16 October 2008 0 Comments

Lighter Powered Portable Vaporizers

Portable vaporizers are consistently some of our best selling models, which makes sense – it’s nice to have a vaporizer you can take anywhere with you. One issue related to portability though is the fact that many so-called “portable” vaporizers require electricity. There are only a couple handheld electric vaporizers that come with rechargeable batteries – they Oxygen Mini and the Volatizer VM3 – and while they do work, the technology definitely stands to be improved. Another approach to portability has been Lighter Powered Portable Vaporizers, such as the Phyto Lab Vaporizer, The VaporGenie Handheld, and the Vapman Portable Vaporizer, that use flame instead of electricity to heat the vaporizer to the right temperature. Each model uses a different style and we will review them all. The best part about lighter vaporizers is that you don’t need electricity, just a lighter; also they are very light and portable too.

Let’s go through the top 3 Lighter Powered Portable Vaporizers: the Phyto Lab Vaporizer ($109), the VaporGenie ($49.99), and the Vapman ($139).

The Phyto Lab Vaporizer:
The Phyto-Lab Vaporizer is manufactured in Switzerland and is new to the U.S. market in. The Phyto-Lab Vaporizer is a handheld portable model that heats with a jet-flame lighter. It is built to high quality standards using medical grade materials. The Phyto-Lab is designed for all kinds of material i.e. solid or liquid. Due to aluminum radiance and air circulation, Phyto-Lab evaporates more active elements in both high as well as low temperature without burning, which is a problem with some of the other lighter powered vaporizers. Phyto Lab claims that their model is “more efficient, proper, durable and reliable when compared to VaporGenie and Vapman.” Since the Phyto Labs Handheld Vaporizer is made almost entirely of metal, the durability claims seem reasonable. I was also able to get better vapor with no burning with the Phyto Lab, compared to my use of the VaporGenie and Vapman.

The price of Phyto Lab Vaporizer is in the mid range for lighter powered vapes at $109. It is comparatively less than the Vapman, but about twice the price of a VaporGenie.

The VaporGenie:
The VaporGenie is made in the U.S and is one of our most popular models. It uses a lighter or match, but never lets the flame touch the herb: the VaporGenie has an inert, high temperature ceramic filter that prevents the flame from contacting the herbal blend. The filter mixes cool air with flame providing gentle heat for vaporization. The filter does not deteriorate or burn, and will never need replacement. This technology is called ‘flame filter’ technology. The VaporGenie is very durable unit with no real breakable parts when used correctly. Incorrect use may damage the ceramic filter, so refrain from poking at it or trying to take it out. VaporGenie sells replacement parts if you ever need one.

Compared to the Phyto-Lab & Vapman vaporizers, the VaporGenie is the cheapest model at just $49.99.

The Vapman
The Vapman Vaporizer also made in Switzerland. It is the most portable vaporizer in the market today. It comes with a slick egg-sized carrying case that can easily be slid into your pockets or purse. The Vapman is heated by a pre-filled butane torch that is included with the vaporizer. Vapman is easy to light once you insert the herb in the receptacle, you could simply screw the mouthpiece on and use the lighter to heat the other side of the metal compartment. The handmade wood casing around the metal components keeps you safe during this process. It is hand crafted and produces high quality vapor when used properly.

The Vapman is the most expensive of these three vaporizers at $139.00. If you want portability though, check this unit out.

We hope these comparisons are helpful, please contact us with any questions or comments. -VN

25 August 2008 0 Comments

Extreme Vaporizer Pictures

The Extreme Vaporizer by Arizer is the latest model to hit the vaporizer market. It has been received very well, becoming popular in a matter of months thanks to it’s dual function direct-inhalation/balloon-style operation and it’s price: $290. We’ve posted a photo shoot of the Extreme Vaporizer with its accessories and being set up so non-owners can get a feel for the Extreme. And as always feel free to contact us with any questions. Take care, -VN

4 August 2008 9 Comments

Making the Volcano Vaporizer More Efficient

Lately, we’ve been experimenting with using different sized bags for the Volcano. The standard-sized bags or balloons that the Volcano vaporizer comes with only hold enough vapor for about four deep inhales. Then you have to take the mouthpiece off, start the Volcano up again, vaporize a whole new bag, and then put the mouthpiece back on before you can resume vaping. It’s not the biggest hassle ever, but it does get pretty repetitive.

While making our video of the 10 foot bag of vapor, we realized that — besides being awesome — the 10 ft bag also meant that we only had to fill it once instead of 5 times. However, 10 ft is a lot of vapor and the 10 ft balloon can get unwieldy when full, so we began experimenting with somewhat smaller sizes. During our experimentation we realized that using the bigger bag is not only easier it is also more efficient because you waste less vapor. Think about whenever you attach the Solid or Easy Valve on to the Volcano or take it them. There is always a little lost vapor; however, with the bigger bag you are taking the valve on and off the Volcano valve fewer total times per filling chamber, which maximizes your vapor by eliminating waste (how to make bigger bags with the Easy Valve).

The 10 ft party bag is clearly the most efficient in this regard because it only has to be taken on and off once per filling chamber, but 10 ft isn’t always the optimal size. Lately, we’ve been using a 3 ft long bag almost exclusively (at right). One filling chamber will fill the 3 ft bag up 4 times, which by our math equals 12 total ft of vapor. We usually fill the standard sized bags that Storz & Bickel manufacturer and package with the Volcano Vaporizer Digit systems, which are about 2 ft long, 5 times per filling chamber. That’s only 10 ft of vapor, so we’ve been enjoying our 2 ft bonus a lot and wanted to pass on the tip. Keep vaping!

-VN

6 May 2008 0 Comments

Video of the VaporGenie Handheld Vaporizer

The VaporGenie is unlike most vaporizers in that it uses an open flame instead of electricity for its heat source:

Being able to use a lighter — torch-style butane is recommended — instead of electricity (either in the form of a battery that needs recharging or an outlet that you can’t take anywhere) with the VaporGenie means that it is a very portable vaporizer. The VaporGenie works by filtering the hot air from the lighter through a special ceramic filter, which is in the top part that screws on, that cools the air to a temperature that is appropriate for vaporizing by mixing it with cooler air. The drawback of the lighter is that if you’re not careful you can burn whatever you are trying to vaporize: there is a little technique required. Another plus of the VaporGenie is that it is one of the cheapest vaporizers, retailing for $49.

Please see the VaporGenie Staff Review for more information.

5 May 2008 0 Comments

Volatizer VM3 Portable Vaporizer Video Tutorial

The Volatizer VM3 is a portable vaporizer manufactured by Chiro-Tec. Below is a video run-through of its operation:

The Volatizer VM3 is very well designed from a functional standpoint. It fits in the palm of your hand –about the size of two cigarette packs back-to-back — with no exposed parts. The mouthpiece retracts beneath a sliding cover when not in use. A similar sliding cover gives access to the chamber where ceramic discs pre-filled with vaporizables are inserted. While the VM3′s form is very elegant, it’s price ($449) is somewhat steep considering that most other portable or handheld vaporizers retail for well under $150.

The main reason to pay the extra $300 for the Volatizer is that it is the most portable electronic vaporizer on the marker. It has an internal, rechargeable lithium-ion battery whereas other so-called “portable” vaporizers require an optional, external battery or sometimes even an actual outlet. The VM3 also has an easy-to-read digital display and comes with faux-leather carrying case. Like other portable or hand-held vaporizers, the main problem with the Volatizer VM3 is that the discs that one loads are pretty small and only yield so much vapor.

We will be posting a complete Staff Review of the Volatizer VM3 Handheld Vaporizer in the near future, in the meantime please enjoy the video.

1 May 2008 0 Comments

Vapir Oxygen O2 Mini Vaporizer Video

The Oxgyen Mini-Vaporizer by Vapir has consistently been one of our best selling models.

Portability seems to be a significant consideration for many vaporizer users. The scope of portable and handheld vaporizers currently available is pretty limited. The Oxygen O2 Mini may be the best of the bunch, especially if you consider its price — $99 — versus other models such as the Volatizer VM3. For what it is, the Oxygen works well. You wouldn’t want to use it for more than 1-2 people as emptying and refilling would be a huge hassle. A car charger and an external battery are also available for the O2 Mini. We’ll also be posting a Staff Review of the O2 shortly (feel free to submit your own reviews). Enjoy the video!

30 April 2008 0 Comments

New: The Extreme Vaporizer by Arizer

We’re excited to announce the addition of a new vaporizer model to our store. It is the Extreme Vaporizer by Arizer:


Although we haven’t had a chance to test this vapo model extensively, our first impressions are mostly positive. The Extreme produces good vapor that is fairly dense. The unit itself is well designed with a back-lit LED and easy controls. It even has a remote for long distance operation (this is a vaporizer first as far as we know). It’s price of $269 is reasonable too. The only real drawback of the Extreme Vaporizer is that it is not as user friendly as the Volcano or herbalAire. One has to connect a bunch of glass pieces and plastic tubing to fill bags. Direct-inhale use is a lot simpler, but here at VapeNow we are very partial to our balloon-style vapes. Overall we are pleased to see another decent vaporizer on the market after having tried out the Extreme a few times. It’s a sign that vaporizer technology and vaporizers themselves will keep getting better and less expensive.

30 April 2008 0 Comments

Vapir ONE v5.0 Vaporizer Video Review

We’ve posted a video review of the Vapir ONE v.5.0 handheld vaporizer on YouTube:

The Vapir ONE 5.0 is one of our best sellers due to its portability and relatively low price. We’re not crazy about the bags that Vapir sells with the unit — they don’t work as well as Volcano balloons — but that doesn’t seem to be an issue for most people. We hope to have a comprehensive Staff Review up soon. Many thanks to hand model T. Peters once again.

29 April 2008 0 Comments

10+ ft. of Vapor with the Volcano Digit

The rolls of bags you buy from S&B; are 10+ feet long. It’s easy to put a new bag in the Easy Valve. So why not make a 10 foot bag and fill it up? Why not indeed:

After trying it out we are huge fans. You can ever get one whole bag out of just one largish filling chamber. It’s great for groups because there is no wait time once the bag is filled up and it lasts a long time. It also seems more efficient because there is less starting and stopping. If you’d rather buy it than make it, we have 10′ Party Balloons for sale in our store.

Many thanks to our friend Levels Van De Capp for the fine acting.

(more vaporizer videos)

28 April 2008 0 Comments

Vaporizer Heating Elements 101

To someone who is just beginning to learn about vaporizers, the wide range of heating elements that come with different vaporizer models can be quite overwhelming. There is also a lot of spammy propaganda out there claiming that this or that heating element is the best. We’ve published the article below to aid those looking to learn about vaporizer heating elements from an unbiased source. [At right: the herbalAire's aluminum heating element]

Introduction: Our heating element can beat up your heating element…
Anyone who has taken two seconds to survey the breadth of the vaporizer market quickly notices that various brands tout their heating element as “the best available” while pointing out health risks associated with their competitors’ models. Evaluating all these (sometimes conflicting) statements can be quite a task. The purpose of this article is not to endorse a specific type of heating element, but instead to gather the available information about heating elements in one place to aid people in making informed decisions when buying a vaporizer.

Why Do Heating Elements Matter?
The heating element is the most integral part of any vaporizer. It regulates the temperature of the air that catalyzes the active ingredients as the air passes through it. A note: the air passing through the heating element may be either propelled by a pump in balloon-style models i.e. the Volcano Vaporizer or by one’s own in direct-inhalation style vaporizers i.e. the VaporCannon. Some models, such as the herbalAire, are capable of both balloon and direct-inhale style vaporization. A primary requirement for all heating elements is precision – you want your vaporizer to actually be at the temperature you set – but health considerations may also play when people shop for vaporizers. (more)

Read the entire article: Types of Vaporizer Heating Elements in our Articles Section