Haze Square Vaporizer Intro

“The Haze Square is the first and only quad chamber vaporizer to hit the market. It utilizes an on-demand convection heat system providing little to no wait time between draws and is compatible with all material types including herb, concentrate and liquids. Easily switch from one material to the next with a simple rotation or interchange material pods for the most versatile vapor experience available”

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Introduction

The Square is the 2nd vape to join the Haze family and offers users something completely different than their famous Haze Dual Vaporizer. The Haze Dual was the first dual chamber vape to hit the market and was easily one of the best, truly dual purpose vapes that worked as well with dry herbs as it did with concentrates. The Square not only features 4 chambers instead of 2 but it also heats completely different with on-demand full convection heat, whereas the Haze Dual was a session style vape that heated to temperature and stayed there providing mostly conduction heat. On-demand convection heat requires only seconds to reach temperature and only heats your material when your drawing on the device, so no material degradation and will likely provide more flavor and the flavor will last longer too.

The Haze Square is nearly here and will likely be shipping near the End of January, so pre-ordering is available now on their website. $169 for the Standard Square and $189 for the Pro Square. The main difference between the two models: the Pro offers everything the Standard does but also USB-C input for fast charging and programming as well as, the use the Haze Square App to save temperature presets. You can also customize your Square LED color, vibration feedback or find that perfect preset from your session history.

Haze is offering pre-order incentives and you get these bonuses for ordering early;

  • Free one time upgrade to any future new release of Haze Square.
  • Free Easy Load/ Deep Cleaning Tray – an essential tool to assist in cleaning the lid interior. ( A $12.99 value.)
  • 1 year free service on any Haze Brand Vaporizer (Cleaning, service and replacement parts included for the entire Haze Vaporizer line.) * Restrictions may apply.

Here’s what you get with the Haze Square:
4 x Material Pods
2 x Stainless Steel Concentrate Pads
2 x Silicone Lids
1 x Mouthpiece
1 x Wall Charger
1 x USB-C Charge Cord *Pro Version Only
1 x Cleaning Tool
1 x Material Tool
1 x User Guide
1 x 10 Year Warranty


Features and Specifications:

  • On demand heat, no waiting, instant vapor = instant satisfaction
  • Convection heating for maximized flavor
  • Compatible with dried herb, concentrates and liquids
  • 4 Chambers on one device; switch materials with a simple rotation
  • 4 Times the material capacity
  • Pre-packable material tray or pre-pack pods individually
  • Adjustable temperature from 335F – 410F
  • Removable parts for easy cleaning
  • Smart Temperature Technology allows the Square to remember you last presets
  • 10 Year Warranty
  • Aluminum construction
  • Multi colored LED
  • Mouthpiece stores on device for transportation
  • User replaceable battery: may require some tools?

 

Arizer ArGo Vaporizer Review

Introduction

ArGo, short for “Arizer Go,” is the latest vape creation from the Canadian company Arizer. About as big as a business card and less than an inch wide, this tiny vape dishes out huge vapor and boasts innovative features that provide an effective and pleasant vaping experience. The ArGo has been meticulously engineered to be as compact as possible, yet powerful with a clean and simple design that fits as comfortably in your hand as it does in your pocket.

The ArGo, my first Arizer product and I am impressed! I have always heard great things about Arizer, a vape company that’s been around but I never tried one of their vapes until now and I wish I had a long time ago. It was love at first vape and I know this will be a favorite vaporizer of mine, thanks to it’s incredibly compact and simple design but also because it has all the right features; a removable 18650 battery, full temperature control, digital OLED screen, glass vapor path and a “pop top” that protects your glass during adventures.

 

 

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I have only just received the ArGo and I will be doing a lot of testing so please check back soon for more details and lots of great photos! I will be adding information as I go. Thank you for checking out this review and I hope you find it helpful!

 

Heres what you get with the ArGo Vaporizer from Arizer: 

1 x ArGo Portable Micro-Heater
1 x ArGo Battery
1 x ArGo USB Charger /Power Adapter
2 x ArGo Glass Aroma Tube 
1 x ArGo Belt-Clip Carry Case
2 x ArGo Silicone Stem Caps
1 x Stainless Steel Stirring Tool
4 x Stainless Steel Filter Screens
1 x Owners Manual


 

Features and Specifications

  • Ultra compact design: 83mm x 52mm x 24mm ( 3.2in x 2.0in x .94in ) Pop up glass protector extends height 10mm to 93mm tall or 3.66in tall.
  • Weight: 97 g
  • Removable battery (18650)
  • Glass mouthpiece / herb chamber
  • Herb Chamber dimensions: 11mm outside diameter ( 9mm inside x 15mm deep )
  • Heater: Ceramic and Stainless Steel
  • Hybrid style heating: Convection and Conduction
  • Full temperature control: 50°C-220° C (122°F- 428° F) Adjustable by 1° increments and 10° increments
  • Digital OLED screen
  • Adjustable controls: OLED Brightness ( Low, Med, High), Alarm Volume ( Low, Med, High), power on delay ( 2,4,6,8 seconds), Shut off time ( 5-15min w/ 1 min increments ), Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • Innovative and protective “pop top” that extends body to cover glass mouthpiece
  • USB Charging and use while charging
  • Metal and Plastic Body
  • 2 Year Warranty ( Lifetime Warranty on the Heater )
  • Very low maintenance

 


Design and Overview

-Overview

-Body

-Heater

-Mouthpiece / Vapor Path

-Controls

-Battery

Vaporization

-Operation / Usage

-Vapor Quality / Production

-Cleaning / Maintenance

Pros

Cons

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

GHOST MV-1 Vaporizer Review

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Introduction

Introducing the MV-1 Vaporizer by Ghost Vapes! The MV-1 was designed and built from the ground up, using medical grade materials and proprietary technology, which have resulted in something completely new and unseen in the vaporizer world.

The MV-1 offers precision temperature control, instant, on-demand, true Convection heat, dry material and concentrates, a long lasting and removable Battery Pack, a removable chamber “The Crucible,” exceptional purity and flavor, an integrated phone App and zero draw resistance, all wrapped up in a portable design, that can be taken anywhere. The Next generation in vaping is here!

The MV-1 comes in 4 colors : Black Chrome, Satin Silver, Rose Gold, Nickel. Ghost is rumored to be working on more matte color options like the Satin Silver, which I used for this review. The MV-1 retails for $295.00.

Ghost also offers some great accessories to go with your MV-1: Spare Battery Packs $59.95, Fast Charger $59.95, Crucible Kits (x3) $19.95, Cleaning Kits $9.95, Glass Stems (x3) $24.95, A Crucible Dispenser with 5 complete Crucibles $29.95, MV-1 Case ( still being developed) and other accessories are also coming soon.

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The Complete MV-1 Kit

Official Ghost Vapes Website

Vapecritic Ghost MV1 Review

Ghost MV1 Vapelife forum


Features and Specifications

  • On-demand, Full Convection Heat (5 second heat up)
  • Dual use: Dry Material and Concentrates
  • Removable Battery Pack ( 7.2v /2600mAh). Onboard USB Charging or separate Fast Charger
  • Removable ceramic Chamber “Crucible.” Capacity is approx. (.12g) recommended max
  • Full temperature control ( 284F – 470F )
  • 3 Pre-set temps for Dry Material: ( Low – 338F,  Med – 365F,  High – 390F ). 1 Pre-set for Concentrates only.  2 additional temperature settings that you can customize yourself. Phone app is required. ( 6 settings total w/ app )
  • Long battery life ( 100 draws on average or 10 Crucibles )
  • Metal Body and Heat Sink
  • Extendable glass Mouthpiece
  • Built to medical standards
  • Haptic feedback ( it vibrates )
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Design and Overview

-Overview

The MV-1 is different, really different! There isn’t a single vaporizer currently available that I can directly compare to the MV-1, which is pretty cool, especially since we see a lot of vapes lately, promising to be different but offer nothing new. The MV-1 is unique in a lot of ways and a great deal of thought and care went into bringing this vape to life and its clear once you try it.

The Ghost MV-1’s interesting and innovative design, offers instantaneous vapor and instant satisfaction, thanks to it’s powerful on-demand full Convection heat! This is the part of the reason behind the MV-1’s incredible vapor but Ghost didn’t stop there and they understand the importance of proper vapor cooling, so they added a true Heat Sink system, that features a really amazing air intake and vapor path. So many vapes may have great and powerful heaters but if you don’t have a good system to cool the vapor back down, then you won’t be able to fully enjoy and taste it. A powerful heater and cooling system have to work together and there isn’t a better example of that in the vaporizer industry than the MV-1’s design!

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Inside the MV-1

The Ghost MV-1 is built to medical device standards, using only medical and food grade materials, so you can feel comfortable using this device, unlike some vapes that feel “toy-ish” and cheap. Built from the ground up, featuring almost 40 custom designed, tooled and manufactured components, which combine to deliver a truly revolutionary experience and exceptional purity.

It was love at first vapor with the MV-1 and its design and features are truly something special, which is why it has become my favorite portable vape! Is it perfect though? Maybe not, but its a great start from a new company and I will be very interested to see what they come up with next.

Ghost is definitely a vaporizer company to keep an eye on!

-Body

The MV-1 features a mostly metal body with a soft-touch plastic underside that has a great feel and it’s smooth, soft texture isn’t slippery or awkward. You can comfortably hold this vape in either hand and they placed the Heater Button or “Vape Button” perfectly, so your thumb sits nestled in a grove ready to engage the heater.

Overall, the MV-1 is heavy, heavier than most portable vapes and also bigger too but_DSC0302-6 it’s still portable and it can still fit in your pocket or bag. The design is practical, stylish and although it’s heavier, at almost 12 oz., it’s incredibly well balanced and seems to almost disappear in your hand as your using it. It’s futuristic looking and it definitely doesn’t feel like a toy, like so many vapes out there! You will want to take care of this one!

The MV-1 breaks down into 3 main sections; the Main Body, the Battery Pack and the Heat Sink / Mouthpiece.

  • The Main Body houses the Heat Exchanger, the Crucible and Crucible Door, the Mode Button and Vape Button.
  • The Heat Sink / Mouthpiece pulls out of the MV-1 Body and is tightly sealed and held in place by a silicone Seal within the MV-1.
  • The Battery Pack slides off the underside of the MV-1 with the push of a button and easily locks back into place.

-Heater System

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Here you can see the “Kilstock Diffuser,”  a 1.5 micron laser cut wafer of stainless steel that blocks radiant heat from the coils and spreads the air flow out evenly across the base of the Crucible. You can also see the channels within the Crucible Door and the silicone Seals, where air travels into the heater

The Heater System is my favorite component of the MV-1 and the source of it’s incredible power. This is the vape that makes true Convection Heat really shine and show what its capable of! So many vaporizers claim to be Convection because it provides superior results but they are often not true Convection vapes that vaporize ingredients using only heated air and the MV-1 does just that. They’re aren’t a lot of portable Convection vaporizers available because they are harder to design, require more space and more power for larger heaters and is usually a technology reserved for desktop vaporizers for those reasons. More and more Convection vapes are becoming available because people are starting to notice the difference in vapor quality.

Here are some of the portable Convection vaporizers available today: The Grasshopper, Firewood 4, Elevape SV, Tera, MistVape, to name a few and of those portable Convection vapes, the MV-1 provides the best vapor quality and flavor. What’s the secret? The MV-1’s Heater or Element! This Heater consists of 2 long, standing Coils, made of Inconel 601, which is a high performance, Nickel-Chromium alloy, that is highly resistant to corrosion & oxidization. These 2 Coils sit below a heavy duty stainless steel wafer called the “Kilstock Diffuser,” which blocks radiant heat and spreads the heated air flow evenly across the base of the Crucible.

The Coils are housed inside a ceramic “maze” shaped chamber, that features walls designed to pre-heat the incoming air. This fresh air is drawn in and around the Heat Sink, passing across the Crucible’s sides and is eventually drawn into this maze, where the air is channeled back and fourth, until it reaches the Coils, where the air heats instantly. This Heater’s ceramic maze and air-intake path is part of the brilliance behind the MV-1 and why it’s so fast, effective, potent, pure and flavorful. As the air is moving through the maze, its being pre-heated by the ceramic heating-elementwalls that have already gathered heat from the Coils inside, so when it finally does reach the glowing red hot Coils themselves, its super-heated and drawn directly into the Crucible.

Unlike other Convection based vaporizers, this device does not rely on any Conduction heat, that is added to provide a boost. These full Convection vaporizers often take a few draws to warm everything up and get the vapor flowing, so Conduction heat is added to walls of some chambers, to provide an instant hit and vapor on the first draw, like the Mighty and Crafty vaporizers but the MV-1 is so fast and efficient that it doesn’t need the Conduction and your still able to get vapor on the very first draw! I will go into further detail of how the Heat Sink also plays a roll in heating / cooling of the device in the section below (Heat Sink, Mouthpiece and Vapor Path)

The MV-1’s Heat Exchanger makes an audible noise when its heating. This noise is like a very quiet, low electronic type hum that comes on every time you hit the Vape Button and the Heater is engaged. The humming doesn’t bother me at all and it’s very quiet, some can’t even hear. The recent Firmware upgrades have also decreased this audible noise and may be mostly eliminated altogether. I’ve come across this “humm” before in other vapes like the Grasshopper, the Elo and Tera. I believe this humming sound comes from the way the high voltage electronic current is feed into these heaters and often a sign of a high quality vaporizer. I actually find the noise useful because I know the heater is engage and lets me know the coil is actually heating.

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The Accessories Box that comes with every MV-1: Handy Ghost Picks, spare Crucible, Lid and Stainless Mesh Pad, 3 Cleaning Buds and Alcohol Wipes.

-Heat sink, Mouthpiece, Vapor Path

Heat-Sink and Mouthpiece

_DSC0262-9-EditThe Heat-Sink of the MV-1 is the 2nd section that makes up this device and also houses the extendable glass Mouthpiece. This assembly is really the only part of the device that will ever have to clean besides the Crucibles, which can be soaked in Alcohol but I will cover that later. The Heat Sink breaks down into a few more parts; The outer Shell is made of cast metal (the Heat Sink), inside is a ceramic Sleeve and inside of the ceramic Sleeve, lies the glass Mouthpiece, which extends out for inhalation.

The Mouthpiece and Sleeve is held in place by a small plastic chrome Cap and rubber Gasket that clip on the end of the Heat Sink for an air tight seal and allow smooth movement of the Mouthpiece. The first version of this assembly had some noticeable “grittiness” when your extended the Mouthpiece out, as the glass rubbed along the ceramic Sleeve inside but Ghost has since re-designed these pieces, so now the Mouthpiece extends smoothly and cleanly but I still notice the occasional grit… There is also a small notch in the end of the glass Mouthpiece that “catches” on the rubber Gasket and is basically the maximum length that you should extend the Mouthpiece. I recommend having it fully extended for the easiest, free flowing draw possible but if you prefer a more restricted draw, you can push the Mouthpiece in more. It is also important to place your fingers on the top of the Heat Sink as you are extending your Mouthpiece, otherwise you may pull out the whole Heat Sink assembly from the MV-1 body as it is only held in place by a silicone Seal within the vaporizer but will also easily slide back in place if it does come out, so no big deal.

Ghost is currently re-designing the Heat Sink and I will post updates as soon as I have the new part. It features a new Gasket, Ceramic Sleeve, Mouthpiece and Shell, which eliminate the glass scratching, and also has a tighter air seal and holds better within the MV-1 Body.

Air and Vapor Path

Below is a picture of the air and vapor paths of the MV-1 and is one of the secrets behind it’s amazing vapor. In the section above, I explained how the air is pre-heated and then super heated by the ceramic walls and Coils of this vaporizer and now I will go into further detail on what happens before the air reaches the Coils and after. ghost-mv1-convection-heater-airpath

Before we get to the coils, the fresh air is drawn through and around the Heat Sink, where two things are happening simultaneously. First, this fresh air is cooling the Heat Sink by picking up heat as it passes over the already warmed Heat Sink, (after a few draws that is) which is the purpose behind a Heat Sink and cools the vape and vapor. Cool Heat Sink = cool vapor. Not only is the incoming air cooling the vape down but 2nd of all, the incoming air is also pre-heating from this process and will pre-heat even more once it reaches the ceramic walls of the coil housing that I explained earlier. Its perfect vape symbiosis!_DSC0299-7

This design is the reason why the MV-1 can produce such smooth, cool and potent vapor so quickly. The folks at Ghost must be very proud of this design and its quite amazing at taking advantage of a vape that has warmed up after a few draws. The hits are always cool and comfortable. I have seen other vapes that try to recycle heat and cool, like the MV-1 but Ghost’s design is truly unique and by far the most effective attempt at this. It uses something that is normally a negative, a vape getting hotter from use and turns that into something beneficial.

-Chamber “Crucible” and Crucible Door / Seals

Crucible

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Crucible

The Crucible is the removable material Chamber of the MV-1. It’s an oval shaped Chamber made out of ceramic, which has an upper edge, that holds it in the “heating path,” inside the vape Body. This Chamber has a bottom with many small holes for the hot air to enter and a thick stainless steel Lid with more small holes for the vapor to exit. The steel Lid has 4 tabs that hang down and also has an indented top that keep the Lid in place on the Crucible. This Lid does not lock in place but rather sits on top and will easily come off. I would have preferred this Lid to lock in place but once you get used to the loading process, it’s not a huge deal.

The Crucible is a good size, comparable to most Chambers and holds about .12g Dry Material or about a 1/8- 1/4 teaspoon. The Crucible’s opening is about 15mm by 11mm and 6mm deep. Ceramic is an interesting material to use for this Chamber and I would have preferred steel or glass for durability and ease of cleaning but it really does a good job and probably cools / heats faster than those other materials and its also inert.

The Crucible will stain from use and can easily be broken or chipped but I haven’t broken any of mine yet and they appear quite durable. Staining is only cosmetic and doesn’t affect vapor or taste but you can clean these Crucibles again and again by soaking them in Alcohol and they usually come out looking like new!

I would love to see a Crucible made out of Zirconia Ceramic that DaVinci IQ uses. It would be a cool Crucible and wouldn’t stain or show stains and might also be easier to clean. They would be much more durable too.

Ghost has also included a Steel Mesh pad that fits inside the Crucible for using Concentrates and works just like other Mesh pads that are featured in so many other vapes. You can also use this pad to reduce the Crucible Chamber capacity by either placing below or above your herb and works quite well and allows you to use half the material. vapes for reviews-1595

Crucible Door / Seals

Door

The Crucible sits in a cast metal Door that rotates out from the main Body of the MV-1._DSC0287-8 This Door features channels cut into the parameter, surrounding the Crucible, to allow the fresh air to pass around the Crucible, scavenging / pre-heating from the warm Crucible before entering the ceramic housing and coils below. The Crucibles loads easily enough into this Door but it takes a little dexterity to line it up and drop it into place without loosing the Lid in the process. Once the Crucible is in position, you push the Door shut but keep and eye on that LID and the Door locks shut. The Crucible is a bit loose sitting in the Door and I think a tighter fit would align it better within the Heating Path for optimal performance.

Seals

There are two green silicone Seals that create an air tight seal around this Door / mechanism and its important that the Door is fully shut, the Lid and Crucible are in proper place, and the Seals are clear for optimal performance. These Seals have the same channels or paths in them that the Door has, as the air flows through them and into the heater, so its important to inspect them from time to time. I really wish Ghost had allowed users to remove and replace these two silicone Seals because with use, they can get dirty, possibly damaged or wear out, potentially losing their seal and it would make cleaning easier but they never get that dirty with careful use. Occasionally, its a good idea to wipe these Seals down with a Q-Tip dipped in ISO Alcohol to keep them clean and check the air paths to ensure they are clear.

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Two green Silicone Seals keep the Crucible and Door air tight within the heating path

-Controls

_DSC0311-5The MV-1 is simple to use and features one Button to control the vape and one Button to engage the heater. The main Button is called the “Mode Button.” The Mode Button wakes the vape up, allows you to select your temperature, as well as check the Battery Level. I found my Mode Button to be a bit “soft” feeling and sometimes its not been very responsive and often takes more clicks to wake the vape than it should but I haven’t read of others having this issue and it’s really quite fine. I recently tried a second MV-1, Black and the Mode Button is much more responsive and springy than my Satin Silver MV-1. It takes 3 clicks to “Wake” the vape up from “Sleep” or “Shipping” Mode and put it into “Vape” Mode. Once the vape is in this Mode, you can now depress the “Heat” or Vape Button to engage the heater for vaporization. I am really not a fan of the whole “3 click” on/off system that so many vapes use but it definitely keeps you from accidently turning these devices on when you don’t mean to.

To check your Battery Level at anytime, simply hold the Mode button for a few seconds and the LED will show either, 3 LEDS for full charge, 2 LEDS, 1 LED or 1 blinking LED for dead Battery. I would like to see a more precise Battery Level Indicator, maybe 6 LEDS next time but as long as you have 1 solid LED, you will most likely be able to vape a full Crucible vapes for reviews-1624-Editand most likely more.

To select your temperature, you must be in Vape Mode and then you hold the Mode Button for a few seconds and the LED will show the Battery Level but then you must quickly hold the Mode Button down again, to cycle through the Temperature Settings and it’s one click each, to cycle through these 6 settings of the MV-1. The navigation of the MV-1 is a bit “clunky” and I think it could have been made easier with an additional 2 buttons for up and down but really that’s minor, especially with a vape that only has 6 settings to cycle through. A digital screen would also be a great addition, maybe the MV-2…?

Here is the LED Key:

Battery Charge Level Indicators: 

  • 3 Green LED = Fully Charged Battery
  • 2 Green LED = Medium Charge
  • 1 Green LED = Low Charge
  • 1 Flashing Green LED = Charge very soon
  • 1 Flashing Red LED = Dead or needs charging

Temperature Setting Indicators:

  • 1 Yellow LED = LOW Temp for Dry Material: 338F
  • 2 Yellow LED = MED Temp for Dry Material: 365F
  • 3 Yellow LED = HIGH Temp for Dry Material: 392F
  • 1 Red LED = 1st User Customizable Temp from ( 284F – 428F )
  • 2 Red LED = 2nd User Customizable Temp from ( 284F – 428F )
  • 3 Red LED = Concentrate Mode ( only use this setting for Concentrates! )

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-Battery

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The MV-1 Battery Pack: 7.2v /2600mAh

The MV-1 features a removable Li-ion Battery Pack ( 2600 mAh ), which can be charged via USB ( slow charge ) or with their Fast Charger ( sold separately $59.95 ). The Battery Pack neatly slides onto the MV-1 and Clicks into place. You can leave the Battery on the device and charge through the USB or take it off and charge it with the Fast Charger or USB. Unfortunatly, there is no pass through charging, so you cannot use the device while its plugged in. The Battery Pack features a small LED above the USB port that is Red while charging and turns Greenish/Yellow when its full. I highly recommend getting a spare Battery Pack for the MV-1, so your never without power, although the Battery Life is quite good and I also HIGHLY recommend the Fast Charger because its much faster than charging via USB. I will cover Battery Life in the Vaporization / Usage section below. Remember to charge your MV-1 Battery overnight for the very first, initial charge, to condition the Battery and give it the best possible life. 

-Phone App

Ththumbnaile Ghost MV-1 also features an optional phone App (available for Android and Apple ) that can be used on most smart phones and allows you to check Battery Life, cycle through the Temperature Settings, update the Firmware of the MV-1, shop for Accessories, view the Manual and even lock your vape! This App is not required to use the vape but if you want to access and use the 2 Custom Heat settings, you need the app. I think Ghost should have pre-set these 2 custom temps, so people who don’t use the App can still have access to them, giving them more temperature options because 3 temperature settings is really not enough for most users. I wish these Apps could also be used on a computer, either wireless or wired, to give the user more options, especially those who may not have a smart phone.

I don’t typically like Apps with my vapes but this one is actually nice and I found it to be quite useful. I have really enjoyed using the App and its a great way to instantly change the Temperature Settings during a session and its also very easy to use, its cleanly designed, looks good, and it’s effective and practical.

Once you pair your MV-1 to the App, you will be asked to name your vape and from that point on, your MV-1 will automatically pair and sync. to the App as long as your vape is Vape mode or Sleep mode. Occasionally, you may need to re-pair your MV-1 and connect to the App but it’s usually not a problem and does it automatically. Sometimes I’ll re-start my phone if I am unable to pair and that usually does the trick. Changing Batteries can also disconnect the vape from the App and you’ll need to re-pair and this is usually the only time I have issues now, with the latest Firmware Update ( v1.3.4 ) but restarting my phone is all it takes if I can’t pair immediately.

Updating the Firmware on your MV-1 is important and I have noticed a variety of changes since the first version, compared to the latest and the MV-1 experience has improved with each update. The updates can affect temperatures, battery life, heating algorithms, etc. and even lower the sound of the electronic hum from the heater. Most MV-1’s should have the latest Firmware but in case yours doesn’t or you would like to check, go to the app and click the MV-1 “My Vapes” in the top left hand corner of the screen. Once your there, it will list your current version, just below the battery indicator. If you need to update or reset the Firmware, click the 3 vertical dots, just below the version. Next, go to “More Details” and either click “Firmware Update” or “Firmware Reset”. Your MV-1 will now reset or update and you’ll see a large progress circle, showing the current process percent and at the end you will just re-pair your MV-1 to the App.

I’ve had quite a few problems in the past updating my Firmware and connecting but with every Firmware Update, my App and MV-1 have been getting along better and better. I’m not a huge smart phone user but I’ve also had issues connecting my Crafty Vaporizer to its App and it just won’t do it on my new phone, so occasionally things aren’t compatible.

App Sections / Navigation

There are basically 3 sections of the App and its easy to navigate and use. The main screen is called the Dashboard, which shows the Battery Life and easily allows you to choose any of the 6 temperature settings on the fly and also allows you to shop for accessories and Lock your vape.

vapes for reviews-1585Vape Temp is the second section and shows all of the 6 Temperature Settings and allows you to select / set your custom 2 settings ( F1 and F2 ) anywhere from 284F – 428F, in 1 degree increments. The Temperature Dial for selecting the temperature is a bit hard to select exact temperatures and I wish it featured an area where you can type in your temperature. The Temperature Dial looks cool and is very clean. I hope future versions of the App will allow for further control of your device and feature Temperature Settings that can increase in temperature during your draw, like the “Smart Paths” from the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer.

The third section of the App shows your vaporizer, the name of your vape, its status ( connected or disconnected ), the Battery Level %, the Version of the App and another information area, where you can view the Manual and More Details, like Device Information and Firmware Updates / Reset. Firmware updates are important and can have a great affect on the performance of the MV-1, so its a good idea to update your vape if they are available and if you are able to. If you order an MV-1, it should come with the latest Firmware, so you will be good to go, until they release another Update.

-Accessories

vapes for reviews-1605-EditGhost has a number of great accessories to go with your MV-1 like; Cleaning Kits, Glass Stem Packs, Spare Crucibles, spare Batteries, a Crucible Dispenser and an upcoming MV-1 Case. I Highly recommend the Crucible Dispenser ($29.95), which comes with 5 Crucibles / Lids and holds 5 loaded Crucibles for fast reloading and added convenience on the go. The Dispenser is not air tight but its built very well and does a great job keeping your MV-1 fully loaded and its quite compact as well. Spare Batteries are very helpful and its so easy to have one charged and ready, so your never without power and the Fast Charger is the best way to charge your Batteries. At the very least, I recommend the Extra Crucible Pack ( $19.95 ) and comes with 3 Crucibles, 3 Lids and 3 Concentrate Pads because you will want to have spares around!

Ghost has also mentioned that they are already working on more accessories and products to come! MV-X….! ? ! I will update this review with any new products from Ghost

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The perfect trio and everything you need for a great session: MV-1, Crucible Dispenser and GMO Cookies!


Vaporization

-Operation / Usage

I love loading and using my MV-1! Some people love a vape with a removable Chamber like the MV-1, like myself or they prefer a vape that you can just load directly into the vape. They both have advantages and disadvantages but overall, I found removable Chambers are more convenient for on-the-go use and also keep the vape much cleaner, for longer too. Removable Chambers often have small parts and can be more difficult and take longer to load vs. built in chambers. Sausage fingers may have minor issues with loading and unloading but I think anyone can do it.

_DSC0290-8Loading the Crucible with dry material is probably the most crucial part of the Vaporization process. The MV-1’s full Convection Heat, requires a loosely loaded Crucible, so hot air can easily and evenly travel through it. Pack it too tight and the hot air will be forced to take “paths” through the material, creating “hot spots” and uneven heat.

I recommend filling the Crucible to the top of the rim, or below but not above! Slightly less material, often equals easier vapor and better extractions, depending on your material. The Lid should sit on top of the Crucible and just touch the material beneath but not apply any pressure. You can experiment with this and certain material requires the Crucible to be packed slightly tighter and some material should be left fluffier. I think its easier to get away with more material if its fully dry and less if its “fresher.” Sometimes I get better vapor when I pack the Crucible slightly fuller and the Lid does apply slight 3-3-18-1842-Editpressure and packs the material a bit. You can also use smaller amounts of material and you can still get great vapor thanks to the Convection heat. Start with less material and begin to play around with amounts and grinds to dial in the MV-1 to the needs of your specific material.

Grind that material medium fine. More surface area is better for Convection vapes but you don’t want it too fine. If your material is too fine, it can fall through the holes of the Crucible and into the Heater but you want it fine enough to evenly cover the Crucible and fill all voids. I use a Plenty Fine Screen in the bottom of my Crucibles that I cut to fit and it sits tightly in place. This screen keeps debris from falling into my Heater and allows me to use a finer grind if I choose. I have not noticed any decreased performance or decreased taste using these screens and they do a great job keeping my vape looking like new.

I like to use the “tap and shake” method to help settle the material in the Crucible, ensuring even coverage. Typically, I overfill my Crucibles, so they are mounded over slightly and I gently tap the Crucible on my table or tap it with a brush, finger or something and the excess material falls away, bits settle and fill the nooks, which leaves a fluffy but evenly filled Crucible, ready for Lidding.

The Crucibles are great for on the go use and you can easily have another ready to pop in and vape. This is part of the reason why I love removable Chambers like the Crucible, it makes use on the go, easy and fast. However, I can definitely see that loading these Crucibles with dry material and into the device itself, could be somewhat difficult for people with dexterity issues or really large hands. A little practice is all it takes and once you load / unload a Crucible into the MV-1 a few times, its really quite easy and quick but there are some tricks;

I like to pinch my Crucibles on top and bottom with my thumb and finger and then push / drop it into the Door with my finger once its lined up. Lining them up, while keeping the Lid in place is the only b

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MMM Silver and Purple!

ugger. Then to pop them out with one hand, simply hold the device in your in one hand and extend your thumb up through the bottom of the open door to push the Crucible up enough to grab it your handy, other hand standing by.

The Door tightly seals against the green silicone top and bottom of the Heating Path and its important to keep an eye on the Crucible Lid as you shut the Door. Make sure it’s still aligned and tightly sealed against the Crucible rim! Making sure this Lid is in its proper position inside the Heating Path is crucial to vapor production! I always check my Lids and the Crucible’s rim, to make sure there is no debris that will keep the Lid from nestling into place.

Now your loaded, so all that’s left is to turn the vape on, select your temp and extend the Mouthpiece to your preferred height. I extend my Mouthpiece fully, for the least draw resistance and maximum vapor. If you prefer a tighter draw or want less vapor, push the Mouthpiece in a bit and it can drastically change the draw and vapor production. Place your fingers on the top of the Heat Sink as you extend the Mouthpiece or you may end up pulling the whole assembly out.

The Session

I tend to start my sessions on Low, 338F and bump it up as I take a few draws in for increased extraction and vapor. Sometimes I’ll go even lower and set one of my Custom Settings to 315F or so, to get an even fresher, cleaner taste to begin with but usually not much visible vapor. The App is the best and easiest way to change the temps on the fly and ensures your not missing any of those “secret ingredients,” that may vaporize at different temperatures. I also vape on Low when I have a full Battery or freshly charged Battery because it seems to heat quicker and is a little hotter vs. a drained Battery. I typically use the Mid temperature ( 365F ) the most and I usually get good vapor at any Battery Charge Level, no matter the material I am using. I also may adjust the temperature, grind, pack and draw depending on if my material is dry, fresher, fluffier or denser etc. I suggest starting Low and then increase to get the vapor your looking for. A rule of thumb with the MV-1 or any vape really;  start Low with a drier material and use higher temps to start when material contains more moisture. The drier your material, the easier and more effective your vaporizer will be.

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View inside the MV-1

Next, I draw once temperature is reached, once it vibrates. I take fast, long, steady draws with the MV-1, typically faster than most vapes. I’ll vary my draw too, sometimes I draw faster, slower,  longer or shorter depending on the temperature and material I am using. I usually don’t draw for more than 10 seconds and I usually disengage the Heater about 6-8 seconds into my draw and continue to draw a few seconds after, to get the residual heat, all the vapor and cool that Crucible / Material back down. I don’t think I’ve ever drawn so long that I’ve reached the cut-off time for the Heater, which is 15 seconds I believe and found that its not necessary to draw that long, unless you are using Concentrates. If your not getting the vapor you desire, either try drawing faster and / or longer for more vapor or slower / shorter for less vapor before you adjust the temperature. You draw greatly affects the vapor production with the MV-1 and you can also adjust the Mouthpiece like I mentioned earlier.

The MV-1 relies solely on hot air from your draw to heat your material, so occasionally I’ll open up the Crucible after 5 or more draws and give it a quick look and stir, then vape it another 5 or more draws and that’s usually enough to fully vape your material, approximately 10-20 draws. Depending on your material, grind, load, temp and even your draw, you will have more or less even heating. If you pack properly and loosely, the

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Ergonomic design that fits either hand

MV-1 produces very nice, even heat and you don’t typically have to stir at all but other times your material may be fresher nearest the edge of the Crucible and more vaped towards the center, so a stir is helpful. There is no Conduction Heat with the MV-1, like other vaporizers ( Crafty, Mighty, Alternate, ArGo, BNDLS Tera, CFX, CF, CFC, Plenty, etc. ) that also have heated Chamber walls, which add to the Convection Heat, helping to ensure everything is fully heated throughout, edge to center and that you get vapor from the first draw. This is why your material may be less heated or vaporized nearest the edge of the Crucible and more vaped towards the center. This is one of the few drawbacks to full Convection Heat but with proper packing and understanding, you can great, even heat and complete extraction with your MV-1, using any material of your choice and usually without stirring.

I typically unload the material immediately after a session, while the vape is still warm. I take a few “cool” draws, without heat to cool the Crucible before I open the door or I will blow on the Crucible for a second or two, with the Door open and that’s all it takes to cool it enough to handle. If your quick, dump and brush the Crucible / Lids while they are warm, you will have an easier job and it will keep them cleaner for longer. It is very important to keep the Lid holes clear and clog free in order to have the best air flow / performance and they usually stay clean for quite a while with a quick dry brush between loads.

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MV-1 in the wild

The Battery life of the MV-1 is quite good and get an average of 10 Crucibles per charge or 100 draws. This will vary, depending on a variety of factors like; temperature selection, Firmware Version, how long you engage the heater and outside temperature. I always have my other battery charged, so I am never without my MV-1, which I use daily. The Battery indicator is fairly accurate but I wish it was more precise. Your always good if you have 2 LEDS or more and you can usually still get a couple Crucibles when your down to 1 LED or even 1 Blinking LED. The app shows your Battery level too and does a slightly better job giving you a more accurate reading. You may notice a decreased in performance or vapor production when the Battery is running low but you can always get vapor and sometimes it requires bumping up the temperature. I would like to see more consistent temperatures, no matter how charged the Battery is but its seems fairly true to the temperature your on and may just take longer to reach that temperature. You should have the same temperature / vapor on 365F, on a Full Battery and a Low Battery but its not always the case and I hope further Firmware Updates will improve this consistency more and the previous updates have already improved the temperatures. I’ve read of some people taking off their Battery and popping it back on, when the Battery Level has dropped and this changes the voltage or the way the Battery works, so they get more vapor for some reason. Ghost recommends to keep the Battery connected throughout the Battery Level and instead bump the temperature up a little if your not getting the vapor you desire.

-Vapor Quality / Production

Dry Herb

As I have mentioned, the vapor quality and production can vary greatly depending on your specific material, the techniques you use to load each Crucible and how you draw on the MV-1. Some material produces huge clouds easily, while others may not and require a different temp, less material, different grind or different draw technique etc., so sometimes you need to play around to get the vapor flowing. You will quickly realize what works best for you and your material, if you are willing to work at it a little. With that said, the MV-1 quite possibly produces the best tasting, smoothest and most potent vapor, draw for draw than any other portable vaporizer I have tried, including the famous Mighty. Vapes at or near this level in taste and vapor quality include: Arizer ArGo, Firewood 4, Grasshopper, Tera, DaVinci IQ. Mighty/ Crafty, Plenty, Elevape (sometimes) and MiniVap. I’m sure there are others but these are the vapes I have experience using and have exceptional taste and vapor. I am always amazed when I blow out a huge cloud from this device because you barley know your getting a hit, it’s that smooth and cool, even at higher temps or long rips and with Concentrates and Extracts too. You’ll definitely feel a kick in your lungs from the potency, not from harshness and the exhale is just as smooth and comfortable. If you have tried other vaporizers before that were harsh and made you cough, you should try the MV-1 because it’s truly a different experience. I have used plenty of vapes and most in fact, can produce vapor that is hot and uncomfortable, especially near the end of the session, when the Material is more spent and the heat has built up, so the vapor is naturally less smooth and flavorful but the MV-1 seems smooth and flavorful from start to finish, no matter the temp. 

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The Crucible Door open

The vapor is always pure and I never taste or smell anything but my material. Food grade silicone seals the top and bottom of the Crucible and the hot air / vapor does pass through this silicone, indirectly, so you never taste any silicone. I’ve tired plenty of vapes that tasted and smelled so bad, like silicone, plastic and electronics, that it wasn’t worth using and completely ruined the flavor of the material being vaped. This is not the case with the Ghost MV-1 and it draws in fresh air from the outside, sealed off from electronics and contains food and medical grade components, that seem odor free and the silicone parts are mostly out of direct heat anyways. Some people may be more sensitive to silicone and could possibly taste it but it appears to be high quality and I cannot taste it.Ghost_Carry_Case_3.9

To produce smooth and flavorful vapor, not only do you need a good pure Heat Exchanger like the MV-1’s Coils but you also need a good way to cool the vapor and the MV-1’s Heat Sink does just that. Similar to why the Mighty and Crafty are so enjoyable, is in part, thanks to their Cooling Tops that make the vapor cool enough to fully enjoy all the flavors your material offers and the MV1’s Heat Sink works the same but the flavor tastes better and for longer than the Mighty and Crafty. Heat is not always on with the MV-1, cooking the material and the pure Convection Heat does a better job pulling those flavors out in all their glory.

Even though I believe the MV1 has better vapor and better flavor than the Mighty, it can be harder to achieve the same amount of vapor as the Mighty. The Mighty can produce more vapor than the MV-1 but I believe the MV-1 delivers more potent hits, draw for draw and actually requires less to achieve the same effect and its easier to achieve your desired level without going overboard. They are totally different beasts and if you have to choose one or the other, get the Mighty if you want easy, thick, full, dense clouds with short draws, less effort and get the MV-1 if you prefer a longer draw, more flavor for longer, smooth, cool but potent hits that pack a punch._DSC0164-6

Although I definitely notice that higher temps provide more vapor and quicker extractions, sometimes I have a hard time getting my ABV ( Already Been Vaped ) super dark, like I would in some other vapes on a similar temperature. I can set the Mighty to say 380F and get really dark ABV, always. The Mighty is very good at getting consistent and exact temperatures, so you always get great results. The MV-1 doesn’t have any Conduction Heat and a Heat Exchanger that is always on, controlling the heat precisely, so its a bit more of a wild card in terms of temperature, extraction and vapor production. There are many factors that influence the temperature that your drawing through the Crucible, which creates mixed results but overall, the MV-1 delivers consistent results and the temperatures themselves feel fairly true. Occasionally, I nearly combust my material at times, usually if I have a full Battery, some super dry material, took too long or fast of a draw and or packed the Crucible unevenly, creating a hot spot. I can taste or sense when I am approaching this near combustion zone and I release the heat and continue to draw and draw slower to cool it down faster. This is part of the learning experience with the MV-1 because there are so many variables that go into vapor production and sometimes practice makes perfect. I was able to get great vapor on my very first draw ever on the MV-1 and with time and use, its gotten even better. 

ABV is typically evenly heated and extracted, around 80% without stirring. Usually, there may be some fresh Material on the top or the edges of the Crucible but if you take care to properly dry, grind and pack your Material, you wont likely need to stir. You may also notice some pieces of material may be more fully vaped than others and this is dependent on the path the hot air travels through your material and the inconsistent sizes of the pieces of material, so smaller pieces are going to vape much faster than larger pieces. Its very important to not only grind your material to the proper coarseness but to also keep it evenly ground throughout. I would like to have a Crucible that I can flip over, so you can vape normally, get a lot of vapor from the bottom up and then flip the Crucible to fully vape the top of the material.

Concentrates

I am not usually a fan of using Concentrates and Mesh Pads with these portable vaporizers because the results aren’t as good as the results when vaping Dry Material or it’s the other way around and you get better vapor from Concentrates than Dry Material. I think vapes should be designed for one form of Material or the other, focus on that and make it the best. The MV-1 uses one of these Mesh Pads, although this one is slightly harder and more compressed than other Mesh Pads that are more flexible, softer and can pull apart. Vaping Concentrates with a full Convection vape like this, its usually not possible because they often require higher temps and / or a boost from Conduction heat, which the MV-1 does not have. I was pleasantly surprised with the results from vaping Concentrates with the MV-1 but this device really shines with Dry Material.

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The Crucible with Mesh Pad and Extract. Start with a grain of rice amount.

To use Concentrates with the MV-1, you need to place your Mesh pad in a Crucible and apply a tiny amount of Concentrate on the top pad. Start with a grain of rice and set the MV-1 to Level 6 or Concentrate Mode. You don’t want to add too much and risk it melting through the Pad and into the Heater, so less is more with Concentrates. This mode should only be used with Concentrates and the other 5 settings should only be used with Dry Material because not only are they different temperatures, but they also heat differently, using a specific heating algorithms depending on your temperature selection.

When you use the MV-1 in Concentrate Mode, it vibrates immediately and you begin to draw immediately. The first draw melts the Concentrate into the pad and warms everything up. You will not get vapor from the first draw and maybe the second but usually by the third. From then on, take long, steady and fast draws and I recommend drawing longer and maybe faster too, than you normally do when using Dry Materials. I do not use Concentrates much and when I do, I typically use Vape Pens mostly, but I was pleasantly surprised how good the vapor was with the MV-1 and the flavor is incredible. A little goes a long way and you can really get a ton of draws off of a tiny amount of Concentrate. The device does warm up quicker in this Mode, so I recommend holding the vape with all of your fingers below the metal Crucible Door and that usually helps keep the rest of the device cooler, longer because your hand isn’t transferring the heat from the door to the rest of the vape as quickly, it really makes a difference.

-Cleaning / Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance of the MV-1 is pretty minimal but there are a few parts the regularly need a good cleaning. I typically clean my Heat Sink assembly every 10 or so charges or whenever I sense decreased draw resistance or the Heat Sink holes look super dirty. If you are careful and keep your MV-1 clean, it will reduce the necessity to deep clean  and it will preserve the flavor and performance of your vape. I use screens in my Crucibles to avoid debris from falling into my heater and I brush my Lids and Crucibles out right after a session, while they are still warm for easier cleaning. Also having a removable Chamber like the Crucible, helps keep the vape cleaner for longer. You basically only need to clean the Heat Sink and the Crucibles and also wipe down the silicone Seals every so often. I really wish Ghost had allowed for users to take these two silicone Seals out for easier cleaning and replacement because they could become damaged over time and / or lose their tight seal.

I recommend cleaning the device after a session or when its still warm and the oils / residue are soft and easier to remove, otherwise it can be a really sticky mess, especially inside the Heat Sink and around the ceramic Sleeve inside._DSC0195-9

The Heat Sink is made out of cast metal and chrome plated or something, same as the Crucible Door and they both feel a bit cheap. I would have liked to see some machined parts instead but that may not even be possible for the Heat Sink and it may not make any difference anyways. The entire Heat Sink and Crucible / Lid can be soaked in Alcohol, which makes cleaning a breeze. Do not soak the rubber Gasket and plastic cap of the Heat Sink because they do not get dirty and the Alcohol can damage these parts. The important thing is to keep good air flow, so be aware of the air path and holes throughout the Heat Sink and make sure they are all clear. Brushing with alcohol and rinsing with how water is all that’s needed. I let my parts air dry to avoid lint or I use a lint free cloth.

When your reassembling the Heat Sink, its important to make sure everything is clean, dry and lined up. Don’t force anything and parts should go back together smoothly. Everything can only be put in one direction, so you can’t really screw anything up, too bad… Once you have fully assembled your cleaned Heat Sink, use the palm of your hand to cup the bottom of the Heat Sink, where the holes are and create a seal. Try to take a draw with your hand covering these holes and if you can still draw air, then re-position your hand, draw again and if you can still draw air, there is most likely an air leak inside the Heat Sink and you need to take it apart and re-assemble. Its very important to make sure the Heat Sink is working properly or you will not be able to draw the hot air efficiently through the Crucible.

When placing the Heat Sink back into the MV-1, keep an eye on the silicone top Seal as I re-insert the Heat Sink slowly because you could possibly push it out of place if its not lined up and I recommend having the Crucible Door shut when re-inserting the Heat Sink into the body, to make it easier and also keep the Seal seated. _DSC0255-8

The Crucibles occasionally need to be soaked in Alcohol but as long as the Crucible rim is clean, the holes are open and the Lid holes / rim are clear, they are good to go. They do stain with use but soaking them can bring them back to almost new again and again. You can also chip and break Crucibles if your not careful but I have yet to break any but I have noticed a few chips missing, probably from cleaning and tapping on them.


Tips and Tricks for Best Performance

Once you use your MV-1 for a while, you will notice what techniques work better for a specific herb. A moister, fluffier herb may require a finer grind, less material in the Crucible and a longer, faster draw to get the same visible vapor as a drier herb that is dense, so you can add more to the Crucible, draw slower and for less time to achieve good vapor. Above all else, remember to pack the Crucible loose but to the top and I shouldn’t even say pack because you don’t want to apply hardly any pressure to your material, you just want it filled loosely and completely. Experimenting is necessary to find out what works best for you, your material and your preference, because there are a lot of variables that affect vapor quality / production with the MV-1 and every Vaporizer but more so with Convection Vaporizers.

Here are some tips and tricks that will get you on the right road to Vapor Villa:

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Properly filled Crucible: to the rim but not over.

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Lid should not apply pressure to material

  1. Select material: The drier the better and the higher the quality, the better. Herb that is slightly moister will vape but your more likely to get less quality vapor and less extraction, because if the added water content that must also be vaporized for the active ingredients to vaporize themselves. If my grinded material is not totally dry, I’ll let it sit on a piece of clean paper for a few minutes and that will help pull out excess moister and help speed the drying process. If your herbs are HIGH quality, they will have higher active ingredient content, so this greater concentration of Oils, Terpenes, etc. will make it easier to pull that vapor out.
  2. Grind material: I’ve found that its just as important to have an even grind as it is to have the right grind size or coarseness. I recommend something in the middle, not too fine that it will fall through the Crucible Holes but not too big either. Surface area is key with Convection and the more the better and make sure your grind is even with no bigger chunks. Again, specific material may vaporize better if its ground finer or left more coarse.
  3. Load Crucible: This is very important and please see my photos for visual aid. LOOSLY load the Crucible and I like to tap it, bounce it a little on my table to make sure herb settles and fill all the voids, nooks and crannies so you’ll have better air-flow through your material. Fill it to the top but don’t overfill. The Lid should hold the herb just enough not to put pressure on it but not so loose that it moves around, although it will vape less than full Crucibles.

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    Too much material and air flow will be impacted. You are more likely to get “Hot Spots”

  4. Extend the Mouthpiece: This is another important step to ensure the best experience. The further you extend the mouthpiece, the less restricted the draw and the more vapor you will get. I extend it fully, until the little “notches” on the glass Mouthpiece are lined up with the Gasket. If you like a tighter draw or want less vapor, try pushing the Mouthpiece in a bit. It is also very important to make sure the Heat Sink’s top is level with the body of the MV1 to make sure there is a proper seal and that the air is pulled through your material. If your performance is lacking, you may have an air leak somewhere and if the Heat Sink is positioned correctly, then the air leak is probably coming from the Heat Sink assembly itself or the Crucible Door. Check the Door and make sure its completely shut. Next take out the Heat Sink and cover the holes at the bottom with the palm of your hand and try to draw. If you can still inhale or draw, then there is an air leak, so take the Heat Sink apart and re-assemble and repeat the test.
  5. Load Crucible into MV1 and Select temp: Carefully load your Crucible into the Door of the MV-1 and make sure the Lid is positioned correctly and close the Door. Its very important to make sure the Lid is seated properly and the holes in the Lid and Crucible are free and clear. Select your temperature and I recommend starting Low and bumping it up if you desire. Lower temps bring out all the flavor and higher temps bring out the potency.
  6. Take a draw: Hold the Vape Button until you feel the second and longer vibration, signaling its time to draw. Start slow but draw steadily and draw for 5-15 seconds. I usually do a quick count in my head, as I’m drawing, till 7-10 and then I let go of the Vape Button and continue to draw for a few more seconds. If your not getting enough visible vapor or taste, draw faster and longer. If your getting to much vapor, draw slower and shorter or try disengaging the Heater sooner and continue to draw after the Heat has stopped. Your draw has a huge influence on vapor production and quality with the MV-1, much more so than most other vapes.
  7. Draw some more: I usually take 7-10 draws to finish a Crucible on levels 1-2, less on 3-4 but it depends on the material, draw style and temperature. You may find that a quick stir of your material a few draws in is beneficial but I usually don’t.
  8. Experiment: This vape is kind of fussy when it comes to following the “rules” but you can still get vapor if you just throw something in the Crucible. If your like me and like to experiment, you will quickly find what works and what doesn’t. Uneven heat? Make sure that Crucible is properly loaded. No vapor at all? Make sure your Heat sink is fully seated in the silicone and the top is also level with the Body of the MV-1 and make sure your Mouthpiece is properly in place, with no air leaks._DSC0331-6

Pros

  • Great flavor and vapor quality. Flavor seems to last longer
  • Smooth, cool, comfortable and potent vapor
  • Powerful Dual Coil Heater: Full Convection Heat
  • On-Demand Heat: Nearly instant heat and vapor production. Instant satisfaction
  • Minimal draw resistance
  • Ability to use small amounts of material
  • Great build quality and materials. Design feels very solid
  • Durable metal Body
  • Innovative and unique design
  • Dual Use
  • Removable Battery Pack
  • Long lasting Battery life
  • Removable chamber
  • It vibrates
  • Ergonomic and comfortable design
  • Phone App with great features

Cons

  • Somewhat of a learning curve for best vapor quality and production
  • Proper grinding, packing, and drawing are required for best performance
  • Vapor production can be inconstant
  • Larger and Heavier than most portables
  • Requires phone App for 2 custom Settings
  • Limited temperature selection without the App
  • Somewhat small Chamber
  • Lack of digital screen
  • Battery indicator could be more accurate
  • Possible to near/combust material with improper techniques
  • Sometimes stirring material is helpful
  • Crucible Lids do not lock
  • Audible electric humming noise
  • Not the best vape for a group

Conclusion 

_DSC0118-6The on-demand, full Convection Heat, combined with a removable Chamber, removable Battery Pack, full temperature control, dual use capabilities and outstanding vapor quality make the MV-1 my new favorite portable vaporizer! As you have read, there is a lot to this vaporizer and a lot of thought went into the design of this vape and I believe it is one of the most innovative and effective portable vaporizers out today. 

Flavor and vapor quality really stand out with the MV-1 and its often the vape I grab when I want the absolute best and fullest flavor from my Material and it provides the most potent hits, draw for draw. The vapor quality is incredible and comfortable! The MV-1 produces some of the smoothest vapor I have ever experienced out of a portable vaporizer and its almost like hitting a Balloon because the vapor is so cool. You can easily blow huge clouds with this vape but it does require a little practice to get it just right.

This is the vape for the real “canna-issuer,” the flavor snob, the vape geek and medical user. It brings out all the flavor and active ingredients your material has to offer and the potency speaks for itself. You can easily achieve your desired effect with the on-demand heat and you can take a draw, put it down for a while and pick the device back up and continue from where you left off, so its perfect for medical users. The MV-1 is comfortable to hold in either hand and there is almost no draw resistance! Even though I truly love to load and use the MV-1, it does require some practice and understanding to get the absolute best results and for this reason, I don’t know if I can recommend this vaporizer to everyone. Even though the MV-1 may not be my first choice vape for beginners, it is my first choice for the vape enthusiast, those who demand the best vapor quality and taste and the MV-1 delivers that. I own and have used A LOT of different vaporizers over the years and the MV-1 is special, it’s the vape I’ve been looking for. Thank you very much for reading and I hope you found it helpful and informative. Keep Vaping!_DSC0134-6 

 

Ghost MV1 Vaporizer Introduction

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Exciting news! The MV1 Vaporizer by Ghost is coming soon! Ghost is an up and coming vape company with a lot to offer and their vape, the MV1 is designed for herbs and concentrates, featuring the latest technology for an enhanced flavor experience .

This new vape is almost available for purchase, ETA is the end of August and you can reserve your vape now with no money down. There are 4 colors to choose from: Black Chrome, Satin Silver, Rose Gold, Nickel and the MV1 is $295.00.  They also have some accessories that you can reserve as well: Spare Battery $59.95, Fast Charger $59.95, Crucible Kits (x3) $19.95 (removable chambers), Cleaning Kits $9.95 and Glass Stems (x3) $24.95.

The Ghost MV1 comes with: GHOST MV1, USB cable, an accessories pack including a spare crucible with lid, a concentrate pad, 3 picks, 3 isopropyl alcohol wipes, 3 cleaning buds and a quick start guide.

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If you are looking for more information, check out the vapecritics website. Bud, aka the vapecritic is currently testing and reviewing the MV1, so it’s a great place, the only place currently, to stay up to date with develops and information on the MV1. There you will find his review, photos, videos and a forum. Bud has rated the MV1 a Top Pick, 95/100! Here are the links below:

Vapecritic Website

Vapecritic Ghost Review

Vapecritic Ghost MV1 Forum

Ghost MV1 Website

Main Features and Specifications:

  • On-demand full Convection heat (5 second heat up)
  • Dual use: Herbs and Concentrates
  • Removable battery pack: Charge on the device using USB or off with the separate Fast Charger
  • Removable Ceramic Chamber (Crucible) Capacity is approx. (.12g)
  • Full Temperature Control ( 300f-470f)
  • 3 Pre-set temps for Herbs ( Low – 340f Med – 365f High – 390f  ). 1 Pre-set for Concentrates ( temp ???).  2 “locked” settings that you can set yourself with the MV1 app. 6 settings total.
  • Super long battery life ( over 100 draws on multiple temps )
  • Metal Body and Heat Sink
  • Extendable Glass Mouthpiece
  • Built to Medical standards
  • Haptic Feedback
  • Integrated app features temperature control, device locking and locating capabilities

The Ghost MV1 Vaporizer is definitely different than any other vape on the market. This is an on-demand, full Convection vaporizer! Only super heated air heats your material and only when you want it.  On-demand technology means your material will stay cool between draws, no more material degradation, no more wasted battery life and no more rushing. Other vapes available that feature on-demand Convection heat include: Grasshopper, Firefly, Firewood, MistVape Touch, Thermovape T1 / Evolution to name a few.  Not only does the MV1 offer on-demand Convection heat but it also offers full temperature control for both herbs and concentrates, something that most on-demand vapes do not offer. The GHOST MV1 has 3 fixed pre-sets for herbs and 1 for concentrates. There will also be an App which will allow you to unlock 2 favorite settings where you will be able to experiment by programming your own temperatures in to the unit from 300f and 470f. The app will also allow you to lock your vape, so no one else can use it and also allow you to find your vape if you happen to misplace it! The MV1 also features a removable battery, removable chamber ( the Crucible ), Haptic Feedback and a completely removable/cleanable vapor path.mouthpiece

The MV1 has a really interesting design and the team at Ghost has put a lot of thought into it’s design. The air intake / vapor cooling / Convection heating is especially interesting. Fresh air enters the device around the Heat Sink, which cools that as it passes by, then it flows around the Crucible where scavenges heat from that, both pre-heating the air entering the heater and simultaneously cooling the Crucible, keeping your material from over heating between draws. Next the pre-heated air enters a ceramic maze that surrounds the heater, where it passes around 2 special coil posts and into the Crucible, heating your material. This thoughtful and innovative design makes the vapor super cool, flavorful and smooth but it also means the heater / battery needs to work less because the incoming air is being heated before it reaches the heater and keep your material from being vaped in between draws. This is a huge reason why the MV1 is so different than other vapes, mainly session vapes that are always heating, always vaping your material, always draining your battery and ruining the flavor of your favorite material. Check out the diagrams below, they show the awesome design of the air and vapor paths and also the internals of the MV1. The MV1 also features almost 40 custom parts and is built to medical standards. The outer shell of the device is metal, as well as the Heat sink, so this vape won’t feel like a toy and will be built to last. ghost-mv1-convection-heater-airpath

My second favorite feature of the MV1 is definitely the removable chamber, the Crucible. The Crucible is a ceramic “pod” that holds your material, either dry herbs or concentrates (with the steel pad inserted) and has a Stainless Steel top to keep your material where it needs to be. The Crucible is inserted into the device by hitting a latch on the vape that opens a metal door where the Crucible can be easily loaded and unloaded. The removable design allows users to pre-pack Crucibles for easy and quick loading on the go or at home. Ghost also appears to be releasing a Crucible Dispenser that will hold your loaded Crucibles for added convenience.

 

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Mighty and Crafty Vaporizers Review

Introduction

The Volcano. Almost everyone who is into vaporization or the “culture” has heard of the Volcano vaporizer. It is the most well known vaporizer around, made famous by its Stainless Steel cone and German Quality. Storz and Bickel is the company behind the Volcano, a medical grade vaporizer and now they have released a hand held mains-operated Vaporizer The Plenty and two battery operated units, The Mighty and it’s smaller companion, The Crafty. If your unsure of where to start in the Vaporization world, look no further than Storz and Bickel, the only company you need to know if you want top quality construction, safe materials and effective vaporizers. I will be lumping the Mighty and Crafty together in this review because they really vape the same but have a few slight differences, which I will discuss.

I won’t forget the first time I tried the Volcano and I won’t forget the first time I tried the Mighty and Crafty. I purchased the Mighty first and I was amazed at the quality and feel of the device, it was unlike any portable I’ve ever tried and it still is my top portable vaporizer, along with the Crafty. My “break-in” strain was Melon Gum, a sweet hybrid that was sure to be a good test for the Mighty. I ground it up, loaded the Mighty chamber and turned on the device, waited for it to reach the factory temperature and I took a draw. I exhaled and it was better than I’ve ever known. I have never tasted vapor so good, flavorful and potent. It was almost juicy, the flavor was so intense. After a few more draws, the chamber was spent and I opened the Mighty and out dumped a neat little puck of fully vaped Melon Gum. I was immediately sold and bought the Crafty shortly after. They have been the best portables I have ever tried. Without further ado, I present the Mighty and Crafty, by Storz and Bickel!

Features and Specifications:

Design and Overview

-Overview

-Body

-Heater / Chamber

-Mouthpiece / Cooling Unit

-Controls / Battery

Vaporization

-Operation / Usage

-Vapor Quality / Production

-Cleaning / Maintenance

Pros:

Cons:

Conclusion

 

 

 

 

Sidekick Vaporizer Review

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Introduction

7th Floor Vapes is creating quite a “stir” in the vape world with their new portable, The Sidekick, an awesome and innovative dual use vaporizer. This American Company is known for their bomb proof, innovative, dependable and powerful vapes  but they are also create amazing hand blown glass products; vape accessories, bubblers, glasses, jars, jewelry and mouthpieces etc. The Sidekick is my first 7th Floor Vape and I am impressed.

Features and Specifications:

  • Digital Temperature Control with 21 Heat Settings (100°-455°F)
  • Metal top with Stirring Mechanism
  • Vibration Notification
  • Anodized Aluminum Housing with Ergonomic Design
  • 18” Vortex Vapor Cooling Path
  • Hand-Blown Glass Mouthpiece
  • Large .25 Gram Capacity Chamber
  • Removable/Replaceable Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Conduction/Convection Hybrid Heating System
  • Ceramic Heating Chamber/Ceramic Encased Heating Element
  • LCD screen shows session time, heat setting, battery voltage and battery life
  • Completely removable vapor path that is sealed off from the electronics and battery
  • Right or Left handed design
  • Adjustable mouthpiece
  • Dual use: for Dry Material and Concentrates
  • 2000 hour heater guarantee
  • 7 minute auto shut-off

Design and Overview

-Overview

_dsc0829-2When I first saw the Sidekick, I thought it looked great, certainly unique and interesting with bright colors, a “Vortex” cooling rod, glass mouthpieces and bubblers and even a stirring mechanism. Stir while you vape? I’m not gonna lie, I thought oh, you need to stir this vapes material, so it must not heat evenly or efficiently…. I was skeptical on the whole design but I decided to give it a shot with a pre-order discount and some amazing accessories. I’m really glad I gave the Sidekick a go and I am now a fan of the stir mechanism, not only because it helps heat your material evenly, which it can do without the mechanism but because it helps maintain the flavor and keeps your material from overheating between draws. This vaporizer is stoner-engineering at it’s best, a Vortex to cool the vapor! A stir mechanism! Glass mouthpieces! Things only someone with a HIGHER understanding can appreciate! A lot of thought and love went into the design of this vaporizer.

-Body

The Sidekick is one, if not the most solidly built portable vaporizers I have tried! I love it. I mean, it has a 2mm Anodized Aluminum Shell! That’s thick by the way. I’m so glad to sesidekick-haze-854e such a solid vaporizer and you know it’s made here in America! Add some custom hand blown glass accessories and mouthpieces to the mix and you truly have a top quality vape that you can feel. The finish on the Silver Sidekick is just amazing, it’s pearlescent, smooth and it really catches your eye. I also have a Black Sidekick which is still really nice, super smooth as well but the Silver just pops. The body has a nice curved shape, so not only does it fit pretty comfortable in your pocket but it’s also holds really well, left or right handed! I’m right handed but I switch it up and I don’t have a problem using the Stir Mechanism with either hand, it’s just in a good spot and feels nice. Everything is quite smooth and nothing sticks out to catch things on and even the buttons are metal! There is a little rattle to the device but it’s minor and it comes from the buttons that have a little wiggle room and I think the Vortex Spiral as well, inside where it has a little room for easy removal. Overall, a very solid vape and I think this is definitely one that will last and last.

-Heater / Chamber

vapes-for-reviews-1326-editSidekick is mainly a Conduction heated device and majority of the heating is via direct contact with the walls of the heated chamber but it is said that it also has some Convection heat to the mix. It’s a hybrid heating device, most similar to the Inhalater’s hybrid heating style. In both vapes, most of the heat and vaporization occurs from the Conduction heat coming from the walls of the chamber but the air is pulled in and around the outside of the heated walls of these chambers and thus adds heated air, Convection heat to your material. I think the Convection heat is pretty minimal in both devices but I think there definitely is some going on which adds to the overall experience. that being said, there is nothing wrong with good Conduction Heat and there are many benefits but Convection heat is still my preferred heat.

The Sidekick features a Ceramic chamber that is designed with air intake holes in the base and sealed on top with a custom Stainless Steel screen. It’s approximately 14mm in diameter and 14mm deep which can hold approximately a 1/4 gram of material. The sides are straight and the bottom is completely flat with 8 holes in the parameter for the air-intake. This chamber has a upper Silicone seal that has a slight angle to it, making loading slightly easier. The Silicone seal on my Silver edition was spot on but the seal on my Black Sidekick was slightly off, so part of the top of the Ceramic chamber is visible but it’s not a big deal and it’s still sealed all the way around. I would have liked if the chamber had a slight convex bottom or was slightly rounded instead of the heard edges, so unloading would be easier and maybe less material would fall through the holes. Also, a glass liner or coating would be nice like some of the Ceramic chambers out there, Boundless CFX, Flowermate, Odin etc., which offer easier cleaning, they are more non-stick and they don’t stain. I have been using my Sidekick for quite some time and I have noticed that it has stained slightly from the heat and herbs, especially on the left side where the vapor is pulled out of but I don’t think it affects the performance or taste at all and I even think it may kind of “season” the chamber, kind of like a Cast Iron pan, where they become bettervapes-for-reviews-1395 with use, become naturally non-stick and offers protection from deterioration. I have no problems to report with the Chamber thus far but I do wish they offered a screen or some type of different bottom because all of the stirring pushes a lot of debris through the bottom. Luckily they have thought of that and have a port that can be accessed by pulling out a Silicone plug, allowing you to clean underneath the chamber, otherwise I wouldn’t by this device without that feature. A little tray or pan would also be awesome, so you could just slide that out, dump it and be done instead of fishing around with pipe cleaners trying to get everything.

Apparently, 7th Floor was the first to use a ceramic heater in their desktop units, so they know ceramic heaters. There Element is 100% incased in the Ceramic, which prevents Oxidation, the main cause of heater failures due to air exposure but not the Sidekick. 7th Floor offers a 2000 hour heater guarantee! If you take a flashlight and shine it through the air-intake holes on the side of the chamber just right, you can see the outline of the Element inside the chamber. I have noticed nothing but even heating with the Sidekick but I will expand on that in the Vaporization / Usage section below.

-Mouthpiece / Vapor Path

_dsc0053-8Another interesting area of the Sidekick, the mouthpiece and the vapor paths. First of all, 7th Floor offers custom, hand blown glass mouthpieces and bubblers by their in-house blowers who specialize in artisan borosilicate glass pieces that add style, performance and purity to the vaping experience. 7th Floor also offers Foreign Artisan glass bubblers that are also very nice but at a more affordable price. I have picked up a few pieces; a Elev8 custom bubbler with Unobtanium / Cobalt blue, a Elev8 custom mouthpiece with Unobtanium / Cobalt Blue and a 90 Degree angled custom mouthpiece but they only offer 180 and 120 Degree angle mouthpiece now for use with bubblers / water pipes etc. I really love my angled mouthpiece for a more laid back draw and the Cobalt Blue mouthpiece is gorgeous with swirls of Blue Cobalt and Unobtanium. The bubbler is also insane and takes vaping to a higher, smoother level and it works great but it is a little difficult to clean and be careful, if your Sidekick tips over, especially with the bubbler or your mouthpiece extended, it will likely break.

Not only does the Sidekick offer custom glass mouthpieces but they are also adjustable and retractable for carrying. Keep it short of extend it out for even smoother vaping, either way your going to get some cool, smooth and pure vapor. During the first few uses you will need to apply some Coconut Oil to the Silicone seal that holds the mouthpieces in place for easier, smoother adjustment. They include a small amount of Coconut Oil with every purchase and mine has gotten smoother and easier with every use, so I haven’t had to apply any more oil, even after a couple of through cleanings.

sidekick-haze-870-editSidekick features a loooonnnngggg vapor path up to 18 inches with the Vortex Spiral! Way longer than any other vaporizer that I know of, including the Plenty, which is probably the second longest. Not only is the vapor path long for extra vapor cooling effectiveness but it also features a Stainless Steel Vortex Spiral that spirals your vapor into smooth, Rocky Mountain air freshness. A long vapor path is awesome but it’s also a pain to clean but definitely more awesome. The Sidekick’s vapor path is broken up into 3 or 4 main parts; The air intake / chamber / Stir Lid, the Vortex Spiral path, a Silicone / Stainless Steel connector and finally the mouthpiece / tube path. All of which can be completely removed and cleaned! So air enters through a series of 8 holes on the body, beside the heater which gains heat as it goes around and up through the 8 holes in the chamber, through your herb, through the Stainless Steel screen of the Stir Lid, along a sandwich of Stainless Steel of the Stir Lid and down into the 2nd path. The 2nd path goes from the top of the unit, through a tiny Silicone section and into the Vortex, which is housed inside a Brass tube or choose to take the Vortex out but it adds 7 more inches of vapor path and then into the 3rd path. The 3rd path is a Silicone U-shape connector with a Stainless Steel bottom, which connects the Vortex path to the mouthpiece path. Finally the vapor leaves the Silicone U and enters another tube, I believe a Stainless Steel tube where the mouthpiece sits inside and the vapor exits through. Altogether a long a crazy ride from air intake to vapor exit but it’s an important path that really does an amazing job cooling the vapor and allowing it to expand. Some prefer a short path, it may produce more potent vapor and some may prefer a longer path for smoother, more filtered vapor but it also may be less potent. I have not noticed if the vapor is less potent with the Sidekick but it is smooth and the effects are definitely there. You can choose to also remove the Vortex altogether for a slightly less restricted draw and for some reason, I have noticed that the flavor seems to be somewhat better without the Vortex. For the absolute coolest, smoothest draw, take the Vortex out, pop it in the freezer, get your bubbler in there too and then pull them out when their both good and cold, add your cold water and prepare for some amazingly cool and comfortable vapor. I am skeptical about whether the vapor actually follows the Vortex path, spiraling all the way down or does the vapor just pass down the side of the Vortex, along the tube? The Vortex doesn’t have a super tight fit, especially around the spirals, so I think the vapor could more easily by-pass the spiral and just go straight down. Either way, the Vortex adds some filtering action but I will try to come up with a test for the spiral action of the Vortex.vapes-for-reviews-1095-edit

-Stir Top

vapes-for-reviews-1368-editStir your herbs while you vape? What? Yeah, you can do that with the Sidekick! At first I thought it was a gimmick,

“Oh, you need to stir the herbs?! Must mean it doesn’t heat evenly then.”

I almost didn’t buy this vape because it’s another mostly Conduction device and you need to stir it. I gave it a shot and I really like it now. I actually had taken my screen and stir handle off of my Stir Lid one day because I was using the Concentrate Can and forgot to put it back on, packed a chamber with herb, proceeded to stir and vape like I normally do, not knowing that I wasn’t stirring anything at all and after the session, everything was still nicely and evenly heated, just like when actually using the Stir Lid. For me, the Stir Lid system is more about flavor than even heat, sure the Sidekick already heats even enough without the stir lid but it heats even better with it and it allows you to keep that herb moving, which is so important to keep that herb from overheating, loosing all the active ingredients but it also makes sure you hit and heat every piece of herb for more flavor that lasts mush longer than other plain old Conduction vapes. I really love the Stir Lid, it’s functional and fun. I will say that it’s a little clunky and when things get dirty or you pack a chamber to tight, it can be a little hard to stir, especially at first but the heat will eventually free up that sticky icky and it will be free stirring again.

I am glad they continued using metal for the Stir Lid, instead of plastic because it does feels nice and durable. The gears run smoothly most of the time and I can easily stir with either hand. There is a nub on one end and 2 magnets on the other that hold the Stir Lid in place. You must rotate the stir handle so it’s closet to the nub and tip the unit into the hole of the Sidekick until you feel the magnets pull and it should fall into place rather smoothly. They have included a white dot on the gear so when that’s visible, the stir handle is in the optimal position for placing and removing the Stir Lid from the Sidekick. I would have preferred if the Stir Lid could just be lowered directly down instead of having to tip it and line up the stirrer because it can be a little difficult but it works and stays in place.vapes-for-reviews-1314

The bottom of the Stir Lid features a Stainless Steel “dish” that channels the vapor into the Vortex path and it’s easily to keep clean and tastes great, no metal or off tastes. It appears that you can remove this S.S. “dish” by unscrewing another Philips screw, after you have taken off the screen and Stir Handle but I haven’t tried this yet. It may allow you to further clean that assembly and keep those gears running smoothly. The finish on one of my Stir Lids has chipped off a bit so the raw Aluminum is visible underneath but not really an issue unless it all starts chipping off.

-Controls / LCD

vapes-for-reviews-1391-editSidekicks has 3 simple buttons to control the device; Power / Heat, Up and Down Arrows. The buttons are metal and have a great click so you know your hitting the button. Hold the power button to turn the device on and use your Up and Down Arrows to select your level and then hit the Power button once to start heating. I’m not a fan of the 5 clicks to power on a device, so I’m glad you just have to hold the power instead. The timer will start counting once the device starts heating and it will vibrate twice, letting you know its ready to use. The timer is nice feature and I like to know how long it took to heat up and how long my session lasted.

The LCD also shows your current battery voltage in real time and the battery level as well as your temperature setting. The LCD is crisp and clear and its easy to read.  The LCD shows the Sidekick Logo upon powering up the unit and they include a message when powering down: “Ride the Wave 7th Floor LLC.” I’m glad they changed the LCD readout to Vertical because before you had to have the device sideways to read the LCD properly.

-Battery

2 removable / replaceable 18350 batteries power the Sidekick. The batteries are stored insidekick-haze-857 the bottom of the unit, inside a plastic shell that is directly below the chamber. They are accessed underneath yet another metal part, the battery door. The battery door is nice and has a good latching system which stays shut. Opposite side of the battery door latch is a small plastic notch that the battery door hooks into and its quite thin. I can easily see this piece breaking at which point you will have to find another way to hold your battery door in place. Mine has held up fine but I am typically careful with all of my vapes.

(2x) 18350 batteries typically provide enough juice for me to get around 4-5 sessions, lasting around  4-5 minutes at level 4.5 on the first run Sidekicks and on 5.5 on the Second run Sidekicks. I am happy with the battery life and it’s quite comparable to other vapes, plus they include an extra set, so I always have another set charged and ready to go. I typically swap out batteries when I see the voltage is 7.2 or lower because odds are, you will get up to temperature starting with that Voltage but you probably won’t finish your session. They recommend keeping battery sets together and drain / charge the same batteries as sets which promotes good battery life. 7th Floor includes colored stickers, so you can label and keep track of your battery sets. The Sidekick padded case is so nice and holds 3 extra sets, 6 spare batteries total.

The included charger; “Soda,” is a nice external charger that also charges many different battery sizes : 10440, 14650, 16650, 18350, 14500, 16340, 17670, 18490, 18500 and 18650 batteries. The charger features 2 LED’s that indicate when your battery is fully charged and will turn from Red to Green. I have found that these batteries typically charge very quickly, less than 2 hours easily. Unfortunately, the Sidekick does not feature a charging port to charge the device with the batteries installed and sue it while it’s charging. I thought that would be a great addition and it would save you from having to take the batteries out every time you wanted to charge them but it does keep you rotating the battery sets more that way and if you have at least 2 sets, you can always have the other set charged, ready to go.

Vaporization

-Operation / Usage

The Sidekick is as easy as any device and you can be vaping within a few simple steps:

  1. Remove Stir Lid, grind material and load chamber. If your using the Concentrate Can, remove the screen and Stir Arm from the Lid with the included screwdriver. Make sure Concentrate Can’s Silicone Lid has the 3 holes facing the mouthpiece.
  2. Replace the Lid. and adjust mouthpiece
  3. Power on device by holding power button for a few seconds and use the Up or Down buttons to select your level.
  4. Hit the power button to start heating the chamber and I recommend stirring whenever the heat is on and your not taking a draw.
  5. Sidekick will vibrate, letting you know the device is heated and ready to use
  6. Inhale: I recommend steady, slow inhalations.

_dsc0013-6I really enjoy using the Sidekick, it’s fun, easy and effective. Loading the device is easy but it’s also easy to get herb all over the top of the device and into the Vortex Vapor Path if your not careful but I made a screen “plug” that fits into that hole, preventing any debris to enter that vapor path. I recommend grinding your herb medium or fine, but constantly so there aren’t any big chucks, so everything gets heated at the same rate. I like to fill the chamber to the bottom of the Silicone Seal around the chamber and keep it loose. I found that filling the chamber to much or packing to tight can make it hard to replace the Stir Lid on top and can make stirring harder. Also, if you over pack, I have found that some herb likes to stick to the top of the Stir Arm so often it remains in-vaped because it hasn’t had a chance to come in contact with the heated walls. This chamber is also good with small amounts and that Stir Lid makes sure your heating every piece. I have noticed that with smaller amounts, my ABV is usually darker than it would be if it was a fuller chamber, so sometimes I’ll turn down the heat a little to compensate.

The LCD display is crisp and easy to read and provides all the necessary information. I also really like that they included a battery voltage meter so you can tell what your battery is at before you vape, in addition to the battery level indicator and I typically won’t try to start a session if the voltage is at or below 7.2V because your probably not going to be able to finish the session if your battery is that low. The timer is great and I’m always curious to see how long my sessions last and its a great way to keep track of battery life, so you can predict how many sessions you’ll get or have left. One thing that I wish they changed on the LCD is the heat levels from 1-11 and it would be so much easier if they just provided the temps instead of having to look up what temperature level 4.5 is and so on but it’s all the same wither way.vapes-for-reviews-1021

The Device never seems to get hot or uncomfortable and it holds equally well in either hand. I was worried that the Stir Mechanism may be easier to use with one hand or the other, potentially making it difficult for left handed people or right handed people, but I find it works and is comfortable in both hands. I think the Stir Mechanism could be improved somewhat as it does get sticky with use and sometimes its not very smooth and requires a little thumb muscle. Overall, I really enjoy the stirring action, it provides even heat and full flavor but others may find it to be an annoyance to stir their herb. The curve of the body is ergonomic but the smooth surface and heavy weight can contribute to some drops if your not careful. the draw is very nice, not restricted at all, even with the Vortex in place but the draw can be even less restricted by removing the Vortex.

Unloading the Sidekick is ok but the Silicone Seal around the chamber likes to collect debris from your material but a good brush is enough to get it all. The chamber remains relatively clean and most stuff doesn’t stick and falls right out, especially if the unit is still warm. I also recommend taking the Stir Lid off while the device is off but still warm, so you can easily brush off debris off the screen otherwise if it cools, its much harder to brush off and if it builds up, it gets hard to stir so I recommend keeping it as clean as possible for easier stirring.

-Vapor Quality / Production

vapes-for-reviews-1315-editI prefer to use my “First Run” Sidekick on levels 4 – 5.5 ( 330F – 357F ) or around 5 – 6.5 (320F – 365F ) on the “Second Run” Sidekicks, which have a slightly different temperature range. I found the relatively lower levels produced better tasting vapor for longer and yet still provide rich, fully browned ABV. I typically start my vape at lower temps to savor the flavor and then turn them up later for the effect, after the flavor has fallen off. I thought the temps on the Sidekick seemed fairly consistent with my other conduction vapes and produced similar colored ABV but maybe ran slightly hotter than my other vapes. My sessions typically last around 5 minutes with the Sidekick and I find that the materail is mostly spent by then but sessions with concentrates can last quite a bit longer and a little goes a long way. The dry material ABV is always uniform and evenly heated, thanks to the Stirring Mechanism and you can be assured that the Sidekick will extract all the necessary active ingredients of your herbs. The Sidekick can definitely roast your herb to the point of near combustion, so if your someone who prefers a thicker vapor, the Sidekick can provide it but it can also produce, light refreshing vapor with full flavor and a mild effect if that’s what your after.

The Sidekick can dish out the vapor, no doubt about it and with the long vapor path and the Cooling Vortex, your going to get smooth, comfortable vapor. One thing that sets the Sidekick apart from other vapes is it’s incredibly long vapor path and you notice it in the vapor quality. Some may say a longer vapor path is bad because it gives the vapor too much room to cool and can loose potency but on the other hand it provides the room needed to cool the vapor, making it smooth and comfortable. This is why the Crafty and Mighty are on the top of my list because they have the power to heat your herb perfectly but they are also equipped with Cooling Mouthpieces that do an amazing job cooling the vapor, so it comfortable and tasty. I for one, like the long vapor path and love the smooth cool vapor. The long vapor path produces comfortable vapor but I think it may take away from the taste just a bit because some of it seems to get “lost” along the way and I can sometimes taste the Vortex and the Silicone Connector piece that adds a slightly off taste to the vapor but its not nearly enough to cover up what the herbs really taste like. The taste of the vapor from the Sidekick is great but I wouldn’t say its as great as the Crafty, or the Grasshopper but its definitely a contender for a mostly conduction vape, I just prefer the taste from convection vapes more so. _dsc0026-6

Some vapes have restricted draws but the Sidekick has a pretty free-flowing, easy draw so that also gives you some freedom to draw fast and get less vapor or draw slower and get slightly denser vapor. If you want even less draw resistance, just take out the Vortex and it drops the draw resistance to basically to zero. I can’t stand vapes that have a restricted draw that practically make you blue from trying to inhale but not with the Sidekick.

Not only does the Sidekick vaporizer dry herbs but it’s also amazing with concentrates! I don’t like that you have to take off the stir arm to use the concentrate Can but it’s really not hard to do and the Can does a great job keeping the material in its place. I found that I get good vapor on level 7 or higher with concentrates and the flavor is incredible, the vapor is smooth and you can save it for later by leaving what’s left inside the Can. If you want to keep things clean, sometimes I’ll take off the Silicone Can Lid right after a session while the chamber is still hot and run a q-tip around the Can to easily clean up the residue and it will be good to go next time. Add the Bubbler for using concentrates and you’ll be amazed at the smoothness of the vapor!

Cleaning / Maintenance

Overall, the Sidekick has one of the more intensive cleaning processes of any of my vapes thanks to it’s many parts and long vapor path but luckily 7th Floor allows users access to every part and piece, so you can get your Sidekick like new clean again and again. The Sidekick isn’t really difficult to clean but there is a lot to clean, although you can soak most parts in Alcohol which basically does the cleaning for you. You can really go a long time without deep cleaning the Sidekick if you just clean the top and Stir Mechanism once and a while to keep things turning smoothly and the rest can go quite awhile without needing a cleaning. Also, If you take a brush after each session, especially while the device is still warm, you can minimize how often you have to deep clean your Sidekick and it also keeps the Stir Mechanism from getting as sticky and hard to turn. Sometimes the Stir Mechanism is sticky at first when the device is cold but as your device heats up for your session, the heat will loosen up the stickiness and it will get easier to turn during your session.vapes-for-reviews-1111

When it comes time for deep cleaning, I recommend doing it immediately after a session, otherwise the vapor path tubes, the Vortex etc. will be stickier / harder to remove when their cold. I typically just brush my chamber out while its warm and that’s about as far as I take the chamber because it’s ceramic and it’s porous, so I don’t like using Alcohol. I have noticed that the chamber has become brownish from use and actually brushes out easier now than it did because the heat and herbs have “seasoned” the chamber, almost making it seem somewhat non-stick. Next, I use alcohol to clean the Stainless Steel top of the device with a q-tip and it cleans up easily. The Vortex comes out next and even the metal tubes inside the Sidekick can come out as well, so you can soak those in Alcohol with the Vortex and the Mouthpiece or choose to brush the tubes out while their in the device but I found soaking them to be far more effective and less messy. I also throw the Stir Arm and Screen in with the Vortex and tubes to soak those as well when it’s really bad. In between cleans, I’ll use a q-tip with alcohol to “touch up” the screen which keeps the Stir action smooth and less sticky. The top of the Stir Mechanism cleans easily with Alcohol and another q-tip, so you don’t need to disassemble the entire thing and I never have had to. The Silicone Connector piece is easy and the bottom of it comes out so you can soak that with the other metal piece if you want but it usually doesn’t get dirty and I just wipe out Silicone with Alcohol and rinse with water. I don’t soak any Silicone or plastic in Alcohol because it can slowly degrade these materials, making them brittle and more susceptible to damage, so you want to be careful and if you do soak them, do it for a short amount of time, never overnight. I hope 7th Floor releases more of these Silicone Connectors for purchase because I would like to have some back-ups to pop in just in case or to replace the originals that may not last forever or better yet, make them metal or glass because I think the Silicone has a slight taste to it. After all the metal pieces and the Mouthpiece has had enough time to soak, I usually just rinse them with hot water and dry them and their good as new but sometimes they require a little scrubbing. After all your pieces are clean and dry, reassemble the Sidekick and you’ll be good to go except for one small area. Just below the chamber is a little nook with a Silicone door that opens up to reveal the underside of the chamber where all the dust and debris collect from falling throw the chamber holes. I’m so glad 7th Floor thought of this because with the Stirring action of this device, you push a lot of material through those holes, so every now and then it’s good to clean them out or risk it building up and interfering with the air flow / intake. I usually just take the Marble Pick and pick out all the bits I can then take a small pipe cleaner with Alcohol and wipe the rest of it away until it’s debris free. You can take a flashlight and shine it down through the chamber holes to see if you got everything and after all that, the Sidekick is as good as new. I would have liked to see a small tray that you could pull out from this nook instead, so you don’t have to try and scrap everything out but it’s there and that’s the point.  It’s quite a process but the parts clean easily and you don’t need to do it that often but the point is that you can keep your Sidekick tasting and working as good as the day you got it and I will not buy a vape that you can not completely clean.vapes-for-reviews-1108

Pros:

  • Well built and made in the USA! Solid / safe materials and innovative design
  • Dual use: Works great with dry materials as well as concentrates
  • Decent battery life and fast heat up
  • Full temperature range with 21 different temperature points
  • Haptic Feedback ( vibrates when it’s reached set temp )
  • Long vapor path! 11 inches to nearly 18 inches with the added spiral if the Vortex!Glass, Stainless Steel and Silicone make up the pathway
  • Custom hand blown glass parts with after market artisan pieces. Mouthpieces, Bubblers, angled mouthpieces for use with water pipes.
  • Ceramic Oven with 2000 hour heater guarantee.
  • Stir your material while you vape. Keeps flavor fresher for longer and offers even heating
  • Low draw resistance
  • Removable batteries

Cons:

  • Heavy, larger size
  • Long vapor path with many pieces makes cleaning a long process
  • Must take screen off Stir Mechanism to use the Concentrate Can
  • Fragile Glass pieces
  • Vortex could be tighter, so vapor follows spiral path better instead of some passing down the side of it
  • Cannot use the device plugged in
  • Lack of temperature indicator
  • Fairly high price for a mostly conduction device

Conclusion

I love the Sidekick from 7th Floor and it’s clear that this vape was a labor of love. Lots of innovative features makes this device unique and effective. Has the longest vapor path of any portable vape by far and features a Spiraling Vortex the further cools the vapor into smooth, inhalable clouds. Cool Stir Mechanism provides even heat and better flavor for longer than most other conduction vapes and it’s durable design feels reliable and dependable. I wish the Sidekick was a little smaller and lighter but overall, it’s a great vape that most people could use easily. The many parts and pieces may be difficult for some people and it’s slightly more complicated to use than other portables although it’s not hard to get good vapor. If your looking for a bullet-proof portable that does everything, has super smooth vapor and don’t mind stirring your material, then the Sidekick can’t be beat!_dsc0830-2

 

 

Chewy Grinder Review

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Introduction

I am always excited to try new gadgets, especially “herbal” gadgets and the Chewy is no exception! I’ve tried mavapes-for-reviews-1164ny grinders over the years and they are basically the same old thing with the same old “teeth.” I have always been partial to the classic metal grinders and some of my favorites have been; Cali Crusher Homegrown, Sanat Cruz Shredders, SLX 2.0 (non-stick), SpaceCase Titanium, the classic Storz and Bickel acrylic grinder and my daily driver the GR8TR VAPE by Kannastor because of it’s ability to grind specifically for vapes, meaning super fine and even, always. My new favorite is the LinCig grinder, similar to the Lift Innovations grinder that has a completely new blade system, instead of teeth, which I HIGHLY recommend checking them out.

There are a few electric grinders out like the little Atmos Pen Grinder, the Atman Hummer, The Element Mini Grinder and “Herbie” by the company now under Vapium, which may or may not be still in the works. All of those electric grinders mentioned above, basically were the classic teeth grinders with a motor built in, with the Atmos Pen as an exception, so it was really nothing new, as far as the grinding or cutting process goes, that is until Chewy came along. Chewy completely re-designed the grinder inside and out and made a device that’s unlike anything on the market today.

Features and Specifications:

  • Pocket sized
  • Advanced blade design (Stainless Steel)
  • Holds up to 3 grams of material
  • Built in poker
  • Removable sleeve and blade for cleaning (Stainless Steel)
  • Plastic or Metal body (variety of colors)
  • Powered by a single 9V battery
  • Forward and reverse blade rotation
  • Silicone cap and see thru door
  • Spring loaded Herb “feeder”

Design and Overview

-Overview

For vapes-for-reviews-1152this review, I will be testing the Black Chewy with a plastic body ($49.99) but they also come with metal bodies ($89.99). The Chewy uses a 9V battery to power it and features a sharp rotating blade, not teeth, like traditional grinders and forward / reverse buttons that control the blade. The design is thoughtful, effective and compact. I especially like that the internals come out for cleaning because it will get sticky with use, so it’s very important to clean your Chewy occasionally to keep it running smooth. The Chewy’s flat design makes it possible to carry in your pocket, unlike other grinders that are too bulky and Chewy allows you to store your herb inside, so whenever your ready you just have to hit the buttons and out comes your ground herb.

-Body

I vapes-for-reviews-1156was somewhat disappointed with the plastic body of my Chewy and I plan to eventually spring for the metal body, which I hope will be a little more ridged and provide better durability. The Chewy is fairly solid and with a battery, it has good balance and fits the hand nicely. I would have liked to see the edges of the Chewy to be more rounded for more comfortably but it’s not bad or awkward. On the top are the controls, the back opens up for the battery and the bottom is the business end where you load your material and the chopping takes place.

 

-Loading area

The door on the bottom of the Chewy is clear plastic, which is really nice, so you can see what’s happening and it’s spring loaded. There is a small funnel at the end of the door, directly below the blade where your ground material falls into and can be loaded without making a mess. The funnel has a Silicone plug with a removable metal poker built in that acts as a stopper to keep your material sealed inside and the poker can be used to loosen material in the blades as well as be used as a tool to remove the blade andvapes-for-reviews-1165 can be completely pulled out and act as a good bowl or chamber packer with this flat end opposite of the poker. As you open the Chewy door, it pulls a strap that is attached to the “pusher block” and cocks it into a locked position when the door is fully opened, allowing you to load your material in the “sleeve.” When your done loading, close the door fully and hit a button on the Chewy to release the pusher which presses your material tightly against the blade and feeds your material as your grind away. The pusher block has a couple of groves in it’s side that follow a track in the sleeve, so it stays on track and moves smoothly. The spring is powerful enough and does a good job feeding the material into the blade and I typically only have problems if I am using a small amount of herb or the insides are dirty and sticky. Luckily, the sleeve and blade comes out easily, so your can clean it again and again. Sometime I have noticed that the pusher block doesn’t always reach the end of the track when I hit the release button, so I will open the door slightly and that usually does the trick.

-Blades

Cvapes-for-reviews-1168hewy’s blades are very unique and there is nothing like them in any grinder. They feature 5 sharp blades that combine to make a cylindrical shape of slicing, cutting fury. The blade has a hole in the end that magnetically attaches to the motor that has a small end that pokes up and fits into the blade for rotation. The blade goes in easily and comes out easily as well and they have also added a small hole on the end of the blade that you can use the built in poker to remove the blade which will keep you from loosing a finger…..I think there is room for improvement with the blade and I have noticed that it works great with some herbs and not so well with other herbs, depending on moisture content, density and stickiness. There are small gaps between the 5 blades that make up the “cylinder” and if these gaps were smaller and maybe had more of these blades, I think that would allow for finer grinder and prevent large pieces from passing through the gaps. Another idea would be a cylinder that features a series of sharp holes like the Grinder Cards or a cheese grater that would spin and slice away at the herbs and with the revapes-for-reviews-1162movable blade design, I hope Chewy will some out with new blades for different materials and grind consistencies. Another area for improvement is the blade chamber which is plastic on this model but must be metal on the metal bodied Chewys. The blade is able to slightly rock a little on the motor end and sometimes the blade can get pretty close to these plastic walls and could possibly shave off a piece of plastic, so I wish they had added another removable metal sleeve for around the blade that would help prevent any unwanted plastic shavings.

-Controls / Battery

Thevapes-for-reviews-1160 Chewy’s back features a door that flips out on a hinge and is where your 9volt battery is inserted. The battery goes in and comes out fairly easily and it securely snaps into place. Although I haven’t had to change my battery yet, I wish they had used a rechargeable battery and allowed grinding while charging. There are rechargeable 9v batteries out there, so that’s the next thing I will be testing but I used a standard Energizer 9v for this review and it’s still going strong. I’ve had the same 9v battery since I got the Chewy in September 2016 and it’s got a lot of use. I tested the Chewy pretty heavily when I first got it and I am pleasantly surprised that the battery is still going but I have noticed some loss of power and sometimes it binds up a little, now that battery is getting weaker. It’s hard to gauge the exact battery life of the Chewy because your only using it for a minute or so at a time and it may have to work harder with some herbs and less with others but according to their website, the Chewy can last up to 9 hours of continuous use!  Overall, I have been happy with the battery life and I vapes-for-reviews-1161think it’s really quite battery efficient.

The controls of the Chewy are located on the top, directly above the blades and feature forward and reverse buttons. I typically find that the Chewy works best if you “rock” the blades forward and reverse, instead of grinding forward the entire time and then reversing for awhile etc. If you place your thumb on the middle of the two buttons, you can easily switch from forward to reverse and back and forth quickly, which seems to give me a better grind. If things get jammed up and they occasionally do, just hit the opposite button you were using and that usually frees up the blades but sometimes you need to help the herbs along with the poker.

Grinding

-Operation / Usage

Chewy is easy to use and I recommend opening the Door from the very end, past the Funnel because sometimes when you open the Door from the sides, where the little notches are, it will pull up the internal sleeve too, so I always just use my nail to get under the plastic end to flop it open.

Just a few simple steps for your very own, electrically ground herb:

  1. Open the Chewy door fully, so the Pusher Block locks into place.
  2. Add your herb to the Sleeve. I like to break up my herb a little, into chunks, so there aren’t any huge sticks or stems. Chewy works best with more herb but it can also do smaller amounts.
  3. Close the door and press the Release button on both side of the Chewy at the same time to release the Pusher Block and it will press your herb against the blade.
  4. Remove the Silicone plug and proceed to use the Forward and Reverse buttons.
  5. Experiment around with the buttons. Rock the blades forward and reverse for best results or try grinding forward for awhile then reverse it. You may need to use the pick to free herb that sticks inside the funnel and blade.

The Chewvapes-for-reviews-1157-edity’s motor and blade system seems to be pretty powerful and geared correctly. The blade spins very slow but it’s pretty powerful and I haven’t noticed the motor seizing up or stopping, until recently now that my battery is getting low but even now it still does pretty well.

Another thing to note is that the Chewy does better with more herb and when the Pusher Block gets to the end of it’s track, the remaining herb can have a hard time feeding into the blades because the Pusher Block doesn’t fully reach the blades. I typically like to grind just enough for a chamber and that’s it, so the Chewy has a harder time with small amounts like that but it will work, you just may have to help feed the herb into the blades more. Also, the Pusher Block sometimes sticks after hitting the release button with small amounts and doesn’t fully extend, so just open the door a little and that usually frees the Block and it then presses your herb tightly against the blade.

-Results

I had somewhat mixed results with the Chewy but overall, I was happy with the grind and it’s consistency, plus its actually fun to use, unlike most traditional grinders. I did however find that some herb grinds much easier than others and the Chewy also works better when there is a decent amount of herb in the Sleeve. I found that the Chewy works best with fully dry and dense herbs and Chewy had trouble when the herbs were moister and fluffier. The dry, dense, hard herbs work best because they can sit against the blade and it can chip away at the herb, whereas the moister, fluffier herbs sometimes get pulled around the blades instead of slicing them and they just go around and around. I think if they added less room around the blade with a removable Stainless Steel tube, that could prevent the herb that wants to get pulled around, behind the blade and would slice it better. I have also noticed that sometimes the Blade can actually touch the plastic wall that surrounds it and can actually shave pieces off if your not careful, which can end up in your material and Chewy needs to add a guard or something to prevent this.

Also, the herb can get stuck in the funnel / blade area quite easily, especially if you havvapes-for-reviews-1155e used your Chewy for a while and it’s stickier. A lot of times, I have to use the poker or something else to free up stuck herb and get it to go through the blade again or drop out the funnel. When the Chewy is fully loaded with the right herb, it is really nice and you can just aim the funnel over your chamber or bowl or paper and watch the herb fall into place. It also makes grinding on the go, much more convenient and less messy. You can also store your herb in the Sleeve or funnel ground up for immediate use but I typically don’t because it’s not sealed completely, so it smells and dries out quickly.

I think the Chewy is best for people who want a grind that doesn’t need to be super fine or super consistent. I found the grind size to typically be on the medium to larger side, depending on the herb and the consistency was not perfect with some larger pieces of herb and some fine pieces. Sometimes I’ll take the larger pieces that slipped through and I will add them to the Sleeve again, so they can be pushed through the blades again, chopping it up more. I think the grind is pretty perfect for bowls and rolling your own but I wish it was finer and more even for vaping needs but I still use the Chewy for my vapes. I will say that the Chewy seems to slice the herb better than most grinders, that typically can mash up your herb and strip it from the precious resin glands but the Chewy’s sharp blades “cut” herb up leaving a lot more goodies intact.

-Cleaning / Maintenance

Thvapes-for-reviews-1169e Chewy is pretty easy to maintain and clean when the time comes. I like to brush mine out after using it and before I take it apart. A lot of sticky residue can build up quickly and it’s important to keep it clean, so the Pusher Block can freely move and feed your herb. All of the important parts that get the dirtiest, the Blade and the Sleeve come out and can soak in Alcohol for easy cleaning and the rest requires a little more work. The Blade comes out first, either carefully with your fingers or you can use the Poker to pop out the Blade using the hole. Next, comes the Sleeve, which will lift up and you can slide it off of the Pusher Block. While those pieces soak, I brush out the inside and get all the big stuff and come back with a q-tip with a little Alcohol, to get all the sticky stuff and clean up the door, the funnel and the Pusher Block. Make sure the sides of the Pusher Block are clean and your basically ready to reassemble after the vapes-for-reviews-1166Sleeve and Blade are done soaking and clean. It goes together in the opposite way, so take the Sleeve and start the Pusher Block, so it fits into the track and slide freely. Next, push the Sleeve into place, so that it’s fully seated. Now you can re-place the Blade, close the door and release the Pusher Block. Now your ready for more Chewing!

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Convenient, fast and easy to operate
  • Fun!
  • Easy on hands
  • Extremely good battery life – I am still using my original 9V battery from September 2016!
  • Works really well with dry, dense, hard herbs / buds
  • Parts come out for easy cleaning
  • Automatic feed system
  • Clear door allows you to see what’s happening
  • Ability to dispense ground material directly onto a paper or into a pipe, chamber or bowl
  • “Slices” herbs more than traditional grinders that can mush herbs up
  • Really powerful motor / gearing – doesn’t get hung up usually
  • Ability to store whole herbs / buds and ground herbs at the same or separate times
  • Small and compact
  • Built in poker / packer is handy

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work well with moister, fluffier herbs / buds
  • Herb tends to get stuck in blades, funnel and loading area
  • Grind consistency varies – sometimes its all very fine and even, while other times there may be big chunks of unground herb
  • Doesn’t work well with small amounts of herb – it will do it but has a hard time feeding everything into the blades
  • Some herb remains in the loading area that didn’t feed into the blades
  • Pusher block tends to get sticky quickly and has a hard time feeding material into the blades
  • Blades sometimes catch plastic body and can shave pieces off into your material – needs a guard to prevent this
  • not odor proof / air tight
  • Inability to adjust grind consistency from fine to coarse
  • No pollen catcher
  • Door / feeding system could be improved

Conclusion

Overall, I am impressed with the Chewy Grinder. It is by far the best and most innovative electric grinder I have used and its perfect for people that like to roll their own. You can dispense right onto your paper or into a pipe, which is super convenient and useful. Its easy to operate, effective and has great battery life. It works extremely well with the right material and not so well with other material. Dry, dense and hard buds work the best while moister and fluffier material gets stuck and doesn’t slice as well. The grind consistency can also vary and typically isn’t always even, where you can get chucks of unground herb that must be feed through the blades again. More suitable for pipes, bowls and rolling, where the grind isn’t as important, unlike with vaporizers which work better with an even, fine grind. The material feeding system needs work and often gums up with residue or doesn’t feed all the material into the blades for slicing. The Chewy grinder has a lot of potential and I think with some minor improvement, this could replace traditional grinders. I would also like to see different blades offered for different grinds and different material.

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