com noted on his review of the earlier XS version, the X may run a little hot; we preferred setting the temperature about 10 degrees below where we normally would on other vaporizers—a good default temp is 380 °F; on the AirVape, 370 ºF is more like it. If you want to most potent possible vapor per puff, look to a convection model like the Grasshopper. The AirVape, in contrast, stretches out good flavors longer and makes controlling the effects easier. The only other odd quirk we noted: The up-arrow button is on the left of the power button, and the down-arrow button is on the right, and it always felt backward. 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 Stainless Grasshopper heats up instantly and delivers potent vapor that’s more concentrated than that of the AirVape, and that, combined with a slim pen-like housing, makes a product that’s more portable, more discreet, and easier to use quickly on the go than our other picks. Although this model has remained available throughout spring 2019, a main drawback has been inconsistent availability since its release in 2016. But the company backs each unit with a lifetime warranty, and its product gets great reviews in spite of all of this and its high price—proof that the unique Grasshopper, which is honestly the most fun to use of our picks, is really a satisfying item. The pen-shaped device is a departure from a lot of the vaporizers we look at. Instead of digital buttons, tactile controls manage the activation and temperature. To turn the heating element on or off, just click the back of the device like you would any retractable pen. Around the clicker is a rotating, five-step knob that controls the temperature. The LEDs toward the other end are blue when ready, red when heating, and blinking red when the battery is low. It’s charming in its simplicity, and it packs a punch with each puff. The Grasshopper’s proprietary charge cord works well but is not as convenient as a universal connection. Plan on using this silicone mouthpiece cover, even if it does kind of ruin the design. Subtle plus and minus engravings by the clicker—aka the power switch—adjust the temperature. The Grasshopper’s proprietary charge cord works well but is not as convenient as a universal connection.

Plan on using this silicone mouthpiece cover, even if it does kind of ruin the design. The mouthpiece unscrews to reveal the chamber underneath. But it’s pretty narrow and tends to be a little messier to fill than the AirVape X, which has a concave rim to catch errant flower crumbs. The Grasshopper is a convection vaporizer, so it heats the air you inhale, vaporizing the contents into concentrated clouds that taste delicious. Sweet notes of orange popped from our sativa-dominant hybrid flowers, whereas our other picks left us with just a faint citrus flavor or general sweetness.

The potency of the Grasshopper’s vapor stood out when we did side by side tests with the AirVape over the course of a week.

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