Elo Vaporizer Review

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Introduction

Greetings and introducing the Elo by Illimite Concepts of Hong Kong. Elo is a portable, user friendly herbal vaporizer, that uses convection heat and features a removable chamber called the “Chip.” Elo has to be one of the most unique and interesting portable vaporizers that I have come across and the folks at Illimite Concepts have packed a lot of thoughtful and innovative features into this handheld device.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Heating Method : Convection mainly, some secondary conductionelo-590-Edit
  • Temperature Settings : 150°C ~ 210°C (302°F ~ 410°F ) – ( adjustable by 5°C or 9°F increments )
  • Heat up in less than 45 seconds
  • Removable Chamber “The Chip” for easy swapping on the go
  • Compatible for : Dry Herb /  Oil/Wax / Juice
  • Chamber Dimension : approx. 6mm x 18mm x 12mm  (approx. 0.2g)
  • Dimension: 7.2 CM x 3.4 cm x 10.2cm
  • Weight : approx. 230 g
  • Removable vapor path
  • Retractable mouthpiece
  • Protective sliding doors ( mouthpiece and LCD )
  • Comes with Chip case ( Holds 2 spare Chips) 3 Chips Total included
  • Safety auto shut-off and sleep mode
  • Temperature LCD readout
  • Multi-color LED power button
  • Sturdy aluminum body
  • Food Grade Stainless / Aluminum air path
  • Food Grade Silicone Mouth Piece
  • 1 Hour + Battery Life

Design and Construction

elo-548-2Elo is an unusual vaporizer and it’s different than anything I have tried before. It’s rather simple looking on the outside but when you open up all the sliding doors and swing open the oven, you’ll quickly realize that there is nothing quite like it, which makes me like it even more. There are so many vaporizers coming out and so many of them are copies or clones of another vaporizer, so it’s nice to see something completely different and unique.

-Body

elo-600-EditThe Elo body is very sturdy, solid and it’s constructed out of aluminum, which  gives it a nice heft. The top and bottom of the device are plastic but the aluminum shell makes it feel very durable and has a nice, smooth matte finish.

The heater is attached to the aluminum body with a hinge, so it swings open up like a mouth, where you load your chamber or in this case, a Chip. The design and placement of the heater is well conceived, as it removes the heat source from the main body, where you hold the device and where all the electronics and the battery is stored. Not only does it stay cool and comfortable during use, it also keeps those sensitive components away from the heat.

The main body also features 3 sliding doors / buttons; The top door slides open, exposing the mouthpiece that hides inside the body for safe traveling while keeping it clean at the same time. The Second sliding button is located on the side, where it slides up and down, to raise and lower the mouthpiece and it clicks into place when it’s in the fully raised and elo-434-Edit-2fully lowered. The third and final sliding door is located on the opposite side and this sliding door reveals the LCD, “Plus” and “Minus” buttons as well as the AC Charging Port. I really like the addition of these sliding doors and buttons, as they keep everything tucked away, safely inside the device while your not using it, so everything stays in its place and stays clean.

The overall feel of the device is very nice and it has a certain heft to it, nothing rattles around, it fits comfortably in your hand and it’s also easy to draw from. The Elo is a portable vaporizer but it’s slightly heavier and thicker than some other portable vaporizers, such as the Crafty or Haze. Due to it’s aluminum shell, the Elo weighs in at approximately 230 Grams, the same weight as the Mighty but the Elo is shorter in height. The dimensions of the Elo is: 7.2 CM x 3.4 cm x 10.2cm and although it may be a bit bigger, it’s smart design travels well and you can be assured that everything will stay clean and in it’s place. A slightly thinner Elo would have been nice, so it fits more comfortably in your pocket but it’s not so big that you need a cargo pants to carry the thing.

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-Controls / Interface

elo-536-EditThe Elo can be powered on by holding the On / Off button for 2 seconds and you will see the power button light up and the LCD turn on. The power button features a color changing LED light that changes color based on your temperature range selection;

  • LOW = Purple ( 302°F – 311°F ) or Blue ( 320°F – 329°F )
  • MEDIUM = Light Blue ( 338°F – 347°F ) or Green ( 356°F – 365°F )
  • HIGH = Yellow ( 374°F – 383°F ) or Red ( 401°F – 410°F )

The On / Off button’s LED light also signals additional information besides your selected temperature range. The LED will “Flash White” after 60 seconds without usage/taking a draw, where it will turn off unless you press the On / Off button to reactivate it or you can also take a draw. If the On / Off LED is “Solid White,”  that signifies that the device has reached it’s 7 minute auto shut-off time, where it will turn off after 5 seconds when this light comes on. This LED light is also “Solid White” when the Elo is charging.

Aelo-516-Editfter you have turned Elo on, the device starts heating up and from there you can set your temperature using the “Plus” or “Minus” buttons to make your selection with 9°F increments from 302°F to 410°F. The LCD indicates the battery level, set temperature and the Celsius or Fahrenheit indicator, which can be switched by holding the “Plus” button for 5 seconds to toggle between the two. The LCD is very simple and basic and it does not show the devices temperature as it gets hotter, instead the On / Off LED light flashes until it turns solid, indicating that device has reached your desired temperature. I would have loved to see the actual temperature indicated as well as the set temperature so you always know where your at.

-The “CHIP”

The Elo is a very unique and fun vaporizer to use. Telo-657he main feature that makes the Elo so special and unique, is it’s removable material chamber, called the “Chip.” Elo allows users to swap out Chips with different materials to suit your needs, which makes vaping on the go easy and convenient. Elo’s Chip system works very well and I found it to be especially useful on the go, where I can have a Chip loaded in Elo and two extra Chips loaded and packed in the included Chip case for quick, hassle free vaping out and about.

The Chip is constructed out of plastic and Stainless Steel and it can be completely disassembled for easy cleaning. You load your material into a removable S.S. rectangular chamber with S.S. mesh screens on top and bottom and “snaps” securely into place within the “body” of the Chip. Those with disabilities or people with larger hands / fingers, may find this chamber somewhat small and difficult to use and clip into place but it’s quite easy once you do it once or twice. The actual material chamber measures; 6mm x 18mm x 12mm and can hold (approx. 0.2g).

I have always been a fan of a vape that uses a removable chamber for a few reasons. The main reason makes vaping on the go more convenient by allowing users to pre-pack or load chambers, capsules or Chips ahead of time, so you can just pop it in and vape, instead of fumbling around with grinding, loading, making a mess or having your precious material blow away. Not only does it make vaping on the go more convenient but it keeps your vaporizer cleaner for a lot longer and it can keep sensitive heaters from building upelo-566 debris that can often fall through the cracks and otherwise be very difficult to remove. Yet another bonus to the Chip design allows you have a different loaded Chip for your every mood or preference, so you could have a Chip loaded with an herb that is more energetic for daytime use and another Chip filled with an herb that is more relaxing for night vaping. Although I think a removable chamber has more benefits than drawbacks, there are a few to discuss. The main drawback is that they usually require more time and patience loading them at home, since there are a few parts to assemble, they can be fairly small, hard to grasp and put together. Removable chambers can also pose other issues, such as creating more areas where extra air to be drawn into the pathways, as the fittings and seals may not always be perfect, so potentially, they can dilute the vapor and this is somewhat true with the Elo. With the Elo’s complex Chip system, there is some room around the Chip where air can be pulled in, which can make the vapor thinner and weaker but on the plus side, it can also make the vapor cooler and smoother but I will go into further detail later on. One other thing to consider, removable chambers can also get lost, loose parts or wear over time, which can be also be good and bad. On one hand, you can usually replace the part instead of the whole unit, which can save you big time but it also means that you more likely to have to replace elo-603-Editsomething down the road when it gets lost or breaks. It really comes down to personal preference but for me, I’m a sucker for a removable chamber like the Chip, Inhalaters’ Capsule System, Hazes’ Cans etc. and I think the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Illimite Concepts has also included a Chip case that is great for carrying your loaded Chips. This case is made out of plastic and features 2 slots for your 2 extra Chips and they fit neatly inside and the Case also features a lock so it won’t accidently open. I would have liked to see some extra room in the case for a brush or something but I think it’s great that they included 2 extra Chips and a Case in the first place!

Illimite Concepts is also working on a Chip that will support concentrates and oils so I will try to update this review as soon as I receive any information on this.

-The “COOLER” / Vapor Path / Mouthpiece

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Another innovative feature of the Elo is the “Cooler.” This piece is a specially designed aluminum rod that connects to the mouthpiece and effectively cools your vapor with it’s unique design. This aluminum rod has a slice taken out of the middle that runs through the legth of the rod and features a few holes on the top where it connects to the mouthpiece. As vapor flows around the Cooler and the slits, the vapor gradually cools down, making it smoother ( please see photo ). I can say with confidence, that the Elo produces some cool and smooth vapor! Part of the reason why the Elo has such smooth vapor is because it isn’t quite as dense or thick as some vaporizers, such as the Crafty but more on that later.

The vapor path of the Elo is a straight shot from the intake/ vents directly below the heater, where air is pulled in, passes through the heater, into the Chip, into your material and then through the Stainless Steel and Aluminum Vapor path, which is all removable and cleanable. When there are a few pieces that make up a vapor path, like in the Elo’s design, there can sometimes be room for air leaks in the pathway. You can compare this pathway to the DaVinci Ascent’s pathway, where two glass tubes or pieces meet and slide into one another but they aren’t completely tight, so air can be pulled in from the area in addition to it’s oven. The Elo’s vapor path is not 100% sealed where the Cooler meets the lower portion of the vapor path and the sliding mechanism tube but it’s sealed off from the electronics, so the “extra” air most likely enters the path through the sliding buttons / doors on the side of the unit and on the top. I would like to see this area improved, so the vapor path pieces seal 100%, so potentially more air can be drawn through the oven, potentially improving the vapor production.elo-513-Edit

Not only does the Elo feature a removable chamber and the Cooler but it also features a hidden mouthpiece, that neatly slides away for storing, protection and sanitation. You don’t need to touch the mouthpiece with your dirty little hands to use the Elo, instead just slide open the top door, exposing the mouthpiece and slide up the button on the side to raise your mouthpiece. Not only is this a cool feature but its very practical, it keeps your mouthpiece clean while you travel and it prevents you from touching it. The mouthpiece is made out of Silicone and it connects directly to the Cooler. I’m not crazy about the Silicone mouthpiece but it is comfortable and cool, although I would like to eventually see additional mouthpieces, maybe made out of glass or something else. I have noticed that sometimes the Mouthpiece likes to detach from the Cooler,  so you may have to push it back into position in order to lower it back into the unit and thus is a minor drawback of the sliding mouthpiece system.

-Convection Heater / Oven

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Elo’s heater; Chip off and Chip on

In my experience, Convection heat produces the better more flavorful vapor over conduction heat. Convection heat produces vapor that is almost always, more flavorful and flavorful for longer too. Convection heat also doesn’t cause a “slow burn” effect that conduction heat causes when your not inhaling because the conduction is always heating your herb, vaporizing it. Convection heat heats your herb when your inhaling or pulling the hot air through it. The Elo is a mostly convection vaporizer! There is some conduction going on as well but it’s minmal and most of the vaporization is coming from the convection hot air your pulling through your herb. I would compare this system to the Crafty and Mighty vaporizer, both of which, are also mostly convection based but they also relay on conduction heat as well but more so than the Elo. I would estimate that the Elo is roughly 80-90% convection and 20-10% conduction whereas the Crafty / Mighty are closer to 70% convection and 30% conduction. The Crafty and Mighty produce thicker, fuller and more dense vapor than the Elo but it is also can be hotter, harsher and the flavor can diminish more quickly than theelo-627-Edit Elo’s vapor.

The heater / Chip system works very well and it’s simple to use. The Chip is sandwiched and held in place between the oven / heater on the bottom and the Elo body / vapor path on the top, which is securely held shut with two strong magnets. The Chip fits securely in place and it’s easy to load and unload from the device. I would have liked to see a lock on the heater, so it would hold the heater open while you load your Chip because it can easily snap shut with those strong magnets.

Elo’s heater / oven is very interesting. It features a series of 4 ceramic heaters that make up a series of “walls,” where air is drawn through and around these heated walls and thus gently heated, until is passes through the Chip and your material. The top of the heater is protected by a S.S. layer grate, which protects the ceramic heaters and also provides an area for the bottom of the Chip to contact the heater directly and add a little conduction heat to the chamber as well.  This heater or oven is encased in S.S. but the entire assembly is then surrounded by plastic, including the intake / vents below the oven, for obvious heat 10-05-15-297-Editreasons but I would have liked to see an inner layer of metal for strength and the additional S.S. could also improve the flavor over plastic.  I will go into further detail about the vapor in the Vaporization section. On top of the heater is the lower Silicone seal that presses against the bottom portion of the Chip, creating a seal. This Silicone piece is removable for cleaning and I recommend soaking briefly and scrubbing all Silicone, plastic and metal pieces before vaporization to help remove any extra tastes, residues, oils that come from these materials and from the manufacturing process / assembly of these devices. I have noticed that the Silicone and or plastic around the heater and or Chip creates a slight Silicone taste and smell at times, more so during the end of my session when the unit has been on for a while and is much hotter but again, it’s not enough for it to ruin the herbs flavor in my opinion.

Inside the heater is a temperature sensor that measure the temperature inside the oven. This temperature sensor also acts as a draw sensor that can sense your inhalation as you draw, so instead of hitting the On / Off button every time the auto shut-off kicks in, you can just draw on the device and it should cancel the shut-off feature. I have noticed that my Elo dose not sense my inhalation, so for some reason it does not cancel the shut-off and I must hit the On / Off if I want to keep vaporizing but Illimite Concepts is working to correct this issue.

_DSC0434-2The heater is held in place on a hinge that connects it to the body of the Elo. As I have mentioned, by removing the heater from the main body, the electronics, the battery and your hand will stay cool during vaporization which is a great design. The heater can definitely get hot to the touch during use but there is plenty of cool Elo body to hang on to, so it’s not an issue but I would have loved to see some heat sinks or ribbing like they used in the Crafty and Mighty vaporizers deign, which do a great job keeping the unit cool  I would have liked to see the hinge beefed up a little because this is an area of high stress and it will be used often, so there is the potential for breakage if your not too careful but I have not had any issues yet. There are also some wires that pass through this hinge area, so there is potential of the wires breaking like the dreaded Ascent that had it’s oven on a swivel and those wires often broke in the early versions until they corrected the issue. I have taken one of my Elo’s apart and there is plenty of wire length to freely move when opening and closing the oven, so it won’t put stress on the connections and I doubt if we will see an issue with wires breaking.

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-Battery

elo-585Unfortunately, the Elo does not allow for users to vaporize during charging and the battery is not user replaceable. This is one of my major criticisms of this device and its so sad to see a vaporizer that doesn’t feature either one of these. Batteries eventually all loose capacity and become weaker over time, so eventually they will all need replacements. When the user can’t replace the battery, then the vaporizer becomes useless, unless the manufacturer provides replacements like the Crafty and Mighty Battery Program where it cost up to $40 to replace their batteries.

Elo features a permanent Lithium Ion Battery ( 1000 mAh 11.1 V ). I have noticed that the battery level indicator on the Elo screen can jump around a little, at least during warm up but after it’s all warmed up and the temperature has been reached, then it appears that the level seems accurate. Battery life could be better with this unit given its size but on average, I am able to get at least 5 sessions on 383F lasting for about 7 minutes each or until the auto-shut off kicks in, which isn’t bad and its more than enough to vape through all of your Chips that are included for a day full of vaping. Convection based vaporizers elo-602-Editusually require more energy than conduction vaporizers and with Elo’s relatively large heater, it uses a lot of juice, so that can explain why the battery life isn’t that great.

Charging is pretty quick and only takes a few hours. I would have liked to see a USB connection instead of their own connection, so it would be a little more universal and you didn’t have to plug it in to the wall each time. The On /Off LED light is Solid White when the unit is charging and there is also an LED on the charger unit that’s turns from Red to Green when the unit is fully charged.


Vaporization

– Usage / Instructions

elo-382Elo is very user friendly and easy to use. When you first open the box, you will see a quick start guide and within 6 simple steps, you will be up and vaping!

  1.  Grind your material, finely
  2.  Load your material in the Chip
  3.  Load Chip onto the oven
  4.  Press and hold the On / Off button for 2 seconds
  5.  Press (+) or (-) buttons to select your temperature
  6.  When the LED stops flashing, slide lid to open and slide up the mouthpiece
  7. Inhale!

I found that the is Elo fun, effective, comfortable to use and operate. It’s basically as easy as it outlines in the box but you can turn to the included user manual for more details. The manual is very clean, includes lots of pictures and is simply laid out. I always recommend reading the manual before using any vaporizer and I recommend it with the Elo because it does a good job explaining the different parts, the LED light signals, as well as how to properly clean the unit. This vaporizer has many parts, most of which are small, so I can see how some people may find this vaporizer difficult to use and load but it wasn’t a problem for me, although I have smaller hands.

My average session with the Elo begins like any other vaporizer session of mine where I grind my herb. I prefer a finer grind in my convection based vaporizers like the Elo and I found the finer grind allows for more surface area for the hot air to pass through, which provides for efficient and even heating. Most of the time I load the chamber full to the rim but loose, not packed and place the top screen on top, just enough that it seats inside the chamber and doesn’t compress the herb. Other times, I like to just use a pinch of herb, enough to cover the bottom screen and then I’ll place the top _DSC0286-5screen down all the way, so it’s touching the herb, but again, not compressing it, so the herb stays in place while the air is drawn through. One thing I dislike about the mesh screens is that they are tricky to place and remove and they can eventually get frayed with repeated use. I also have some difficulties clipping the S.S. material chamber into the Chip body and if it doesn’t snap in easily, I recommend turning it 180 and trying it that way and usually, one seems to go in easier than the other. Once the chambers are snapped into the Chip, they are pretty secure and stay put.

Placing the Chip onto the oven is pretty straight forward and they can only go in one way. Sometimes the Chips don’t like to line up perfectly and you need to move them around until they fall into place easily, don’t force them in. If you really having trouble placing the Chip onto the oven, I suggest trying to slide the entire metal part of the Chip with the S.S. material chamber, one way or another because the screws that holds this piece in place allow for some movement . I would have really liked to see the Chips completely made out of metal because I think it could improve the overall flavor but I’m sure it would get too hot with the metal. The oven features two strong magnets that keep it shut and keep pressure on the Chip, tightly pressing it against the Silicone seals, so these magnets have a tendency to snap the oven shut when your trying to load / unload your Chip, which is something to be aware of.

When your ready to press the On / Off button, you will hear a slight buzzing sound initially 10-05-15-278-Editbut it’s completely normal and it will go away in a few seconds. The Elo heats up quite fast and it usually doesn’t take more than 40-50 seconds to reach any temperature. The battery level indicator on the LCD likes to jump around when the unit is heating up, so wait for the unit to reach temperature before checking the level and it should indicate an accurate level at that point.

The mouthpiece usually slides up smoothly for use but sometimes it likes to detach from the sliding track when it’s time to lower it back into the device. The mouthpiece is Silicone and it simply is held onto the sliding track with a little groove on the inside of the mouthpiece that fits over the aluminum tube of the sliding track. If it detaches, just press the mouthpiece down while holding the mouthpiece raiser button and you should feel it “pop” into place and then it should lower normally. I would like to see this slider mechanism improved, so that it’s sealed better and that the mouthpiece doesn’t detach as easily from the track, otherwise I love the idea and it’s great to hide the mouthpiece inside for traveling and saves you from having to touch it.

– Vaporization / Vapor Quality

elo-635In short, the Elo produces nice, smooth, cool vapor that is flavorful but its not as thick or as visible as most vaporizers on a similar temperature. This is both good and bad. On one hand, I would like to see more, thicker, fuller vapor as it is often thin and feels slightly “airy.” On the other hand, the vapor is incredibly smooth, cool and comfortable and it never seems hot or scratchy, unlike a lot of convection style vaporizers that can be harsh or hot. I have noticed that the Elo seems to run cooler than most other vaporizers and I tend prefer using the Elo at 383°F-392 which would be way too hot in my Crafty, Mighty, Volcano etc. Even at that relatively high temperature, the vapor is still not thick or really cloudy but if you compare that to the Crafty the difference is huge and 383°F on the Elo is more like 340°F on the Crafty or around there. This dosne’t really bother me too much but I would have loved to see more vapor, although I do love how smooth it is. I actually prefer the thinner, smoother vapor at times because I can just “sip” away on the vapor, taking a number of inhalations to extract the chamber, where as other vapes, you’ve reached your desired effect in just a few inhaaltions. Theres no doubt that the Elo is vaporizings your materiasl, it just seems like a much gentler, slower process than some, maybe because it’s more convection than most vaporizers like the Crafty. I don’t understand why 350°F on one vape is complelty different than 350°F on another vaporizer and you would think they should be the same, produce the same vapor, extract your material with the same amount of inhalations but they are rarely cocnstant. Each vaporizer reads and measures temperatures differently, from different areas in the vaporizer and they all heat differently with different sources, different voltages etc. so that can explain a lot.

Elo is definitely not a cloud machine but it makes up for it in smooth cool vapor and even heating. I think if the temperatures were accurate and the device’s air and vapor path was sealed a little better, we would see some real clouds. I’ve never been a cloud chaser so I 10-05-15-265have been happy with the Elo’s vapor production and I really enjoy using this vaporizer.

Elo produces some flavorful vapor that can easily stand up to other high end vapes like the Crafty. It may not be as full flavored as the Crafty’s vapor but the flavor is there and it stays longer too. I can go 10 inhalations with the Elo and still have flavor but I typically don’t make it to 10 inhalations on my Crafty before I’ve extracted the chamber and the flavor is gone. The vapor also may not be as pure tasting as the Crafty because there is a fair amount of Silicone and Plastic in and around the Vapor path so your going to get some of that taste in your vapor as well, typically towards the end of a session when things are warmer. I find the slight Silicone and Plastic taste to be acceptable and non worrisome because I am fairly confident in the Elo’s construction and design that its putting out some good quality vapor despite the slight tastes. Everyone has different tolerances for theses smells and tastes and some people may find it to be too strong and others may not notice it at all. When you’ve been using the Elo and Chips for some time, the Plastic and Silicone taste and smell definitely lessen with time and use. I really would have liked to see some improvements made to parts of the Elo and I think some small changes in materials and placement could have made a world of difference in the Vapor Quality in such a unique and interesting vape.

– Cleaning / Maintenance

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Elo disassembled: Silicone Top Seal, Upper Vapor Path (The Cooler), Lower Vapor Path (S.S. Funnel/Tube), Silicone Mouthpiece. 2 Brushes. *Heater/Oven Silicone Seal not shown*

Elo allows users to easily break down its entire components for easy and through cleaning. The main body breaks down into 5 removable and cleanable pieces; 2 Silicone Seals (1 Seal above the Chip around the Vapor Path and 1 Seal below around the heater), the lower portion of the Vapor Path a S.S. tube/funnel, the Aluminum “Cooler,” and the Silicone Mouthpiece. All of these pieces can be soaked in ISO Alcohol but I recommend just soaking the metal parts and spot cleaning the Silicone with Alcohol instead of letting it soak because Alcohol can slowly ruin Silicone parts. Now all that’s left is the Chip and that breaks down into 4 main pieces but you can break it down further; Chip body with attached S.S. Slit/Grate Screen, S.S. material Chamber and 2 S.S. Mesh Screens. I typically just soak the Mesh Screens and the S.S. material Chamber and spot cleans the Chip Body and Grate Screen. One other area to check is the Mouthpiece/Cooler “Raiser Tube.” This is an Aluminum Tube that raises and lowers the Mouthpiece/Cooler combo and also connects this combo to the Lower portion of the Vapor Path. Where the “Cooler” meets the Lower portion of the Vapor Path inside this Aluminum Tube, its not a perfect seal, so some vapor leaks around and collects slightly inside this Tube. Just a quick brush with Alcohol or Q-Tip is enough to clean it right out. Now you ready to assemble thee Elo again. Everything goes back together fairly easily and things can only go one way ,so it pretty straight forward but you can always check out the manual.elo-443


 

Pros

  • Innovative and unique design
  • Sturdy build quality, solid feel and good materials, metal body
  • Oven/heater is removed from the main body
  • Mostly Convection heat
  • Removable Chamber, The Chip
  • Sliding doors protect and keep everything clean
  • Little to no draw resistance
  • Smooth, cool, flavorful vapor
  • Wide Temperature range
  • Auto-Shut off
  • Fast charge time
  • Decent battery life (around 5 Chips)
  • Completely removable Vapor Path (easy cleaning)
  • Multi-function LED light
  • Even heat and efficient
  • Works with small amounts and large amounts
  • Magnetic Heater/Oven
  • Ceramic Heater/Oven
  • Included Chip Case holds 2 Spare Chips
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Battery is not user replaceable and doesn’t feature pass through charging
  • Thin, airy vapor
  • LED is hard to see in the Sunlight
  • Draw sensor does not seem to work
  • Dry herb only (Originally planned to have a Chip for Concentrates too)
  • Lot of little pieces
  • Chip can be difficult for some people
  • Mouthpiece detaches occasionally
  • Silicone and Plastic smell/taste at times
  • Bulky and heavy
  • 9°F Temperature increments
  • (Elo is no longer being produced?)

 

Conclusion

elo-391Overall, the Elo is a solid vaporizer. Elo happens to be one of my favorite vaporizers to use because of its design and aesthetics. If there were vaporizers in the 80’s, they’d probably look like the Elo and I mean that in the best way. May not be the smallest or lightest vaporizer out there but its defiantly one of the most unique and unusual. I think the Chip system is great and it really makes vaporizing on the go quick, easy and mess free. Although there are a lot of things I love about Elo, there are a few things I would like to change and probably the biggest thing would be a new design with less Silicone and Less Plastic, as well as a removable battery. Also, I would like to see a more accurate and wider temperature range, a working draw sensor and an actual temperature read-out on the LCD Screen. I would definitely recommend this vaporizer but not to everyone, especially people who may have difficulty with small pieces and people who like thick, cloudy vapor, otherwise Elo is a fun vape that belongs in any serious vipers collection.elo-383

 


 

 

Grasshopper Vaporizer Review and Resource

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Grasshopper 2.0 AKA: Mega Grasshopper 

Here is a little project on mine that I am working on. I love my Grasshoppers but the vapor is too hot for me to use it all day, everyday, so I decided to make a wood body for the GH and extend the vapor path, for cooler hits at home. I did not modify my GH in any way and it can be pulled out at anytime.

In this first version; The GH is inverted but the On/Off button is right side up, so it’s easier to click and the extended vapor path is very cool. The vapor path consists of a silicone elbow from my 7th Floor Sidekick Vaporizer and the rest of the path is Stainless Steel and glass. There are vents cut out for the GH intake and for viewing the LEDS. The bottom portion is held on tightly and there are also magnets to secure the bottom.

 

This is the second version of my project and I am still trying to get this one to work…The main reason for this project, was to give the GH a “Heat” button that I could hold instead of clicking the On/Off every draw. Unfortunately, I cannot get my switch to work and I don’t know that much about electricity but I am guessing that the wires are too small  of Gauge and / or the switch I am using is the wrong voltage….Any ideas??? I also wanted to give the GH another Mouthpiece/Cap, to cool the vapor as well, so I made one similar to the first version and it pulls off the same. The vapor path is shorter and similar in design to the Crafty/Mighty/CFX/CF/CFV/Tera/Alternate vapes with their “Cooling Tops,” and this “Cap” is held on magnetically with a magnet from a GH Charger that I took apart and strongly connects to the GH On/Off/Temperature Dial that I have parallel to the GH Body. I separated the two pieces of the GH, so I could add a wire between them for my “Heat” switch, which I am still trying to figure out…Hope you enjoy these projects and thanks for checking it out!!!


GRASSHOPPER UPDATES: 1/29/17

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Stainless Steel, Titanium, Heat Treated Titanium

The New Year brings new items from the folks at Hopper Labs! Water Pipe adapters, Cleaning Vials and even a new Grasshopper Model, the HT or Heat Treated Grasshopper. I have also found an excellent Herb Scoop that fits the GH perfectly from newvape.com and also, a good case idea for your Hopper.

 

First and foremost, the HT GH! Hopper Labs has been releasing a few batches of Special Edition Titanium Grasshoppers that have been heat treated to produce color gradients in the Titanium. Each Hopper is hand crafted by one of three on staff artists, who prep, design and execute these beauties using a 1000 C Furnace and a Torch. This process creates some really interesting units that have a wide range of colors, from blues and purples to bronzes and yellows. This process doesn’t change the surface of the metal, so it still has the shiny quality, unlike the Anodizing process that’s creates a more matte finish. These Special Edition Hoppers are available immediately when they come out in batches but act quick, they sell out within hours! Currently they are going for $350 but there is no waiting, which was some incentive for me. I saw these and I had to pick one up for myself and I must say, it’s a pretty Hopper, although I can’t compare it to the Anodized Titanium. I thought the color wasn’t as vibrant in person, as it appeared on their website but still, it’s colorful and one of a kind.

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Stock Mouthpiece and the new GH 14mm Water Pipe Adapter

Next on the list, the all anticipated Water Pipe adapter! These are likely to be available in February and will come in 14mm or 18mm and screw directly on your GH in place of your existing mouthpiece. I was able to get my hands on one of these and I really love it. It’s basically the same on the inside as your stock mouthpiece with the screen but slightly longer and features a 10 to 1 taper that provides a perfect seal on your glass  downstem. I don’t use a water pipe thavapes-for-reviews-1541t often but the GH is ridiculous when combined with one and when their forces combine, monster clouds are the result! I was hoping to see a universal Water Pipe adapter that fits 14mm and 18mm in one but this keeps the adapter small, compact and sleek. Look for these on the GH website in the next coming months.

With lots of requests for a Mouthpiece Cleaning Vial, Hopper labs has listened. These Vials are the perfect size to fit your Mouthpiece and allow you to soak them in Alcohol, worry free. They feature a Teflon Cap that seals in the Alcohol and prevents evaporation while your Mouthpiece soaks. Hopper Labs recommend that you soak your Mouthpiece for 24 hours for the best result and it’s important to have a good, safe container to do that and after the soak, just brush or scrub a little, then rinse and dry! They are available now on the GH website and cost $5.00. The dimensions are: 26mm Diameter X 60.0mm Length (1.02in X 2.36in)

This next item is not from Hopper Labs but it’s a match made in Heaven. This little number was originally designed for the Pax Vaporizer from the newvape.com but they fit the GH like a glove! They are machined from Aluminum and are small enough to hold some herb and fit inside the GH Chamber, which makes loading pretty effortless. It will cost you $16.00 but will likely last forever with good care or you can buy a Cleaning Kit for around $37, which includes the Scoop and much more, as well as, a sweet little case that also works great for the GH!

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Herb Scoop

 

 

I would also like to add that the GH Batteries are now the GHB2, which replaced the GHB1 Batteries and I will be testing them to see any difference. They appear to be the same but the wrapper feels better to me and I will be adding my results within the next few weeks.

lastly, according to the recent Email Update from Hopper Labs, there will be a price increase coming, so if anyone is on the fence about ordering a GH, I’d get to it before the increase. Currently, the Stainless Steel GH is $175, Plain Titanium / Color is $225 and the Heat Treated Titanium is $350.

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GHB2 Battery

 

 

Introduction

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Wild Grasshopper Box

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, after all, how could this pen size vaporizer really work? No wires, magnetic chargers, instant on-demand heat, full convection, 95% metal, removable battery with a lifetime warranty? It sounded and looked too good to be true and I thought the only way I would ever have a vaporizer like this, would be in my dreams but dreams do come true…….

The package arrived and I ripped that box open like a kid on Christmas morning. Immediately upon my first inspection, the Grasshopper was different than any other vaporizer I have owned before. It had a heft and weight to it, felt solid, rugged and refined. The smooth, stainless steel body felt good in my hand with it’s simple design _DSC0094-4and familiar shape.

The time finally came, so I proceeded to carefully pack the chamber, spun the mouthpiece back on, set my temperature to 3 on the dial, clicked the button on and watched the red LED turn to blue within seconds and I took a pull. I could feel the vapor flowing in, I held it and then exhaled……..A huge cloud billowed out and I was amazed!

 

 

 

Features and Specifications

  • Specifically designed for dry or loose-leaf herbs ( Concentrate front end is coming )
  • Adjustable temperature range between 130°C – 210°C (266°F – 410°F)
  • 5-second startup time
  • User-replaceable battery
  • True convection technology
  • 95% metal construction
  • Mechanical button for great on/off feel
  • Magnetic charging connection
  • 14mm Diameter X 140mm Length (0.55in X 5.50in)
  • 30-watt heater
  • Li-ion 3.7V 750mAh rechargeable battery
  • 1.2cc herb chamber (approx. 8.5mm x 19mm)
  • GH weight with battery: ( Stainless Steel: approx. 67g ) (Titanium: approx. 55g )_dsc0101-4

Design / Construction

-Overview

Not only does the Grasshopper come in Stainless Steel but there is also a grasshopper-1298Titanium version! If you choose Titanium, you can also have it anodized for $5.00 more with your choice of color; Dark Grey, Bronze, Green, Purple and Blue. The Titanium version is more durable, has better scratch resistance, lighter weight by over 10 grams and it has better thermal properties that allow it to cool down faster. For this review, I used both versions, a Stainless Steel model and a plain Titanium. The devices have the exact same chamber, electronics, heater, battery etc. and the main difference lies in the outside shell or body of the device. You can expect the same results, taste and vapor, battery life etc. from both devices but overall, I have found that the Titanium version’s body heats up quicker than the Stainless Steel but it cools down faster than the S.S. The machining is slightly different between the two metals and I prefer the feel, machine quality and performance of my S.S. GH over my Ti GH, just ever so slightly. They are so close but subtle differences can make a difference and the Ti is noticeably lighter, and tends to pick up far less scratches and dings, so I tend to take that model with me more often than the S.S. for those reasons. Performance is basically the same, so it comes down to personal preference and cost, the Ti GH is $50.00 more than the S.S.

Along with the a magnetic charger, a manual and a battery, each Backer and Pre-Order Grasshopper comes with a Silicone mouthpiece that fits over the metal mouthpiece for added comfort and protection from the heat.The Silicone Mouthpieces are $5.00 extra and I find that I don’t need mine unless, I am vaporizing with friends or using the Grasshopper on the highest temps, otherwise I find that the Grasshopper is perfectly comfortable, especially if you take shorter, slower inhalations and give the unit a second or two in-between inhalations, that’s the key.

grasshopper-1228The Grasshopper Leather Sleeve protect your vape and it keep the air inlet holes free and clear during transportation without any worries. I highly recommend the leather sleeves, they do a great job protecting your vape and at only $10.00, they are well worth it. I would like to see a full length leather sleeve that covers the entire GH, including the power button for added protection but Hopper Labs will be releasing a metal case that will hold your GH suspended inside an airtight tube with a storage space for herbs or whatever. I will update this post as soon as I get my hands on the case!

-Body

The Grasshopper is small, really small at 0.55in X 5.50in, which is about the same size as the Atmos RX Raw vaporizer pen but it has the same heat output as the powerful and popular Mighty vaporizer from Storz and Bickel, which is gigantic in comparison. It really doesn’t seem possible that a pen size device is capable of producing some amazing vapor, almost instantly but it does!

The Grasshopper is 95% metal which makes durability and reliability very promising with this vape compared to other vapes that are mostly plastic, and its also very promising that

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Size comparison: DaVinci Original, Inhalater 06, Atmos RX, Grasshopper, Mighty and Crafty

Hopper Labs is offering a lifetime warranty. There’s nothing wrong with plastic vapes, in some ways they are better and handle heat much better but I prefer the feel of metal and if something is going to be portable, it should also be able to take a beating, like the GH. The body is well machined, parts unscrew with ease and they fit together nicely with smooth seems and no loose parts or rattling. The one criticism I have at this point is with the clip and I wish it was a little heavier duty but so far it serves its purpose and its not really a critical piece anyway. The Stainless Steel model is polished to a matte like sheen and its not overly shiny, so you won’t blind yourself if your out in the sun and the Titanium version is slightly smoother, shinier and has a slight color to the metal but is hardly noticeable unless you have an S.S GH alongside the Ti.

 

Three main components make up the GH body; the main piece houses the battery, a small PCB board, the heater and the herb chamber. Second, is the mouthpiece and the third piece is the temperature dial and on/off button assembly.

 

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Grasshopper disassembled; Mouthpiece, Herbs, Chamber and Body, Battery and Temperature Dial with On/Off Switch

-Temperature Dial / On-Off

_DSC0144-2The temperature dial is located on the top, along with the on/off button. There are 5 “tick” marks on the dial, starting with mark 1 at 266°F to mark 5 at 410°F with 28.8°F increments and you can stop anywhere in between the marks, which allows users to fine tune their temperature. The temperature marks and the + / signs are engraved into the metal, so there is no worry of them rubbing off and they are very clean, crisp and easy to read. The dial turns smoothly and with a good amount of resistance so it will stay where you set it.
What sounds and feels like a regular ball point pen? The Grasshopper’s on/off button of course! The button is designed just like a pen with a mechanical action and It takes a nice amount of force to click it on, so there is little worry of accidental “pocket vaping” but I suppose it’s possible and it’s something I’m aware of when I carry it in my pocket.  A twist lock or something else in place to prevent accidental vaping would be a nice addition, although I have not had the GH power on accidentally. There is an auto-shutoff of 18 seconds, so if it did turn on accidentally, it will shut itself off but more on that later.
Update: The design of the GH clip ring area has changed. Now, the GH features a seamless ring that connects around the clip and looks much cleaner and finished. This seamless design may add even more durability and reliability to the GH as well ,with the simplified and sleek design.
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-Chamber

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First version Grasshopper heating chamber. Without extra screen

The Grasshopper’s heating chamber is approximately 8.5mm in diameter and 18.5mm deep, which gives you about 1.2cc of space so you can pack up to about a 1/4 teaspoon of herb or just a pinch at a time. The original GH featured the chamber inside what is now the mouthpiece, so you would load your herb in there instead but they changed it, so you load your material in the body of the GH.

The chambers in both GH versions are exactly the same, therefore they should produce the same vapor, same taste with the exception of the mouthpiece that will be different, so that can affect the vapor and overall experience. I will continue to try and explain any differences that I notice in the performance and use between of Ti and S.S. GH’s. They have Stainless Steel walls and a permanent screen at the bottom, which is very heavy duty and will not need replacing. They have added a additional screen to the chambers, so now there is added protection for the heater and permeant screen underneath. I found that the chamber is not quite as easy to load/unload as other vaporizers, as it is narrow, fairly long and has a small opening but I like the design of the chamber and it seems to be very efficient with different amounts or herbs and different grind consistencies. I have found that a small spoon or scoop, like a teaspoon or the Vapir Scoops work great and they help the loading process or if you can find a funnel like the Pack-N-Stash funnel, those work great as well without making a mess.

Update: Now Grasshoppers will feature a “Honeycomb” screen that sits on top of the permanent heater screen mentioned above and it will help protect your heater / inner screen. With the addition of the new screens, the chamber length has also decreased a tiny bit. These new screens are removable but I do not recommend removing them unless you have a proper tool, otherwise you may damage the screen.

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Newest Grasshopper with Honeycomb style chamber screen

 

-Heater

Behind that permanent screen lies the powerful heater, which is one of the most innovative elements of Grasshopper. I am amazed how powerful, how fast and how efficient this tiny little vaporizer actually is and to have full Convection heat is really unbelievable. Typically, Convection based vaporizers require a lot of surface area and a lot of power to be able to heat the air, unlike Conduction vaporizers that require less power and heaters that are much, much smaller, so the Grasshopper is truly in a class of it’s own.

“Using Direct Metal Laser Sintering, (a type of metal 3D printing), we’ve created an extremely compact heat exchanger with very little flow resistance. A 30 Watt heating element means that Grasshopper will always keep up, no matter how aggressive your usage.” ~ (Hopper Labs)

This high-tech heater is capable of reaching it’s top temperature in about 5 seconds and it produces pure, hot air that evenly heats your material without having to stir, no matter the amount of material, nor the grind consistency. Until now, full Convection heat in a device this small was not possible and normally they would require exposed coils or Conduction heat to maintain such a compact size. I can think of a few portable vaporizers that are similar to the size and heating method of the Grasshopper such as; The Firefly, Elevape SV, Thermovape T1 and the closet contender would be the Thermovape Evolution but non are as small, as fast, efficent and as powerful as the GH. Sure there are true vapes almost as small as the GH like the Source Ghost, Cloud Phantom and the Imag Plus for instance but all feature Conduction heat that constantly bakes your herb. Most portable vaporizers are limited by the length of their heating pathways and Convection based heaters generally require a long path, so the air can be drawn through and heated efficiently. The Grasshopper’s heater is influenced by nature, specifically a shell and this heater packs 36mm of heating pathways into 4mm of space with it’s spiral shell design. Not only is the Grasshopper full Convection but it also offers on-demand heat, not typical in Convection based vaporizers because they often require more power, more battery life and more time to heat these long elements and some of the best Convection vaporizers require over a minute to heat up like the Crafty but not the GH with nearly instant heat, relatively good battery life and plenty of power. This innovative heater effectively heats fresh air that is pulled in from the 8, air intake holes and it spirals through the heat exchanger, super heating the air and your material, vaporizing the active ingredients. This convection heat, makes it possible to use any amount of herb in the chamber and you will get great results without combustion.

-Mouthpiece

grasshopper-1290The mouthpiece screws directly on to the end of the heating chamber with just a few turns and the threading is very minimal, so it comes off and on with ease. Inside either the Ti or S.S. GH, the parts are the same and the vapor path is also the same, except for maybe a mm at the very tip, where it passes directly over the metal of the mouthpiece. You can expect the same flavor from both versions but the mouthpiece will heat / cool at different rates, depending on what metal you chose. From what I’ve noticed, the S.S. GH mouthpiece warms up slower overall but it seems to take longer to cool. The Ti mouthpiece seems to warm up faster but seems to cool down quicker. Again, I tend to prefer the S.S. GH slightly over the Ti, it just feels better to me and I like that it takes a little longer to warm up and if I wait a minute or so between inhalations, it really doesn’t get hardly warm at all.

The mouthpiece features another heavy duty screen, identical to the new screens inside the chamber and have the same “honeycomb” pattern. These screens are thicker than your average screen by far and can take plenty of beating, repeated use and cleaning. I doubt if anyone will need to replace the mouthpiece screen. In order to remove the mouthpiece screen, you will need a special tool or key, which has 3 tabs or teeth that fit the 3 slots in the screen, so it can be unscrewed. Hopper Labs is currently considering to release a tool but the screen will likely not need replacing and you can get the mouthpiece clean by soaking the entire unit in Isopropyl Alcohol, so it’s not necessary to take it out. On the other side of the screen is a funnel of heat safe material that is connected to the threads of the screen assembly. On top of the funnel, sits a metal “cone” that appears to be Copper, which looks like it acts as a type of shield that helps keep the tip of the mouthpiece from getting too hot ( see photo below of mouthpiece parts ). Overall, I think Hopper Labs did a good job designing the mouthpiece, making it as compact as possible but I hope they release an extended mouthpiece that features more cooling and filtering action for extended sessions, better use with multiple people and smoother, cooler vapor, especially using the higher temps.

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Inside the Grasshopper mouthpiece: Threaded screen / funnel, metal “shield” cone and finally the mouthpiece body

Hopper Labs is also including a Silicone mouthpiece aka. “Silicone Session Extender”. This piece is great for a cooler vaping experience and you can use it with a water pipes / bubblers, as it creates a good seal. I would prefer a different color of the Silicone Extender than the clearish-white, so it better hides the signs of repeated use but it does a great job keeping the mouthpiece cool and comfortable. Spare Silicone Session Extenders are only $5.00, so I recommended getting a couple extras, especially if plan on using the device with multiple people or if you prefer higher temperature vaping.

There are rumors of oils-end attachment, that will allow you to vaporize oils in your Grasshopper and there is also a Water Pipe Adapter in the works.

-Battery / Charger / LED

Battery

grasshopper-1284The Grasshopper uses a replaceable battery, a feature that EVERY portable vaporizer should have! That’s kind of the main purpose behind a portable vaporizer, to be able to bring it with you, so being able to bring spare batteries and replace them, can greatly increase your vape time on the go.  At $7.00 each, it’s easy to pick up a few extras for just such an occasion, that way you always have a charged battery ready to go.

The Grasshopper’s proprietary, Li-ion battery is 3.7V 750mAh, about the size of a AA battery, only skinnier and a little taller. Batteries can be charged inside the Grasshopper with the included magnetic charger or you can use an external charger like the Tenergy TN270 to keep your batteries juiced.

I recommend using caution when handling and changing these batteries because if you cut or wreck the plastic wrapper around the battery, then they will not work properly inside the Grasshopper. The Grasshopper is constructed without any wires, which is a really cool design feature and it also makes the device much more durable and reliable. Instead, the actual metal tube/body of the Grasshopper serves as a “wire” that connects the heat exchanger to the temperature dial assembly, so if the wrapper of the battery is cut or ruined, then the exposed metal of the battery can touch the metal tube/body of the Grasshopper which will interfere with the circuit.

Battery life of the Grasshopper is good and better than I thought it would be, especially considering it’s small size and heat output. The battery is only as big as a AA battery, so considering that, how powerful the unit is and the fact that it is full Convection, I am pleasantly surprised at how good thecharger connector battery life really is. This was one of my main concerns before trying the Grasshopper and I feared a repeat of the Thermovape T1 situation, where you needed to replace the batteries after every load basically, thankfully that is not the case with the Grasshopper. On average I have been able to get about 20-30, 5-8 seconds inhalations on temperature 2-5-3.5 on the dial, which has been equivalent to about 3-5 full chamber loads using the on/off method. In my experience this is usually more than enough for a full day of vaping on the go and if it’s not, you have the option to bring spare batteries.

Charger

The Magnetic charger is simple, sleek and securely attaches to the on/off button and you can even use it while it’s charging. Unfortunately it’s not a complete pass-through, so there must be some juice in the battery if you want to use it while it’s charging, which isn’t a big deal considering that you will most likely be using this vaporizer on the go and away from home. Hopper Labs will be releasing their own external charger as well and I personally like to have both chargers around, so I can keep my spares on the external and keep my battery inside the Grasshopper juiced with the magnetic charger.

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Update: Charger 2.0

Update 10/19/16: The new 2.0 chargers are now available and shipping with current GH orders. I loved the old charger, I thought it was great and really innovative, I didn’t realize it could be better but 2.0 is quite an improvement. The cable is much more flexible, forgiving and thinner. The cable is now one piece, instead of two cables that split into the magnetic ring, making it much sleeker, less bulky and is also faster / easier to manufacture. The other huge improvement lies inside the charging ring itself and features a oval like shape, that has a slight angle on one side, which allows you to “rock” or tip off the charger effortlessly, instead of the prior version that had a tight circle and required pulling and yanking straight up. There is still plenty of magnetic hold on the new chargers, so your free to use the device like before during charging and it is much less restricting as well. Spare 2.0 chargers are available on the Grasshopper website for $35.00.

Charging the Grasshopper with the included magnetic charger takes around 90+ minutes to fully charge from a drained battery. I thought the charge time seemed a little slow, especially considering the size of the GH battery but you can use the vape while it’s charging, plus it’s great to have extra batteries around, so your never without power. External chargers are also available and offer multiple battery charging and faster charge times.  _dsc0253-4

LED

The Grasshopper utilizes one LED that emits two different colors; Red for heating up and charging and Blue to signal that the unit is up to temperature and that the unit is fully charged. When the battery power is getting low while the unit is heating up, the Red LED will blink, letting you know that you need to charge your Grasshopper. I have been able to get a couple more hits after this warning but it’s still a good idea to charge it up when you notice this. In direct sunlight, the LED can be difficult to see but this really isn’t much of an issue because you can just expect that your Grasshopper will be ready to hit in a couple of seconds after you click it on so you don’t really need to see the LED.

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New 2.0 charger on left and previous charger on right

 


 Vaporization

The Grasshoppestump gh boxr offers a unique style of vaping that is different than most other portable vaporizers out today and this in part, is due to it’s insanely fast heat up time. With the Grasshopper’s “heat on demand,” your only seconds away from tasty, potent, satisfying vapor, which allows you vape at your own speed. Some vaporizer similar to the GH’s unique style and heat include: the Firefly, Elevape SV, Thermovape, and The Magic Flight Launch Box to name a few.

Most portable vaporizers take a minute or more to reach a desired temperature, which takes a lot of battery power and once the temperature has been reached, you tend to rush and finish your chamber load as quickly as possible to minimize power, keep from losing precious vapor and  over heating your material. These “session” style vaporizers make it difficult to relax and enjoy vaporizing, they are always using power and heating, so you can’t take your time in between draws or risk running out of juice before your material is done and you can’t turn them on and off after every hit because that’s not efficient or practical either. Not with the Grasshopper though, you can day dream all you want in between draws because it’s not always on, heating, wasting herb, wasting battery, it’s only on when you need it, only when you want it. Someone transitioning into vaping may find the GH a good first step, as this style of vaping is about as close to the smoking experience as you can get, where you apply the lighter you heat your material for every hit, just like hitting the power button on the GH to take a hit. This also makes getting a proper dose much easier for medical users because your able to take a few draws, wait a bit and see how you feel and then you can repeat or save it for later. The Grasshopper style makes vaporizing so much more convenient and much more efficient for a portable unit.

-Usage

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Manual, Front

The Grasshopper feels good and familiar in your hand and it’s not awkward to hold or operate. Your off to vaping in just a few steps:

  1. Unscrew the mouthpiece to reveal the chamber, grind your material and load the chamber.
  2. Replace the mouthpiece and select your temperature on the dial.
  3. Click on the button, wait for the red LED to turn blue.
  4. Take a slow and steady draw.

This vape was designed to be turned on and off for every hit or two and this is my preferred method of use, however you can use the Grasshopper like a traditional vaporizer and leave it on for your session. Due to it’s mostly metal construction, the on/off method is a much cooler option and conserves the most battery life.

The Grasshopper features an auto shut-off after 18 seconds to preserve6-24-15-1143 battery life and for safety reasons. This shut-off feature can be reset with your inhalation, as the Grasshopper will sense this and cancel the shut-off, therefore staying on for another 18 seconds or until you inhale again. This is a good feature for people who like to keep the Grasshopper on, instead of clicking it on/off each inhalation and it is nice in case you forget about it or it somehow turns on when your carrying it.

I prefer to set the Grasshopper between 2-4 on the dial and turn the unit on, take a draw for about 5-8 seconds, turn the unit off and take another hit while its still hot but cooling down. You can usually get two good hits this way if your quick and it clears the chamber of any left over vapor. The Grasshopper’s unique heat exchanger does not require any pre-heating or waiting and you can typically get visible vapor on the very first inhalation, depending on your temperature, draw speed and duration.

Clean-up is easy and quick with the Grasshopper. I recommend unloading the Grasshopper while it’s still warm after your session and most of your material will fall right out. Just take a small brush and quickly go around the chamber to get any leftovers and then just brush the screen in the mouthpiece. This will keep your GH clean and running at its best and it will greatly increase time between deep cleanings.

-Vapor Quality

The Grasshopper is extremely powerful and has the ability to 6-24-15-1142vaporize an entire chamber with just a few draws on the higher temperatures if you want, or you can take it nice and slow, with a lower temperature for better flavor and a smoother draw. This vaporizer is incredibly efficient and I tend to use a lot less material and often require less inhalations to achieve the same effect. You can essentially put just a pinch of herb in the chamber and effectively use the Grasshopper as a “one hitter” and replace the herb every hit or two so you always have fresh, clean tasting vapor and it really allows you to conserve your herb and cut back on usage. The Grasshopper will work just as well if you fill it up too but don’t over pack it or pack the chamber too tight, preventing the hot air from freely flowing through the material, effectively and evenly vaporizing your herbs active ingredients. Vaporizers that use Conduction heat on the other hand, require the opposite and it’s better to fill the chambers full and packed tighter, as they vaporize by direct contact with the heat source, essentially “baking” the material.

Occasionally, I like to start my GH on a lower setting around 2 or so, for the best flavor and turn it up a few inhalations later for thicker vapor, ensuring the material is fully spent. I am usually able to finish a chamber within 5-10 draws or so on temperature 3-4 and the herb is evenly toasted without stirring, similar to the Crafty’s ABV (Already Been Vaped) with the same amount of inhalations and similar temperature range.

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Manual, Back

Before trying the Grasshopper myself, I expected the vapor to be much hotter and harsher due to the very short vapor path, the Convection heat and the metal construction. I was pleasantly surprised at how cool and smooth the vapor is for such a small vaporizer and for the coolest experience, I recommend taking slightly shorter, slower draws than your typical, steady inhalations while using other Convection vaporizers. Most of the time I don’t use the Silicone Extender and I found that the metal body doesn’t get too hot or uncomfortable and vapor is perfectly fine using the on/off method. It’s important to give the GH time between draws after the first few inhalations, to keep the mouthpiece cooler and more comfortable. The very tip of the GH mouthpiece can produce very hot vapor and at times it can be uncomfortable, so I also recommend drawing on he mouthpiece slightly further up, rather than the very tip, where all the vapor is flowing out and you will find it’s much cooler on your lips.

The vapor quality of the Grasshopper is on par and better than most portable vaporizers,_DSC0113-4 especially on the lower temperatures. The vapor is not always as cool as the Crafty or Mighty but the vapor just as great, even better at times, especially the first few inhalations. The very short vapor path of the GH provides intense flavor, minimizes build-up and means you won’t be missing any of the active ingredients. Longer vapor paths can be great for cooler, smoother vapor but they can collect vapor that has cooled, making the flavor less pure but the GH tastes pure all the time, unless the it’s in need of deep cleaning. With the Crafty or Mighty, their Cooling Tops allow much more room for the vapor to expand and cool than the GH, allowing you to take longer and larger hits but on the flip side the vapor may taste less pure in the long run and requires more time to clean.

You have a ton of control over the vapor quality and vapor temperature with the Grasshopper and you can find what works best for you by playing around with different draw speeds, different draw duration’s as well as, the set temperatures and how you choose to pack the Grasshopper. These all affect the quality of the vapor and you will be surprised at how much control you have if your willing to experiment. It may take a little playing around to get it just right but anyone can also pick the Grasshopper up for the first time and get vapor on the very first hit. I think Hopper Labs could have done more with the mouthpiece, maybe by making it slightly longer, they could have fit more cooling features, while still keeping it compact. A longer mouthpiece could fit a small cooling spiral or a type of filter, which could really improve the vapor output.

Overall, the flavor is grasshopper-1274great, pure and satisfying but I have noticed that the flavor seems to drop off faster than other vaporizers on the mid-high temperatures, which I think is due to the awesome extraction/efficiency of the heat exhanger, as well as the small surface area in the herb chamber. With that said, I have found that the vapor tastes great, every hit on the lower temperatures but there is less visible vapor and with the mid to high temperatures, the vapor always tastes great on the first few hits but the flavor and smoothness fades a little as the unit gets hotter but this is true for all vaporizers. I have inhaled with the GH with nothing in the chamber and the heat is pure and basically tasteless, so yo taste only the material your vaping.

There is little draw resistance with the Grasshopper and it doesn’t take any lung power to get a good draw. If you over pack the chamber or pack it too tight, you can easily increase the draw resistance and over time, the mouthpiece screen builds up with residue and plant material, also increasing the draw resistance but you can really go quite a while without having to do much at all.

The powerful heater allows you to hit the GH as hard as you want and it will continue to dish out the vapor. With normal use, you will not overpower the heater and it takes a lot to do so, which makes the Grasshopper a good fit for a wide range of people as it will accommodate different styles and methods of use. With colder weather and lower battery power, the GH’s heater can more easily be over powered but I am extremely impressed with power and heat of the GH.

  • QUCIK TIP: Use your hand to transfer some of the heat out of the Grasshopper body after a draw and you will find that the Grasshopper cools down much faster and it hardly gets above warm. Tip from Buzz Danklin, The Vaporizer Wizard. http://www.vaporizerwizard.com

Cleaning / Maintenance

The Grasshopper’s simple design makes cleaning and maintenance a cool breeze. Herbs are easily dumped after vaping with a few taps on the chamber and or a quick poke with a pick and your ready for another load. I have found that some dust gets stuck to the walls of the chamber but that is easily brushed out.

  • QUICK TIP:  if you use a q-tip / brush while its still warm and quickly swab the walls, everything comes out and its like brand new again. Doing this will save you from having to “deep clean” the chamber with ISO. when things build up after time.
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The Perfect Pair

The only other thing that you will have to occasionally clean is the mouthpiece assembly. All you need to do is drop it in some ISO. and after soaking, give it a quick scrub with a brush, pipe cleaner or q-tip and it’s good as new. This will get most of everything and you will likely never have to go any further than this, especially if you keep up on your cleaning. Hopper Labs is considering to release a tool that will allow users to unscrew their mouthpiece’s screen, which could make cleaning easier and allow you to replace the screen if you should ever need to. The screens are not like traditional “mesh” screens but they are made from a thin sheet of stainless steel which makes them very rigid, durable and with normal use and regular cleaning, I doubt that you would ever need to replace these screens. The threads of the chamber, as well as the backend assembly, can get a little gunked up, especially the chamber and mouthpiece threads, so also cleaning those will ensure smooth assembly.


Pros

  • Extremely portable and farmiliar design
  • 95% metal construction for great durability and reliability
  • Efficient Convection heat: effectively vaporizes different amounts of herbs
  • Heat-on-demand
  • Stealthy and inconspicuous
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Very little maintenance and cleaning
  • No wires
  • Replaceable battery
  • Ability to use during charging
  • Good battery life
  • High quality materials and craftsmanship
  • Great taste
  • Handy clip for carrying
  • Full temperature range
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Good sized chamber

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Cons

  • Not the best vaporizer for multiple people
  • 95% metal: can get hot to the touch
  • Chamber is a little difficult to load/unload
  • Currently only for dry or loose leaf materials ( oil attachment in the works )
  • Vapor can get hot / harsh due to short vapor path
  • Hard to see LED’s in sunlight
  • Lack of good battery indicator
  • Can potentially turn on in your pocket without a locking mechanism
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    The Atmos Travel Case is perfect for your GH! Safely store your GH, a spare battery, cleaners and pokers or whatever, all inside a zippered leather case.


Conclusion 

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There is no perfect vaporizer out there, at least at this moment in time but I think the Grasshopper comes closer to perfection than any other portable vaporizer on the market.  The GH is extremely portable, easy to use and efficient. Quality design and construction as well as it’s insanely fast heat up and great vapor quality, make it the total package. Although it has not been proven in the long run, it’s fine craftsmanship feels very reliable and durable. There is simply no other portable, full Convection vape, this small or with this many innovative features. It may not be quite as smooth or flavorful as the Crafty or Mighty but makes it up with it’s portability, durable metal construction, faster heat up time and features a replaceable battery, all for less than half the price. This vaporizer has completely lived up to my expectations and took vaporizing to another level. I highly recommend this vaporizer to anyone and I bet you won’t leave home without it once you try it!

Thank you for reading and checking out my post. I hope you found it helpful, informative and entertaining. Please contact me with questions, concerns and comments. Happy vaping!

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Pack-N-Stash funnel works great to easily fill the GH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grasshopper Vaporizer Introduction

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_DSC0254This is a preview and Introduction to the already famous and mysterious, Grasshopper Vaporizer from Hopper Labs of Boulder, CO.  For the full production review of the Grasshopper vaporizer, please see the other page, Grasshopper Review and Resource or click here.    For this preview, I used a pre-production Grasshopper, but the differences are minimal compared to the final production version. Some of the minor differences in the production version include; a faster charge time, more insulation in the heating chamber for a cooler experience and minor software upgrades.

The Grasshopper is simply an amazing vaporizer that is dial and clipunlike anything on the market today. This device blew me away from the very start and it’s obvious that a lot of thought and attention went into designing this vape that rivals other vaporizers that are 3x as expensive. The Grasshopper is fast, powerful, simple, stealthy, durable, sleek, fun to use and familiar.

The main features behind the Grasshopper include: 95% metal construction, user replaceable battery, pure convection heat, 5 second heat up time, easily accessible heating chamber and a full range temperature dial from 266F to 410F.

At approximately .55 inches x 5.5 inches in length, the Grasshopper is tiny, about the size of a traditional pen / marker or the same size as the Atmos RX Raw vape pen. I was immediately impressed by the design and quality of constructiobic grasshopper atmosn, from the great mechanical on / off button to the threading that creates a near seamless unit. The Grasshopper is very well machined, it feels good in your hand and it’s solid like a rock. The only other vape that I can compare it’s construction to, would be the Elevape SV, which is also nearly all metal but the Grasshopper is much more powerful and it comes with a lifetime warranty and when you feel it, you will agree that it will last a lifetime. The solid construction, simple design and high quality materials make the Grasshopper ideal for on the go use without having worry about damaging the unit and it’s small size will make you forget that you are carrying it.

One of the greatest features of the Grasshopper is it’s heat up time which is almost b_w floating grasshopperinstantaneous and it’s one of the many, innovative features that sets the Grasshopper apart from any other vaporizer on the market. The Grasshopper heats on demand, around 5 seconds is all, and your good to go. The Firefly, Elevape SV also offer a similar “heat on demand,” but the Grasshopper is far more portable and in my opinion and it does a better job extracting the active ingredients in your material with a fewer amount of inhalations.

Usage

To use tred LEDhe Grasshopper, fill the chamber with your herb, set your temperature on the dial, click it like you would a regular pen to turn it on/off and get ready, it’s that simple! My preferred method of use is to click it on, take a puff and click it off. I got great results with this method and there’s no need to rush to finish your load because it doesn’t need to stay on, just click it on when you need and its heated almost instantly. This method also keeps the unit from getting too hot but if it does get hot, wait a few seconds and it will cool back down. When you click it on, a red LED light illuminates, letting you know that the unit is heating up and it turns blue when it’s ready to use. I have found that the LED can be difficult to see in the sunlight but you really don’t need to see the LED, just wait a few seconds after you have clicked it on and inhale. The LED will flash red when the battery gets low, indicating you need to charge the battery and you don’t need to worry about leaving blue LEDit one because it has an 18 second auto shut off. If you continue to puff, the Grasshopper senses when you inhale and it will cancel the auto shut off, so the unit will continue to heat for about another 18 seconds and you can keep inhaling every so often to keep re-setting the shut off timer, allowing the unit to stay on. Do to the nearly all metal construction, the Grasshopper does get hot but it cools off fast and from what I understand the Titanium version cools down even faster! I found that it’s perfectly fine and comfortable with the click on, puff, click off method so it doesn’t get too hot and I have also noticed that it’s cooler on your lips if you use the moutgrasshopper driftwoodhpiece further up, rather than the very tip, which gets hotter faster. If you want a little more action or you feel like sharing, Hopper Labs has a silicone mouth guard that fits snugly over the metal mouthpiece for a much cooler experience especially on the higher temps or if you like to leave it on, instead of clicking it on/off each inhalation. This silicone mouth guard/piece will also allow users to use bubbler’s and bongs with the Grasshopper because it will create a good seal on your glass joints.

 

 

Chamber

The heating chamber is a great size and you can really pack a lot of herb or just amouthpiece 2 pinch at a time, it doesn’t matter, the results are the same, it evenly and effectively vaporizes your favorite blend every time without the need to stir, thanks to the convection heat. The Grasshopper also works well with different grinds from fine to courser, larger pieces of herb but for the absolute best extraction, it’s always best to grind your herb to increase the surface area, allowing the heat to easily boil the active ingredients of your herb, releasing their vapors. The chamber holds approximately 1.2cc of herb and its about 8.5 mm in diameter and about 19 mm deep. The heating chamber is stainless steel with a screen in the bottom and the chamber’s easy access makes loading and unloading the Grasshopper a breeze. I usually brush the chamber out after every load to reduce the build up of residues and it keeps you from having to “deep” clean the chamber almost entirely. Some herb dust sticks to the walls of the chamber but is easily brushed out and nothing seems to stick to the chamber screen which may be anodized and thus is more “non stick”.

Heater / Vapor Quality

The Grasshopper may be smdifferent vape sizesall but it’s 3d printed heater puts out a lot of heat, enough to kill a chamber in a few puffs if you choose to or you can set the temperature a little lower and take it easy and puff away. It utilizes a 30 watt heater that can fluctuate up to 45 watts, depending on your setting and draw. To put that into perspective, the famous and powerful Storz and Bickel Mighty vaporizer puts out 30 watts of heat which is enormous in size compared to the Grasshoppers pen size.

People have been wondering if the vapor is harsh and in my opinion, it’s perfectly fine, if you take shorter, more frequent draws. I preferred using the Grasshopper on 2.5-3.5 on the temperature dial and with those settings and shorter draws, the vapor was never too hot or harsh and doesn’t require the silicone mouth guard either. With the Grasshoppers relatively short vapor path and convection heat, the vapor is on the hotter side but I had no problems taking shorterpen pocket inhalations and the Grasshopper seems to give you more active ingredients per hit, thanks to that powerful heater so you don’t need to take long inhalations like other vaporizers to get a satisfying hit. I would say the vapor feels similar to the Inhalater vaporizer but it tastes better in my opinion. The first hit on the Grasshopper is the coolest, smoothest and the most flavorful. After the first few hits, the unit gets warmer to the touch and the vapor gets a little hotter, less smooth and the flavor diminishes but this is true for any vaporizer. I have inhaled with this vaporizer when there was nothing in the chamber to see if I could detect any off taste and as far as I could tell, it tasted fine and pure, less a very slight, metallic hint. This vaporizer could appeal to people who prefer combustion as it feels more similar to the smoking method than other portable vapes I have used, partly do to the stronger, denser and shorter drags and instantaneous heat. The Grasshopper offers a different style of vaping because the heater isn’t always on, only when you need it, (heat on demand) so you don’t have to finish the whole chamber if you don’t want to. I also found that this is a great vape to medicate with because its quick, convenient and packs a punch. Other “session” style vaporizers like the Crafty or Davinci, take a while to get up to temperature and once that temperature has been charger cablereached, then you tend to rush and finish the load because it’s maintaining that high temperature constantly which takes a lot of energy, draining your battery and always heating your material. With the Grasshopper you can take as long as you want between draws and a tasty, potent and satisfying hit is never more than 5 seconds away. I prefer heat on demand vaporizers like the Grasshopper and the Firefly for portable vapes because it makes more sense to use it only when you need it instead of all at once.

Battery

On this non-charger connectedproduction version, I was able to get a good 20-30, 8-10 second puffs, per battery, on level 3-4 on the temperature dial, equivalent to about 4 chamber loads using these settings and method. I usually get another hit after its off but still hot and cooling down if your fast enough or you can leave it on and keep hitting
it. This version charges slower than the production units and I was able to be fully charged from a drained battery in 90 minutes. Batteries are easy to change, just unscrew the top and pop in a new one. The batteries are 750 mAh, 3.7 v Li-ion, about the same size as a AA battery but a little skinnier and longer. It will be easy to take the Grasshopper on
extended outings thanks to the replaceable batteries, so you can take a bunch of them partsalong and be good for a long time. When it comes to charging the Grasshopper, it doesn’t get any easier. The sleek charger magnetically connects to the on/off button and it makes a secure connection so your free to move around and use it while its charging.

 

Cleaning / Maintenance

Cleaning and batterymaintenance is pretty straight forward and you just need to soak the mouth piece in Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and swab the chamber with a q-tip soaked in IPA and that’s basically it. The screens in the mouthpiece are replaceable but they will likely not need to be changed as they are very durable and sturdy. Hopper Labs is considering to release a tool that will make  screen removal easy. The Leather Sleeves retail for $10.00 each and I recommend getting one to carry and protect your Grasshopper. They fit very well and it also keeps lint, dust and particles from entering the air intake holes which you could potentially breath in.

 

Conclusion

Overall my first imgrasshopper and casepression of the Grasshopper was amazing! The Grasshopper is the total package, with a great design and high quality construction, produces tasty, pure and potent vapor, all neatly wrapped up in a sleek and stealthy, ultra-portable pen that is built to last a lifetime. If your looking for a reliable dry herb vaporizer that you can take everywhere, the Grasshopper is your vape! Nothing is more powerful, this compact, or durable that provides instant satisfaction and features that other portable vapes don’t have at prices 3x as much. Please check back soon for my FULL PRODUCTION GRASHOPPER REVIEW! I will be updating this post periodically with new information as my testing continues along with more photos as and information from Hopper Labs as it is released . Thank you for reading and please contact me with any questions or comments. Please use the contact form below.

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