Phedor Review

Phedor Vaporizer
Staff Review --
November 29, 2007

Meet the Phedor Portable Vaporizer from Wicked Roots. This little handheld unit has been one of the top selling vaporizers on the market over the past couple years. It is a very simple design: basically just an exposed ceramic heating element that heats up when the unit is plugged in. To vaporize tobacco or other herbs, you hold the Phedor close to the material and then inhale, which causes hot air to move through and release active ingredients. We at hope you find this review helpful and informative.

Pros & Cons

  • Highly portable.
  • Simple, sleek design.
  • Functions as a butaneless lighter when touched to the vaporizeables.
  • The ceramic heating element will never wear down, unlike most glass rod alternatives.
  • It is only a part of what you need to vaporize -- there's nowhere to put the tobacco!
  • It has an extremely hot exposed surface that could potentially be very dangerous.
  • There is no way to adjust the temperature of vaporization.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The Phedor Vaporizer is really not what we at VapeNow would call a vaporizer. Rather, it is a component (the heating element) that is found in almost all vaporizer models. The user still needs to procure a means of suspending the tobacco and inhaling the resulting vapors. Therefore any review of the unit should start by saying that if you just had a Phedor and tobacco you would have no way of vaporizing! Despite this fact, the Phedor's ability to work in conjunction with other tobacco delivery systems is really where its value lies.

Devices that are traditionally used for smoking can essentially be transformed into vaporizers by using a Phedor for the heat source instead of fire. Just make sure you don't touch the vaporizer to the tobacco -- if contact is made, the Phedor's heating element will be hot enough to burn the tobacco. Although this is to be avoided while vaporizing, we do also recommend the Phedor as a butaneless lighter. It's healthier than inhaling butane, even if you are still smoking, which we never endorse. All in all this tiny unit is similar the magic wand that it looks like, turning smoking devices into servicable vaporizers. We recommend it.


The Phedor unit is all one piece with a detachable 6-foot cord and plug. The white ceramic heating element sticks out 1.5 from the end of the black aluminum casing. The black portion of the Phedor vaporizer measures .75 x 1.25 x 3 and never gets hot or warm. Once the user plugs the unit into the wall the ceramic part of the vaporizer will begin to heat until it is glowing red-hot. This takes about 1 minute.

Plug in the Phedor. From this point forward you need to be very aware of the white ceramic part of the unit. It will start to get hot very quickly. After about 45 seconds to 1 minute a half-inch portion of the element should be glowing orange. Hold this part of the Phedor very close to your tobacco or herbs and inhale long and slow. The heat coming off the ceramic stick is enough to release the active ingredients of the plant, inhale these vapors and enjoy the health benefits of vaporizing vs. smoking


From time to time the ceramic portion of the Phedor will need cleaning. Simply make sure the unit is cool and wipe it down with a paper towel. DO NOT USE A WET PAPER TOWEL as this could damage the heating element.

That's all for the Phedor. Next up will be the VaporCannon - 3G. Thanks for reading.
-- The VapeNow Staff

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